Although the wily guitarist doesn’t want to make a to-do about it, Everette Bigbee is set to bounce back into action this Wed. Dec. 26 at Art’s Bar (413 Coleman Blvd., (843) 849-3040) with the special rockin’ event “Everette Bigbee’s Birthday Jam.” Bigbee began hosting weekly “open mic” events on Mondays at Art’s in Mt. Pleasant three years ago. Ev can hang with the best musicians in town, through wild psychedelic freak-outs, power ballads, fiery blues, and Southern rock. Happy birthday, Everette.

Free Fridays at Halligan’s

Formerly of the Music Farm staff, longtime scenester Jimbo Webb recently started as operations manager and talent buyer at Halligan’s Restaurant & Bar in West Ashley (3025 Ashley Towne Center, (843) 225-4347). With sponsorship from 98X, he helped kick off a new weekly local music showcase called Free Live Music Friday. “We are going to try and host a Friday night free concert series each and every week, featuring local and regional bands,” says Webb. “We’ve improved the PA system and the lighting rig, and we want to promote these shows as concerts instead of bar gigs.” Upcoming shows include local groovers TrickKnee on Fri. Dec. 28, Charlotte power trio Blanco Diablo on Fri. Jan. 4, and local rockers Broadside on Fri. Jan. 18. Check out www.halligansonline.com for more info.

R.I.P. Ike

Music legend Izaear Luster “Ike” Turner — a singer/guitarist/arranger, soul legend, and member of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame — died last week at his home in San Diego at the age of 76. He scored a hit in 1951 with what Sam Phillips called “the first rock ‘n’ roll record ever” — “Rocket 88.” Through the 1960s, he and wife Annie Mae Bullock (a.k.a. Tina) performed with his blistering soul revue, The Kings of Rhythm, and formed a unique and often stormy musical partnership. Visit www.iketurner.com for more.

R.I.P. Dan

Singer/songwriter Dan Fogelberg, known best for the soft-rock “Leader of the Band” and “Same Old Lang Syne,” died on Dec. 16 at his home in Maine after battling prostate cancer. He was 56. I can still remember “jamming” in the Simons Center rehearsal room on the drum kit to songs off The Power of Gold with my first drum teacher, Shani Diggs, accompanying on piano. See www.danfogelberg.com for more. —T. Ballard Lesemann