The Windjammer on Isle of Palms hosts MUSC’s third annual Awareness Rocks this Fri. March 4 from 6-9 pm. Benefiting the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance Support Community, it promises to be a great evening at the beach with sets from several local acts.

Up-and-comers Durham Crossing will start things off in the evening with a traditional country groove, followed by classic rock group the Bad Signs (featuring City Paper’s Ballard Lesemann sitting in on drums), who’ll bring their light-hearted, hard-rocking sound to the stage.

Alt-country/pop songwriter Ryan Bailey performs a solo set mid-evening as well. Bailey and Cumberland Belle headline later in the evening. With their first EP, Down to the Wire, released last summer, Bailey and his bandmates have played all over the Charleston area and developed a cool style in the Tom Petty-Ryan Adams mold.

Wadmalaw Island’s Hundred Hands Down, fronted by songwriter Matt Hamrick, open the late-night show. They’ve gained a small following with their down-home rock.

With good food and drink, great company, fun music, and that ocean breeze coming right up off the beach, supporting an important cause could hardly be more fun.

All funds support MUSC’s Oral, Head, and Neck Cancer Awareness Banquet, to be held on May 13 at Charlestowne Landing. Visit and for more. —Jared Booth

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