Coming up at the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach: blues-rock guitarist Derek Trucks and his band share the stage with jammers Railroad Earth on Fri. April 7; UV delivers a tribute to U2 on Sat. April 8. Check www.hob.com/venues/clubvenues/myrtlebeach.


Local guitarist and cellist Ward Williams — best known for his work with local band Jump and the weekly “Hair-e-oke” heavy metal karaoke at Cumberland’s — celebrates the release of his debut solo album this month. He and his current band — Evan Bivins (drums), Lee Barbour (guitar), and Ash Hopkins (bass, keys) — have a 10-day tour booked through the South and a local CD release show scheduled at the Village Tavern on April 15. The 12-song, self-titled collection will be available in stores on Tues. April 12. See www.jumphq.com for more.


“Sacred Steel” virtuoso Robert Randolph and his high-kickin’ group The Family Band return to Charleston for a concert at The Plex on Wed. April 19. The band is touring in support of their recent studio album Unclassified, and a forthcoming release. Tickets are $20. Call 225-PLEX (7539), or check www.theplexonline.com.


Morgan Creek Grill, located on the waterway side of the Isle of Palms at 80 41st Ave. (near the Wild Dunes entrance) has announced an expanded schedule of live entertainment and dance nights. They’ve reopened the Upper Deck Bar & Grill for lunch and dinner and scheduled live acoustic music from such local acts as Rene Russell, Blue Cotton, Rick Strickland, Triple Lindy, and Two3Ways. Downstairs in the Marina Bar Room, DJ Jim Bowers and DJ Bert Lawson will tag-team duties on the sound system, spinning music for pro shaggers and visitors alike (oldies, soul, beach music, and Motown classics). Call 886-8980 or check www.morgancreekgrill.com. Coconut Joe’s (1120 Ocean Blvd.), celebrated their seasonal kick-off last week. Look for a rotation of live acoustic rock from Skip Sullins, Edward Orr, Greg Smith, and reggae acts such as True Concept and Mystic Vibrations on their upstairs deck six evenings a week. Call 886-0046 for info. Down the block at the Banana Cabana (1130 Ocean Blvd.), such local acoustic singer/guitarists as Sullins, Paul Jamison, Tyler Jones, and David Bethany will provide acoustic rock and beach tunes in the afternoons and evenings on weekends. Call 886-4361 for more info.