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ROCK/POP | Bryson Jennings Band
Thurs. July 20
Firehouse Bar & Grill

Singer, songwriter, and mop-topped guitarist Bryson Jennings, a native of Orangeburg, has a foot in the Carolina music scene with a rootsy, melodic sound akin to the most popular alternative native sons such as Hootie, Edwin, and Jump. Comprised of Jennings, drummer Clayton Bozard, and bassist J. Allen Graham, the Bryson Jennings Band recently landed a weekly Thursday night gig at local venue Firehouse Bar & Grill. "The Firehouse shows are going very well," the bandleader says. "Each week, the crowd grows by word of mouth. It's been good to get out and meet so many new people and see so many new faces at our shows. The sets consists of mostly original music and some covers with a twist folks may recognize." The group spent most of their spring and summer touring the Carolinas and Georgia in support of their debut album, First Things First, produced by Larry Chaney (guitarist of the Edwin McCain Band) at OMG Studios in Greenville. Check for more. —T. Ballard Lesemann THURSDAY


HIP-HOP/R&B | Bobby Creekwater
w/ ACE & O.C.
Fri. July 21
Village Tavern

Representing a more soulful side of the South that's not so krunk 'n' dirty, Atlanta-based hip-hop artist Bobby Creekwater is set to become a major player in the contemporary R&B scene. Known among fans and colleagues as "Bobby Creek" (or, simply, "Creek"), Creekwater is one of the brightest stars on Eminem's Shady Records team. "Being signed here, I feel that I can bring a new side of Shady out, being that I'm from the South," Creek says. "I want to come in, put my stamp on the game and tell my story." Creekwater initially broke into the biz with vocal partner Charlie J in a group called Jatis, who still perform together. After a stint in D.C. and a brief go of it in N.Y.C., Creekwater landed back in Atlanta and signed on with Shady with support from his production team, The Triangle Offense (featuring live instrumentation and digital sounds from Count Justice, Gator aka Dre Ellis, Groove Chambers, and Dirt Kobain). His forthcoming debut, Brilliant Mistake, is due this winter. —TBL FRIDAY


w/ The Malah
Sat. July 22
The Pour House

Hailing from the busy band scene in Memphis, The Pnuma Trio are one of the rising stars on the Southern electronic music scene. Formed in 2004, the band — bassist and multi-instrumentalist Alex Botwin, keyboardist Ben Hazlegrove, and drummer Lane Shaw — blend elements of trippy jazz, vintage funk, classic hip-hop, and drum'n'bass. Over the last year or so, they've toured North America and Australia and shared the stage with such like-minded groove tinkerers as Disco Biscuits, Lotus, Zilla, and Michael Franti. The trio recently released a nine-song live album called Live from Out There on Harmonized. According to, "They've become one of the most talked about young bands in the country." Signal Path guitarist Ryan Burnett joins the trio on their summer tour. Greenville quartet The Malah open. —TBL SATURDAY


PUNK/METAL | Hybrid Mutants
w/ Neveready
Tues. July 25

With an aggressive, metallic punk sound inspired by the Misfits, Black Flag, The Circle Jerks, and Anthrax, Summerville-based band The Hybrid Mutants have sporadically bounced onto Charleston stages for nearly nine years. Their amusing but fierce "old school" punk/metal sound has changed little over the years. "Syd, our original drummer, came back from Seattle last year and rejoined the band last summer," says singer Hermann Mutant, (known by patrons at McNeill's Pub as "Heineken Skywalker"). "We took some much needed time off from the band so a few of us could exorcise some pretty nasty personal demons. We've dusted off lots of old Mutant nuggets that we've not done live in years, and we are looking forward to rocking out with them on Tuesday." The band have plans to finish their fifth studio album, tentatively titled Nowhere Slow, later this year. —TBL TUESDAY

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