MB Road Trip!
Coming up at the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach: ’70s funk/rock faves Mother’s Finest get down on Wed. Aug. 16; L.A. metal legends Poison and Cinderella share the stage on Wed. Aug. 23 (see p. 101); Carolina songsmith Edwin McCain and his band headline on Thurs. Aug. 24. Check the full schedule at www.hob.com/venues/clubvenues/myrtlebeach.
FLK COMES ALIVE
Longtime on-again/off-again Charleston punk band Funny Looking Kids (a.k.a. FLK) plan to record their show at the Village Tavern on Fri. Aug. 18 for a live album and DVD package. Drummer Jason McFarland, guitarist Clint Fore, bassist Tom Duke, and singer Kevin Taylor (a former Charlestonian now based in San Fran) share the stage with the latest version of Matter (also fronted by Taylor) and Velocette recording act Brass Castle. Check www.village-tavern.com for details.
MAYOR STUPID MIKE?
If local radio personality Mike “Stupid Mike” Fili — known best as a cohost and weekend DJ on 96 Wave — actually wins the James Island Mayoral general election on Tues. Aug. 29, we predict the 23-year-old James Island native will deliver a simple, gracious, one-word acceptance speech: “Thanks.”
The New Uncertain-Ts?
After a spur-of-the-moment gig (with no rehearsals) at Art’s Bar & Grill last month that assembled the former members of local ’90s-era power-pop band The Uncertain-Ts, it looks like guitarists Frank Royster (of the Hed Shop Boys) and Jeff Bateman (of The Frogmoores), drummer Tom Hamer, and bassist Jay Volpe (both currently of The Hed Shop Boys and The Fire Apes) have plans to pick things up and move ahead under the new name “Frankie Goes 2 Hanahan.” They played again at Art’s earlier this month and plan to make another appearance in the venue on Wed. Aug. 23. Check www.myspace.com/frankiegoes2hanahan for more.
PANIC SPREADS OUT
Veteran rock band Widespread Panic recently announced a lineup change. Guitarist George McConnell, who stepped in for late, cofounding band member “Mikey” Houser four years ago, announced he’d be leaving this month to pursue other projects. The remainder of Panic’s summer tour in support of their latest studio album, Earth to America, will proceed. Stepping in for McConnell will be guitarist Jimmy Herring, a veteran of the Allmans, Aquarium Rescue Unit, and the newly-formed Herring, Rodgers & Sipe trio. He joins the band for a fall tour that will start Sept. 14 with a three-day run in N.Y.C. at Radio City Music Hall. See www.widespreadpanic.com for more.
Veteran Louisiana alt/pop band Better Than Ezra conduct a three-night stint at the Windjammer this week in support of their latest album Before the Robots (Artemis). While the Wed. Aug. 16 show is already sold out, tickets are still available for the Thurs. Aug. 17 and Fri. Aug. 18 shows for $20 (go to www.etix.com or www.the-windjammer.com). L.A. songwriter Trevor Hall is set to open all shows (www.trevorhallmusic.com).
DANNY ISLAND CONCERT #1
S.C.-bred Grammy Award winners Hootie & The Blowfish make it back to Daniel Island this week for the “Fourth Annual Homegrown Concert.” The event is scheduled for 8 p.m. on Fri. Aug. 18 at the Family Circle Magazine Stadium. Proceeds from this week’s event benefit the Hootie & The Blowfish Foundation. Tickets are available for $36, $28, and $20 through at www.etix.com. Check www.familycircletenniscenter.com and www.hootie.com for more.
DANNY ISLAND CONCERT #2
Staind return to the Lowcountry to headline a concert on Sun. Aug. 27 at Blackbaud Stadium on Daniel Island with Three Days Grace, Breaking Benjamin, Soil, Dropping Daylight, and Evans Blue. Presented by 98X and The Plex, tickets are available at www.etix.com for $30. See www.theplexonline.com and www.staind.com for more.
SHAKE SOME ACTION
Great boogly-woogly, Little Steven’s Underground Garage Rolling Rock ‘n’ Roll Show — presented by Steven Van Zandt’s syndicated rock radio show — bomps into town on Tues. Sept. 26 at the Music Farm with the garage rock, punk, and ’60s pop sounds of The Zombies (UK), The Mooney Suzuki (NYC), The Woggles (Atlanta), The Forty Fives (Atlanta), and local band The Explorers Club on the bill. Tickets are $20. See
Local prog/indie rock band The DaliDrama — featuring singer/guitarist Chris Patterson (ex-Maestro, Wormbelly), guitarist John Emerson, bassist Todd Few — announced the departure of drummer Brian Hokins and the addition of drummer Stephen Blackmore (also of the Lowercase Thieves). The guys are set to make their Charleston debut at Cumberland’s on Fri. Oct. 20 with support from the Thieves and DJ D-Rock. Check www.myspace.com/thedalidrama for more. —T. Ballard Lesemann