The Palmetto Acoustic Series kicks back into action this Thurs. Jan. 17 from 8-10 p.m. with Celtic/folk music from local combo The Hungry Monks and acoustic originals from singer/guitarist Jason Marcum. Held at the Communications Museum (housed in the Elliot House at 58 George St. on the CofC campus), the series is a free showcase of local and regional singer/songwriters performing original music. “The venue is truly unique and intimate and blends well with the museum setting,” says director Madeline Evans. “Each show features singer/songwriters performing an hour of their music.” For more info, call (843) 953-5810, or visit www.myspace.com/palmettoacoustic.


Local underground rockers Zonaea — bassist Bobby Kinne, drummer Pat Queen, and guitarist Ron Redick Doug Robertson — celebrate an official CD release on Fri. Jan. 18 at the Village Tavern. They say they sound like “the Jesus Lizard-meets-Johnny Rotten-meets Old Time Relijun.” Hopefully, City Paper will get a copy. Somebody Else’s Problems open (but that’s not your problem). Check www.village-tavern.com and www.myspace.com/zonaea for more.


Guitarist Scott Sain and the Plane Jane guys recently completed building and equipping Blacktree Studios, a new recording facility on Johns Island. “We are ready for some sessions,” says Sain. “It is all hard disk-based with great gear from Avalon, John Hardy, Focusrite, Lexicon, and others. The studio is available for bands, singer/songwriters, pre-production, full projects, and anything in between.” Sain plans to work as the main engineer. Rates are $25-40 per hour, depending on the set-up. “We also have been recording kids of all ages who want to have a CD to give to family members as gifts. What could be better than a professionally recorded project full of your child singing his or her favorite songs?” Call Sain at Blacktree at (843) 557-0785 or visit www.myspace.com/planejanerocks for more information.


Singer/guitarist Rene Russell performed at 11 Center Street’s final evening in business on Sat. Jan. 12. Located on Folly Beach, the venue booked acoustic acts a few times a month and added a nice dash of elegance to the most touristy block on the island. The Charleston Crab House plans to re-open it and book weekly live music under a new name this winter. —T. Ballard Lesemann