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SOUL EXPLOSION

Willie Buck Powell, a longtime resident of Moncks Corner, has spent the last 10 years maintaining and building a park and playground on Wall Street (off a commercial strip on Hwy. 52) for neighborhood kids and families. The town never seemed interested in setting up a funded public playground in the area, so Powell took it upon himself to create one on private land, with permission from the owner, Richard Roper. Roper recently announced the closure of the facility. (It's expected to be dismantled this fall.) Powell hopes to shed the spotlight on the need for such a recreation area with a benefit show called "Old School Classic Soul Explosion" this Sat. Nov. 17 at the Plex (2390 W. Aviation Ave. (843) 225-PLEX). Presented by Powell and A Life's Pathway, the gig features some terrific soul, R&B, and reggae talent. Aside from his famous actor son, headliner Cuba Gooding Sr. is best known as the lead singer of '70s soul band The Main Ingredient. The bill also includes The Manhattans, The Legendary Intruders, MC Flame 'n' King, Shahlin, and DJ Pitch Black. Music starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are available for $35 and $25.

RADIO FREE BERT'S

Last week, Radio Free Charleston and Island Eye News kicked off a free Thursday night songwriters series at Bert's Island Characters (2209 Middle St., Sullivan's Island (843) 883-3924). On Thurs. Nov. 15, the series continues with alt-country songwriter Kara Suzanne and her band The Gojo Hearts. Showtime is 8 p.m. No cover. Visit www.radiofreecharleston.com for more.

OYSTERS AND JAMS

Local promotion group Sunday Entertainment (run by Joshua Smoak and Alex Collier) present an all-ages music party, oyster roast, and cook-out at Barrier Island Surf & Supply (2013 Folly Road, (843) 795-4545) this Sat. Nov. 17 with live performances from Milhouse, The Fire Apes, Joal Rush, and Velvet Jones. The festivities run from 4 p.m. 'til late. Visit www.myspace.com/barrier_islands and www.myspace.com/sundayentertainment for more.

LOCAL X BASH

The gang from 98X's weekly program Local X — led by hosts Amy Hutto and Toker — and Knight Booking celebrate their anniversary on Sat. Nov. 24 at the Map Room (1650 Sam Rittenburg Blvd., (843) 769-6336) with live rockstuff from four local bands — Broadside, Near Fatal Fall, Moonless Moth, and Blindsyght. Check out www.98xonline.com for more info. —T. Ballard Lesemann

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