Soundchecks: Terri Adams Downer, The Colour of Music, Band of Friends: A Celebration of Rory Gallagher, Delfeayo Marsalis

Live music to catch this week

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Dolly Parton Tribute | Terri Adams Downer
w/ Lindsay Holler, Lily McLeod Slay, Beattie Porter, Brian Hoepker
Sat. Mar. 30
8 p.m.
$10
Tin Roof

Dolly Parton tribute shows are a dime a dozen around these parts, but this is the only one this year that earns the title "extravaganza." Dolly Parton impersonator Terri Adams Downer will headline the show. Singer-songwriter Lindsay Holler, Royal Tinfoil vocalist Lily McLeod Slay, plus local musicians Beattie Porter and Brian Hoepker will perform. Like any event celebrating the life and music of Dolly Parton, a look-alike contest should and will be a focal point, with trophies going to the best impersonator. The proclaimed Empress of Charleston, Carmella Monet Monroe, will host the event, and proceeds will go to LGBTQI advocacy group We Are Family. — Heath Ellison SATURDAY

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Classical Music Festival | The Colour of Music
Black Classical Musicians Festival
Wed. March 27- Fri. March 29
$15-$45
Various Venues
colourofmusic.org

The Colour of Music Festival is, by any standard, one of the most stunning and expansive presentations of classical music that one could hope for. Once you add in that the festival assembles acclaimed Black chamber ensemble players and artists to form the Colour of Music Orchestra and showcases some of the top black classical musicians in the United States, it becomes even more exciting. These musicians have been trained at some of the most prestigious music schools, conservatories, and universities in the world, and over a span of three days and seven performances, the festival will feature vocal recitals, chamber music programs, a symposium dedicated to the work of Florence B. Price, who is often called "The Mother of Black Classical Music," and more. The festival was created six years ago to pay tribute to, and create further awareness of, Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges, an African-French composer who composed a long list of operatic and classical masterpieces but is not well-known in the U.S. It has since expanded to shine a spotlight on composers and performers of African descent, in the hope that talent like de Saint-Georges' will never go unheralded again. —Vincent Harris WEDNESDAY-FRIDAY

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'90s Rock and Hip-Hop | The Baddest Show in Town
w/ Dance Lab and Mike Quinn
Sun. Mar. 31
6 p.m.
$30/ adv, $35/ door
Charleston Music Hall

The last time rock and rap met in the '90s, we got Limp Bizkit, which is something we don't talk about. But, what if rock and hip-hop from the '90s met in the present day for a knock down, drag out, heavily choreographed concert battle royale? Jenny Broe and Mike Quinn asked a similar question when coming up with the Baddest Show in Town. "I'm a rock girl all day long," says Broe. "I will, until the death of me, want rock over hip-hop, and Mike was like, 'Well, we can't do a '90s show without doing some hip-hop.' We were kind of fighting about it and decided to just do a face-off." On the rock side of the cassette will be the obvious friends to flannel, like Nirvana, Dave Matthews, and Nine Inch Nails. But, on the rap side of the Clinton-era coin will be the king of new jack swing Bobby Brown and just-say-no-to-scrubs queens TLC. "There are 26 songs and different artistic choreographic representations through hip-hop and rock, so it's a big show," Broe comments. The Baddest Show in Town will also signal the return of Charleston performer Manny Houston for one night. —Heath Ellison SUNDAY

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Vintage Blues-Rock | Band of Friends: A Celebration of Rory Gallagher
featuring Davy Knowles, Gerry McAvoy, Ted McKenna
Thurs. March 28
9 p.m.
$20
Pour House

Rory Gallagher, the Irish singer/songwriter/guitarist who passed away in 1995, is one of those performers who was gigantic in the rest of the world but never quite cracked the U.S.A. Gallagher released a string of seminal British blues-rock albums throughout the 1970s, selling 30 million copies worldwide and collaborating with blues masters like Otis Rush and Muddy Waters. He influenced a score of guitarists who are household names, like the Edge, Jon Bonamassa, and Slash, but he's not as well known here as he should've been. The Band of Friends project aims to change that, one gig at a time. The group features Gallagher's longtime rhythm section of Gerry McAvoy and Ted McKenna, with firebrand singer/guitarist Davy Knowles out front paying tribute to the scorching guitar playing and rasping howl that Gallagher took to the top in so many other parts of the world. If you're a fan of bands like Humble Pie or Cream, the bands that pounded out that heavy blues-rock sound, Band of Friends is right up your alley. —Vincent Harris THURSDAY

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New Orleans Jazz | Delfeayo Marsalis
Sat. March 30
5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
$10-$60
Charleston Music Hall

Is there, like, a non-musical-genius member of the Marsalis family? Because we feel like the answer is "No." The New Orleans-based "First Family of Jazz," with patriarch pianist Ellis Marsalis, has produced trumpeter and leader of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Wynton, saxophonist Branford, drummer Jason, and the trombonist Delfeayo who will be gracing Charleston Music Hall with two shows this Saturday. This is an auspicious occasion, because Delfeayo is probably the least-visible member of the Marsalis clan, occasionally recording but largely sticking to producing, instruction, and collaboration with artists including Wycliffe Gordon, Elvin Jones, Ruth Brown, and his brother Branford, among many others. The show at the Music Hall is dubbed "New Orleans Meets Charleston," and it's difficult to imagine a better tour guide through the jazz music of the Big Easy than Delfeayo, who has an master's in jazz performance from the University of Louisville and received the NEA Jazz Masters Award alongside his brothers and father in 2011. —Vincent Harris SATURDAY

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