w/ Grateful Dawg
Sat. Aug. 6
4 p.m.
The Pour House

Grateful Dead singer/guitarist Jerry Garcia took a much more stripped-down, simple approach to music with his namesake band, which released its only studio album, Cats Under The Stars, in 1978. And it’s that raw perspective that John Holenko plans to pay tribute to at Garcia Gathering, a Pour House-style celebration of the Dead frontman’s birthday. Holenko will play a set of Jerry Garcia Band material with his Celtic-bluegrass troupe, the Hungry Monks. “Jerry’s stuff with the Garcia Band was always a bit different,” Holenko says. “He wanted to get away from that crazy, improvisational stuff and lean more towards blues, Motown, and singer-songwriter kind of stuff. He always did that as a way to kind of get away from the craziness and play in smaller venues for more intimate crowds. It draws on a lot more traditional music, digging up a lot of those old blues and folk tunes. I think he wanted to keep that old stuff alive.” Garcia Gathering begins Fri. Aug. 5 with Cosmic Charlie and continues on the deck with the Hungry Monks on Saturday before wrapping up that night with the Reckoning, who will perform the Dead’s Cornell University show from May 8, 1977 in its entirety. —Vincent Harris SATURDAY


DREAM POP | Tape Waves
Sat. Aug. 6
6 p.m.
The Vinyl Countdown

You didn’t think you were going to reach the end of summer without new Tape Waves tunes did you? Nothing soundtracks a day at the beach better than sounds by the local dream-pop duo, couple Kim and Jarod Weldin. And since it’s been two years since their debut, the hazy Let You Go, Tape Waves has dropped a new LP to help y’all beat the blazing August heat. Out last week, Here to Fade is a collection of 10 sunny, chill songs all about love, adventure, and the passage of time. Vocalist Kim says that the end of track “Standing in Line” is her favorite moment from the record. “I think the sound is a little unique for us,” she says. “It still has a dreamy, hazy vibe, but I can hear a change in us at the end of that song. I think it’s a good representation of the direction we want to move towards.” Tape Waves will perform this weekend at Here to Fade‘s release and listening party at the Vinyl Countdown.
Kelly Rae Smith SATURDAY


PUNK-POP | Steve Hit Mike
w/ The Brothers, Hearts On Fire
Sat. Aug. 6
8 p.m.
$10 suggested donation
The Sparrow

Seven years have passed since local trio Steve Hit Mike played their raucous-but-tight brand of jittery punk-pop, so bassist Jeff Riddle admits there might be a little rust on the machinery when the band gets back together this weekend. “I think it might be tetanus-level rust,” he says with a laugh. But special occasions call for special celebrations, so the band figured that while Riddle and guitarist Chris Love are in town for drummer Brian Cochran’s wedding, they might as well have a reunion show. “Brian’s getting married in the afternoon, and later that evening, we’re playing a show,” he says. They’ll also bring old friends the Brothers, comprised of, you guessed it, brothers — Charleston-born, current Atlanta residents Phil and Justin Allen to be precise — and North Charleston punk-rockers Hearts on Fire along for the ride. “They’re all just people we know, friends of ours who have played in various bands throughout the years,” he says. “It’s going to be fun.” Proceeds from the door will go to the family of the late Eric Brantley. —Vincent Harris SATURDAY


EXPERIMENTAL EDM | The Birthday Show
w/ Contour, Omari Jazz, Blissfall, brainorchestra.
Thurs. Aug 4
7 p.m.
$5 suggested donation
APB Store

Contour, a.k.a Khari Lucas, is turning 21. Hence the aptly titled The Birthday Show, a night of underground electronic music provided by Contour himself alongside visiting out-of-state friends. The show was curated to reflect Lucas’ musical tastes, and he promises that this birthday bash will be unlike any other electro hip-hop show around town. Rather than rap, the show will focus more on electronic music and beats reminiscent of Flying Lotus, Madlib, and Rustie. Lucas has a few birthday surprises up his sleeve for his own set. “I’ve been practicing a little bit with bass guitar and trying to find ways to incorporate that into my performance as well as just practicing my vocal tracks,” he says. He also hints at dropping a few teasers from the album he’s currently working on. After this show, Lucas plans on taking some time to rest and work on music, perhaps changing things up and moving toward more experimentation. He explains, “I want to rely less on my computer and put more effort into actually playing instruments and incorporating different elements into my set.”
—Graham Crolley THURSDAY