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2009: The Year in Music

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Here we are at the end of a tumultuous and exciting year in the local music scene, and at the beginning of a new series of adventures and misadventures. This music department is looking forward to a memorable 2009. What's in store? This list of carefully-considered predictions may help prepare you. All of these predictions will come true. Just wait and see.

• 98X DJ Amy Hutto, host of the weekly local series "Local X," will welcome her favorite rock star Steven Tyler to the station for a lunchtime interview, marking the 30th anniversary of the release of Aerosmith's album Night in the Ruts.

• As a lark, Pour House owner Alex Harris will run against incumbent James Island Mayor Mary Clark in a special election — and win.

• Super manager Josh Terry will have his name officially changed to "Supermanager Josh Terry."

• Gene's Haufbrau's rowdy Oktoberfest will fire the Hans Schmidt Band and, instead, book members of the Scorpions to headline the folkfest in the big tent.

• The Wild Wing Café franchise will push for wide expansion in the area, opening new venues in Wadmalaw, McClellanville, Cottageville, and Kingstree. Only bluegrass and old-time bands will be allowed to perform.

• The Charleston County Public Library's Media Services Department will include eight video shorts produced by City Paper web dude Joshua Curry in their occasional "rockumentary" events.

• ChazzFest organizers will hold their third festival at White Point Gardens along the Battery.

• In February, shortly after the Simple Man Cruise off of Miami, Leslie guitarist Sadler Vaden (and his Ed King-esque riffs) will take an extended leave from the local trio to join Lynyrd Skynyrd as an official member.

• The Bridge at 105.5 DJ Jim "The Critic" Voigt will dig even deeper into his album collection every Saturday and Sunday mornings ... and he'll eventually play R.E.M.'s rendition of Roger Miller's "King of the Road."

• The CofC Department of Communication will revive its annual "Charleston Battle of the Bands" at the Tin Roof in March.

• Dangermuffin will dump their set list and build a new repertoire of "surf rock," including hits and deep cuts by The Ventures, Dick Dale, The Surfaris, Jan & Dean, and Duane Eddy. The band will show up at the Surf Bar every Sunday evening dressed in matching striped shirts and bermuda shorts.

• The 2009 "Rockin' at the Point" series will exclusively feature "reunion shows only," with performances by Arhooly, The Doctors, Vroom, F.L.K., The Fields, Mailbox, and the Jumper Cables.

• The former staff of Cumberland's will announce plans to reopen the music club in the long-dormant Indian Head Restaurant & Lounge on Savannah Highway. The menus will include Waffle House entrées delivered by dumbwaiter elevator.

• Local music collection Cord & Pedal — the "voice of the people since '99" — will land a contract to book the Windjammer's annual Budweiser Bikini Bash. Aamerican Tenants, Death Cheetah, The Dellortos, and Harrison Ray will play the first four events in May.

• Drummer Quentin Baxter will pull a "Keith Moon" during Piccolo Spoleto and smash his customized drum kit on stage at the Cistern.

• The Whisperjets will switch gears from melodic pop-rock to an "all-holiday music" format, releasing a debut album in November titled We Are the Heat Misers.

• Johnson's Pub will actually notify City Paper from week to week about upcoming shows.

For more, go online to www.charlestoncitypaper.com.

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