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COUNTRY/ROCK | Jason Michael Carroll
Fri. May 8
The Plex
Free (21 and up), $8 (16-20years of age)

Based out of Raleigh, N.C., singer-guitarist Jason Michael Carroll is a young talent with an unusually rich voice and heartfelt style. He started singing in church at the age of six. His band recently made the transition to the Nashville scene in hopes of securing an ideal label. They seem to have succeeded, landing a deal with Arista, who released his recent full-length, Waitin' in the Country, last Feb. produced by Don Gehman (John Mellencamp, Hootie, R.E.M.), Carroll's major label debut created a buzz among country and alt-country music fans. "Jason is going to fill a niche in country music that will include the old guard, the people who have always loved country music," said Gehman during the sessions. "But he will also present a view that is going to include the new audience." Carroll and the band toured the Southeast heavily through last year. Showtime at the Plex is 7 p.m. See www.jasonmichaelcarroll.com for more. —T. Ballard Lesemann FRIDAY

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PARTY-ROCK | Here Come the Mummies
w/ Laura Reed & Deep Pocket, The Graham Whorley Band, Black-Eyed Susan, The Trainwreks
Sat. May 19
Charleston Maritime Center
$10

Not be confused with the college radio "garage band" The Mummies, the mysterious "monster funk" ensemble Here Come the Mummies are more of a modern-day supergroup of veteran groovers. Billed as "a funk band from beyond the grave," the Mummies will be perform a brass-driven set in the Spirit of South Carolina Shipyard as they headline the Charleston Maritime Festival's "Tall Ships" event on Sat. May 19 (see City Pick on p. 32). The live music kicks off at noon with sets from The Trainwreks, Black-Eyed Susan, and The Graham Whorley Band. At 6 p.m., Laura Reed & Deep Pocket hit the main stage, followed by the groovy ghouls. Local video company Charleston Crystal Ball will be broadcasting all daytime and evening concerts live on the web at www.charlestoncrystalball.com. See www.charlestonmaritimefestival.com and www.herecomethemummies.com for more. —TBL SATURDAY

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FUNK | George Clinton & P-Funk
Sat. May 19
The Plex
$37, $27 (all ages)

Take care, brother: the mothership is coming! Veteran bandleader and vocalist George Clinton — best known as the "Godfather of Funk" — brings his legendary psychedelic funk ensemble (the latest version of the ever-changing P-Funk/Parliament-Funkadelic combo) to the Plex this Saturday. Clinton's last scheduled performance in Charleston was in Feb. 2006 at the Music Farm. He did not brink the funk, as was scheduled, unfortunately, and a rescheduled date for later in the month never solidified. Luckily, things are set for a wild-eyed evening of hip shit. Prepare to boogie for such standards as "Red Hot Mama," "Flashlight," "I Wanna Testify," and "Atomic Dog." See www.georgeclinton.com for more. —TBL SATURDAY

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AMERICANA | Robert Earl Keen
w/ Adam Carroll
Mon. May 21
The Windjammer
$25

Longtime roots/country singer/songwriter Robert Earl Keen returns to Charleston on Monday with his solid touring band for a night of twang, slang, melody, and stories. The Texas native first gained notoriety in Nashville in the early '80s as the "alternative county" sub-genre was on the rise. His latest collection, Live at the Ryman (Koch) — a raucous follow-up to the 2005 studio album What I Really Mean (Koch) — was recorded at the former home of Nashville's Grand Ole Opry. Expect a slew of faves from his repertoire with bits of steel-guitar, cowboy swing, bluegrass, and good ol' rock 'n' roll tossed around as well. San Marcos, Texas-based roots/country singer/songwriter Adam Carroll opens in support of his latest collection, Far Away Blues (Blue Corn). Check www.robertearlkeen.com and www.adamcarroll.com online for more. —TBL MONDAY

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