LOCAL ROCK | “Geoff Turner Tribute Concert”
w/ Number One Contender, James Kinne, Live Oak, aZwethinkweiZ, special guests
Fri. Sept. 22
Music Farm

Local musician, singer, and scene-uniter Geoff Turner passed away earlier this year and left a legacy that, much like the many bands whose sounds he influenced, speaks volumes. Turner first taught himself to play guitar in his hometown of Oneonta, N.Y., at the age of 12, lending his talents to the groups Culta Fatima and Chasing Gray before moving to Charleston and meeting up with Dave Davis and Justin Cain, with whom he formed aZwethinkweiZ. On Friday, his many friends and family members pay tribute with an all-ages show featuring opening guest James Kinne (Turner’s bandmate in Chasing Gray), Live Oak, Number One Contender, and a special aZwethinkweiZ performance with special guest singers Dave Dunning, Kally Knight, T.J. Stone, Jason Dalter, and Kinne. “It’s so hard to replace Geoff that we had to split up the songs individually, matching whoever has the best voice for the particular mood for that song,” says Jordan Herschaft, former drummer with aZwethinkweiZ and co-organizer of the tribute. Along with admission, your $10 at the door gets you a copy of The Anti-Valentine Demo, an acoustic CD that Turner recorded with Herschaft in Feb. of this year (while supplies last), and all proceeds from the concert go to the newly established Geoff Turner Scholarship Fund, which will provide underprivileged students with guitar lessons both here in Charleston and in Oneonta. Those wishing to apply for the scholarship can e-mail geoffturnermusic@yahoo.com, and anyone unable to attend the concert but wishing to make a donation can send a check to: Geoff Turner Music Scholarship, c/o Christine Warnquist, 1304 Mapleton Ave., Charleston, SC, 29412. —Sara Miller FRIDAY


HEAVY ROCK | Jucifer
w/ Gods of Mars
Sat. Sept. 23
Village Tavern

Jucifer. Juicy Lucifer. Lemonade Satan. Like a dialogue balloon, these pop up every single time my iTunes springs forth a track from 2002’s raging I Name You Destroyer. I can’t look at those seven letters and avoid that fucked up little word game. But, I don’t disclose this to headmistress of rock, Amber Valentine. She’d think I’m nuts. It’s not that far off, though, really — the mix of sweet and sour, naughty and nice. Valentine possesses the unique talent that allows her to pluck delicately at her guitar strings and sing a siren ballad one moment, then threaten to eat your soul with her raging shrieks the very next. Drummer Ed Livengood could very well be the beat doctor keeping her sane throughout each track. The duo produces a wall of sound with a fury, and it’s hard to imagine that at one time, they considered a bassist. “That was the last time we ever thought about adding another person … we are both such productive songwriters, we can’t keep up with our own output,” explains Valentine. “We realized that we know what we want and we understand each other in a very special way, so there’s really no limit on what we can do together.” Their newest, If Thine Enemy Hunger, gets to the core, heads to the roots — and it’s still dark under that soil. The songs are more stripped down, minus the layers and layers of instrumentation, guitar effects, and distortion found on Destroyer, and they seem a bit more methodical; a slow tease instead of a quick pull of the zipper. —Shawnté Salabert SATURDAY


BLUEGRASS/ROCK | The Avett Brothers
w/ Chatham County Line
Sat. Sept. 23
Music Farm

North Carolina’s Avett Brothers don’t use Appalachian bluegrass and classic country as stepping stones so much as primary sparking points. Comprised of vocalist/guitarist Seth Avett, vocalist/banjo player Scott Avett, and bassist Bob Crawford, the high-adrenaline trio has made a name for itself in the past couple of years thanks to barn-burning live performances and a prolific record/release schedule. Hot on the heels of 2005’s Live, Vol. 2, the Avetts released the fuller sounding Four Thieves Gone: The Robbinsville Sessions in Feb. ’06. Soon, the busy pickers will follow that one with The Gleam, an EP that focuses on brothers Scott and Seth’s tight harmonies and knack for engaging balladry. At times the disc finds the band sounding like a hill country version of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Whether chopping out train-out-of-control stomps, belting forlorn sea shanties, or letting loose with a little modified rockin’ honky-tonk (more banjo, less steel guitar) it’s a safe bet that an Avett Brothers show will include a bit of everything bolstered not only by electricity, but also by the most natural forms of human amplification available. —Michael Andrews SATURDAY


GROOVE-ROCK | Citizen Cope
Sat. Sept. 23
The Plex
$19 (adv.)

Mysterious singer-guitarist Citizen Cope made his big splash on alternative-rock radio last year with the single “Bullet and a Target” — an acoustic guitar-driven sociopolitical groover that highlighted Cope’s unique singing style. Massive touring and a few choice late-night television gigs helped propel Cope (born Clarence Greenwood) and 2005’s The Clarence Greenwood Recordings (RCA) — a rock hybrid of hip-hop-inflicted funk and reggae grooves — to chart-topping success. The songwriter and his touring band — bassist Preston Crump, organist John Ginty, drummer Jay Nichols, and keyboardist Steve Vidaic — return to Charleston this weekend in support of their latest LP, Every Waking Moment, released in mid-August. The Plex gig is an all-ages show. Check out www.citizencope.com for more. —T. Ballard Lesemann SATURDAY