Soundchecks: Bass Waves, Shakey Graves, Women & Sam Cooke, Live in Color, Bob Seger

Live music to catch this week

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EDM BOAT CRUISE | Bass Waves

w/ GRNDR, Freaky, OK.Kevin, FreeSurf, Madison
Sat. May 4
9 p.m.
$45
Spiritline Cruises

Trapped in open water for hours? Time to party. Local DJ GRNDR and Vive Le Rock Productions are bringing the return of Bass Waves, an electronic dance music party on a boat. "The first one happened last year in September and it was my first event ever and it actually sold out," says GRNDR. At this year's Bass Waves, the organizers upgraded to a bigger boat and hired a light designer to set up a full light production. "It's a little tricky fitting it all on a tiny boat, but I think we've assembled a pretty good team," he adds. Last year's Bass Waves involved primarily harder-hitting EDM artists, but this recent iteration features a touch of mellow house alongside the heavy bass. Despite saying the production stresses him out, GRNDR is already thinking about a third Bass Waves for the end of the summer. As for Saturday's cruise, you can buy your ticket on Eventbrite, and then park and board at Spiritline Cruises (360 Concord St.). —Heath Ellison SATURDAY

JOEY WHARTON
  • Joey Wharton

GUITAR-AND-DRUMS PSYCHEDELIC ROCK | Shakey Graves

w/ Illiterate Light
Wed. May 8 8 p.m.
SOLD OUT
Music Hall

If you've got tix to the sold-out Shakey Graves show at the Music Hall next Wed., make sure to get there early to check out the opener, Illiterate Light. The Virginia guitar-and-drums duo of Jeff Gorman and Jake Cochran is an explosive live act, taking the expected low-end volume of their chosen setup and making it more ethereal than you might expect. Their vocal harmonies lend an almost folk-like glow to their songs, and Cochran has a very distinct drumming style that alternates between pure power and jazzy polyrhythms. While he shifts the tempo around with the beat, Gorman unleashes some serious subterranean thunder with his six-string, throwing in some nifty pedal work to create a thick bass sound. The combination of raw noise and intricate arrangements makes this band seem a lot bigger than it actually is, and it's a pleasantly full sound for such a stripped-down, bare-bones setup. —Vincent Harris WEDNESDAY

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TRIBUTE | Women & Sam Cooke (Gibbes' Garden Concert Series)

w/ Lindsey Holler, Hazel Ketchum, Zandrina Dunning, Aisha Kenyetta, Christian Smalls, and Exavia Baxter
Wed. May 8
6:30 p.m.
$20, $25
Gibbes Museum of Art

The Women & ... concert series created by Lindsay Holler and Hazel Ketchum rolls on in a different location this time out, with an ensemble of fiercely talented female singers taking on the work of the king of soul music, Sam Cooke, at the Gibbes Museum. Sam Cooke is a sort of universal language for music lovers, whether you're talking about his stunning gospel work with the Soul Stirrers or his massive solo hits like "Wonderful World," "You Send Me," "Chain Gang," and the immortal "A Change is Gonna Come." His easy-swinging sense of confidence and seemingly limitless voice were so incredibly distinct that it will be a fascinating challenge for these performers to take on these songs and make them their own. That being said, this series hasn't let us down yet in terms of great performances, and there's no arguing with a set list full of classic Sam Cooke hits. —Vincent Harris WEDNESDAY

JONATHAN BONCEK FILE PHOTO
  • Jonathan Boncek file photo

HIP-HOP | Live in Color 2

w/ Illadell
Sat. May 4
8 p.m.
$10
Purple Buffalo

KJ Kearney of Charleston Sticks Together admits that the first Live in Color was a bit of an experiment. "I'm happy that the City of North Charleston's Cultural Arts Department let me do it in the first place," Kearney says. As a part of the North Charleston Arts Festival, Live in Color is an event centered around creativity and scholarly debate about hip-hop culture. Local DJ Illadell will spin tracks throughout the night while audience members color collages designed by Atlanta artist Larry Luk. After all coloring pages are submitted to be judged, a panel of hip-hop experts will argue a series of topics related to rap culture. The panelists include publicist and Cultura organizer Tawana Tee, rapper and Cultura mastermind Matt Monday, DJ Scrib, producer and critic Black Dave, and producer and Johnston, S.C. mayor Terrence Culbreath. "I'm a nerd and I love hip-hop culture," says Kearney. "I figured if we did an academic event around hip-hop, it would add to the dynamic nature of the culture." —Heath Ellison SATURDAY

CLAY PATRICK MCBRIDE
  • Clay Patrick McBride

CLASSIC ROCK | Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band

Fri. May 10
7 p.m.
$76-$495
North Charleston Coliseum

If you believe the press around this tour, this may be your last chance to see classic-rocker Bob Seger before he retires. Typically, those kinds of announcements are followed a few years later by comeback tours, but the 73-year-old Seger seems to be genuine in his insistence that this is it. And it's not like he's got anything left to prove. He's been in the music business since the mid-1960s, starting with his first big hit "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man" and moving through his classic 1970s albums like Live Bullet, Night Moves, and Stranger in Town, and into the '80s with hits like "Against the Wind" and "Like a Rock." The guy's got pipes for days and a catalog of pure American rock 'n' roll standards under his belt, so if this is the last time he trots out "Old Time Rock 'n' Roll" or "Hollywood Nights" or "The Fire Down Below," he's certainly earned his rest. —Vincent Harris FRIDAY

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