MB ROAD TRIP!
Coming up at the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach: Avenged Sevenfold get all evil with CKY and Day of Contempt on Fri. Jan. 27; Sister Hazel strum alongside Patrick Davis on Sat. Feb. 4. Check the full schedule at www.hob.com/venues/clubvenues/myrtlebeach.
NEW MUSIC EXPRESS II
Known among locals for his work with jammy rock band Threadworks and acoustic duo B.J. & Bonner, singer/guitarist B.J. Craven has signed on as frontman with a new Lowcountry group called Ten Toes Up. Based out of Murrell's Inlet, the band includes bassist Charles Freeman, drummer Adam Miller, and percussionist Josh Gregory. Their sound? A jazzy mix of Allmans/Panic-style Southern rock and strummy Jack Johnson pop-rock. Ten Toes Up play at the Silver Dollar on King Street on Sat. Jan. 28.
TRYOUTS ON THE AIR
Local hard-rock quintet Volusia take an unusual approach to securing a new lead singer this week. The band heads up to the 98X control room this Sun. Jan. 29 for a special episode of "Local X" to hold auditions for a new lead singer who's "experienced, committed, and with writing ability." Those interested in shoutin' it out over the studio microphone should e-mail host Amy Hutto at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out www.volusiaband.com. Oh yeah ... happy "37th Anniverary" to "Local X" — we must have missed those previous 36 years...
DOUBLE FEATURE: COMPOSITIONS
Redux Contemporary Art Center and the New Music Collective have scheduled a special "Double Feature" concert featuring percussionist David Cossin. The event is set for Fri. Feb. 3 at 8 p.m. Admission is $8. Check out the deal at www.reduxstudios.org.
Wilson Pickett, the legendary soul singer and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee with the "wicked" style, died of a heart attack on Thurs. Jan. 19. He was 64. At 14, Pickett moved from Alabama to Detroit and sang with various gospel groups before joining R&B group The Falcons. In 1965, he recorded "In the Midnight Hour" with Booker T. & The MG's, the first in a string of gusty soul classics. He was recently featured alongside other Motown and soul greats in the 2002 documentary Only the Strong Survive (directed by Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker).—T. Ballard Lesemann