The annual Wingstock event is upon us. Set for Sun. Sept. 2 at the Mt. Pleasant Wild Wing location in the Moultrie Plaza (664 Coleman Blvd., 971-WING), the all-evening jam session features live rock action from Charlotte-based alt-rock band Simplified, versatile Atlanta/Greenville modern-rock combo Sun Domingo, Widespread Panic tribute act Machine Funk, popular cover band U-Phonik, and Charlestons very own Soul Fish (led by singin drummer Morgan Sprott and strummin singer Rotie Salley). The music starts at 4 p.m. Check www.wildwingcafe.com for more.
JUMP MAN GOES SOLO
Singer/songwriter Jay Clifford stayed busy this spring and summer putting the final touches on a new solo album. The former Jump, Little Children frontmans soon-to-be-released debut, titled Driving Blind, was recorded in Los Angeles at Swing House Studios with producer Warren Huart (Howie Day) at the helm. A few additional tracks were recorded at Cliffords home studio. The disc hits the street on Tues. Sept. 4. Visit www.myspace.com/jaycliffordmusic for more.
Suárez at Modernisme
Travelin songstress Leah Suárez (known recently for her work with the Latin-flavored ensemble Toca Toca) makes it back to her hometown for a special performance at the Modernisme Gallery (21 Magnolia Road, 763-1551) on Sat. Sept. 8 from 6-9 p.m. with accompaniment from pianist Gerald Gregory. The Group Anniversary Show Reception is free and open to the public. Check out more online at www.leahsuarez.com.
MOUNTAIN TUNES ON SHEM CREEK
Local agency Suncoast Promotions presents a creekside music event next week. Award-winning Appalachian songwriter and storyteller Michael Reno Harrell is scheduled to perform at the Listening Room at Shem Creek Music Center (423 Hibben St.) on Fri. Sept. 7 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 and proceeds benefit the local ALS Association to help fight Lou Gehrigs Disease. Visit www.michaelreno.com and www.suncoastpromotions.com for more.
TRAIN AT CUMBERLANDS
Singer/guitarist Wayne The Train Hancock has been called the master of hillbilly swing and a country singers country singer. The honky-tonk man headlines a swingin show at Cumberlands on Sat. Sept. 1. Cover is $10. Check www.waynehancock.com for more. T. Ballard Lesemann