Chazzfest Is Here!
The second annual ChazzFest is upon us. The event takes place on Sat. Sept. 22 from 9 a.m.-10 p.m. at the Family Circle Tennis Center. See our pull-out program for information and visit www.chazzfest.com for more.
Yes, the old country of Prussia was located in Northeast Europe. The new "vintage pop" sounds of Athens band King of Prussia emanate from Northeast Georgia. The sweater-clad combo return to Charleston for a performance on Thurs. Sept. 20 at The Map Room, alongside supporting bands Mr. Jenkins and PWRSHT. King of Prussia's main songwriter Brandon Hanick, guitarist Trey McManus, keyboardist/guitarist Brian Smith, keyboardists/bassists Nathan Troutman and A.J. Rownd, and drummer Taylor Coggins recently signed on with the rejuvenated indie record label Kindercore (run by longtime Athens scenesters Ryan Lewis and Dan Geller). The label will re-release their brand-new debut, Save the Scene, in Jan. '08. Visit www.myspace.com/wearekingofprussia and www.themaproom.net for more
Hipsters At Cumby's
The College of Charleston's CofC Radio welcomes students back to the fall semester with a special "Hipster Night" event at Cumberland's on Thurs. Sept. 27. CofC Radio is a student-run independent station that streams live from www.cofcradio.com. Headlining the event are Norfolk, Va., power-pop trio Still Pink. They nearly won CofC's fifth annual Charleston Battle of the Bands Competition at the Music Farm last March with a tight, melodic, big-chord sound. Their new album is titled Airing (check out www.stillpinkmusic.com for more). Local band The Valkyrie (formerly Parker) unveil their new studio EP, Stories in Parts, at the show. Thomas Elite completes the bill. The event starts at 9 p.m. Cover is $5 ($8 under 21).
Savannah Jazz Festival
The week-long Savannah Jazz Festival is set for Sun. Sept. 23 through Sun. Sept. 30. Presented by the Coastal Jazz Association the festival is free and open to the public. This year's featured jazz and blues performers include Savannah Arts Academy Skyelite Band, Elliott & The Untouchables, John Lee Hooker, Jr., The Yellowjackets, Ben Riley Trio (featuring pianist Kenny Barron), Rashied Ali Quintet, Vincent Herring with the Savannah Jazz Orchestra, and many others. For more information, go online to www.savannahjazzfestival.org, call (912) 675-5419, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. —T. Ballard Lesemann