Eddie Hogan, longtime publisher and editor of Charleston’s Free Time (“The Lowcountry’s Original Entertainment Newspaper”), is on the road to recovery after some serious medical treatment. He received a kidney transplant in May, and, with a weakened immune system, battled infections through the summer and fall. “Somehow, he got a bacteria, and it hit him quickly and really knocked him out,” reports his wife Laura. “It was quite scary for me. I can’t imagine how it was for him. They released him from the hospital last week after just getting out of ICU, but he is much better.” Thankfully, he’s on the road to recovery now. While his new kidney has been pronounced healthy, some of his new medicine has temporarily blurred his vision. Hogan published the first issue of Free Time in Aug. 1990. The editor/publisher deserves praise for cranking out a semi-monthly collection of music stories, show listings — in Charleston and beyond — and locally written editorials and columns from such coastal characters as Andy “Smoky” Weiner, Tom “Noonan” Werner, Skye Suarez, and Kevin Oliver, among others. All classified “musicians” advertisements are still free to musicians. Well-wishers may contact Hogan by e-mail at or by post to P.O. Box 51448, Summerville, S.C. 29485.


Fiery Ron’s Home Team BBQ (1205 Ashley River Rd.) hosts a locally assembled tribute to The Clash this Fri. Nov. 30. Calling themselves Sandinistas!, rockers Kevin McCrary, Chris Oplinger, Eric Atwood, Henry Fishburne, and Roger Martinez came together earlier this year to “celebrate the music of The Clash and bring this music to a new generation of listeners.” They plan to cover much of the vast catalog — from “Bankrobber” to “White Man In Hammersmith Palais.” Check out and for more.


Known for such soulful hits as “What Kind of Fool” and “Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy,” beach music/R&B act The Tams (featuring R.L. Smith) perform at this years Cabooty’s 18th Annual Holiday Celebration, set for Sat. Dec. 1 at the Omar Shrine Temple (176 Patriots Point Road, Mt. Pleasant). Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $30. Proceeds benefit Camp Happy Days, a facility aimed at helping children diagnosed with cancer and their families. See and for more. —T. Ballard Lesemann