Old-time | Cane Creek String Band
w/ The Mustache Brothers,The Old Guard, Dallas Baker & Friends, and Don Merckle & The Blacksmiths
Wed. Sept. 3
6 p.m.
Awendaw Green

If you’re keen on experiencing the crisp mountain air and cold springs of Appalachia sans the uphill drive, give the Cane Creek String Band a listen. With banjos aplenty, mandolin, fiddle, upright bass, guitar, and June Carter-like vocals, the Charleston-based band will have you in a Smoky Mountain state of mind in no time. The band got together two years ago, and the quintet is quite the roster of old-time music aficionados. Banjoist Dave Linder is the founder of Lowcountry Friends of Old Time Music, a group that meets monthly to cut up and talk about their love of 1930s’ numbers. Clawhammer banjoist Dr. Edwin McAllister is an English professor and member of the Mississippi Old Time Music Society. Vocalist and fiddler Lane Gregory McAllister sounds as if she just stepped out of Irish folklore and has a great grandfather who had a rag band back in the day. Bassist Gina Perez has a Cuban and Puerto Rican background that gives her an enviable edge when it comes to putting down rhythms. And self-taught fiddler Bertha Booker played throughout Ireland and now leads local Irish sessions. Put ’em all together along with a vintage dresscode, and it’s easy to see why the bluegrass folksters opened this summer for the Carolina Chocolate Drops’ Dom Flemons. The Cane Creek String Band is just one of several acts to join the Awendaw Barn Jam this week. —Kelly Rae Smith WEDNESDAY


SOUL FUNK | Elise Testone & the James Brown Dance Party
Fri. Sept. 5
9 p.m.
$10/adv., $12/door

Dust off your dancing shoes, because Elise Testone is back with another installment of her annual James Brown Dance Party. Testone will share the stage with a strong backing band that includes guitarist Lee Barbour, bassist Ben Wells, drummer Stuart White, baritone saxophonist Simon Harding, tenor saxophonist Michael Quinn, trumpet player Charlton Singleton, backup vocalist Zandrina Dunning, and pianist Immanuel Houston. Don’t think for one second that this group of musicians is just a bunch of pretty faces — they know how to get down, too. “Lee Barbour wears his American flag pants shirtless, which is always pretty great, and the fun seriously never stops once we hit the stage,” Testone says. “I’m hoping to incorporate some dancers.” In the past, Testone’s setlist has included songs from funk greats like Jamiroqui and Tower of Power, but she will solely focus on the Godfather of Soul this go-around. That can be a daunting task for the average vocalist, but for an American Idol veteran and City Paper readers’ Best Female Vocalist, it should be a walk in the park. Testone expects this to be a rump-shaking affair, so prepare to sweat and sing along. “It’s one big open party where we can all be on the same level and dance our worries away for a few hours,” says Testone. “I wanted an excuse to party and spread the positive energy.” —J. Chapa FRIDAY


Fri. Sept. 5
10 p.m.
Fiery Ron’s Home Team BBQ
West Ashley

From Israeli jazz clubs to an international blues competition, guitarist Ori Naftaly is known for a sound that emulates the psychedelic ’60s. “I’m inspired by everybody, man, everybody. But if you want to choose one name … Jimi Hendrix,” Naftaly says. The Ori Naftaly Band mixes hippie blues with long instrumental solos as heard on their debut A True Friend (Is Hard To Find) and sophomore effort Happy for Good. You’ll hear elements of Janis Joplin-style vocals and Stevie Ray Vaughan-esque guitar work on both releases. The band is also composed of Israeli songwriter and lead vocalist Eleanor Tsaig, Chicago-based drummer Ty Drums, and Memphis guitarist Prentiss Alajuwan Yancy. The group is based out of Yancy’s stomping grounds but has strong Israeli roots and influences since Naftaly and Tsaig both got their start there. “We became serious about being musicians, and that’s why we went international. The Memphis community has been good to us, making us feel at home,” says Naftaly. The pay-off for the move was becoming a semi-finalist in the International Blues Competition in 2013. Naftaly and company recently released the single “Do It To Ya,” which will be featured on their already-written new album. “We have only recorded the new single, since we’ve been busy touring for 11 months from coast to coast,” says Naftaly. —Kalyn Oyer FRIDAY


PUNK | Ramones Tribute
Sun. Sept. 7
7 p.m.
Tin Roof

You can’t get very far without seeing the iconic Ramones presidential eagle logo splashed across the chest of a man, woman, or teenager these days, and it’s for a damn good reason. The Ramones are about as American as apple pie. Arturo Vega, designer of the legendary logo, put an apple tree branch rather than an olive one in the right claw of the eagle for that very reason. A bat was placed in the other simply because Johnny Ramone loved baseball. They were the anti-rock stars. The Ramones taught us that you could write a good hook without being flashy or complicated in your songwriting. The recent passing of the last original Ramone, Tommy, left this world a darker place. However, the Tin Roof means to brighten it up with the very songs the band left us with. A long list of acts including Punks&Snakes, Teenage Eagle, Bully Pulpit, Glowgoyle, and Arleigh Hertzler (The Defilers) will pay tribute to the punk pioneers. When it comes to The Ramones’ legacy, Hertzler puts it perfectly. “They proved that you don’t have to be a great guitar player or a great singer to make a connection with your audience,” he says. “Heart and soul go further for me, so they’ve always been heroes in that way.” The show will go toward legal fees for porno-funk musician Blowfly, whose home was seized by the IRS. If $500 is raised, he’ll write a song about the Tin Roof. —J. Chapa SUNDAY