Here we are at the end of a tumultuous and exciting year in the local music scene, and at the beginning of a new series of adventures and misadventures. This music department is looking forward to a memorable 2009. What’s in store? This list of carefully-considered predictions may help prepare you. All of these predictions will come true. Just wait and see.
• 98X DJ Amy Hutto, host of the weekly local series “Local X,” will welcome her favorite rock star Steven Tyler to the station for a lunchtime interview, marking the 30th anniversary of the release of Aerosmith’s album Night in the Ruts.
• As a lark, Pour House owner Alex Harris will run against incumbent James Island Mayor Mary Clark in a special election — and win.
• Super manager Josh Terry will have his name officially changed to “Supermanager Josh Terry.”
• Gene’s Haufbrau’s rowdy Oktoberfest will fire the Hans Schmidt Band and, instead, book members of the Scorpions to headline the folkfest in the big tent.
• The Wild Wing Café franchise will push for wide expansion in the area, opening new venues in Wadmalaw, McClellanville, Cottageville, and Kingstree. Only bluegrass and old-time bands will be allowed to perform.
• The Charleston County Public Library’s Media Services Department will include eight video shorts produced by City Paper web dude Joshua Curry in their occasional “rockumentary” events.
• ChazzFest organizers will hold their third festival at White Point Gardens along the Battery.
• In February, shortly after the Simple Man Cruise off of Miami, Leslie guitarist Sadler Vaden (and his Ed King-esque riffs) will take an extended leave from the local trio to join Lynyrd Skynyrd as an official member.
• The Bridge at 105.5 DJ Jim “The Critic” Voigt will dig even deeper into his album collection every Saturday and Sunday mornings … and he’ll eventually play R.E.M.’s rendition of Roger Miller’s “King of the Road.”
• The CofC Department of Communication will revive its annual “Charleston Battle of the Bands” at the Tin Roof in March.
• Dangermuffin will dump their set list and build a new repertoire of “surf rock,” including hits and deep cuts by The Ventures, Dick Dale, The Surfaris, Jan & Dean, and Duane Eddy. The band will show up at the Surf Bar every Sunday evening dressed in matching striped shirts and bermuda shorts.
• The 2009 “Rockin’ at the Point” series will exclusively feature “reunion shows only,” with performances by Arhooly, The Doctors, Vroom, F.L.K., The Fields, Mailbox, and the Jumper Cables.
• The former staff of Cumberland’s will announce plans to reopen the music club in the long-dormant Indian Head Restaurant & Lounge on Savannah Highway. The menus will include Waffle House entrées delivered by dumbwaiter elevator.
• Local music collection Cord & Pedal — the “voice of the people since ’99” — will land a contract to book the Windjammer’s annual Budweiser Bikini Bash. Aamerican Tenants, Death Cheetah, The Dellortos, and Harrison Ray will play the first four events in May.
• Drummer Quentin Baxter will pull a “Keith Moon” during Piccolo Spoleto and smash his customized drum kit on stage at the Cistern.
• The Whisperjets will switch gears from melodic pop-rock to an “all-holiday music” format, releasing a debut album in November titled We Are the Heat Misers.
• Johnson’s Pub will actually notify City Paper from week to week about upcoming shows.
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