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SOUND CHECKS ‌ Notable Shows in the Next Week

FUNK-FUSION | Mike Clark Prescription
w/ Fred Wesley
Thurs. March 16
The Pour House

Veteran jazz/funk drummer Mike Clark (formerly of Herbie Hancock & The Hedhunters) returns to Charleston with his funk/fusion trio, featuring Jerry Z on organ and Jed Levy on sax. The group recently recorded some new compositions and a few Headhunters classics ("Chameleon," "Watermelon Man"). "We wrote some very funky stuff that lends itself to improvisation," Clark says. "It is very loose, yet still powerful. The bomb will be hearing and feeling the groove and the interactions as the trio has its musical dialogue. Most of all the blues informs everything we play, so at the end of the day, grease will be dripping through everything, even the ballads." Jerry Z previously displayed his "super-sized keyboard skills" with Melvin Sparks and the most recent incarnation of the Headhunters. Levy is a longtime veteran of the NYC jazz scene. Trombone legend Fred Wesley — a veteran player and arranger of the James Brown Horns, P-Funk, and Count Basie — will be on hand, too, so prepare to get down. —T. Ballard Lesemann THURSDAY

Thurs. March 16
The Village Tavern

On the eve of St. Patrick's Day, local group The Dole — featuring the Brothers Bivins, Amanda Kapousouz (a.k.a. Tin Cup Prophette), Jack Burg, and Ash Hopkins — have excited plans to perform an Irish-tinged splattering of folk-punk in the vein of The Pogues, The Clash, Stiff Little Fingers, and other stout-raising revelers. They call it "trad-Irish music yer parents will hate." As Matt Bivins (a.k.a. Aiden Thorn) puts it, "We in the Dole usually pride ourselves in the number of Hot Pockets we can shove down our gullets on a Thursday night, but the season calls, and we're never ashamed to admit that, being from Dublin [Ohio], we're absolutely fine with capitalizing on playing music near St. Patrick's Day. Of course, only Americans celebrate St. Patrick's by boozin' and pukin' and wearing green. It's America's excuse to have one big frat party in the name of the patron saint of Ireland. God bless' em. But we'll do some horrendous damage to a fair number of our homeland's classic traditionals, and also do our best to pander to the safety-pin and red-white-and-glue-haired crowd." —TBL THURSDAY


IRISH MUSIC | Steve Carroll & The Bograts

Fri. March 17
Tommy Condon's Irish Pub & Seafood Restaurant

It wouldn't be a proper downtown St. Patrick's Day celebration without the raucous, melodic sounds of Steve Carroll and his band emanating through the Market streets. This week marks the 18th anniversary for Dublin-born, Charleston-based singer/songwriter and bodhran (Irish drum) player Steve Carroll at Tommy Condon's. As ringleader of popular bar troupe The Bograts (one of two house bands the popular venue at 160 Church Street in the Market), Carroll and his crew regularly lead the crowd through several lively sets of traditional Irish tunes and tavern singalongs. They manage to toss in a few cleverly reworked renditions of pop tunes and songs off of their recent album, All Over the Place. Carroll & The Bograts start at 8 p.m. The green beer shall be a'flowin'. Sláinte! —TBL FRIDAY


PUNK ROCK | Thank God

w/ Genrevolta, Motormouth Mabel
Tues. March 21

Based out of Charleston and Columbia, the four-piece Thank God celebrate the official release of their debut disc For Pregnant Virgins with support from two of Charleston's most vicious rock acts, Genrevolta and Motormouth Mabel. Thank God's six-song collection was released this month on guitarist Troy Thames' (ex-Guyana Punch Line) newly-established indie label Tick Tock Records. "I have always wanted to start a label but I was never in a position to start one," says Thames (pictured above). "When we started Thank God, we felt that instead of trying to find a label to put out our first disc we wouldn't bug any of them and I would put it out myself. I had so much fun putting this out I want to continue putting out more records." Thank God describe their aggressive and dynamic sounds as a mix of hardcore, classic punk, and "screamo." We describe it as "Beefheartian mayhem circa 1979." —TBL TUESDAY

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