POUR SOME WATER ON ME
The annual Budweiser Bikini Bash kicks into action at the Windjammer with Round One on Sun. May 20 and continues through mid-August on their beachfront deck. For two decades and running, the Windjammer has showcased some of “Charleston’s finest bikini-clad ladies.” The series began in 1985 at the pre-Hugo Windjammer, picking up where the club’s notorious wet T-shirt contests left off. Females at least 18 years of age can participate. No nudity is allowed. Contestants who reveal too much will be disqualified. The event is held outside from 5:30-6 p.m. with live music on the deck preceding and following the performance. Local rock combo Two3Ways perform this Sunday from 3-6 p.m. This year, 95SX will be on hand as co-sponsor. Check www.the-windjammer.com.
IT’S MONK TIME
Speaking of the Windjammer, local classic rock/power-pop band Modern Day Monks were recently added to a Thurs. May 17 bill with prog/rock band The Tens. The Monks recently performed at the CofC’s Battle of the Bands under the name Fareview and garnered a high score for their earthy, melodic, ’70s guitar/organ sound (think Wings-meets-Badfinger-meets-Crazy Horse). See www.myspace.com/fareviewsc.
CHRIS CONNER BENEFIT
Verbena Salon (360 Concord St., 722-8887) hope to raise money for the Chris Conner Foundation — a grassroots organization that works to support musicians and their families within with medical and education fund assistance — on Thurs. May 17 from 5-8 p.m. The fund-raiser includes cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, prizes, and live music. Chris Conner is a longtime Carolina singer/guitarist known best for his work with Columbia band Sourwood Honey. He was recently diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer (adenocarcinoma) and is battling the illness in his hometown. All proceeds accepted by the foundation will be donated to Chris and family. Visit www.connerfoundation.org for more.
NEW ACTS AT ART’S
Art’s Bar & Grill (413 Coleman Blvd., 849-3040) has added a few new treats to the rotation. Tall-standing singer/guitarist Rotie Salley (of Soul Fish) plays a wide variety of classic rock, country, new wave (heard some Split Enz action last week), and on Tuesdays. Singer/guitarist Frank Royster (frontman for the Hed Shop Boys) plays a mix of originals, British Invasion (how about those Beatles nuggets?), and classic rock on Wednesdays. Music starts at 10 p.m. No cover. —T. Ballard Lesemann