ARTS AND AWARENESS | Che Sará, Sará (Magick, Magick, Magick!)
Sun. Feb. 14
6 p.m.
Free (Donations suggested)
The Treehouse

Che Sará, Sará (Magick, Magick, Magick!) is a collaborative event combining music and art to raise awareness about sexual assault. The idea for the event was taken in part from Keep our Scene Safe, a recent Columbia show that centered around education on sexual trauma, victim advocacy, and sexual health. Zines and DIY pamphlets will be provided at the North Charleston event in hopes of continuing the conversation about sexual assault. “I believe that many people are not properly educated on many sexual issues, like consent, rape, assault, aiding victims,” explains Austin Wood of Columbia rock ‘n’ rollers Watergate, who will be performing at the show. “In at least the pop-punk and hardcore scene, lately there has been a large increase of people who are coming out as victims of sexual assault.” Showgoers can check out live painting by artists from Tua Lingua art studio along with a ton of music, including Americana singer-songwriter Ripley the Ghost, spoken word-hip-hop act Dade Dope, ska band Sex Wax, bluegrass troupe Michael Martin and the Beautiful Mess, and folk-rockers the Lost Boys. The City Paper‘s 2015 Comedian of the Year Jeremy McLellan and comedian-zombie hunter Michael Clayton will also perform. For more information, go to the event’s Facebook page. —Kalyn Oyer SUNDAY


METAL | Taking Charleston Hostage

Fri. Feb 12
6 p.m.
The Hive

Will Manigault and his 843Core Promotions have organized a hardcore show this weekend dubbed Taking Charleston Hostage, which he describes on Facebook as “by far the heaviest show to ever hit the Hive.” The heaviness will include downtempo Melbourne, Fla. band Bodysnatcher, Atlanta metalcore act Second Death, Tampa metalcore troupe Apnea, Atlanta deathcore outfit Call Me Ishmael, Summerville metalcore group the Commoner and I, Atlanta deathcore band Subjector, and Kairos, a Charleston post-hardcore five-piece. “We are taking the whole community of Charleston hostage,” Manigault promises. “Bring your body bags and prep your upcoming funeral, because this show is going to lay waste to your home.” —Kelly Rae Smith FRIDAY



w/ Joe Buck Yourself
Sat. Feb 13
9 p.m.
The Royal American

Rob Kampert’s last band, the Lean Few, had a lot of street cred among local lovers of fun, loud, and lively rock ‘n’ roll. But when members Justin and Phillip Allen moved to Altanta and became The Brothers a couple of years back, Kampert figured it was about as good a time as any to get back to what he really loves — fewer band members and a simpler, rawer sound. Teaming up now with drummer-vocalist Neil Thomas, the two-man band the Frizz make rootsy rock ‘n’ roll that fans of the Sonics and the Stooges could fall in love with. The pair made a demo back in 2014, but there’s another trip to the studio in store here soon to record a new EP. Rampert also has plans to lay down tracks for his Rob the Throb one-man band, which he started when he was a teenager. Rob the Throb features the musician holding down bass drum, snare, guitar, and vocals all on his lonesome. He says, “It’s simple, riffy stuff that’s pretty raw and jangly.” —Kelly Rae Smith SATURDAY


For the love of Charleston | Elise Testone and Friends

Sun. Feb. 14
8 p.m.
$17.50/adv., $21/door
Charleston Music Hall

Even though Elise Testone’s a New Yorker now, she still has a whole lotta love for Charleston. Currently living in a Brooklyn building for artists and musicians, the former American Idol contestant returns home for her fourth-annual For the Love of Charleston show, which always takes place on Feb. 14. “Valentine’s Day represents love,” she says. “I’m in love with Charleston, and I would love to express my gratitude to the Holy City as a tradition through music and community. What better way to do so?” Guest performers include Lindsay Holler, Jordan Igoe, Graham Whorley, Charlton Singleton, Cameron Harding, Michael Quinn, Lee Barbour, Ron Wiltrout, Zandrina Dunning, Adam Fallen, Gino Castillo, Trey Cooper, and Steven Sandifer, plus members of Gaslight Street, Dangermuffin, Dead 27’s, and Sol Driven Train. Testone will also debut some new songs and promises a few “hair-raising surprise performances.” Recently, the singer paid tribute to the late Allen Toussaint with New Orleans’ Henry Butler, Amadee Castenell, and Leo Nocentelli — to name a few — at the Friar’s Club in New York City. “I felt both intimidated and extremely honored to be a part of such a prestigious band,” she says. Since then, Testone has been invited to perform with the Meters on the opening night of New Orleans Jazz Fest. In the meantime, she’ll be touring the East Coast, stopping at a few festivals along the way. You can check out Testone’s full tour calendar on elisetestone.com. —Kelly Rae Smith SUNDAY

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