MB ROAD TRIP!
Coming up at the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach: Rise Against share the stage with Silverstein, Comeback Kid, and Only Crime on Fri. June 22; a newly-solidified version of Georgia rawk band Drive-By Truckers bring it on Sat. June 23; Unwritten Law get loud and ruff on Sun. June 24. Check the full schedule at www.hob.com.
New York-based "alternative acoustic rock" singer/songwriter Eren Cannata has set up shop in the Carolinas this month. The guitarist secured a four-week series of Wednesday gigs (6-9 p.m.) at The Map Room with guest singer Jordan Igoe and other guests joining in as well. His debut is titled Blame it on the City (Brown Dog). See www.myspace.com/erencannata for more.
THE COOL: NEW ALBUM
Known best for their vast repertoire of classic rock, pop, blues, and A.M. radio hits from way back, Charleston quartet The Cool have assembled an official debut album of original material and are ready to celebrate the release next month with a big showcase at the Plex. Guitarist Bill Cool, singer/bassist/keyboardist Christi Smoak, singer/guitarist/keyboardist Fiona Phillips, and drummer K.C. Hazelwood recorded the album — a collection titled Climate Control — this year. The CD release gig is set for Thurs. July 12 at the Plex with support from the Travis Allison Band, The DaliDrama, and other guests —including keyboardist Robyn Robins, (of the Silver Bullet Band). The band performs at the Strike Zone this weekend (June 22-23). Visit the wildly-animated site at www.thecool.biz for more.
The Charleston CariFest 2007 celebration embraces June as "Caribbean American Heritage Month" this weekend. At 11 a.m. on Sat. June 23, there will be a "Caribbean Carnival Street Parade" at Martin Park, winding from Lee and Meeting Streets to Brittlebank Park where the festivities continue with live reggae and calypso bands, dance company performances, and drum groups from noon to 6 p.m. Tickets are available for $7 (adults) and $3 (children). See "City Pick" on p. 27 and visit www.charlestoncarifest.com.
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"This is where it all ... ends." —Pete Townshend of The Who in June 1967, introducing "My Generation" on stage at the Monterey International Pop Festival. — T. Ballard Lesemann