Local artist, music enthusiast, and entrepreneur Lawton Duffey announced plans to open the new Charleston Rock & Roll Wax Museum on Tues. April 15th. The thematic, tapestry-laden, 12-room facility is located at the former downtown spot that housed the Buxton East Bay Theatre (184 East Bay St.).
“I think it’s a great idea, but they’ll have to expand to include all of the blues players who’ve been a part of this scene for years,” says Gary “Shrimp City Slim” Erwin, whose likeness is on display in the “Blues Cats” room.
Such a gallery of stars may not be for everyone in the local music scene. “I’m too creeped out by wax museums to even step foot in the place,” says guitarist Mike Sivilli, of Dangermuffin. I went to Madame Tussauds in London in 2001 and nearly had a heart attack. No way, José.”
“Screw this stupid-ass wax museum with its poor look-alikes,” states Dr. Rev. Johnny Mac, of the BootyRanch. “They tried to sculpt a version of the Jumper Cables [his local band in the 1980s], but they made us look like the Three Stooges with bandanas on. Stupid asses…”
Duffey says they’ll feature several living versions of their featured figures at a kick-off event block party on East Bay Street on April 15. “At the core of our business is a heartfelt desire to enthrall and inspire and we are constantly developing our ability to do this,” he says. “From state-of-the-art interactivity to an exceptional gift for partying, we’ve got what it takes to keep our customers smiling. Now, if we can only talk Darius Rucker into posing for our waxian artists…”
Check out www.charlestonwaxmusic.com for more.