Live Music: Grass in the Hall; Prince Tribute; Baby Baby; Crystal Bright & the Silver Hands

Great live music to check out this week

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JONATHAN BONCEK
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BLUEGRASS | Grass in the Hall
w/ The Bluestone Ramblers, Dallas Baker & Friends, and The Lowhills
Thurs. June 9
8 p.m.
$25
Charleston Music Hall

Charleston’s Dallas Baker was a heavy-metal dude in his teens, but even back then, there was a little bit of bluegrass in him. “I’d always loved the banjo and known what bluegrass was,” Baker says, but it wasn’t until after he joined the band Steel Rollers that he fell in love with it. “The Steel Rollers taught me a lot of traditional bluegrass songs by Flatt & Scruggs, Bill Monroe, people like that,” he says. Baker attempted to carry that new fandom into his next band, Big John Belly, but that project went in a different direction. “I played bass and sang and played harmonica,” he says, “but it was more jam-rock, like Phish or the Grateful Dead, and I still loved bluegrass. I loved everything about it. And Big John Belly didn’t want to be a bluegrass band. So I thought I’d start Dallas Baker & Friends to satisfy my desire for wanting to play bluegrass music.” Baker’s namesake group is more a collective than a band, shifting membership around Baker and including, at any given time, David Vaughan, Fuller Condon, Brad Edwardson, John Kennedy, Jonathan DePriest, Walter Biffle, Aaron Firetag, and many more. “I’m the only consistent member, but it’s a collective group of musicians that I’m grateful to be able to play with,” Baker says. Grass in the Hall is part of the Music Hall’s Piccolo Spoleto concert series. —Vincent Harris THURSDAY

JONATHAN BONCEK
  • Jonathan Boncek

PRINCE TRIBUTE | Nothing Compares 2 U
Fri. June 10
8 p.m.
$15
Charleston Music Hall

Musician and poet Marcus Amaker is Charleston’s resident Prince fanatic, and that’s really no big secret. On his weekly Monday Mixtape radio hour on Ohm Radio 96.3, he always manages to slip a Prince tune into the lineup, and he delivered an introduction prior to the Charleston Music Hall’s recent screening of Purple Rain. So it’s no surprise that he’s also organized, rather swiftly following the untimely death of the legend, a tribute to his idol this weekend called Nothing Compares 2 U, named after the track Prince wrote but Sinead O’Connor made famous. The show will feature Charlton Singleton & Friends featuring Quiana Parler and Amaker paying tribute to the deceased star through music and commentary about his life, musicianship, entertainment, and generosity. The event is part of Piccolo Spoleto, and all proceeds will benefit Girls Rock Charleston. —Kelly Rae Smith FRIDAY

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CABARET | Crystal Bright & the Silver Hands
Sat. June 11
10 p.m.
Free
The Mill

Crystal Bright always had trouble describing what kind of music she made until she came up with a key phrase. “I made up ‘kaleidophrenic cabaret,’ which is vague but it encompasses the feel of the music,” Bright says. “It’s kind of all over the place as far as style. It’s a mix of all my influences that include Eastern European, French, Spanish, jazz, rock, and a lot of other things.” On her new album The Absolute Everywhere, with her band The Silver Hands, Bright plays accordion, musical saw, concertina, piano, Taiko drum, and Ugandan harp. Her muse seems to careen from chaotic gypsy folk to swaggering saloon songs, like some sort of lost ’80s Tom Waits album, except that her vocals are bright and clear. A typical show for this ensemble is often just as focused on the visual as the musical. Depending on the night, there could be actors and dancers and projections joining the players. “I think originally it came from me being inspired by a lot of folk tales and other stories to write music,” Bright says of her multimedia approach. “So when I started this project in 2010, the idea was to bring the whole idea of the story I wrote to life.” Saturday’s show will follow the Mill’s 7 p.m. patio party, complete with a $10 all-you-can-eat Lowcountry boil. —Vincent Harris SATURDAY

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FUN ROCK | Baby Baby
w/ Fishbone
Tues. June 14
9 p.m.
$16/adv., $20/door
Pour House

Atlanta’s Baby Baby describes their sound as “fun rock,” and that sounds about right. The band — Fontez Brooks (guitar, vocals), Grant Wallace (drums), Colin Boddy (percussion), and Hsiang-Ming Wen (bass) — makes the kind of melodic, outside-the-box rock ‘n’ roll fans of both Bloc Party and hardcore noise could fall for. As for the fun, the intro from their 2014 LP Big Boy Baller Club is a great indication that these guys have good times in spades. And that’s something you’re invited to join in on. That first track lists a few stipulations if you want to be part of the “brotherhood of best franz.” Such requirements include, “1. Always carry a conch-shell horn, a positive attitude, an extra pair of shorts, and a PBR. 2. When life has you down, you must keep on dancing 3. You must always turnip.” —Kelly Rae Smith TUESDAY


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