Live Music: Solid Country Gold; Peter Rowan & Town Mountain; The Mobros; Women & Bowie

Great live music to check out this week


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TRIBUTE | Women & Bowie
Fri. May 20
8 p.m.
$15 adv., $18/door
Charleston Music Hall

Given David Bowie’s androgynous associations, one might assume that was one of the reasons why singers Hazel Ketchum and Lindsay Holler organized the Women & Bowie tribute show. Not so much. “It’s funny because the whole point to this program is the juxtaposition of having women sing very gruff, masculine-sounding songs,” Holler says. “We started with Tom Waits and then we moved on to Neil Young.” But there is an ambiguity in Bowie’s lyrics that drew Holler to the project. “His songs are pretty reflective on the person listening,” she says. “My take could be completely different from another person’s.” The show will feature Aisha Kenyetta, Lily Slay, Camille Rhoden, Stefanie Santana, Ann Caldwell, and Laura Ball alongside Ketchum and Holler, with backing from the Western Polaroids and the Hungry Monks. “His songs are deceptively complex,” Holler says. “I was attracted to the challenge of it.” —Vincent Harris FRIDAY

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BLUEGRASS | Peter Rowan & Town Mountain
Sat. May 21
9 p.m.
Pour House

Asheville’s Town Mountain, a hard-driving string/bluegrass band, has a couple of reasons to be excited about their current tour. First off, they’re sharing the stage with one of the more beloved and renowned figures in acoustic music, singer/guitarist Peter Rowan. “We’re fired up about it,” says Town Mountain’s Robert Greer. “It’ll be the first time we’ve ever played with Peter, and he’s a hero of ours, so it’s exciting. We’re honored.” Secondly, the band is celebrating a new album, called Southern Crescent. The album was produced by four-time Grammy Award-winner Dirk Powell, and Greer says the band is still buzzing from the experience. Dirk says the word ‘vibe’ a lot. He’d send me pictures of the studio the night before we rolled in, saying, ‘The vibe is set. There’s a good feeling in this room,’ things like that,” he says. “He’s so full of knowledge, so creative, and he plays everything.” —Vincent Harris SATURDAY

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RADIO BENEFIT | Sweet Corn Cookoff
w/ Solid Country Gold, Elise Testone, and more
Sun. May 22
2 p.m.
$30/adv., $35/door, $10 kids 18 and under
The Royal American

Who can argue with the pairing of seven bangin’ local restaurants with seven Charleston musical acts to create and compete for the best sweet corn dish of all? The second annual OHM Radio 96.3 Sweet Corn Cookoff is back this weekend, where attendees will get to sample and vote for their favorite dish. The team matchups are looking stellar this year, and they include Shovels & Rope’s Cary Ann Hearst with the Obstinate Daughter, who will defend last year’s title against SUSTO’s Justin Osborne and Taco Boy, Elise Testone and Park Cafe, Lindsay Holler/Matadero and Spero, Gradual Lean and Lee Lee’s Hot Kitchen, the Very Hypnotic Soul Band and Monza, and Madam Adam and Two Boroughs Larder. The Soul Preservation Society (on OHM Radio every Sunday 11 a.m.-2 p.m.) will DJ while live music will be provided by Charleston’s Solid Country Gold and Elise Testone. After the sweet corn winner is announced, several of the competition’s participants will do some carryin’ on together onstage. This is a family and dog-friendly event. All proceeds will benefit OHM Radio 96.3. —Kelly Rae Smith SUNDAY

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w/ Billie Fountain
Tues. May 24
8 p.m.
The Commodore

Brothers Patrick and Kelly Morris grew up attending the Lady of Perpetual Help church in Camden and fell in love with the acoustics churches can provide — so much so that they intend to record the Mobros’ new album inside one. “Several of the churches we’ve seen around Columbia are very acoustically treated,” Kelly says. “And the bigger the room, the more control we have over the sound.” Making the yet-to-be titled LP will be a welcome break from the nonstop touring the band, including bassist Canaan Peeples, has done over the past two years. THE MOBROS are also in the middle of filming a documentary based on their lives as a DIY operation. “We want to show people that they can do everything in house, and you don’t have to have money to go on the road,” Kelly says. “We start some tours with $20 in our pockets, enough to get to the first gig.” Prior to hitting the road two years back, the brothers worked for a spell here in Charleston and lived on America Street, where they’d pass by the shuttered A Touch of Class, a one-time popular jazz and R&B nightclub, at 504 Meeting St. on the regular. “Plus we grew up going to Charleston and driving past it, and I always wondered what that place is all about,” says Kelly. Now THE MOBROS, a funky rock ‘n’ roll-soul outfit, will fittingly get a chance to perform inside the venue, which recently reopened its doors as the Commodore, where the vintage spirit of A Touch of Class has been preserved by the new owners. “I always imagined who was playing there during the ’50s and ’60s,” Kelly says. “So playing there is like a dream come true. Now we can play all of our retro songs and feel at home.” —Kelly Rae Smith TUESDAY

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