“Man, every time we get our band photo in a local paper, no one shows up for the gig. I think it’s because we’re ugly!”— Stuart Johnson, guitarist of Allnightkungfu, speaking over a beer at A Dough Re Mi

Rock Solid | Teenage blues phenom Wyatt Garey rips it up


Stone-faced electric guitarist Wyatt Garey, 15, and his band jammed a late-afternoon, all-ages show at A Dough Re Mi Pizzeria in Mt. Pleasant last Sun. A room full of Garey’s classmates, East Cooper barflies, and members of the Lowcountry Blues Club (who meet at A Dough Re Mi weekly) were on hand to cheer for nearly every solo and groove. Backed by the solid rhythm section of drummer Vernon “Spiderman” Milbourne and bassist Junior Moore, Wyatt — clad in a black outfit, Fedora hat, and black sneaks — stood perfectly still, but traded hot licks and solos with his dad, guitarist/singer Ranny Garey. Both had great tone through their small amps. Highlights included some soulful Allman-esque original numbers; a funky, expanded rendition of Santana’s “Evil Ways”; and a straightforward take on Hendrix’s “Voodoo Chile” (featuring Wyatt on lead vocals) as the encore. —T. Ballard Lesemann

Bang Your Head | Stay metal healthy with heavy metal karaoke


Who would have thought that Metal Monday at Cumberland’s on King Street would be a match for hipsters and yuppies? Welcoming back all the locals from a cozy, overfed Thanksgiving break with the fam, Cumberland’s was jumping during their weekly Metal Monday bash, which takes place in the post-Monday Night Football hours. Who can resist live band karaoke, courtesy of Jonathan Gray, Chris McLernon, Josh Kaler, and Evan Bivins? Fortunately, if you forget all the words to “You Shook Me All Night Long” or you fall flat on your face singing “Wanted Dead or Alive,” these guys are always there to take over … and give you a hard time. (You know you like it.) Sadly, this era is drawing to an end. Soon there will be no more mystery Duff beer, cheap downtown shows, or even Metal Monday. Cumberland’s last day is on New Year’s Eve 2007. Charleston is a-changing. And with it, we are losing a local favorite known for its obscure bands, PBR, and burgers. One can only hope that live-band karaoke will find a new home. Be sure to make the best of the coming Mondays and head out to Cumberland’s to show your gratitude for all it’s given to our community! —Svetlana Minx

You’ll Poke Your Eye Out | Tossing darts at The Brick


The folks at The Brick are serious about their darts. Each Monday the bar holds a cricket tournament. The prize: a $25 bar tab. But entry is not free, so bring your competitive spirit and some light cash. For the athletically inclined, throwing darts may be easier than weekly trivia night at other bars. The brain versus the versatile hand, you know. And with regular weekly teams, it’s always fun to see if you can throw darts at the same number three times. And don’t think your opponents aren’t looking at what you throw as opposed to what’s marked on the board. This is a game, people! With a bar tab at stake — the alcohol flows. While jamming out to some good tunes, adjusted by the request of regulars, these Monday nighters throw darts to relieve some post-office environment tension. And if you are not into darts, the Nintendo Wii might win your heart over. Thanks to the Wii, the masses can play golf, bowling, boxing, or some baseball on a 80-inch projection screen. Whether whipping around some darts or Wii controllers with beer in hand, The Brick is a safe Monday night bet. The sign-up is at 7 p.m., and the competition begins at 8. —Svetlana Minx

How I Spent Thanksgiving | When you’ve had enough cranberry sauce, it’s time to jam

Sufficiently full of roasted turkey and whipped sweet potatoes, I made it over to the Windjammer on the IOP on Thanksgiving night, honored to sit in on drums with a few friends and colleagues during the “Thanksgiving Jam” at 10 p.m. Comprised mostly of the core members of Spunjwurthi (singer, tambourinist Larry Strickland, bassist Ben Polk, guitarist Chris Barrineau) and both of The Diesel Brothers (guitarists Donnie Polk and Dave Dunning), the gig featured special guest lead player Dale Baker (of TrickKnee), singer/strummer Eric Brice (of The Barstool Samples), and vocalist Bruce Patrick (of Stoneking). A beery crowd of about 90 whooped and carried on. The three-hour set touched mostly on a variety of classic and modern rock — zig-zagging from The Doors, The Who, and Zep to Petty, Sublime, and Ben Harper. Long-haired wildman Patrick nearly stole the show with his frenzied Mick Jagger and Jim Morrison impersonations. Local booking agent Rob Lamble (of Ear For Music) even sat in on a John Mellencamp tune. —T. Ballard Lesemann

Set the Controls to the Heart of the Sunfire Grill | Singer-songwriters celebrate Live at Oceansong


The atmosphere and vibe could not have been more welcoming as local singers/guitarists Susie Summers, Carroll Brown, Al Pugliese, and guests performed an acoustic set of light holiday songs, originals, and vintage rock/blues favorites at Dunleavy’s Pub on Sullivan’s Island on Sunday. Summers, a longtime local player who regularly hosts a weekly songwriters showcase at the Sunfire Grill and Bistro in West Ashley, celebrated the release of a new live album titled Live at Oceansong (recorded in 2005 at Brown’s old IOP tavern and music venue). Summers was beaming the entire time. Her spirited rendition of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” was great fun. The growly version of “Mustang Sally” had the entire room responding loudly during the choruses, “Ride, Sally, riiiiiide!” Even the cooks in the kitchen were dancing around. Brown propelled the set with his unusually complex rhythm guitar work in which he somehow he manages rhythmic chord progressions and single-note melody lines simultaneously. Always gracious, he thanked everyone for supporting “local acoustic and original music in the Lowcountry.” —T. Ballard Lesemann