Wyldefest at Halligan's
Things might get wild at the six-band WyldeFest event this week at Halligan's Restaurant & Bar (3025 Ashley Town Center, 843-225-4347). The fund-raiser bash — the third and final installment in a series of summer gigs — is scheduled for Sat. July 26 at 8 p.m. "It is probably going to be the last event for this year — but just the beginning of a good thing here in the music community," says organizer Jaden Wylde, an enthusiastic scenester, freelance writer (she does the "Wild Report" for www.carolinanightlife.com), and all-around band cheerleader. "So many artists are coming together, discovering a new respect for each other, and it just has been really cool overall." Featured acts include (in order of appearance) blues guitarist John Shafer (formerly Fail Safe Remedy), local alt-rock band The Channels, power trio The Book of Lies, folk-rock combo JamiSun & Holic, Jaden's F*U*R*Y (comprised of Wylde herself along with singer/guitarist Skye Paige and members of Aces High and Control Freak), and hard-rock band The DaliDrama. "This show is a dual benefit for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and my two ladies, Robin and Ramey," says Wylde, of the Robin Lobosco Kidney Fund and Ramey Reeves Fund — both of which were the focus of previous fund-raisers held at The Dive and A Dough Re Mi. Lobosco, a Summerville resident, has end-stage renal disease and needs a kidney transplant. Reeves, a Hanahan-based musician and mother, suffered for months from a brain tumor. Sadly, she passed away on July 9 at the Hospice Center in Mt. Pleasant, weeks after doctors removed a rapidly growing second tumor. A story about Reeves was featured in March in The Post and Courier under the title "An Unshakable Faith." It's a free event but donations at the door are welcome and encouraged. Visit www.halligansonline.com and www.myspace.com/sweet_jaden for more.
Rockin' on the Point
Rockin' on the Point continues this Fri. July 25 at the Charleston Harbor Resort (20 Patriots Point Blvd.) with two live sets of pop-rock songs from Columbia bar band Tokyo Joe, featuring singer/guitarist/pianist Greg Bickley, guitarist Dale Burgess, bassist Jerry Kelly, and drummer Drew Parker. The quartet recently issued a melodic collection of hooks and tunes titled In This Lifetime. They're one of the more in-demand party bands touring the Carolinas. The party starts at 6 p.m. Visit www.tokyojoe.net and www.charlestonharborresort.com for more.
RUSH Meets Charlestonian
On Wed. June 16, all three members of Canadian rock trio Rush made an appearance on Comedy Central's The Colbert Report, fielding questions from host (and Charleston native) Stephen Colbert, and plowing through a loose rendition of "Tom Sawyer." Colbert rarely brings full bands onto the set — and when he does, it's usually someone more mainstream or current. As it turns out, this was Rush's first U.S. television performance since playing on Don Kirshner's Rock Concert in 1975 (during their long hair and Chinese robe days). Colbert jumped in front of the band during the big drum break of "Tom Sawyer" to thank the band and go to a commercial, but they played on (singer/bassist Geddy Lee almost cracked up). Back from the break, Colbert donned a nightcap, grabbed a blanket and pillow, and went to sleep on deck as the song hit its conclusion. Rush performed at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Charlotte on Sun. July 20. No word on whether Lee dedicated "Tom Sawyer" to Colbert or not. Visit www.rush.com for more.
Double generation theme At the Jammer
It looks like a Southern-fried, country-tinged week at the Windjammer. Two big shows feature two sons of two major rock and country legends. On Thurs. July 24, Devon Allman's Honeytribe shares the bill with Josh Roberts & The Hinges. Singer/guitarist Allman's father is Gregg Allman, of legendary Southern rock band The Allman Brothers. The band's latest disc is titled Torch. On Fri. July 25 and Sat. July 26, singer/guitarist Shooter Jennings and his band share the stage with Sons of Bill. Jennings is the son of late, great country music icon Waylon Jennings. His gritty rock style doesn't totally resemble his dad's brand of rough-and-ready Texas country; it's more in step with mid-'70s Southern rockers. His latest effort, The Wolf, follows his 2005 debut Put the "O" Back in Country. Three nights of red-blooded Americana by the beach? Dad-gummit! Visit www.the-windjammer.com for more.
Open mic with Jefferson
Local acoustic rocker Jefferson Coker is busy this season. The deep-voiced singer/guitarist conducts a weekly "open mic" at Hurricane Alley (1761 N. Main St.) in Summerville on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. He regularly plays twangy solo gigs at such venues as Wings Etc. in Goose Creek, Wet Willie's downtown, Fiddler's Green in Mt. Pleasant, and Centre Point Grill in North Charleston, among other spots. Visit www.myspace.com/jeffreyjcokermusic for more. —T. Ballard Lesemann