People make a big deal out of New Year’s Eve. It’s the last day of the calendar year (at least in the Gregorian calendar), and from Times Square in New York City to the dimly-lit, local watering holes, festive crowds sing, drink, holler, and carry on (some even get a few of the lyrics of “Auld Lang Syne” right!). Charleston revellers and music lovers have plenty of celebratory mini-concerts and parties to choose from. Listed below are some of the stand-out rock ‘n’ roll shows happening on New Year’s Eve. City Paper asked a member from each band for a quick and honest New Year’s resolution for 2008. Check ’em out and have a great time.
ART’S BAR & GRILL (413 Coleman Blvd., Mt. Pleasant, 849-3040)
Water Street (www.myspace.com/everettebigbee)
One of the “many musical excursions” of local rock guitarist and singer Everette Bigbee (of Big J. Hosaphat). Water Street features singer/guitarist Scott Freeman, drummer Kevin Smith, bassist Chris Nisoff.
Resolution for 2008: “Just to work more and to play with more people more of the time,” says Bigbee. “I’d like to say this is purely musical, but my wallet would like it too. And maybe quit smoking. Ha!”
CUMBERLAND’S (301 King St., Downtown, 577-9469)
Live Oak (www.liveoakjams.com)
Local rock ensemble Live Oak — singer/guitarist Campbell Brown, guitarist Brian Graham, keyboardist Stephen Stokes, bassist Ike Griffin, and drummer Dan Logan — and newly-established Modern Day Monks perform Cumberland’s last-ever gig.
Resolution for 2008: “To show how grateful we are to be a part of music here in Charleston,” says Brown. “Charleston has been very good to us. With Cumberland’s closing, what better way to start off a resolution of thankfulness than blowing the roof off on New Year’s Eve?”
HALLIGAN’S (3025 Ashley Town Center, West Ashley, 225-4347)
Dante’s Camaro (www.myspace.com/dantescamaro)
Comprised of the rowdiest members of Black Venus, MovieStar, and Skintight, local hard-rock/metal cover band Dante’s Camaro are “hell-bent on shooting demonic decibels out of our cocks and into your ears.”
Resolution for 2008: “After dominating all of the competition in ’07, Dante’s Camaro remains not only the best looking band in Charleston today — but ready to ascend to our rightful place to the top of the pile in ’08,” says singer Ben Dante.
HENRY’S ON THE BOULEVARD (816 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Mt. Pleasant, 971-1777)
Party Mouth (www.myspace.com/partymouth)
Charleston’s funky/rockin’ Party Mouth — lead vocalist Allison Tysinger, drummer/vocalist Jim Ratcliffe, bassist Jess Anderson, and guitarist J.R. Getches — play a variety of vintage soul and disco, Top 40, and ’80s arena rock with the emphasis on the heavy dance beat.
Resolution for 2008: “To create more joy, have more faith that good things will happen, and look for the blessings in my life,” says Tysinger. “How’s that for deep?”
HURRICANE ALLEY (1761 Main St., Summerville, 873-9220)
Newly-formed hard-rock quartet OverDrive and Columbia metal band Neverbetter are co-headlining the “Hard Rockin’ New Year’s Eve” in Summerville. OverDrive are “guaranteed to rock your ass off.”
Resolution for 2008: “Our official New Year’s resolution is to become Charleston’s premier rock band unparalleled in sound and performance, and to drink a few beers with our fans along the way,” says bassist Jimmy Bennett.
MORGAN CREEK GRILL (80 41st Ave., Isle of Palms, 886-8980)
Carroll Brown Trio (www.carrollbrownmusic.com)
A specially-assembled acoustic Americana set from the Carroll Brown Trio … an “easy listening” mix of American and European folk and country music.
Resolution for 2008: “To work on more gigs and to see my friends more often … which is an oxymoron,” says Brown.
THE MAP ROOM (1650 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. W. Ashley, 769-6336)
I Can’t Believe It’s Not Better (www.myspace.com/notbetter)
Local indie/punk band I Can’t Believe It’s Not Better (replete with fiddle!) share the wild bill of rock and mischief at the Map Room with The Keepers, The 33’s, and Sandinistas! (a Clash Tribute band).
Resolution for 2008: “To better our between-song banter with public speaking lessons from Miss Teen South Carolina,” chimes ICBINB’s Yates Better. “We, too, believe that our education like such as in South Africa and the Iraq everywhere like such as…”
MUSIC FARM (32 Ann St., Downtown, 853-3276)
Charleston hard-rock trio Leslie landed a great spot opening for Will Hoge (see story on p. 102) and Jason Isbell’s band. Singer-guitarist Sadler Vaden, drummer Jonathan Carmen, and bassist Jason Fox have had a killer year on the road.
