FUNK-JAM ROCK | Junco Partner
Thurs. Sept. 7
9 p.m.
The Commodore

It might be a bit surprising that the new Charleston band Junco Partner is so adept at playing gritty funk with some serious heavy jam-rock chops, because their pedigree doesn’t indicate they’d lean toward that at all. The group features singer/guitarist Joe Keenan from the roots-rockers Wentworth Underground, lead guitarist (former Music Farm owner) Kevin Wadley of straight-ahead rockers the Archetypes, Moon Dog’s TJ Dildy, Guilt Ridden Troubadour drummer Jack Friel, and the Outervention’s Alan Brisendine on keyboards, and they’ve so far only played a handful of gigs. But the chemistry between them is obvious, and their love of old-school funk is a unifying factor. “We’ve all got a heavy interest in that type of music, whether it’s Motown, the Meters, or Stevie Wonder,” Keenan says. The group initially formed around the nucleus of Keenan, Wadley, and bassist Matt Hastings, and then they relied on Wadley’s connections to bring in the other members. “Kevin had a vast knowledge of music around Charleston,” Keenan says, “and he was able to pull in some other musicians, and it’s really worked out. The goal is just to have fun, be creative and see where it takes us.” —Vincent Harris THURSDAY


HIP-HOP | 843 Metro Fest
w/ DJ SCrib, Jerry Feels Good, DiAmond Miller, Vito, Hippy, Silk the Prince, Nick Tunes, Billy Burbage, Reid Young, Walter Brown
Fri. Sept. 8
7 p.m.
$10/adv., $12/door
Purple Buffalo

843 Metro Fest is a new rap music/food/poetry/art/culture/everything festival created by Kaleb Partilla. The whole shindig is a celebration of all the Holy City has going for it and naturally features a copious amount of hip-hop. “I was just seeing everything that was happening at these places I’d go to to see shows,” says Partilla. “I knew we had to get something going here. There was already stuff here.” With plenty of talent waiting in the wings, like the trap serenading DJ SCrib and the genre-fusing Walter Brown, Partilla built 843 Metro Fest to look similar to the Ode Clothing pop-up shops at APB. “The APB, Ode pop-up shops are as homegrown as you’re going to get as far as the hip-hop and rap scene,” he says. And, while exposing the local culture is part of the 843 Metro Fest agenda, Partilla wants his festival to help out the international community, saying that “When I first called it ‘a show for South Carolina,’ I knew I had to give back somehow.” A portion of the proceeds will benefit Artists for Africa, a South Carolina charity that brings the arts to destitute communities in Africa. —Heath Ellison FRIDAY


ROCK ‘N’ ROLL | The High Divers
w/ Motel Radio and Babe Club
Sun. Sept. 3
9 p.m.
The Royal American

Charleston’s High Divers seemed to have had momentum on their side for the past two years. After releasing their emotionally charged roots-rock gem Riverlust in 2015, the band began touring nationally, and despite a busy road schedule they had a follow-up album recorded and ready to go. But last June, while on tour in Arizona, the band’s van was T-boned by an 18-wheeler, leaving the entire band injured in one way or another, a totaled vehicle, and destroyed equipment. “My wife [and fellow High Diver, Mary Alice Mitchell] sustained the worst injuries because she got hit almost directly,” says singer/guitarist Luke Mitchell. “We also lost about 18 shows that we’d booked, lost some opportunities to see some people who were really important to us, be on some podcasts, and meet some music industry people.” Their second album’s release was pushed back from September to January while the band began the agonizing process of recovery, both mental and physical. “The worst part of the whole thing has been getting back on the road,” Mitchell says. “Being on tour makes us feel good, but we have to be on the highway around all these idiots texting all the time. But for us to get back up onstage and do what we were before meant a lot to us. It’s kind of a middle finger to the universe every time when we get back up there.” ­­—Vincent Harris SUNDAY


ROCK DOC | Straight Into A Storm
Wed. Sept. 13 Rescheduled for Sept.
7:30 p.m.
Charleston Music Hall

Filmmaker William Miller brings his music documentary Straight Into A Storm to the Charleston Music Hall for a one-night screening. The film celebrates 10 years of the rough-and-tumble indie-rock band Deer Tick, alternating between never-before-seen career-spanning footage and a 2015 New Year’s Eve show in New York. Viewers get to follow Deer Tick from their humble beginnings as a Rhode Island bar band into their hard-edged, booze-swilling years of rising fame and reaching acclaimed cult band status. As for Miller, the filmmaker is gaining momentum as a premier music documentarian. His upcoming projects include a piece on the Long Island hardcore and punk scene titled Something in the Water and a Warren Zevon documentary called Reconsider Me. Following the Music Hall screening, Miller will be present for a Q&A session, and you can dine with him with the venue’s dinner-and-a-film package ($40). Between Miller’s ability to capture the musicians’ individual personalities on film and the raw power of Deer Tick, Straight Into A Storm is a can’t-miss for any fan of rock documentaries. —Alex Peeples WEDNESDAY

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