VARIETY | Unity Concert: Take a Leap for Justice
w/ Queen Christine, Buddy Bambahda, Quis Kingsoul, Jihada Destini, Semkari,
The Mike Martin Band, Jonathan Kammer,
and more
Sat. March 4
3 p.m.
The Purple Buffalo

Local activist Muhiyidin d’Baha probably got your attention last week as the man who so gallantly leapt across George Street and ripped a Confederate flag pole from the clutches of a S.C. Secessionist Party supporter, breaking both the pole and, subsequently, the internet. This week, the globally hailed D’baha joins forces with local Americana artist Mike Martin for Unity Concert: Take a Leap for Justice, a community festival and multicultural celebration of music, art, food, activism, and community. “We are envisioning a time to bring our community of families, artists, activists, and believers in unity together for the sake of solidarity in uncertain times,” says D’baha, who leads the Charleston chapter of Black Lives Matter. “Our community, and youth especially, are experiencing many difficult things to process, namely gun violence, gentrification, the school-to-prison pipeline, and racism at the highest levels of government — and we need each other.” A unity concert organized by Geechee One Magazine and Black Lives Matter was set to take place last October at the Music Farm but was shut down by the Charleston Police Department, citing (cough) “safety concerns,” so this weekend’s concert is, at last, the realization of that original concept. The Unity Concert kicks off at 3 p.m. with a drum circle led by Mate Masie, and a vendor/barter swap circle will begin soon after. Yoga is at 4:30 p.m., followed by 20-minute sessions of community-building skill-shares. At 6:30 p.m., you can take part in a panel discussion and Q&A on creating solidarity in the community and the state of our youth, the impact persistent social issues can have on their development, and solutions. A spoken word show starts at 7:30 p.m., with musical performances to follow. Artists include poets Queen Christine and Jihada Destini, hip-hop artists Buddy Bambahda, Quis Kingsoul, and Semkari, the Mike Martin Band, saxophonist Jonathan Kammer, and much more. Co-organizer Creative Halo is the event’s MC. To participate as an artist, vendor, facilitator, skill-sharer, or volunteer, email xempowerx@gmail.com. —Kelly Rae Smith SATURDAY


OLD-TIME/JUG BAND | Flat Foot Floozies
Sat. March 4
10 p.m.
Local 616

The Flat Foot Floozies, a sextet that features ukulele, trumpet, and a tap dancer providing percussion (you heard us), haven’t played together in three years. Mostly because the band’s members — Brad Edwardson (guitar, vocals), Tim Edgar (harp, uke, kazoo, and vocals), Mackie Boles (guitar), Bandi Tomaschek (upright bass), Kevin Hackler (trumpet), and Jessy Vandevort (tap) ­­— were so busy with various other projects (The Disgusting Follies, Red Cedar Review, and the Charleston Jazz Orchestra, among others) that they were never all free at the same time. “Whenever we’d try to play together, inevitably one of us wouldn’t be able to do it,” says Edwardson. “But it finally worked out and the stars aligned.” The band specializes in jug band music, with an occasional dip into early 20th-century blues and ragtime, which is why it surprised them when they took Jazz Band of the Year in the 2012 City Paper Music Awards. “That was always kind of a funny thing for us, because our trumpet player, Kevin Hackler, plays in the Charleston Jazz Orchestra,” Edwardson says with a laugh. “He’s a really incredible jazz musician. It was always funny that he was playing with us, the ‘Best Jazz Band,’ and then he’d go practice with the CJO.” —Vincent Harris SATURDAY


AMERICANA | Charleston LIVE: FALINE, She Returns From War, Jordan Igoe
Thurs. March 2
8 p.m.
Charleston Music Hall

This weekend, local cosmic Americana queen She Returns From War, sultry rock songstress FALINE, and country-soul artist Jordan Igoe join forces for the second installment in the Music Hall’s Charleston Live series. Comedian Jessica Mickey will host this “Grande Ole Opry meets VH1’s Behind the Music” event that provides a platform to celebrate established artists, learn about new local musicians, and discover the stories behind their music. Music Hall director Charles Carmody says, “The point of the series is to introduce Charleston artists to new audiences in a setting where the artist can be heard, and for the artist to have a chance to tell their story.” After a 30-minute live set, the musicians will partake in a Q&A session with a community leader, affording the audience a unique opportunity to learn what inspires artists to create. “I have seen these artists all over the city and have worked with them in different capacities, and I am excited to see what they bring to the Music Hall stage,” Carmody says. There will be six concerts total in the bi-monthly series, and the artists for the next show will be announced at tomorrow night’s event. —Caitlin Billard THURSDAY


GARAGE ROCK | Peyote Coyote
w/ Camel Blues Band, Vanity Plates
Mon. Mar. 6
8 p.m.
Tin Roof

When rock music made it to the stadium, it was waist-deep in a Budweiser-chugging, high school-reminiscing midlife crisis that lacked all self-awareness. Thank God modern bands like Peyote Coyote have returned to the place that made rock music so cool: the garage. The band may refer to themselves as ’60s revivalists, but that’s only half the story. The group lists artists that need no introduction like the Doors and the Beatles as influences, but also modern acts like underground rock overlord Ty Segall and indie psychedelics Thee Oh Sees. “It seems impossible not to look to existing music you like for influence,” says drummer/vocalist Cari Gee. It’s easiest to see the combination on their self-titled EP’s “Finding My Way.” The main riff is a swampy sweep up and down the strings that puts the listener in a time machine set for an era when “hippie” wasn’t as much of an insult. But by the time the melody of the chorus hits, we’re reminded of modern times before guitarist Ryan Huseman combines the two decades for a guitar refrain that will be stuck in your head for weeks. “We make a serious effort to approach the music we play with honesty and sound original, while at the same time letting our influences shine through,” says Huseman. Other songs, like the EP’s first track “Follow Through” heed that aesthetic with more intensity. The main riff has just as much Black Lips as it does 13th Floor Elevators, and thanks to the quick fretwork of bassist Jake Stuart, it prepares listeners for a garage-rock revival revival. —Heath Ellison MONDAY

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