w/ We Are Action
Wed. Dec. 13

Local rock band Parker suddenly went on hiatus last year after a successful run in the local clubs and home studios. They return to the stage this week with an anticipated “comeback” show at Cumberland’s. They first formed as a quartet in 2003 when lead singer/guitarist Ben Smith got a few like-minded classmates from Fort Dorchester High School together. In 2005, they released a self-produced, limited-edition disc titled The Crash and Burn EP, which demonstrated a melodic blend of rock styles (modern alt-rock, ’90s emo-core, vintage punk and new-wave). The band’s current lineup includes Smith, guitarist Price Ferrara, bassist Andrew Eanes, and special guests. See www.myspace.com/parkerrocks (or one of their five thousand “bulletins” on the site) for more. —TBL WEDNESDAYY


HEAVY ROCK | Jucifer
w/ Motormouth Mabel
Thurs. Dec. 14
The Village Tavern

Drummer Ed Livengood and guitarist Amber Valentine first performed as a rock duo in 1995 at a backyard keg party in Athens, Ga. They were calling themselves “Satan’s Cheerleaders” at the time. Ed had a barely-together red-sparkle drum kick with two cracked cymbals. Amber had one guitar amp and one bass amp. They knew about eight or nine songs. They soon became known as “Jucifer.” Over a decade later, they’re signed to a semi-major label, touring the country in a huge RV, performing in cool clubs and music halls with an oversized blue-acrylic drum kit and a “wall of sound” comprised of five bass cabinets (at last count) and over 20 guitar amps. Yikes. Jucifer return to the Village Tavern on Thurs. Dec. 14 in support of their brand-new album, If Thine Enemy Hunger, to share the stage with locals Motormouth Mabel, who plan to perform a special, thematic “Ruth Brown Memorial Show” (the vocalist passed away three weeks ago). Check www.jucifer.com and myspace.com/motormouthmabel for more. TBL THURSDAY


JAZZ | Caravan
Thurs. Dec. 14

Local guitarist Lee Barbour (of jazz trio Gradual Lean and rock act Cary Ann Hearst Band) recently established a new weekly house gig at Mercato (the snazzy new spot at 102 N. Market St.) for his “gypsy swing” band, Caravan. Kris Woodrum (rhythm guitar), Jake Holwegner (upright bass), and Barbour (lead guitar) perform every Thursday from 8:30-11:30 p.m. “The focus is on French gypsy swing, a la Django Reinhardt, but flamenco and bossa influences are also represented,” says Barbour. “Caravan used to play around Charleston quite regularly but have been on a two-year hiatus while members explored other projects, traveled, and lived like gypsies.” See www.myspace.com/leebarbour for info and audio. TBL THURSDAY


w/ Larry Keel & Natural Bridge
Fri. Dec. 15
The Pour House

Back when the Pour House was a hole in Highway 17’s wall, Larry Keel shows always packed the house, even forcing them to (gasp) charge a cover. The new digs have a little more shakin’ room, but with guitarist Peter “Panama Red” Rowan in tow, this Friday’s shindig should draw a crowd. Keel’s scratchy gargle playing off of Rowan’s high croons is a treat Charleston’s lucky to have on this five-stop “holiday tour.” They shared the stage at the Aiken Bluegrass Festival last May. It was a street party with hard stompin’ quality grass — just what you’d expect from two of the more, um, “sensimilia-friendly” players on the scene. Count on the picking, yodeling troubadours to further solidify Charleston as a coastal bluegrass hotbed. Check www.larrykeel.com and www.peterrowan.com for more. —Stratton Lawrence FRIDAY