TRIBUTE | Elvis Ain’t Dead Fest
w/ DJ KY and Battle of the Elvi
Fri. Aug. 18
8 p.m.
Pour House

Elvis Presley’s 40-year “death” anniversary is this week, and to celebrate his successful escape to Argentina back in 1977, Charlietown Prints presents the second-annual Elvis Ain’t Dead Fest this Friday. Five local bands — Madam Adam, Mike Martin & the Beautiful Mess, ’17 Comeback Special, Dante’s Jumpsuit, and Horror Business — will go all Elvis-y and compete in the Battle of the Elvi, while comedian Jessica Mickey emcees the night of assorted shenanigans. Brown’s Court Bakery will recreate Elvis and Priscilla’s wedding cake — a six-tier beauty requiring 20 pounds of Crisco. Next door, The Lot will serve up grub inspired by the cookbook, Are You Hungry Tonight?, beginning at 7 p.m. The night also includes Elvis Imposter and Elvis’ Leading Ladies Imposter contests, a pelvis-off, and an Elvis-dead-on-the-toilet photo booth. On the deck, there’ll be live pompadour stylings by Urban Nirvana’s Liza Hartz and Harlie Smith and a vintage market with Runaround Sue Vintage (oh yeah, that would be me), Grease Kelly Vintage, Tuff Stuff Vintage, and Third Eye Vintage. Don’t know ’bout you but we can’t help falling in love with an eve full o’ Elvis. —Kelly Rae Smith FRIDAY


BENEFIT | Rock the Rescue
Fri. Aug. 18, Sat. Aug. 19
Various venues
8 p.m.
$7/venue per night
$20/two-day pass

Putting pets first is the name of the game this weekend. Beginning Friday, Rock the Rescue — a two-day fest with 40 bands performing across six local venues — will raise money for the Francis R. Willis SPCA. Every genre, from hip-hop and pop to rock ‘n’ roll, will join forces to help the growing need for emergency medical care and heartworm treatments for Lowcountry animals. “Each and every day we are closer to ending unnecessary euthanasia in Dorchester Country, and every dollar makes a difference to change an animal’s life,” says Kally Knight, Community Outreach Coordinator at FRWSPCA. On both Friday and Saturday, proceeds from shows at Tin Roof, Sand Shack Bar & Grill, The Pub on 61, Shooters of Summerville, The Sparrow, and Southern Shakers Bar & Grill will go to the nonprofit. Every show kicks off at 8 p.m., and two-day passes are available for $20. For a full list of bands, the schedule, and to purchase tickets, go to rocktherescuecharleston.com. —Kelly Rae Smith FRIDAY-SATURDAY


ROOTS REGGAE | Culture & Kenyatta Hill
w/ Gullah Roots
Thurs. Aug. 17
9 p.m.
Music Farm

Reggae fans kneel at the alter of Culture. Originally led by Joseph Hill, the group formed in the mid-’70s and quickly released what is commonly referred to as one of the greatest reggae albums of all time, Two Sevens Clashing. Culture released music and toured consistently for their entire career, garnering a diverse fanbase around the world, thanks to their highly politicized lyrics and occasionally apocalyptic imagery. While on tour in 2006, Hill passed away and his son Kenyatta took his place on stage for the remainder of the tour. Currently, Kenyatta sings for Culture on their continued relentless touring. “It was just very hard, because losing my dad at that time and never had to sing before in my whole life at that time — it was just very hard,” says Kenyatta. The performances were given outstanding reviews, with many pointing out Kenyatta’s strong and passionate renditions of his father’s songs. The current tour is in celebration of the 40th anniversary of Two Sevens Clashing. As Kenyatta puts it, the message the band was expounding all those years ago still remains, despite the world changing around it. “We’re still on the same path, we’re still recording the same Culture. Yes, the beats kind of differ sometimes, but the lyrical content never changes. We have to keep the roots and culture.” ­—Heath Ellison THURSDAY


FAMILY HIP-HOP | Secret Agent 23 Skidoo
Mon. Aug. 21
12 p.m.
The Bend

Family oriented rappers are like the Loch Ness Monster or the upcoming eclipse: not commonly seen, truly fascinating, and something kids will talk about endlessly. So, it’s only fitting that family-friendly hip-hop man Secret Agent 23 Skidoo will perform at The Bend’s Eclipse Celebration. Skidoo outfits his quirky kids rap shows with Charleston dance crew Dancing on Air, golden-era rhyming styles, and positive messages for the youth. His song “Gotta Be You” is an empowerment track about learning to love yourself and not looking for self-validation in the approval of others. Maybe adults can learn something, too. “I keep experimenting with how sophisticated and intelligent I can make family music,” says Skidoo. “Kids comprehend a lot more than people think they do.” From its onset, Skidoo’s music was meant to be a way for him to expose his daughter to rap music. “I realized a gap in the market. There wasn’t really any hip-hop out there that I could introduce [my daughter] to.” His bonding exercise turned into his 2008 album Easy and a career that eventually led to a Grammy Award for Best Children’s Album with 2016’s Infinity Plus One. If that’s not enough, Skidoo’s performance at the Bend will have a couple surprises in store for the audience. “We’re bringing a dragon. That’s all I’m saying.” —Heath Ellison MONDAY

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