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The Blue Dogs, David Allen Coe, Oyster Roasts, Kickin Chicken, Metal benefit, Kenny Z

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The Blue Dogs: DVD

Local Americana/roots-rock band The Blue Dogs hit the small screen again. Lead singer/guitarist Bobby Houck tells City Paper he and the band have big plans to release a new concert DVD in February. Taped from their Nov. 2005 performances at the Dock Street Theatre, this roots-rockumentary follows their well-produced 2005 concert DVD release, Live at the House of Blues. See www.bluedogs.com for more.

TAKE THIS GIG AND SHOVE IT

Notorious "outlaw country" performer and veteran songwriter David Allen Coe's show scheduled for Wed. Jan. 9 at the Pour House was officially canceled last week. Coe enjoyed a tumultuous career for four decades (his most successful songs became hits for the likes of Willie Nelson, George Jones, Tammy Wynette, and Johnny Paycheck). According to reports from clubs on the regional circuit, he and his band haven't exactly been selling many tickets to shows in support of his latest effort, Rebel Meets Rebel. "Due to a simple lack of ticket sales, we are pulling the Coe show," Pour House proprietor Alex Harris says.

MUSIC & OYSTERS I

The popular Oysters on the Point series kicks off at the Charleston Harbor Resort (20 Patriots Point Blvd.) on Sat. Jan. 12 from 2-6 p.m. with live music from versatile party band Plane Jane. Admission is $7. They'll have oysters, dogs, burgers, and wood-burning pits for s'mores fans to use. Looking ahead, the Resort will host parties on Sat. Feb. 23 with live music from funk band The Secrets and on Sat. March 29 with live reggae jams from Mystic Vibrations. Check out more information at

www.charlestonharborresort.com.

MUSIC & OYSTERS II

The third annual Music and Oysters for Wildlife benefit — an oyster roast, cook-out, and concert on the edge of Francis Marion National Forest — is set for Sat. Jan. 19 from 2-6 p.m. (rain or shine) in Awendaw at the Sewee Outpost (4853 Hwy. 17). This year's musical lineup features The Occasional Milkshake (comprised of Hank Futch of the Blue Dogs and Mark Bryan and Gary Greene of Hootie & the Blowfish), Danielle Howle & Doug Jones, Peter Holsapple (of Hootie, The dBs), and other guests. Tickets are $30, which includes all-you-can-eat oysters. Children under 12 are free. There will also be a silent auction of Lowcountry "trips and adventures." The SEWEE Association is a non-profit friends group for Cape Romain, Waccamaw and ACE Basin National Wildlife Refuges, and Francis Marion National Forest. For more information, e-mail sewee.association@earthlink.net.

THE WING CIRCUIT EXPANDS

The Kickin' Chicken has officially expanded their local empire to West Ashley with a fifth spot. The new venue recently opened at 1179 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. They're open for dinner and already have some live bands booked for this week, including a group called Kurly Wolf on Fri. Jan. 11, groove band Agent Funk on Sat. Jan. 12, and funky roots/rock combo Overstood on Fri. Jan. 18. For more info, call (843) 766-5292 or visit www.kickinchicken.com

METAL BENEFIT

An armful of local rock and metal acts are congregating at the Rodeo Room at The Plex on Sat. Jan. 19 for a big bash aimed at raising funds and awareness for local breast cancer organizations. Charlotte-based riff-rock trio Blanco Diablo co-headline alongside Hilton Head's Prologic 13, and local bands TenFifty, Obelisk, and In The Skin (celebrated for their metallic rendition of the "Oompa-Loompa song"). Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $7 ($10 under 21). Visit www.theplexonline.com for more.

KENNY Z RETURNS

The Fifth Annual Charleston Comedy Festival presents an audience-judged Charleston Stand-Up Competition at the Music Farm on Wed. Jan. 16. Hosted by the greatly missed Kenny "Kenny Z" Zimlinghaus, the showcase will feature up to 20 regional comics. Before relocating to N.Y.C. in 2006, Zimlinghaus was a major figure in the local music and bar scene, and is remembered best among foks here as a wise-crackin' stand-up comedian and radio morning show host who worked for more than two years on the air at the late 96 Wave with co-host Storm Zbel on the Storm & Kenny Radio Show with Stupid Mike on Wave. Participants should register via phone at (843) 853- 6687, or e-mail at thehavenots2000@aol.com no later than Mon. Jan. 14. The loudest response from the crowd will determine the winner. For the full schedule and more information on the festival, visit www.charlestoncomedyfestival.com.

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