THE (KIND-OF) BEACH BOYS HIT DANIEL ISLAND
Fronted by original Beach Boys vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Mike Love and longtime guitarist/keyboardist Bruce Johnston, this version of the classic pop legends perform a special Memorial Day show at the Family Circle Magazine Stadium on Daniel Island on Mon. May 29 at 4 p.m. Tickets are available through ww.etix.com at four price levels — $78.75, $36.75, $26.25 and $15.75.
SWEET GEORGIA BREEZES: MORTON
Americana singer/guitarist Ken Will Morton (now based in Athens, Ga. by way of Atlanta and Hartford, Conn.) played bass for years with "grit rockers" The Groundhogs, played guitar with power-pop bands Wonderlust and The Indicators, and collaborated as lead guitarist with Guadalcanal Diary frontman Murray Attaway before striking out on his own. His debut solo album, In Rock 'n' Roll's Hands, was self-released in June of 2004. His sophomore effort, tentatively titled The King of Coming Around, is due this summer. Catch Morton in town this week at Cumberland's on Wed. May 24 with Sol Driven Train and at the Pour House on Sat. May 27 with Jimbo Mathus.
Wilcox Comes Alive
Acoustic singer/guitarist David Wilcox — a N.Y.-based songwriter and poet with 12 albums under his belt — visits town with a performance at the Map Room on May 29 in support of a new album titled Vista (What Are Records). "It's the groove these songs have that sets them apart from my other recordings," says Wilcox, who's traveling the country in an Airstream trailer and a biodiesel truck with his wife and singing partner Nance Pettit and their son. Showtime is 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $10. Check www.themaproom.net for more.
Charleston-based vocalist and pianist Leah Suarez and her newly-formed, Brazilian-tinged Latin-jazz group Toca Toca (featuring percussionist Emmanuel Abdul-Rahim) perform a series of free "sneak preview" sets this week leading up to their big show at Tonik (located at 479 King Street) on Fri. June 2, including short sets on Sun. May 28, Mon. May 29, and Thurs. June 1 as "Piccolo Petite Performances" at the pavilion in Marion Square. The ensemble leaves for Denmark in July to record and perform at the annual Steinway Hall Performance and festival. Check out www.tocatocamusic.com and www.myspace.com/leahsuarez for more. —TBL