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AMERICANA | The Waybacks
Thurs. Aug. 3
The Village Playhouse
$18 ($15 adv.)

The San Francisco-based Waybacks — an eclectic bluegrass/Americana combo featuring singer/guitarist Steve Coyle, drummer Chuck Hamilton, double bassist Joe Kyle, string player James Nash, and S.C.’s own Warren Hood (son of the late Uncle Walt’s Band vet, Champ Hood) — embrace multiple genres and “put their unique stamp on the lot” their latest album is a groove-filled, perky 11 song collection titled From the Pasture to the Future. The group has been on the road with Bob Weir (of Ratdog, The Grateful Dead. “The hardest question we’re ever asked is, ‘What kind of music do you play?’” says Coyle. “We just throw our hands up and say, ‘What kind of music do you like?’ We’re kinda like the weather in Hawaii — if you don’t dig it, wait five minutes and something else will be coming along the pipe!” Brought to town by local folks at Sun Coast Promotions, the band plans to kick off their Charleston show at the Playhouse in Mt. Pleasant at 8 p.m. Check out www.thewaybacks.com and www.suncoastpromotions.com
for more.
—T. Ballard Lesemann THURSDAY

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AMERICANA | Blue Dogs
Fri. Aug. 4 / Sat. Aug. 5
Dock Street Theatre
$20

The Dogs celebrate another grand return to the historic Dock Street Theatre this Friday. It’s the spot where the local band recorded their first live album, Live at the Dock Street Theatre, in Aug. 1995. The band recently released a new live album titled Live at the Workplay, Birmingham, Alabama (see Jukebox on p. 61). Frontman Bobby Houck (acoustic guitar, harmonica, and lead vocals), upright/electric bassist Hank Futch, and drummer Greg Walker welcome a line of special guests to the stage, including former member Phillip Lammonds (he plucked, strummed, and composed with the band from 1990-’96), guitarist Sadler Vaden (of local rock trio Leslie), mandolinist Daren Shumaker, and others. Showtime is 8 p.m. [the local group perform their annual homecoming concert (see Sound Check and Jukebox), 8 p.m. [The Blue Dogs show for Fri. Aug. 4 at the Dock Street Theatre has sold out, but another show has been added: a matinee performance which will take place on Sat Aug. 5 at 3 p.m. — the band will perform two one-hour sets with an intermission and an encore]. Tickets are available for $20 at www.bluedogs.com.
T. Ballard Lesemann FRIDAY

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BLUES-ROCK | Jason “Lefty” Williams
Fri. Aug. 4 / Sat. Aug. 5
Bert’s Island Characters
$5

Ever since picking up a guitar at the age of six, Jason “Lefty” Williams has been turning heads with his unique ability. Despite being born with no right hand, Williams taught himself to play. He fashioned a guitar pick and harness, picked up blues and rock licks from old records, learned classic tunes by ear, and fearlessly pressed ahead into the Atlanta band scene and the program at the Atlanta Institute of Music. Over the last few years, he’s jammed and toured with such Georgia acts as Nothing Simple, Wayside Riders, and Nevers Eve. He recently assembled The Jason “Lefty” Williams Band. They describe their blend of styles as “blues with the flavors of rock, funk, jazz, and psychedelic.” The group recorded a debut album, Big Plans, in Athens with engineer John Keane (R.E.M., Widespread Panic), due in early Sept. Look for Williams and his band at Bert’s this weekend and at the Pour House with Brock Butler (of Perpetual Groove) on Wed. Aug. 9. Check www.lefty-music.com for more.
TBL FRIDAY/SATURDAY

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ROCK/HIP-HOP | Ace & O.C.
w/ Kevin West Band, Whitt Algar
Sat. Aug. 5
Music Farm
$7

Regularly backed by a five-piece band of proficient local players, Charleston rap/rock duo Ace & O.C. specialize in a sharp, ‘tude-heavy, nasty-funkin’ set of dub and rhymes. The act has stayed busy over the last year performing their hypnotic grooves and tough lines in local clubs, such as Johnson’s Pub, the Windjammer, and the Music Farm, where they placed among the top contestants during this year’s CofC’s Battle of the Bands event. This Saturday, they share the stage with local singer/guitarist Kevin West, who recently released an independently-produced, hip-hop influenced rock album titled My Life & Times. O.C. (a.k.a Michael West) just happens to be Kevin’s kid brother. Both Ace and O.C. contributed vocals to the album. With local keyboardist and go-to musical utility man Whitt Algar (formerly of Redd Hitt) on board, the potential for freedom fun jam session looks high.
TBL SATURDAY

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CIRCUS-ROCK | Man Man
Sun. Aug. 6
Village Tavern
$8

If you like your lead singers half-dressed, gruff, and entertaining, make sure to head out to Mt. Pleasant on Sunday night to witness the spectacle that is Man Man. The Philadelphia-based five-piece is led by one Honus Honus, whose rough-hewn voice, ramshackle ivory-tickling, and rollicking songs bring to mind a young Tom Waits with a splash of Frank Zappa. The group’s latest album, Six Demon Bag (Ace Fu), is a party in your ears and a carnival when performed live, as Honus and his similarly oddly-named bandmates tear through chant-along songs like “Engwish Bwudd,” with its “Fee-fi-fo-fum/I smell the blood of an Englishman” chorus. According to sources who trekked to Chicago last weekend for the Pitchfork Festival, Man Man was a highlight. Bring your sense of humor and some confetti — because what’s a party without someone throwing something in the air?
Sara Miller SUNDAY