Singer/guitarist Carroll Brown organized a four-venue benefit series on Sun. Nov. 16 for David Tyler. “Our great friend and fellow full time musician has been battling kidney cancer and unable to work since June,” says Brown. “David is one of Charleston’s finest musicians. He has a wonderful and fully supportive wife and son and hopes to return to work full time.” Things kick off at the Spiritline Cruises on the harbor with a cruise from 3-6 p.m. featuring tunes on two decks from Brown, The High Tide Band, The Benefit Band (Tyler, Jesse Wales, Wayne Winkle, and Larry Farina), Hugh Price, Susie Summers & Al, and Sharon Cumbee. That’s followed by three separate shows across town in the evening. At Dunleavy’s Pub on Sullivan’s Island, Brown, Cumbee, Summers, Ronnie Johnson, and Frank Waddell perform acoustic folk and country at 6:30 p.m. At the Pour House on James Island, the Call Mama Band (Bob Tobin, David Owens, Ted McKee, and Bruce Roberts), Price, and Dangermuffin perform on the deck between 6:30-9 p.m. The Sunfire Grill & Bistro in West Ashley hosts acoustic sets from Calvin Taylor, Chris Tidestrom, and Pete Ledbetter from 6:30-11 p.m. —T. Ballard Lesemann


DJ, musician, and producer Cam Jamm and video jockey Diz present a multi-media Night of Hard Dance at the Purple Tree Lounge on Wed. Nov. 12 at 9 p.m. Cam says they’ll spin a variety of house and techno from his own studio mixes and beats — from Ibiza and future funk to trance, jungle, and drum ‘n’ bass. Cover is $5 until 11 p.m. and $10 afterward. Visit for more. —TBL


Umphrey’s McGee’s press release refers to them as “heirs to the Phish throne.” We’ll all see about that when the boys from Vermont make their return in March, but McGee have certainly earned themselves some cred in recent years. The creative band takes improvisation to new levels, utilizing signals like a happy face (major chords) to a sad face (minor chords) to stay in touch during exploratory moments. Touring on the live release Jimmy Stewart 2007, their Music Farm show on Sun. Nov. 16 should be filled with lightning fast noodley-guitar solos, and noodley-dancers trying to keep up. Keep a firm grip on your beers, groove soldiers. Visit for more. —Stratton Lawrence