BLUES | Wes Mackey
Thurs. May 25 / Sat. May 27
A Dough Re Mi/
Oceansong Café
$3 / Free

Wes “The Bluesman” Mackey is a Carolina-born “one man band” who traveled the world for years playing an authentic, swingin’ blend of country and Delta blues. The 64-year-old multi-instrumentalist (mainly electric guitar and bass foot pedals) began playing over 40 years ago in juke joints and music halls in rural Georgia and upstate S.C. He eventually found himself playing in bands that backed up greats like Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, and Jimmy Reed. Born near Yemassee, Mackey grew up helping his preacher dad work summer camps around Augusta, Ga. before venturing out on his own. He spent many years based in Vancouver, British Columbia, and embarked on numerous European and Canadian tours before finally returning to S.C. three years ago to perform at the annual Lowcountry Blues Bash. His latest album is titled Mr. Blues. Look for Mackey at A Dough Re Mi in Mt. P on Thursday evening and at Oceansong Café on the IOP on Saturday. Showtime is 8 p.m. for both gigs. —T. Ballard Lesemann THURSDAY/SATURDAY


PSYCHE-ROCK | Green Milk From the Planet Orange
Fri. May 26
w/ Mount Saint Stereo
Village Tavern

As anyone who saw Tokyo’s Green Milk From the Planet Orange at Redux during the Sawaguzo! Festival last November can attest to, the three unassuming young men in the band create a level of organized noise that sounds more like 300 people, all simultaneously wailing on their respective instruments. A somewhat spooky, completely bad-ass ambience emanates from these guys’ every note — guitarist Dead K’s technical proficiency places him in the cub leagues for heavy hitters like Clapton and prog-master David Gilmour, but with a fresh young exuberance that those fogies just can’t compete with anymore. If you’re looking to get your face rocked off this week, forget the Strokes and head over to the Village Tavern for some Green Milk: they’ll do a body (and a soul) good. Opening are local rock band Mount Saint Stereo, reappear after a painfully long hiatus. —Sara Miller FRIDAY


JAM-ROCK | Herring, Rodgers & Sipe
Fri. May 26
The Pour House
$15 ($12 adv.)

Wow, what an expert rock “super group.” The newly-formed Herring, Rodgers & Sipe features guitarist Jimmy Herring (of the Allmans, Aquarium Rescue Unit), guitarist/banjo player Bobby Lee Rodgers (pictured above, of the CodeTalkers, The Herd), and drummer Jeff Sipe (of Aquarium Rescue Unit, Hellborg). The band headline a Southern-fried show in Charleston this Friday. Rodgers, a former teacher at the Berklee College of Music, joined the CodeTalkers in ’99 and played for years alongside Col. Bruce Hampton. Herring is a decorated rock veteran who’s collaborated on stage and in the studio with just about everyone in the electric rock/jam world — from Phil Lesh to the Allman Brothers. An expert timekeeper with massive chops, Sipe is a longtime collaborator with Herring and Rodgers in the CodeTalkers, among other projects. Herring, Rodgers & Sipe bring special guest electric bassist Neal Fountain (ex-Fiji Mariners) and pedal steel vet Mark Van Allen (Blueground Undergrass, Sugarland) along as well. —TBL FRIDAY


INDIE POP/ROCK | Venice is Sinking
Sat. May 27
w/ The Candy Apples
The Map Room

Athens, Ga. indie band Venice is Sinking make their way to Charleston this weekend behind a debut album titled Sorry About the Flowers (One Percent Press). The band first put their ideas together two years ago when singer/guitarist and main songwriter Daniel Lawson joined up with Karolyn Troupe (viola, violin, cello, vocals), drummer Lucas Jensen, bassist Stephen Miller, and keyboardists James Sewell and Alex Thibadoux. Their wispy, atmospheric rock sound on the disc is in the vein of Galaxie 500, Sparklehorse, Hugo Largo, Fables-era R.E.M., and Tusk-era Fleetwood Mac. “I always liked the murky studio sound — and I mean that in a good way,” says Jensen, who also works in radio promotion at Team Clermont in Athens. “Like the Daniel Lanois sound on U2’s Unforgettable Fire — it’s expansive, but compressed … warm and epic, but not too epic. It took us a year and a half to record this collection. There were a few periods of inactivity, plus everyone’s schedule was fucked up, so it took a while. I think the live show is a lot more muscular and a little more extreme than the recording — the darker stuff and the pop stuff.” Music starts at 10 p.m. —TBL SATURDAY