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MB ROAD TRIP!

Coming up at the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach: The Academy Is... headline on Wed. Feb. 15; Common gets down on Sat. Feb. 18; Disturbed headline a sold-out event on Sun. Feb. 19 (as part of the Jägermeister Music Tour produced and promoted by Clear Channel); the red-headed stranger himself, Willie Nelson, performs on Tues. Feb. 21. Check www.hob.com/venues/clubvenues/myrtlebeach.

WHAT THE FUNK?

George Clinton did not brink the funk to the Music Farm on Wed. Feb. 8, as was scheduled. The veteran bandleader was a "no-show," leaving opening act The Movement on their own to quell the crowd. "We found out at 7 p.m. on Wednesday night that George was in L.A.," says Farm owner Kurt Papenhausen. "No explanation was given to us. But the rescheduled date is Sun. Feb. 26 with the same line-up."

WHAT THE F*CK?

According to an e-mailed report from local rock band Motormouth Mabel, "all hell broke loose" at a gig at Oasis on James Island a few weeks back when they were "cut off, kicked out, and detained by police" after a minor scuffle stemming from "offensive" behavior and lyrics. Venue general manager Jeremy Hodge says the whole thing stemmed from a pre-show dispute over the bar tab situation and quickly disintegrated into a nasty, first-song rant in which the band bad-mouthed the bartender and staff, the audience, and the venue itself. While the Mabel won't be raising a ruckus at the Oasis anytime soon, they are set to release a debut 7-inch, featuring the single "Catch the Fury" next month.

ON THE DIAL

Morning show hosts Storm Zbel and Kenny Z from 96 Wave are currently accepting demos for a "theme song" contest. Local bands or musicians are encouraged to come up with a 30-second tune that makes some sort of mention of the "Storm & Kenny Radio Show with Stupid Mike" and doesn't totally suck. So far, it sounds like the Diesel Brothers have a strong lead! Submissions should be sent to 2294 Clements Ferry Rd., Charleston, S.C. 29492. Deadline is Tues. Feb. 28 Check www.96Wave.com for more.

C OF C'S BATTLE: EXTENSION

The deadline for entries for the "Fourth Annual Charleston Battle of the Bands Competition" has been extended from Wed. Feb. 15 to Mon. Feb. 20. Entry forms are available at www.cofc.edu/communication, at 52.5 Records, or at the CofC's Dept. of Communication office at 5 College Way. The fee is $10. Call 240-1507 for more.

BLUE DOG GUEST

The Blue Dogs welcome special guest Doug Derryberry to the stage at the Music Farm on Sat. Feb. 18 for a special SEWE show. Derryberry is a NYC-based (by way of the D.C. scene) guitarist and studio producer who plays regularly in his own combo The Heydevils as well as with pianist/songwriter Bruce Hornsby's current band, among others.

RAGA: ELECTRIC

Drummer Jake Oleksak — best known for his work over the last two years with local world-beat/reggae-funk band Raga — embarks on a two-and-a-half month trip to Thailand on Mon. Feb. 20. Drummerless but not defeated, the remaining bandmates have plans to experiment and perform as an electronic band through the spring. "We didn't wanna just sit around, so the remaining three of us decided to do an electronic band," reports guitarist Nikhel Sus. "We'll be doing mostly different material, with some scattered Raga songs in the mix. It will consist of Ransom White on keyboards and laptop, Richard Horton on bass, and myself on guitar and laptop. We'll be playing a mixture of electronic, dub, trance, and drum 'n' bass music. We've dabbled in the whole 'livetronica' thing with Raga, but now we're pretty much going in headfirst with the whole absence of a drummer. We feel that Charleston needs something like this, and we hope people will take to it." Look for Raga during a "send-off" gig with Olesak at Johnson's Pub on Thurs. Feb. 16, and watch out for Eletcro-Raga at the Pub on Fri. Feb. 17.

UNFRETTED

Local guitarist Michael "Atonal" Vick was prominently featured in the Feb. issue of Guitar Player as one of the leaders in bringing fretless guitar into the national spotlight. "It's the largest [compilation of] information ever in print about the fretless guitar," says Vick. "It even says 'fretless guitar' on the cover, and Godin Guitars and Vigier Guitars are represented very well, to say the least." Vick was recently asked to collaborate with Ned Evett, Ed DeGenaro, and Dave "Fuze" Fiuczynski on an instructional book about the fretless guitar that will be published by the Berklee College Of Music Press. Additionally, Vick is set to conduct a series of workshops on fretless guitar and "just intonation tunings" at the Musician's Playground shop in Mt. Pleasant. Check www.atonal-hole.com for more. —T. Ballard Lesemann

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