Live Music: Roots of Jazz, Hackensaw Boys, V-Tones, R We Who R We

Great live music to check out this week



Swingin’ Uke Jazz | Fuller Condon and the V-Tones
w/ James Justin & Co., The Shakin’ Martinis, Sweet T n’ A, Folly Beach Reggae Allstars, Folly Beach Bluegrass Society
Sat. April 13
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Folly Beach

What kind of music can you expect from a band that’s fronted by a ukulele master named Noodle McDoodle? “It’s a jug band, but I don’t know, it’s a hot club jug band,” McDoodle says. Other descriptors he has tossed around: pre-bop jazz, swing jazz, and acoustic music with a bluegrass feel, but with occasional forays into Hawaiian music, Western swing, and Iron Maiden cover songs. The V-Tones have featured numerous musical collaborators through the years, but the current incarnation that will play at the Sea & Sand Fest includes McDoodle on uke, Jeff Arnold on guitar, and Matt Sciarfo on clarinet. Special guest Fuller Condon, of the equally old-timey duo Two Man Gentlemen Band, will also lend his skills on the upright bass. “Being able to take the songs and play with new people makes it really fresh for us, and it’s not the same song set ever. It’s not the same song ever,” McDoodle says. The V-Tones’ musical alchemy was made for street parties and dance halls. “When we play it, people come alive,” McDoodle says. “It’s stand-up music.” The festivities run all day, but the V-Tones take the Sea and Sand stage at 1 p.m. —Paul Bowers SATURDAY

Bluegrass | The Hackensaw Boys
w/ Corduroy Road
Fri. April 12
9 p.m.
Pour House

The guys in the Hackensaw Boys met at an Old Crow Medicine Show concert in Charlottesville, Va., and came together with the intention of merging punk rock vivacity and old-timey Appalachian string music. That was almost 14 years ago, and only guitarist David Sickman remains from the original lineup, but the attitude’s the same. And that means propositioning sorority girls while the band imitates “Dueling Banjos” in the “Parking Lot Song,” upturning our existence in the gothic “Box of Pine,” and cracking open a lively hootenanny for “Radio.” As with their Virginia chums Old Crow, the Boys’ studio albums only capture a fraction of the band’s chemistry and live intensity. Like a revival meeting, the spirit’s all in the moment, so catch them on stage if you can. —Chris Parker FRIDAY

Jazz | Roots of Jazz Festival
Sat. April 13
10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Jenkins Institute for Children

A lot has changed at the Jenkins Institute for Children since its legendary Jenkins Orphanage Jazz Band was founded in the last years of the 19th century. For one thing, it’s a home for girls, instead of African-American boys. But more significantly, it’s lost the jazz program that made it famous and turned out dozens of well-known jazz musicians. Now, Jenkins’ executive director Johanna Martin-Carrington is ready to bring the music back. “Jazz and gospel are the only American music forms,” she says. “And they were made by people going through some hard times. I think that can really be inspirational to our children.” Jenkins is hosting the Roots of Jazz Festival on its campus to raise funds for a new jazz program. Some of the Lowcountry’s greatest jazz performers are participating and a couple of them —Lonnie Hamilton III and Oscar Rivers — came out of the Jenkins Orphanage Jazz Band, which Martin-Carrington says began fading away in the 1950s. Other musicians scheduled to play include Charlton Singleton, Ann Caldwell, and Jazzy Jay. For more information, call (843) 744-1771. —Elizabeth Pandolfi SATURDAY

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Experimental Noise | R We Who R We
Thurs. April 11
8 p.m./lecture,
9 p.m./show
Free/donations accepted
Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art

This week the New Music Collective is bringing to town one of the strangest acts you’re likely to hear all year, R We Who R We. We’re not joking. You’re either going to love the duo of Philip White and Ted Hearne or you’re going to hate, hate, hate them. But as challenging as the musical stylings of R We Who R We may be for some — their cover of Madonna’s “Material Girl” is a clash of bleeps, bloops, and WTFs — White maintains that the electronic duo is far from “unlistenable.” “My grandmother isn’t a fan, but then again she’s a pretty tough critic,” White says. “We’re not trying to convince anybody of anything, though. Just a couple of guys jamming out to some Ke$ha.” You can head online to give their self-titled EP a spin, and while some of it may be hard to handle, their cover of Eminem’s “Hi, My Name Is” is a jaw-dropping speed-freak tongue-twister. “The text is every line from the original tune, alphabetized forward and backwards and performed as fast as possible,” White says. The most impressive part: the track was recorded in one take. —Chris Haire THURSDAY

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