Music, City Picks

The Groovy Cools

When: Mon., Aug. 9 2010

Anyone who ventured out to hear great rock music in Charleston from the late ’80s to the mid ’90s remembers The Groovy Cools. Arguably the biggest band in town at the time, their supremely stylish hooks and intellectual lyrics made them the favorites of many (who else wrote can’t-get-it-out-of-your-head pop songs about the Sword of Damocles? Josephine Bonaparte? Elementary algebra?). They displayed their super-tight musicianship and supercharged stage presence to packed houses, from the old Myskyn’s Tavern and the Windjammer to nudist colonies. They once snagged the opening slot for Bob Dylan, too. The trio of vocalist/bassist Jim Orr, guitarist Keith Bradshaw (who currently plays lead guitar for local faves PlaneJane), and drummer Jonathan Jackson influenced a host of players who continue to make great music. Expect to see a who’s who of local rock at Monday night’s show at Art’s Bar. —Tina Graves

Price: Free

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