Local cat Chris Viera, local rock band Blindsyght, reports a recent lineup rearrangement that adds Wade Szesko (ex-The Citizen) on drums and Carl Wannamaker (ex-Josephine) on guitar. “Through a few lineup changes and another trip to our favorite studio, Terrestrial Imagination, we have worked hard to become part of the local scene,” says Viera. “Wade brings an edge we are very excited about. Carl has amazing songwriting skills which have made a considerable impact on our technique.” The band is set to share the “grand opening” bill with national touring act The Hurt at newly-opened venue The Dive in Goose Creek (1680 Fletcher St., near the Naval Weapons Station) on Fri. Feb. 1, with forthcoming gigs at the Music Farm and Halligan’s. Visit and for more. —TBL


How they found time to book more shows — what with all the mayoral stage-diving and celebratin’ goin’ on — is a mystery, but the North Charleston Performing Arts Center just announced a show date for veteran California singer/songwriter Jackson Browne. The smooth-voiced guitarist embarks on a “solo acoustic tour” this season. Browne’s fan favorites include “Runnin’ On Empty,” “Doctor My Eyes,” “The Load Out,” “Boulevard,” “That Girl Could Sing,” and “Somebody’s Baby” (off the soundtrack for Fast Times at Ridgemont High). He visits Charleston on Mon. March 24. Tickets go on sale for $49 and $42 on Fri. Jan. 25 at 10 a.m. Visit for more. —TBL


Known by most as half of the celebrated folk duo Simon & Garfunkel, the pretty voice behind Simon’s genius is sure to resonate throughout North Charleston’s Performing Arts Center on Sat. Feb. 9. Tickets are $49.50 (plus applicable fees). Having kept extremely busy since the twosome’s split in 1970, Art Garfunkel has released 15 solo albums and a book of original poetry, on top of making a variety of television and movie appearances. Garfunkel’s latest disc is titled Some Enchanted Evening. Having graced audiences with his legendary “countertenor” for over 35 years, he’s sure to bring his signature vocals backed with old-school charm to our local stage. Visit and for more. —Christine McDermott


American Idol‘s rowdy summer visit to Charleston for auditions finally aired on Wed. Jan. 23. Local singer London Weidberg — a 24-year-old native of Sullivan’s Island who performed regularly with bar bands The Foxy Mondays and Sold Out, among others — made the cut out of nearly 10,000 contestants. She was the only local character to be featured in the episode. —TBL


Having just completed a successful run acting and singing in the role of Effie White in this month’s production of Broadway hit-turned-movie blockbuster Dreamgirls in the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, Charleston-based vocalist Quiana Parler — a former American Idol contestant herself — now heads to the Metropolitan Room in Manhattan for another stage. She’ll perform in Tammy Faye Sings, a concert scheduled for Mon. Feb. 18, featuring songs from the musical Big Tent (nicknamed “The Tammy Faye Bakker Musical”). Parler regularly performs as a backup singer for Clay Aiken. Visit and —TBL


Veteran American folk singer Joan Baez — an artist known for her political activism, pacifism, and work for the environmental and human rights movements — and her current band recently confirmed a show at the Charleston Music Hall for Sun. April 6 at 8 p.m. Baez is best known for such hits as “There But for Fortune” and “Diamonds & Rust” and her versions of “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” and “We Shall Overcome.” In Feb. 2007 she was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award by NARAS (The Recording Academy). Tickets are available for $45 (plus fees) from, Cat’s Music, Millennium, or the box office (843) 853-2252). Check out and for more. —TBL


Newly-opened West Ashley tavern The Tin Roof (1117 Magnolia Road, (843) 571-0775) is “revamped and supertramped.” They’re hosting weekly karaoke nights on Wednesdays and have a number of live bands booked for winter, including N.C. hard-rock act ThunderLip on Fri. Feb. 8., a locally-produced “Gram Parsons Tribute” on Sun. Feb. 10, and several national underground acts in March. Dig their new Myspace page at —TBL