MB ROAD TRIP!
Coming up at the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach: blues-rock guitarist George Thorogood and The Destroyers drop by on Fri. April 20 in support of the new album, The Hard Stuff; mod-metal band Static X share the bill with 2-Cents and Otep on Sun, April 22; the Goo Goo Dolls and Copeland woo the audience on Tues. April 24; and O.A.R. strum it up on Wed. May 2. Check the full schedule at www.hob.com. —T. Ballard Lesemann
MUSIC AT EARTH FARE
Local specialty market Earth Fare is "calling all musicians" for a new weekly series of shows on their patio at 74 Folly Road (in South Windermere in West Ashley). "Every Friday night from May through June, we're hoping to host various musicians to play outside on our patio," says demo coordinator Laura Vincent. "The sets can be one or two hours, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. We will also have a cook-out with the funds to benefit the Lowcountry Food Bank." Earth Fare's chef Kim Ortego will be on hand with home-cooked specialties (free for performers). Local folkies and solo acts should contact Vincent at the store at 769-4800 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. —TBL
PORGY'S OTHER PLACE
Lite Affair recently changed ownership and reinvented itself as a cozy little jazz/blues and spoken-word club called Porgy's Other Place. Located across from Marion Square at 137 Calhoun St., Porgy's kicked off a weekly "open mic/spoken word/poetry" night last Wed. (starting 8 p.m.) and scheduled full weekends of live jazz and soul combos for Thurs., Fri., and Sat. Call 722-0023 or see www.myspace.com/porgysotherplace for more. —TBL
New Music Collective founder Nathan Koci reports that the April 5 benefit show at Theatre 99 (with Morimoto, Evanoff/Wiltrout Duo, Unbegrenzt, Kopaja Quintet, Quentin Baxter, Cary Ann Hearst, and Michael Trent) was a "real successful evening, both financially and musically." The performance raised money for three upcoming concerts in NMC's spring season. Pianist David Hanlon will perform his "Hold the Applause" show on Fri. May 4, linking together a string of classical pieces with "musical commentary" into a seamless, continuous concert, much like a club DJ. For more, go online to www.newmusiccollective.org. Up with the NMC! —Stratton Lawrence