Dirty Kids Say ‘See Ya!’
Charleston ensemble Lindsay Holler & The Dirty Kids just announced that their “last show” is set for Sat. May 17 at the Pour House. After two years of musical adventure, the band is splitting amicably. City Paper tagged them as the scene’s “Most Indefatigable Band” in the recent Best of Charleston edition — mainly for Holler’s powerful and beautiful mix of jazz, classical, roots-rock, and deep folk styles. Bassist Ben Wells, percussionist Nick Jenkins, vibes player Michael Hanf, and guitarist Dave Linaburg will aim for new adventures in and outside of Charleston this summer and fall. “We bid a tremendous farewell to some of our own, as they make their way on to other places and bigger things,” Holler stated in a recent press release. “I hold this unique group of people very close to my heart and am honored to have spent these past two years making music with them. I know I am a better person and a better musician for it!” The frontlady says they’ll pull out all sorts of tricks at the Pour House as “one hell of a send-off.” Chapel Hill singer/guitarist Noah Smith’s band The Never and Asheville/Knoxville-based singer/guitarist Jeff Zetner (of garage/blues trio Creech Holler) are on the bill as well. Check out www.lindsayholler.net and for more.
Helmet Takes Dive
N.Y.C. 1990s rock vets Helmet — yes, the very Helmet led by singer/guitarist Page Hamilton who rose to prominence in the alternative scene during the early ’90s — are set for a concert at The Dive (1680 Fletcher St., Goose Creek) on Sat. May 17. Helmet confirmed only a handful of U.S. dates in between Australian and European tours — and this gig is one of them. The 1992 disc Meantime put them on the map with an industrial-strength sound. Their new album is titled Monochrome. See www.helmetmusic.com for more.
Clifford Series: Piccolo Fringe
The folks at Piccolo Spoleto recently adjusted their Piccolo Fringe schedule to include a three-night performance from local singer/songwriter Jay Clifford. Formerly of longtime Charleston pop/rock band Jump (a.k.a. Jump, Little Children), the serious-minded Clifford legitimately stands as one of the scene’s most significant figures. The “Evening with Jay Clifford” sets on June 5-7 at the American Theater (446 King St., 843-722-3456) will feature acoustic versions of many of the songs on his recent solo album, Driving Blind, as well as classics from the Jump and Rosebud catalogs. Tickets are available for $15 at www.ticketmaster.com. Visit www.piccolospoleto.com and www.myspace.com/jaycliffordmusic for more.
J.A.C. Presents Pre-Piccolo Jazz Event
The Jazz Artists of Charleston — a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the jazz community — recently announced an official partnership with the Office of Cultural Affairs in producing many events in the 2008 Piccolo Jazz Series, including a two-week series called “Upstairs at Mistral” at Mistral (off 180 Meeting St.). On Sun. May 18, JAC present Footnotes at Footlight, a pre-festival preview reception and concert, at the Footlight Players Theatre (20 Queen St., 843-722-4487) from 6-8 p.m. See www.jazzartistsofcharleston.org for more.
Royster Tributes Posies
Songwriter Frank Royster (singer/guitarist of The Hed Shop Boys, and a recently added member of The Fire Apes) has recorded a rendition of The Posies’ “Under Easy” (from the band’s debut Failure) with engineer Jamie Hoover (of Charlotte pop/rock band The Spongetones) to be included on the three-disc compilation, Beautiful Escape: The Songs of The Posies Revisited. The Burning Sky label (www.myspace.com/burningskyrecords) unveiled the 45-track, three-disc album at a CD release party as part of The Posies’ 20th Anniversary show at Neumo’s in Seattle on May 17. Royster and his backing band are set to play at the Charlotte Pop Fest — a two-day “power pop” music festival to take place on Fri. July 4 and Sat. July 5 at The Alley Cat (314 N. College St.). They’ll perform a pre-Pop Fest gig at the Map Room alongside Athens, Ga., indie-pop band The Vinyl Strangers on Sat. June 28. Look for special guests from the Hed Shop Boys and the Fire Apes at both events this week. Visit www.myspace.com/franklinroyster and www.charlottepopfest.com for more.
Local hard-rock band Blindsyght — vocalist John Llewellyn, guitarist Dustin Schel, bassist Chris Viera, drummer Wade Szesko (ex-The Citizen), and guitarist Carl Wannamaker (formerly of Josephine) — recently received the pressings of their new six-song, self-titled debut album. They officially celebrate the release of the collection on Fri. June 20 with a headlining gig at Halligan’s Restaurant & Bar (3025 Ashley Town Center, Suite 201, 843-225-4347). The tunes were recorded at Terrestrial Imagination Studios (with some extra production by Knight Booking’s Kally Knight). Check out www.myspace.com/blindsyght and www.halligansonline.com for more.