MUSIC AT QUEEN ANNE'S
As far as live music goes, things have been pretty quiet on Daniel Island this season. With a newly added deck and outside bar area, pirate-themed steakhouse and tavern Queen Anne's Revenge plans to liven things up a bit with weekly happy-hour gigs. The venue celebrates the grand opening of the deck with a kick-off party on Fri. Feb. 15 with live acoustic tunes from local strummer Chris Tidestrom from 6-8 p.m. Acoustic rocker Jeff Houts (of Swell) performs from 6-8 p.m. on Sat. Feb. 16. Queen Anne's is located at 160-B Fairchild St. on Daniel Island. Call (843) 216-6868 or visit www.qarevenge.com for more info.
Singer/guitarist Frank Royster (of local bar band The Hed Shop Boys) heads into the studio with engineer Jamie Hoover (of Charlotte pop/rock band The Spongetones) for a session at the engineer's Hooverama facilities. With a rendition of "Under Easy," Royster also secured a spot on Beautiful Escape: The Songs of The Posies Revisited, a forthcoming compilation of Posies songs due on the Burning Sky label. "I chose this track because it was one of my favorite songs from the much overlooked, first Posies' record Failure," Royster says of the Northwestern alt-pop band. "It has a Mersey feel, and I love that style of pop." Royster continues his Wednesday night "open mic series" at the West Ashley venue Wolf Track Inn (1807 Parsonage Ave., (843) 763-0853) and performs solo and with guests during every Thursday evening at North Chuck tavern Wings (2110 Greenridge Ave., (843) 824-9464). Look for special guests from the Hed Shop Boys at both events this week. Visit www.myspace.com/franklinroyster for more.
It's Nappy Time in S.C.
Cool blues news: the state of South Carolina recently declared Feb. 15 "Nappy Brown Day" in honor of will honor of blues/R&B pioneer Napoleon "Nappy" Brown, 77. Brown will visit Chapin High School (in his home town, near Columbia) this weekend to receive the proclamation and speak to the students as part of Black History Month. Nappy wrote and recorded a hit titled "Night Time Is the Right Time," best remembered as a smash for Ray Charles. He released recent recordings on the acclaimed label Blind Pig Records — his latest is titled Long Time Coming. Visit www.blindpigrecords.com for more. —T. Ballard Lesemann