Resolution for 2008: “My New Year’s resolution is to learn how to roller skate,” says Vaden. “So, if there’s any roller-girls out there that can show me a thing or two, I would be much obliged. That’s something I’ve missed out on as a young lad.”
THE POUR HOUSE (1977 Maybank Hwy., James Island, 571-4343)
Sol Driven Train (www.soldriventrain.com)
The guys from Sol Driven Train have been making Charleston dance and shake for over a decade. They welcome guitarist Clay Ross (formerly Charleston-based) as the special guest.
Resolution for 2008: Singer/guitarist Joel Timmons says, “Drink more beer and eat less chicken wings!”
RED’S ICE HOUSE (98 Church St., Mt. Pleasant, 388-0003)
The Secrets (www.myspace.com/thesecrets)
Local quintet, jamming from a funky foundation of ’70s R&B, ’60s Motown and soul, and the groovier side of classic rock.
Resolution for 2008: “I’ve resolved to start smoking,” says guitarist Doug Walters. “This year, I’m going to buckle down and get serious. I’m gonna start off with the nicotine gum, then move up to the patch, and by spring, I plan on being up to at least one and a half packs a day. If it kills me.”
SHOOTERS OF SUMMERVILLE (1704 Old Trolley Road, Summerville, (843) 873-2002)
Based in Summerville, rock quartet Neverthaless are weekend warriors who “just love jammin’, drinkin’, and laughin’ … we do it with balls and don’t take ourselves too seriously.”
Resolution for 2008: “With the forthcoming election in 2008, I’m hopeful but remain skeptical, that all of the candidates have a plan to reduce or eliminate band trailer theft,” says bassist Mike Szemly. “I resolve to hit the trail and demand answers.”
SNAPPER JACK’S (14 Center St., Folly Beach, 588-2060)
Graham Whorley Band (www.grahamwhorley.com)
Whorley is a long-time fave on the Charleston jam scene and a master with a loop pedal.
Resolution for 2008: “We would like to get more people registered to vote than we did last year,” says Whorley. “Cut down on smoking, open the ears of many new fans, and learn how to do the cha-cha.”
THE VILLAGE TAVERN (1055 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Mt. Pleasant, 884-6311)
The Explorers Club (www.myspace.com/explorersclub)
Jivin’ and twistin’ guitar-pop sextet The Explorers Club recently self-released an EP, and landed an official record deal with indie label Dead Oceans.
Resolution for 2008: “To bring our joyful sounds to as many people as possible this coming year,” says lead guitarist Jason Brewer. “2008 holds a lot of promise.”
WILD WING (6 N. Market St., Downtown, 722-9464)
Soul Fish (www.otherbrotherent.com)
Soul Fish — guitarists Rotie Salley and Kenny Meyer, bassist Blair Halford, and drummer/percussionist/lead vocalist Morgan Sprott — handle a variety of melodic classic rock tunes and Top 40.
Resolution for 2008: “If you do not take pride in your work, it’s not worth doing,” says Sprott.
WILD WING — MT. PLEASANT (664 Coleman Blvd., Mt. Pleasant, 971-WING)
Plane Jane (www.planejanerocks.com)
The funk/party-rock band — led by guitarist Scott Sain — perform from a set of over 400 covers of Motown and 1960s classics, ’70s Top-40 hits, disco, funk, rock, hip-hop, and pop.
Resolution for 2008: Sain says, “No more drinking, no more cursing, all Josh Groban songs for 2000 … and definitely no more lying!”
WILD WING — N. CHARLESTON (7618 Rivers Ave., N. Charleston, 818-WING)
Specializing in an impressively wide variety of classic and modern rock and guitar pop — from the Stones and Cash to Petty and Pearl Jam.
Resolution for 2008: “To have a new disc finished and ready in 2008,” says singer/guitarist Matt Jordan.
THE WINDJAMMER (1008 Ocean Blvd., Isle of Palms, 886-8948)
The Blue Dogs (www.bluedogs.com)
Windjammer veterans Blue Dogs celebrate New Year’s Eve with special guests The Edison Project.
Resolution for 2008: “To write some strong new material,” says singer/guitarist Bobby Houck. “We’ve always written songs for specific projects. Now that we’re not touring full-time, I’d love to get some new material and perhaps make it into a recording studio in 2008.”