CALDWELL ON JOHN ST.
Acclaimed Charleston jazz/blues vocalist Ann Caldwell and her new combo, Loose Fit, kick off a late-spring jazz series at Gallery Chuma, located next to Rue de Jean at 43 John St. (722-7568). The lineup features pianist Richard White, bassist Vince Rivers, and drummer David Patterson. They'll play four performances during Spoleto "for the lovers of jazz, visual arts, and Gullah culture" — two on Sat. May 26 and two on Sun. June 3. Gullah Cuisine restaurant will provide complimentary food and wine. Cover is $15. See www.anncaldwell.com and www.gallerychuma.com for more.
Local singer/guitarist/keyboardist Derek Cribb continues his weekly Thursday night gig at the Acme Cantina (31 J.C. Long Blvd., 886-0024) on the IOP with groove-heavy sets of original tunes and classic-rock faves. His "loop" work (live digital recording and playback) has become more complex, and the set list has expanded to include some seriously obscure rockstuff (Hendrix, Zep, Marley, Dead ... and Warren Zevon!). Derek and his big brother, Rik Cribb (of The Problems, SKWZBXX, see story at left), perform every Friday at 10 p.m. under the duo name The Crib at the newly-rechristened Off The Hook Cantina (2213 Middle St., 883-5030).
LIES, ALL LIES?
Up-and-coming local power trio The Book of Lies — singer/guitarist Rick Parsons, bassist Bobby Kinne, and drummer Mike Watson — recently wrapped a session at Fusion Five studios for a six-song EP to be released in late summer. Their sound is densely melodic, hook-filled power-pop akin to that of The Plimsouls and Cheap Trick. Look for them on stage at Cumberland's on Fri. May 25 with support from N.C. band Puritan Rodeo and on Sat. May 26 at A Dough Re Mi with Mass.-based band The Blame. They headline 96 Wave's weekly "local music night" at Halligan's on Thurs. May 31 at 10 p.m. See www.myspace.com/thebookoflies for more.
Piccolo Jazz EVENTS
Starting this weekend, Piccolo Spoleto and Lawson Roberts present 10 local and visiting jazz, blues, and soul acts at Tonik (479 King St., 709-5050) during a two-week series, including Vintage Velvet, Leah Suarez & Toca Toca, Bobby Alvarez & Friends, Havanason, The Scruggs-Shaw Quartet, Chris Hyatt, and others. See City Paper's coverage of this and other jazz/blues events in this week's pages and go online to www.spoletousa.org and www.piccolospoleto.com for more. —T. Ballard Lesemann