MB ROAD TRIP!
Coming up at the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach: Seether share the floor with Shinedown and Flyleaf on Thurs. March 2; the Dropkick Murphys skank it down on Fri. March 3; Hinder share the stage with Revelation Theory for a loud show on Sat. March 4; Matchbox Romance connect with the audience on Tues. March 7; The Black Crowes return for a rock concert on Fri. March 10; country singer Dierks Bentley headlines on Sat. March 11. Check the full season's schedule at www.hob.com/venues/clubvenues/myrtlebeach.
Country music superstar Willie Nelson recently extended his 2006 tour schedule, which kicked off in late Jan., to include a concert in Charleston at the Gaillard Municipal Auditorium on Thurs. April 6. Nelson's most recent release is a reggae/country album titled Countryman. Nelson stayed busy in 2005 with the late-September opening of Willie's Place, an 850-seat concert hall located at Carl's Corner, a famous truck stop just south of Dallas on Hwy. I-35. "I want to use Carl's Corner as an example," Nelson said in a statement. "It's a perfect place on the highway to play a little music and show people how well Biodiesel works at the same. I want Texas to lead the world in Biodiesel exploration like we once did in oil and gas." Tickets for Nelson's Charleston show are available for $55 and $45 at www.ticketmaster.com. Call 554-6060 for more.
This just in from Blues Bash organizer Gary Erwin: Cajun musician Paul Dudley Kershaw passed away on Feb. 11 in a hospital in Charleston after a period of declining health. He was 80 years old. "A longtime resident of Charleston, Paul was a dyed-in-the-wool, true-blue Cajun from Kaplan, Louisiana — the heart of Cajun country," says Erwin. "He played pure, traditional Cajun music on guitar, double-row and diatonic harmonicas, and Cajun accordion. He sang the old-time songs in both French and English, and he also loved early country a la Hank Williams. He was a longstanding fixture of the Charleston music scene; unique in his class. He was a warm and vibrant human being who touched everyone he met with his delightful personality and heartfelt music." Kershaw regularly performed solo and also with his band, The Bayou Ramblers. Byen mersi.
ATHENS, GA FEST
The 10th annual AthFest music festival and conference is set for June 21-25 in Athens, Ga. Organizers are accepting applications from bands and solo artists for a slot on one of the outdoor stages (the local venues largely book their shows on their own — check the music directory at www.flagpole.com for Classic City club info). Visit www.athfest.com for full details. Submission deadline is April 1.
THREE RIV'S MUISIC FEST
Columbia's 3 Rivers Music Festival — set for April 21-23, 2006 — announced a diverse live music lineup that includes arena rockers Styx, pop-'grass trio Nickel Creek, folk legend Richie Havens, gospel group Doc McKenzie & The Hi-Lites, and contemporary country acts Bryan Bowers, Pat Green, Julie Roberts, and Shooter Jennings, among many others. "All of these acts represent the musical diversity the festival is continuing to embrace," says festival organizer Virginia Bedford. "One of the missions of the festival is to have music for everyone. With the acts we've announced so far, I believe we are well on our way to an exceptional 2006 event." "Early-bird" three-day tickets will be available for $30 beginning Tues. Feb. 14 at www.etix.com. After March 1, a three-day ticket will be $35 and a one-day ticket will be $25. Visit www.3riversmusicfestival.org for more information. —TBL