HIP-HOP | Ray Deezy
Sat. Apr. 20
4 p.m.
RSVP for location via text (843) 474-2154

Everyone deserves some relaxation time after a long day. People indulge in a hobby, watch a mindless show for too long, or in Gullah rapper Ray Deezy’s case, pour a glass of red and smoke a little green. In honor of his favorite way to unwind and cope with the stress of the daily grind, Deezy named his latest EP No Love Lost 2: Red Wine and Reefa. “We’re not telling people to go out and get messed up,” Deezy clarifies about the title. “We deal a lot with the day-to-day, everyday struggle, whether it’s work, school. You just want to calm down.” Deezy explains that, to represent this, each song on the EP is a different emotion. “I have a song called ‘Wake Up,’ and it’s about going through a lot,” he says. “You wake up and it’s like, ‘I don’t want to go to work today, I don’t want to go to school today.'” When exploring his emotions, Deezy’s latest will divert into songs about depression and self-hate. “The mental health — that’s talked about a lot and it needs to be talked about more,” he says. “I’m just trying to put the message out there to vent, to release with whatever you have to do.” —Heath Ellison SATURDAY


TRIBUTE | Mess Around: A Tribute To Ray Charles, Featuring Manny Houston
Sat. April 20
5 p.m., 7 p.m.
Charleston Music Hall

Whether or not Manny Houston loved Ray Charles as a child was irrelevant; as a young African-American boy who played piano and sang, the comparisons were going to come fast and furious. “I started playing piano when I was seven, and people automatically drew that comparison,” Houston says with a laugh. “But I think that’s the first thing that drew me to him. And then when the movie Ray came out, I really realized he was such an anomaly, as a performer and a musician.” Houston will be singing a lot of Charles’ best-known songs when he’s out in front of the Charleston Jazz Orchestra at the Music Hall, but there will be some deep cuts, too. “We definitely wanted to get as many of the recognizable songs as possible, but we also wanted to include some things that people wouldn’t expect,” he says. “One of my favorite things we’re going to be doing is what I call the ‘black national anthem,’ a song called ‘Lift Your Voice and Sing.’ We’re also trying to pull in some songs that people recognize in arrangements that they might not know about.” —Vincent Harris SATURDAY


SONGWRITERS | The Charleston Songwriters Festival
Jeffrey Steele, John Paul White, Will Hoge, Yesterday’s Wine featuring Wyatt Durrette, Levi Lowrey, and many more
Thurs. April 18-Sat. April 20
6:30 p.m.
Music Hall

I mean, it’s pretty self-explanatory, right? The Charleston Songwriters Festival brings together a vast array of top-notch songwriters, duh. But on an additional note: Damn, is this a strong collection of performers. Tyler Boone is a name you might be familiar with from his work around here, but he’s got a ridiculous national resume, having shared the stage with Dr. John and the Avett Brothers, worked as a songwriter in Nashville, and he’s even got his own line of bourbon. And that’s before you get to the biggest names on this roll-call of excellence: Will Hoge and John Paul White. Hoge has been churning out rough-hewn Americana gems for a couple of decades now, comfortably straddling the line between country and rock. And in addition to being part of the dreamy duo the Civil Wars, White has thoroughly done the behind-the-scenes thing, writing songs for Faith Hill and Meat Loaf, for crissakes. Honestly, though, you could probably throw a dart at the poster for this festival and come up with a songwriter that could teach you a thing or two. —Vincent Harris THURSDAY-SATURDAY


TRIBUTE | The Purple Madness
Wed. April 17
8 p.m.
Music Farm

We’re not saying we had to look at a picture of the Purple Madness’ Bobby Miller for a few minutes before we realized that it wasn’t a picture of Prince, but we may have had to look at a picture of the Purple Madness’ Bobby Miller for a few minutes before we realized it wasn’t Prince. Onstage, in full-on paisley gear, Miller pays tribute to His Royal Badness right down to his on-a-dime dance moves and teardrop guitar, and the band, modeling themselves in the style of the Revolution, pumps out a jukebox of Prince classics, focusing mainly on 1999 and Purple Rain tracks like “Little Red Corvette” and “Let’s Go Crazy” but also moving through hits like “Kiss,” “Diamonds & Pearls,” and many more. It’s kind of hard to screw up a night of hits by a certified genius like Prince — it’s just a matter of having the performance skills as well. And the Purple Madness has that covered. —Vincent Harris WEDNESDAY


ROCK ‘N’ BLUES | Mex 1 Sessions featuring Jump Castle Riot
Sun. April 21
8 p.m.
$10 suggested donation
Mex 1 Coastal Cantina
Sullivan’s Island

Tacos, philanthropy, music, and beach vibes unite this weekend for another Mex 1 Sessions on Sullivan’s Island, this time with Jump Castle Riot providing the tunes. What’s Mex 1 Sessions, you ask? “It’s an intimate concert series designed to raise money for Mark Bryan’s nonprofit Carolina Studios,” says Jump Castle Riot’s Jay Van Raalte. “Carolina Studios brings a mobile recording bus to local schools, giving kids an opportunity to create music and learn about how it’s made. We’re excited to be following in the footsteps of some of our heroes — Drivin N Cryin, Stop Light Observations, and Sol Driven Train, among others — with this series.” To support the fundraiser, the band drops new single, “For You,” today, too. Check out the video premiere — their first one ever — at charlestoncitypaper.com/feedbackfile. —Kelly Rae Smith SUNDAY

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