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PLEX BRINGS STROKES, CELEBRATES 5 YEARS

The Plex entertainment facility celebrates a five-year anniversary this season with a series of live music and comedy events and dance nights. Their spring concert series continues this week with performances from pedal steel player Robert Randolph on Wed. April 19, Styx on Sat. April 22, modern-rock band Hawthorne Heights on Mon. May 1, and influential NYC alt-rock band The Strokes on Thurs. May 25. Check out www.theplexonline.com for more.

BIG BOYS

They Might Be Giants are set to play the Music Farm on Sat. April 29. The band recently released a DVD/CD set titled Venue Songs (Idlewild). The project began on their tour bus as "a clever way to pass the time" on a 2004 tour, during which they recorded an original song for every venue they performed at. They wrote the tunes on the bus, arranged and rehearsed them in sound check, and debuted them to the audience during the shows.

DOWNTOWN SUNDOWN

Last year's "Alive After Five" series offered live music and a downtown party vibe on Friday evenings through the spring. Under the new name "Downtown Sundown," the series picks back up with the weekly events happening on Thursday nights from 5-9 p.m. at the Charleston Maritime Center. "We have taken over 'Alive After Five,' moved the night, changed the name, and dropped the cover charge," says festival organizer Grace Bouldin, of local company Sound Events. The series' kickoff is Thurs. April 27 with a performance from acoustic rock duo Ken Block & Drew Copeland (both of '90s alt-pop band Sister Hazel). Check www.downtownsundown.com for more.

DO FRET (FRETLESSLY)

Local guitarist Michael "Atonal" Vick is set to conduct a series of "master class" workshops on fretless guitar, intonation, and microtonal tunings at the CofC's Simons Center Auditorium on Sun. April 23 from 5-7 p.m. The event includes a solo performance and a collaborative performance between Vick and local guitarist Lee Barbour. Check www.atonal-hole.com.

THREE RIVS FEST

Columbia's 3 Rivers Music Festival kicks off with three days of live music and events, from April 21-23. Three-day tickets are available for $35 and a one-day ticket will be $25. Visit www.3riversmusicfestival.org for more information and the full schedule. —TBL

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