EDDIE HOGAN TRIBUTE | A Celebration of Life Filled with Music
Sat. Aug. 22
Last year we lost a pillar of the local music scene, Eddie Hogan. Hogan founded his own local newspaper, Charleston’s Free Time, in 1990 and managed it until 2008 to help promote Charleston’s working musicians. Our very own Paul Bowers published some of his first pieces there. Hogan may have passed on, but the impact of his efforts won’t be easily forgotten. Bobby Ross, co-owner and manager of the Windjammer, along with a dozen or so bands who Hogan supported, are putting their heads together to produce a celebration of Mr. Hogan’s life. “He cared about the Charleston music scene,” Ross recalls. “It didn’t matter if you were a big band or a nobody. He educated new bands on how to start their careers. He wanted to support the Charleston music scene so much that it didn’t matter what status you had.” The tribute’s lineup includes Eddie Bush, Graham Whorley, Chris Holly, Jamisun, In Flew Engines, Struck by 9, Live Bait Band, Wretched Excess, Chump, Michael Davis, and Frank Royster. Proceeds will benefit the Frances R. Willis SPCA, and the event is open to families and music lovers of all ages. —Kaleb Eisele SATURDAY
FOLK | Lowland Hum
w/ Volcanoes in the Kitchen and the Collection
Mon. Aug. 24
Simple beauty is the essence of husband-and-wife duo Lowland Hum. Relaxed guitar, a steady tambourine, and a gentle snare are present in the pair’s calming soundscape. Daniel and Lauren Goans put an interesting twist on their concerts, moving beyond the audible and incorporating as many of the other senses as they can. Lauren handmakes lyric books for the audience to hold as the couple performs, and, when possible, they burn essential oils to ground their audience in the present. Lowland Hum’s approach to folk was designed to bring the audience out of their technological trance and into a space where they can once again connect with one another. “The reality is that when people come out to a show, they play just as much of a role in the communal experience of the night as the performers do, whether they are actively participating or not,” Lauren tells us. “We always invite the audience to add their voices to the conversation, to ask questions if they have any, and to share thoughts — even if they have little to do with what we are doing on stage. Sometimes odd moments unfold, and topics come up that we could never plan on, but it almost always results in people connecting, laughing, and being present with one another. Presence is definitely a goal.” —Kaleb Eisele MONDAY
INDIE, ROCK, FOLK, & MORE | Last Dance for Dusko
Sat. Aug. 22
King Dusko, Upper King Street’s hipster haven of emerging local art and music, is closing its doors this month after a two-year ride. This weekend, the venue will throw a farewell event to celebrate the talent it has garnered attention for through the years, but the event won’t be held on site. Due to capacity issues, Last Dance for Dusko has been moved from Dusko to Palmetto Brewing. The lineup includes Hermit’s Victory, Billie Fountain, McKenzie Eddy & the Fire, Mado Smith & the Phantoms, Great Yankee, She Returns From War, the New Schematics, Faline, Rico and Miranda, Diaspoura, and Mark Schuler. Acts like the rock quartet Great Yankee got their start at King Dusko and have been inspired by the community that has formed inside the beloved artistic space. “King Dusko was an outlet that anyone could play at,” says Great Yankee bassist Ryan Alexander. “Personally, it gave more of a chance to meet artists in all genres, musicians, painters, poets … It helped us all find our niche in the Charleston scene, and we wouldn’t be here today otherwise. It was home for a lot of us.” All proceeds from Last Dance for Dusko will go to Girls Rock Charleston, a nonprofit organization that empowers girls and trans youth through music education. —Kalyn Oyer SATURDAY
TRIBUTE | I’m Going to Graceland
Wed. Aug. 19
Paul Simon’s Graceland is one of pop music’s great masterpieces, and tonight a group of local musicians will pay tribute to the revered record by performing it from start to finish. From the cheerful Euro-folk of “Boy in the Bubble” to the Afro-pop of “Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes” and the exuberant, wistful composition that is the album’s namesake, every note will be replicated and celebrated. “I started studying Paul Simon’s music about five years ago, and when I dove into Graceland the songs would float around with me all day until I could finally listen to them again. It stayed with me in my dreams,” says Conor Donohue, the show’s organizer and a former Charlestonian. “His lyrics make his music such a vivid listening experience.” Now living in New Orleans, Donohue sees the event as an opportunity to bring together some of his closest Holy City homies. Donohue, along with Mike Quinn, Ward Buckheister, Tyler Ross, Jake Holwegner, Charles Carmody, Gerald Gregory, Ron Wiltrout, Steven Sandifer, Joel Hamm, and a surprise guest vocalist, will pay tribute to not only Graceland but a few more Paul Simon essentials. “The second set is going to be a best-of set but leaning towards more of his rhythmic catalog — no Simon & Garfunkel,” Donohue says. And seeing as how the show falls exactly three days after the death anniversary of Elvis Presley, I’m Going to Graceland is an excellent way to salute two legends in one fell swoop. —Kelly Rae Smith WEDNESDAY
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