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Windjammer Open Mic, Mike "Lightnin'" Wells, Jay Clifford, Hard Rock Park

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Weekly Open Mic At The 'Jammer

Local musician and Windjammer staffer Karl Shuman kicked off his summer-long, weekly Open Mic series at the Windjammer last week. The series continues every Tuesday evening. "I started this at the Windjammer several years ago, and it has taken off over the past couple years with some incredible talent," says Shuman, who acts as sound guy, emcee, and referee. A sign up sheet goes up at 9 p.m., and the music begins at 10 p.m. Extra seating is available. Performers must bring their own instruments (no full drum kits, but hand percussion is fine). All styles are welcome. "Normally, I start the night off with a few tunes, work the crowd a bit, and explain what the night entails," he says. "Normally everyone gets to play three to five songs. I usually have time for about 10 acts. There's a lot of great talent out there, and it's a great way for newcomers to get over the fears of performing." See www.the-windjammer.com for more.

Cicular Blues With Lightnin' Wells

The Circular Blues Unplugged series (organized by Gary "Shrimp City Slim" Erwin) continues this Sun. May 18 with an acoustic set of tunes from vintage blues singer and string picker Mike "Lightnin'" Wells, who switches from acoustic and resonator guitars to ukulele and harmonica. He specializes in a swingin' mix of Piedmont blues, ragtime, old-time, bluegrass, jazz, gospel, and early 20th century popular music. Raised in eastern North Carolina, Wells learned to play harmonica as a young child and taught himself to play the guitar as he developed a strong interest in traditional blues and folk music. The gig is at the Circular Congregational Church (150 Meeting St.) at 7 p.m. Cover is $10. Visit www.bluesbash.com and www.lightninwells.com for more.

Clifford on TV

Did anyone catch the blip of Charleston songwriter Jay Clifford's track "Know When to Walk Away" during a scene from TV's Grey's Anatomy on Thurs. May 8? It was during an episode titled "The Becoming."

Hard Rock Park

The Hard Rock Park officially opened in Myrtle Beach last week, but they celebrate with a two-day "Grand Opening Event" with performances by two legendary rock bands — The Eagles on Mon. June 2 and The Moody Blues on Tues. June 3. See story here for more. Tickets are on sale online at www.hardrockpark.com. Call the office at (843) 236-7625 for more.

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