The Charleston club scene will be buzzing with activity this weekend. The first week of August brings a funky mix of visiting acts, including hip-hop group Nappy Roots, bluegrass-rock band Jackass Flats, reggae trio Selah Dubb, and violinist Mark O'Connor — plus a ton of cool local artists. City Paper's comprehensive listings in Music Board cover a lot of the action. Listed here are some of the notable stand-out artists of the week, plus audio clips.
Originally booked as "Joel Hamilton and Friends with M-Tank," the band lineup at this Friday's show at the Pour House was quickly adjusted to include Hamilton with local songwriter Bill Carson and Charleston indie-rock trio HeyRocco as a benefit for the members of M-Tank — Jason Walter, Walter Lane, Jim Faust, and Scott Dence. M-Tank survived a major automobile accident earlier this week, but not without suffering some serious physical injuries. Dence was hurt the worst, sustaining a broken scapula, broken ribs, and a collapsed lung. A $5 donation at the door gets you in the door. All proceeds will go toward the band's medical expenses.
Last summer, Charleston bar-rock band Dante's Camaro announced their "final show." It turned out to be a hilarious farce. This week, the band "reunites" for the umpteenth time and jumps back into the rock 'n' roll scene with the Dante's Camaro Second Annual Farewell Show on Fri. Aug. 5 at the Tin Roof. Singer Ben Dante and the gang will roar through their best/worst stuff this evening. It actually might be one of the last times to catch guitarist (and City Paper columnist) Jack Hunter on stage before he gears up for an election year adventure in Washington, D.C.
The long-running, funk-minded Athens-based quartet Perpetual Groove specialize in a jazzy, contemporary, electrified guitar-driven style. They return to Charleston for a show at the Windjammer on Fri. Aug. 5 behind their latest disc, Heal. This is their first gig at the Jammer.
Charlotte-based songwriter Dylan Gilbert has been tinkering with some unique pop/rock orchestrations in his home studio this year. He has a new band called the Over Easy Breakfast Machine and a rock opera in the works, too (the teaser track is titled "I Was Young"). They share the stage at the Village Tavern with Field Mouse on Sat. Aug. 6.
Yellowman, Jamaica's most famous albino, is a veteran songwriter and deejay considered one of the originators of the reggae-inspired dancehall genre of music. In 1981, he became the first dancehall artist to be signed to a major American label. Widely known as King Yellowman, he continues to tour and release albums. He returns to the Pour House on Mon. Aug. 8 with support from local group the Dub Plates Reggae Riddum Band.