Live music: Jinglebang; Huey Lewis Christmas; Pogues Christmas; Ugly Radio Rebellion

Live music to check out this week

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CHRISTMAS ROCK | Jinglebang
Wed. Dec. 17
8 p.m.
$7
Tin Roof

Three years ago, The Tin Roof started up Jinglebang, a tradition that brings the Charleston musical community together to perform their favorite Christmas songs. “Jinglebang started as a spin-off of Kevin Hanley’s Cord and Pedal show. I wanted to keep the same kind of holiday-themed party going while he was traveling,” says Tin Roof owner Erin Tyler. This year, Jinglebang will feature the talents of Lindsay Holler, Beattie Porter, Darby Long, Clint Fore, Harper Marchman-Jones, Maya Morrill, Tyler Davis, Laura Jane Vincent, Brett Nash, Loni Lewis’ Cat Xmas, Jordan Igoe, Ballard Lesemann, Montauk, Greg and Ellen Elias, Eric Barfield, Shelly Simon, and more. Charleston’s Christmas band The Silver Bells will play their final show of the season, and several characters from Jinglebangs of years’ past will reappear. Comedian Jason Groce will be creepin’ as the party’s Druncle, Tin Roof’s Johnny Puke will channel The Grinch, and The Mill’s Tia Clark will resume her role of SanTia. “The Grinch is definitely fun and terrifying, and SanTia is the most fun Santa around,” says Tyler. “We encourage people to dress up in their best holiday garb.” Door proceeds from Jinglebang will benefit the Charleston Animal Society. —J. Chapa WEDNESDAY

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FRANK ZAPPA COVERS | Ugly Radio Rebellion w/ Ike Willis
Wed. Dec. 17
9 p.m.
$10
Pour House

On Dec. 4, 1993 the world lost musician, bandleader, songwriter, composer, recording engineer, record producer, and film director, Frank Zappa. Luckily for Zappa fans, they have Ugly Radio Rebellion and former Frank Zappa bandmate Ike Willis to keep his spirit alive. Willis, a regular member of Zappa’s touring bands from 1978 until his last tour in 1988, joined up with the tribute band in 2002. “My phone rang. It was a Friday about 1 p.m., and it was Ike,” says lead guitarist of Ugly Radio Rebellion Scott Schroen. “He said he knew about the band and wondered if we might need a singer. We talked for awhile and decided to do a one-off show together to see how it went, and we have been touring ever since.” Now some 250 shows later, they’re still going strong as the only full-time Zappa cover band. “I am a big Ike fan, and I will never really get over the fact that he is ‘The Man’ on some of my favorite Frank Zappa songs,” says Schroen. “It still gives me shivers when he breaks into ‘Outside Now’ or ‘Zoot Allures.’” December is Zappa’s birthday month, and Ugly Radio Rebellion and Ike Willis are taking the festivities on the road. “The whole upcoming tour is being billed as the 2014 Frank Zappa Birthday Tour, and each venue will have its own birthday party,” says Schroen. — J. Chapa WEDNESDAY

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CELTIC PUNK | Christmas in the Drunk Tank: A Pogues Tribute
Sun. Dec. 21
8 p.m.
One toy for admission
Tin Roof

Celtic punk-rockers The Pogues have inspired drunken sing-alongs in pubs across the world since the early-’80s. One Pogues song in particular, “Fairy Tale in New York,” can be heard on frequent rotation during the holidays. Jimmy McElligott, singer and guitarist for Moonlight Ale, has fond memories of The Pogues around this time of year. He has joined creative forces with Charleston songstress Lindsay Holler to bring musicians together in celebration of the folk-punk legends. “The idea itself comes from my experience going home to Ireland over the holidays, in which this time of year is always celebrated with The Pogues in the background and a good deal of libations,” says McElligott. “To me, it’s a festive but warm time with a lot of reflection, and Shane McGowan’s [The Pogues’ lead singer and songwriter] lyrics always augment that feeling.” Entry fee to the celebration is one toy, which will be distributed to children during Tricounty Family Ministries’ big holiday event the following morning. This tribute show gives Charleston musicians who normally wouldn’t share a stage the chance to do so. Moonlight Ale is doing a substantial set on their own, plus they’ll back up additional performers Laura Jane Vincent, Johnny Puke, and Ballard Lesemann. There will also be a set from Lauren Bevins Cahill and The Bevs. —J. Chapa SUNDAY

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’80s ROCK | I’ll Be Huey for Christmas: A Tribute to Huey Lewis and the News
Fri. Dec. 19
9 p.m.
$10/adv., $12/door
Pour House

A long time ago in a magical time called The Eighties, Huey Lewis and the News ruled the airwaves. Not only did Lewis pen the iconic “Power of Love,” the band also hit international fame with the release of Sports, an album that celebrated its 30th anniversary last year. In honor of the record and a band that helped soundtrack an era, local musician Michael Quinn has organized I’ll Be Huey For Christmas, an evening featuring two sets of Lewis’ covers, including a performance of Sports in its entirety and a few holiday tunes, too. The band is The Power of Love and features Quinn, Dave Grimm, Matty Thompson, Stuart White, Whitt Algar, Trey Cooper, Charlton Singleton, Simon Harding, Mark Davis, and Rusty Cole. “Complete with a full horn section, we’re trying to do true justice to the Huey Lewis sound,” Quinn says. “We want the audience to recall those perfectly placed synth parts, guitar licks, the whole nine yards.” So, why Huey? “Huey Lewis is the reason I play music, and more importantly, the reason I play the saxophone,” Quinn says. “I must have been about five or six years old. My father gave me one of those kids’ cassette players, and the first item of music ever gifted to me: a Huey Lewis and The News cassette of the album Sports.” Ever since, Quinn’s been smitten. “It’s some of the most perfectly produced and masterfully written music of all time, combining elements of rock, jazz, soul, funk, Motown — it has everything,” he says. The Pour House show will be The Power of Love’s second live performance. “None of the music is technically demanding per se, but to achieve a sound that does justice to Huey is a huge undertaking,” Quinn says. “It wasn’t until we were deep into it that we realized how much more work we had to do. It’s exciting, but we’re nailing it.” —Kelly Rae Smith FRIDAY


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