Not long ago, a middle-of-the-summer stretch used to mean a shortage of concerts and cool shows for Charleston. Things have picked up considerably in recent years. This final week of July offers a wide variety of touring acts (like John Brown's Body and the Dex Romweber Duo) and local artists (like Jim Marshall) in the local venues. City Paper's comprehensive listings in Music Board cover a lot of the action. Listed here are a few notable stand-out artists of the week, plus a few audio clips.
The brother/sister duo of singer/guitarist Dexter Romweber (formerly of the Flat Duo Jets) and drummer Sara Romweber known as the Dex Romweber Duo share the stage at the Tin Roof in West Ashley on Thurs. July 23 with James Scott Bullard and the Local Honeys. (ruraltone.com/dex)
Local rock band Sol Driven Train celebrates the release of a well-polished, locally recorded EP titled Watermelon at the Windjammer this weekend. The band recorded the songs at Charleston Sound with engineer Jeff Hodges. They host a two-day CD release party on Fri. July 29 and Sat. June 30. "We started planning this two-night event last summer, even before we started doing demos for this recent studio session," says singer/guitarist Joel Timmons. "We always play the Windjammer every summer. We tried to get a bunch of regional and local bands to join in. It'll be a huge weekend." (soldriventrain.com)
Charleston-based indie-rock/pop quartet A Fragile Tomorrow will perform one of their only local shows of the season this week at the Village Tavern. The band heads into preproduction work in the next few weeks in North Carolina for a forthcoming album titled Be Nice Be Careful a follow-up to 2009's self-titled collection. The Makeshift and Mingle and Calibrate open the Saturday show at 9 p.m. (afragiletomorrow.com)
Charleston-based songwriters Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent — a.k.a. Shovels and Rope — have had a very busy year so far, touring, recording , organizing benefit shows, and jukin' around. They play a variety of hillbilly classics, blues, country, and rockabilly every Monday afternoon in August on the deck at the Pour House from 5-9 p.m. (myspace.com/cahearstandmichaeltrent)