Martin Sexton, Dan Lotti & Mike Sivilli, Holy Ghost Tent Revival

When: Sat., Jan. 10 2009

Guitar great Martin Sexton picks, loops, and sings through a special early set with support from Dan and Mike from Dangermuffin (doors open at 7 p.m. and music starts at 8 p.m.). N.C. band Holy Ghost Tent Revival (pictured) performs at 11 p.m. Early afternoon at music festivals is usually naptime, so it’s a testament to a friend’s musical tastes that when she insisted that we catch the Holy Ghost Tent Revival at last year’s Shakori Hills Grassroots Fest in N.C., everyone gathered their depleted strength and was soon rejuvenated. With their free-wheeling, rambunctious demeanor, Revival’s music is somewhere between an Appalachian sing-along and a New Orleans street parade. Based around acoustic guitar and banjo, it’s layered with bass, drums, horns, and keys — twangy and head-bangy. Holy Ghost returns behind an album titled So Long I Screamed, an apt title for a band whose harmonies often escalate into high-decibel tonsil busters. * This is their second trip to Charleston, and rumor has it they’ll be sticking around town on Sunday for an impromptu set and oyster roast on Folly Beach — invites issued to all who attend the post-Martin Sexton set on Saturday. See for more. —Stratton Lawrence

Price: $7 (or (free admission with early-show ticket)

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