Word came in last Friday that Apex Broadcasting station 96 Wave (96.1 FM) planned to switch formats that evening from whatever kind of "heavy rock" hybrid they'd been tinkering with this year to an "Adult Hits" (a.k.a. "Variety Hits" or "Classic Hits") format. At 5 p.m., they indeed "flipped" the format and changed the name to "96.1 Chuck F.M." (the nickname is similar to other Adult Hits station around the country. No official word yet on where Lancer, Wendy, Nick, Max, The Critic, Uncle Miles, and other on-air talent may land. Only a few hours into the new "Chuck FM" format on Friday evening, it sounded like a random, zig-zaggy list of Top 40 hits — from Poison to Dead or Alive to Robert Palmer to .38 Special to K.C. & The Sunshine Band to OMC to Elvis Presley, etc. ... no jocks, no back-announcing, no explanations. All of the Wave information online (www.96wave.com) has been deleted and replaced only by the stations new logo. For reaction from unanimously pissed-off Wave listeners, check out the lively thread at our music web log Feedback File at music.ccpblogs.com.
BRIGHT EYES AT The PLEX
Omaha-based, Saddle Creek recording artists Bright Eyes recently solidified a Charleston date as part of their massive North American tour. Led by wide-eyed singer/songwriter and indie heartthrob Conor Oberst, the pop band are set for a concert at The Plex on Thurs. Nov. 8 in support of their latest album, Cassadaga. For ticket information, visit www.theplexonline.com.
BLEND IN THE COURTYARD
Newly-established multi-concept restaurant and gourmet deli Blend (located at 170 Ashley Ave., 724-3391) started featuring live music in their courtyard, Wednesdays through Saturdays at 5 p.m. Local acoustic singer/guitarist Josh Brewer is booked this month with a set of originals and standards (blues, jazz, funk and folk). Visit www.blendtogo.com for more info.
SHAW & SCRUGGS RETURN TO TONIK
Lawson Roberts says snazzy lounge/jazz combo CC Booker III will return to Tonik (479 King St.) on Sun. Sept. 23 at 8 p.m. The band was a highlight of this year's Piccolo Spoleto jazz events. New York-based keyboardist Nate Shaw recently formed the project with Atlanta-based baritone saxophonist Will Scruggs and guest rhythm sections. "The name comes from our three main influences: 'C' for Ray Charles, 'C' for King Curtis, and 'Booker' for Booker T. & The MG's," says Scruggs. Tickets are available for $10 in advance by phone at (843) 709-5050, or at the door. Check out more at www.ccbooker.com. —T. Ballard Lesemann
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