Mb Road Trip!
Coming up at the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach: out of retirement, the great outlaw-country singer/guitarist David Allan Coe headlines on Thurs. July 26; Florida-based roots/rock jammers J.J. Grey & Mofro get funky on Fri. July 27; The White Stripes put four on the floor and crank it on the main stage on Sun. July 29; and songwriter Peter York steps up to the mic on Wed. Aug. 1. See the schedule at www.hob.com. —T. Ballard Lesemann
Darius Infected on Cbs
Despite a physical ailment on lead singer Darius Rucker's part, Carolina pop-rock band Hootie & The Blowfish pulled off their gig at the CBS Early Show's live broadcast at the Battery between 7-9 a.m. on Fri. July 20 (see footage at music.ccpblogs.com). Rucker recently went to the hospital for a routine knee surgery and caught a staph infection that nearly killed him. His post-operative rehabilitation has been prolonged in order to allow full recovery and will prevent him from continuing with some of the Hootie's summer tour. Fans who missed the gig can catch them at the Family Circle Cup Stadium on Fri. Aug. 24 when they return for their fifth annual Homegrown Concert — a regular feature for the Hootie & The Blowfish Foundation (a private nonprofit organization that regularly donates money toward music programs at S.C. schools). Check www.hootie.com for more. —TBL
Drumming on Bottles
The Djole Dance & Drum Company in N. Charleston has found a creative way to fight AIDS in Africa, participating in a program by national dance troupe TerraCycle to collect 20-oz. plastic bottles. Each one earns them five cents to donate to an affiliated group in Ghana that is building a center for sick women and orphans. Djole, begun in 1999 to provide children with a positive outlet for their energy, performs all over the country. You can help the environment, local children, and AIDS victims by taking empty bottles to the Gethsemani Community Center at 2449 Beacon St. in N. Charleston. —Stratton Lawrence
Ev at Wolf Track
Laid-back West Ashley tavern Wolf Track Inn (1807 Parsonage Ave., just off of Ashley River Road) recently welcomed local guitarist and vocalist Everette Bigbee — a longtime Charleston music scene character back to the stage as the weekly host of "Open Mic Night" on Wednesday nights starting at 8:30 p.m. Call 763-0853 for more. —TBL