Rockin' on the Point
Weekly music series Rockin' on the Point continues on Fri. Aug. 1 at the Charleston Harbor Resort (20 Patriots Point Blvd. in Mt. Pleasant) with live sets of roots-rock songs from popular headliners The Blue Dogs. Opener Owen Beverly recently issued a new album titled Shooting the Bull. Both acts share the bill again at the Windjammer on Fri. Aug. 29. The music at Patriots Point this Friday starts at 6 p.m. Visit www.bluedogs.com, www.owenbeverlymusic.com, and www.charlestonharborresort.com for more.
The Dough Welcomes Television Men
Kudos to local booking agent Stuart Johnson for securing this unusual show: on Sat. Aug. 9, half of the original lineup of seminal New York underground art-punk band Television are due on stage at A Dough Re Mi (1220 Ben Sawyer Blvd., 843-881-6989). Ex-Television guitarist Richard Lloyd and his band, The SufiMonkey Trio (featuring former Television drummer Billy Ficca and bassist Keith Harshtel) swing through town in support of Lloyd's new solo album The Radiant Monkey (Parasol). Alongside such artists as Talking Heads, Blondie, Richard Hell, and The Ramones, Television was a vital band within the tight-knit N.Y.C. punk scene of the mid-'70s — a scene that often congregated at CBGB's. Featuring clever guitar interplay between Lloyd and singer/guitarist Tom Verlaine, the band's 1977 album Marquee Moon was a huge influence on underground and indie bands at the time and through the next decade or so. Lloyd worked as a solo artist and hired gun through the 1980s and '90s. Showtime is 8 p.m. and tickets are $15 at the door. Visit www.richardlloyd.com and www.adoughremi.com for more info.
Jody Porter: Solo Album on Itunes
Fountains of Wayne guitarist Jody Porter — a Charleston native — is set to release his first solo album by way of iTunes on Aug. 26. Close to the Sun, is a 12-song collection recorded in N.Y.C. with producers Michael Tudor (of Defiant Productions) and Strokes studio wiz Gordon Raphael. "It's a collection of songs I wrote and recorded over the last few years, inbetween Fountains of Wayne albums and tours," says Porter. "I decided it was time to put out my own." Porter shares a special history with the local music scene. As some band vets in Charleston remember, he played and sang for years in various local bands in the late 1980s and '90s. Porter's most recent side band AstroJet was popular in recent years. Visit www.jodyporter.com for more. —T. Ballard Lesemann