QUIET ON THE BEACH
Two of Charleston’s most local-musician-friendly bars are closing forever this week. After 23 years at the helm of Bert’s Bar on Sullivan’s Island (2209 Middle St.), owner Tim Runyan says he’ll be unable to pay the rent hikes his landlords are imposing in January. He says the smoking ban was the “nail in my coffin,” but that the influx of wealthy immigrants to the island have put Bert’s “below the income level” of most residents. Only a few miles away by water, the Barrier Island Surf Shop on Folly Beach (2013 Folly Road) has also been evicted from their marshfront location. Proprietor Wes Lybrand says the landowners plan to put about 40 small homes on the roughly four-acre plot. “We had every type of band you could imagine, and this was one of the last landmarks out here that wasn’t already condos,” says Lybrand. “I may do something a little closer to downtown this spring, but I’ll make sure I have a really good, long lease.” —Stratton Lawrence
The Tin Roof: Open!
Housed at the old West Ashley Bait & Tackle (1117 Magnolia Road in West Ashley), The Tin Roof is a brand-new music venue, restaurant, and tavern. According to management they’ll be open from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m., serving mostly from a cozy menu of specialty hot dogs, sausage sandwiches, and home-cut fries. They plan to book live music for the weekends and several weekly trivia, karaoke, and movie nights for the main room and the outside deck. Call the venue at (843) 571-0775 for more info. —T. Ballard Lesemann
The Map Room hosts the 2nd Annual Ho-Ho-Honky-Tonk Tour — “a collective of rockabilly, country, and Southern rock to enhance your Xmas cheer” — on Fri. Dec. 14, with sets from The Bo-Stevens and Hick’ry Hawkins and his band (local trio The Defilers had to bail at the last minute due to broken bass player). Cover is five bucks. Check www.themaproom.net and www.myspace.com/hickryhawkins for more. —TBL
Charleston-based vocalist Quiana Parler has secured a role as Effie White in the upcoming production of Dreamgirls, scheduled to run from Jan. 12-20 in the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium at the Progress Energy Center. Five years ago, Parler, a native of Harleyville, made her first big splash in town performing in Calvin Gilmore’s Serenade on John Street. Visit www.nctheatre.com and www.quianaparlermusic.com for more. —TBL