R.I.P. Pylon’s Randy Bewley
Athens, Ga., musician Randy Bewley — an original member of New Wave/rock band Pylon and a well-respected figure in the music community — died on Wed. Feb. 25 after he suffered a heart attack on Monday evening while driving in downtown Athens. He lost control of his van, was injured, and remained in a coma for a full day. Pylon had a brief but influential early-’80s heyday, following musically and stylistically somewhat in the footsteps of the B-52’s. DFA Records re-released the band’s 1981 debut album Gyrate in the fall of 2007. Visit www.wearepylon.com for more.
Isle of Palms bar and restaurant Budiroes (1517 Palm Blvd.) — a tropical-styled tavern and music venue that has served as home to veteran Charleston singer/guitarist Ronnie Johnson for over three years — announced plans to close down last week. The shag-friendly spot booked a variety of live bands, DJs, trivia nights, and solo shows. Budiroes’ final weekend in business featured a final set from Johnson on Sat. March 7. Visit www.myspace.com/budiroes for more info.
St. Patrick’s Day Bash in Columbia
Columbia’s Five Points neighborhood celebrates their 27th annual St. Pat’s in Five Points festival on Sat. March 14 with 29 live bands and five DJs on five stages. The gates will open at 9 a.m., and the musical action lasts until 7 p.m. Headlining acts include the Blue Dogs, We the Kings, Seven Nations, the Airborne Toxic Event, the Movement, Mute Math, Josh Roberts and the Hinges, Manchester Orchestra, and many others. Additional events include a shag throw-down, pipe ‘n’ drum sets, a pro wrestling promotion, a “Green 5K Run and 1 Mile Walk,” a children’s carnival, and activities. Admission is $15 ($11 adv.). Visit www.fivepointscolumbia.com and
www.stpatsinfivepoints.com for more.
Awendaw Green’s Barnburner Music Series continues on March 16 with a CD release show on the main stage (4879 Hwy. 17) from local singer/songwriter Danielle Howle, who recorded her new album Swamp Sessions with Mitch Webb. The collection is her first since 2005’s Thank You, Mark. Acoustic duo the Bowmans will open the show at 8 p.m. Visit www.awendawgreen.com and www.daniellehowle.com for more.