ROCKIN’ ON THE POINT

The annual live music series Rockin’ on the Point (previously called “Party at the Point”) kicks off on Fri. May 2 at the Charleston Harbor Resort (20 Patriots Point Blvd. in Mt. Pleasant) with live sets from local party-rock/funk band Plane Jane. Music starts around 6 p.m. in the Sunset Deck area. The series continues through early August. “We have added a lot of new things this year to provide a more patron-friendly environment,” says organizer Rob Lamble (of Ear for Music). “This year, we have incorporated ATMs, credit card machines, shuttles to and from parking, and [flexibility of] ticket use.” Visit www.rockinonthepoint.com and www.charlestonharborresort.com for more.

HIP-HOP AT BLACK CART: The Re-Up

Savannah-based hip-hop collective Dope Sandwich Productions (they made a splash in 2006 with the compilation The Walking Sick) announced a new monthly hip-hop series at the Black Cart (54 John St., 843-965-5254). The Re-Up kicks off on Sat. April 26 at 10 p.m. “The event will feature a variety of the illest MCs and DJs, as well as special guest appearances by artists from around the country,” say organizers. They conduct the series every last Friday of the month at B&B’s in Savannah as well. Visit www.myspace.com/theblackcart and www.dopesandwich.com for more.

PANIC IN THE CAROLINAS

Widespread Panic recently embarked on their busy spring 2008 tour. The closest gigs to Charleston? A sold-out two-nighter at Savannah’s Johnny Mercer Theatre on Tues. April 22 and Wed. April 23, a show at the Walnut Creek Amphitheater in Raleigh on Fri. April 25, and another at the Township Auditorium in Columbia on Tues. April 29. Panic’s latest collection, Free Somehow, is their first studio album to feature newly-enlisted guitarist Jimmy Herring. Visit www.ticketmaster.com for ticket info, and check www.widespreadpanic.com for more news.

MILHOUSE CD RELEASE

Local act Milhouse is set to release their long-awaited studio album, A Collection of Rare Birds, with a gig at the Music Farm on Fri. May 2, with support from Crowfield and Kyle Patrick. The follow-up to 2006’s Tales of Woe & Yay was tracked at Echo Mountain Studios in Asheville with studio producer Danny Kadar (My Morning Jacket, Iggy Pop, Avett Brothers) at the helm. Admission is $12 ($10 adv.), which includes a free copy of the disc. —T. Ballard Lesemann