MB ROAD TRIP!
Coming up at the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach: fresh off their supporting slot with Staind, Breaking Benjamin headline a show on Wed. Oct. 4; metal rascals Jackyl play on Fri. Oct. 6; and alt-rock band Hawthorne Heights headline the "Nintendo Fusion Tour" event on Wed. Oct. 11. Check the deal at www.hob.com.
The Plex and 96 Wave confirmed a date for hirsute Louisville quintet My Morning Jacket. In support of their new double live album and concert film, Okonokos (ATO/RCA), they'll be headlining a show on Thurs. Nov. 9 with hometown pals Wax Fang opening. Tickets are available for $25 at www.etix.com and at the Plex (call 225-7539). Check www.mymorningjacket.com.
ROCK STAR KARAOKE
Summerville rock house Hurricane Alley (1761 N. Main St., 873-9220), kick off their own weekly "live band" karaoke series next week. Cosponsored by 98X and emceed by daytime jock Potter, "Rock Star Karaoke" will feature a live house band (featuring members of TrickKnee, Circus, Numb909, and other acts) handling a variety of rock, country, metal, and pop hits. It kicks off at 9 p.m. on Wed. Oct. 11.
MO' MOJA MUSIC
MOJA's music series continues this week. "All That Jazz," a multimedia presentation by the Charleston Jazz Initiative, takes place at the Dock Street Theatre (135 Church St.) on Wed. Oct. 4. The "Jazz Cruise," featuring veteran players John Techlenburg, Lonnie Hamilton III and guests, takes place on the Spirit of Charleston (360 Concord St.) at 7:30 p.m. Wed., Oct. 4. Smooth veteran vocalist Jeffrey Osborne and Motown up-and-comer KEM perform at the Family Circle Cup Stadium at 8 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 7. "Rising country star" (and Star Search finalist) Rissi Palmer is set to perform alongside Florida's Grupo Caribe Latin Band and Ga.-based Tropical Steel Vibes during the grand finale at 4:30 p.m. on Sun. Oct. 8 at Hampton Park. Check www.mojafestival.com for more.
Upstate Blues Bash: Shrimp City Slim Strikes Again
The 10th annual Carolina Downhome Blues Festival and "club crawl" takes place this weekend up in Camden, S.C. between Thurs. Oct. 5 and Sat. Oct. 7. "It's a blues club crawl with 14 venues offering intimate, intense blue music – a serious shot of real blues in a small-town Southern experience," says organizer and Charleston musician and radio host Gary "Shrimp City Slim" Erwin. Featured blues acts include Nappy Brown, Drink Small, Alexis P. Suter Band, Bruce Katz, George Stancell & The Wonderful Ones, Terry Robb, Robert Lighthouse, Beverly "Guitar" Watkins, Misss Wanda Johnson, Jeff Liberty & Electric Mud, The King Bees, Baltimore Red Jones & Wayne Werner, Erwin's own Shrimp City Slim band, and others. "All access" tickets are $15 per night and $35 for the weekend. Check www.bluesbash.com or call 803-425-7676 for more information.
Hampton: Live in the East Isles
On the heels of last week's Killer Whales shows, Bert's Bar (a.k.a. "Bert's Island Characters") presents yet another big weekend of live rock music with a special performance from an all-star band of Southern musicians. Billed as "Fat Chance featuring Col. Bruce Hampton (Ret.)," the band lineup includes local players (guitarist Tim Holbrook, former Sea Level and Dixie Dregs bassist Paul Tucker, trombonist Steve Spaulding, trumpet player Kevin Hackler, and others) alongside Atlanta's notorious guitarist, "chazoid" player, and rock guru Hampton. Through the last three decades as ringleader of the musical circuses the Hampton Grease Band, the Aquarium Rescue Unit, and the Fiji Mariners, irascible singer, occasional film actor (check out "Doyle's" ragtag band in Sling Blade), the songcrafting rascal delivered some of the freakiest Southern-fried hippie-rock and funk skrunk to ever escape Atlanta. He jammed with The Codetalkers in recent years before slowing down this spring (due to health problems). Hampton and the band hit the stage at 9 p.m. both on Fri. Oct. 6 and Sat. 7 p.m. Cover is $15 day of show. Bert's is located at 2209 Middle St. on Sullivan's Island (883-3924).
The Charleston Grill recently rearranged their live jazz lineup. Pianist Frank Duvall continues his residency in the lounge with various players in an acoustic trio setting on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 7-11 p.m. while drummer Quentin Baxter leads an acoustic combo on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 8 p.m. to midnight. The lounge is located at 224 King St. (577-4522). –T. Ballard Lesemann