Published on February 18th, 2013 | by Jessica Mickey and Ballard Lesemann
Gallery: Shots from Pour House, Tin Roof, Monster, and More
Metronome Charleston ventured out and about over the weekend to catch a pretty wild variety of acts, from Vaudevillian swing to Cuban-Jazz.
At the Pour House on Friday evening (Feb. 15), local combo Steel Rollers braved the cold on the deck stage, much to the chagrin of bundled-up bluegrass fans who twirled and bounced around to their final jam of the evening, “‘Cause I Get Drunk.”
On the main stage, Rachel Kate and Antoine Dukes set up to open for the now half-local Two Man Gentlemen Band. Half-way through their set, Rachel Kate exclaimed, “Too bad for everyone else, ‘cause we get all the fun!” referring to anyone not in attendance. The new-fangled duo hit the stage, starting off with Dukes on guitar and lead vocals and RK on drums (playing with brushes, no less) and back-up vocals.
Dukes’ self-described song “about a Yankee in the country,” which he titled “Blues Yodel 39,” kicked off with Lux Interior–esque guttural singing, grabbing the attention of the laid-back crowd. Rachel Kate eventually took over guitar and lead vocal duties, with Dukes back on the kit, offering a taste of what is sure to be a hauntingly beautiful upcoming collection. Speaking of her album, if you haven’t given to her Kickstarter project yet, you best make your momma proud and get up on it.
Two Men Gentleman Band — featuring new Folly Beach resident Fuller Condon on upright bass — took the stage shortly afterward to the delight of many swing-dancing enthusiasts who wasted no time showing off their fancy moves. Extremely likable, charismatic, and tight as a tick, Condon and guitarist Andy Bean quickly won over the crowd with ditties such as “Pork Chops” and “Panama City,” including an interactive sing-a-long with “Fancy Beer,” no doubt inspiring the sizeable crowd to check out the substantial assortment of craft beers on tap at the Pour House.
In West Ashley at the Tin Roof, the Maryland-based four-piece Cotton Jones played their brand of psychedelic indie country rock, incorporating a vintage Wurlitzer electric piano. The show was billed as “The Cotton Jones Basket Ride,” but the band recently shortened the name. Local songwriters Mackie Boles (of the Royal Tinfoil) and Jordan Igoe, a.k.a. Happy Story Hour, opened the show with set of new material. Photographer Stefan Rogenmoser was there.
Rogenmoser also caught up with songwriters Jon Snodgrass (of Drag the River and Armchair Martian) and Madjack Records artist Cory Branan at Monster Music during a late-afternoon in-store set on Sat. Feb. 16. The twosome had recently issued a seven-song, self-titled joint release on Suburban Home Recordings. Snodgrass and Branan traded songs at Monster before heading to their main gig at the Tin Roof.
Rock/pop bar duo the Larry David Project — singer/guitarist David Dunning and singer/percussionist Larry Strickland — played two sets of covers at the newly renovated Wild Wing in Mt. Pleasant from 5-7 p.m. The show was a fundraiser for Randy Bigbee, an East Cooper native and longtime supporter of live music who recently suffered an unexpected layoff. Several large families (with numerous jumpy kids) showed support, donated, and danced along.
On Sun. Feb. 17, we checked out an ongoing weekly event at Voodoo Tiki Bar in West Ashley — Havana Nights with the Gino Castillo Quartet. Local percussionist Castillo hosted the show from his collection of drums and accessories at the back corner of the stage. Pianist Trey Cooper, bassist William Moore on bass, and special guest sax player Michael Quinn traded impressive solos and grooved together with a smooth touch through standards and less familiar pieces. The place was packed, and the dance floor stayed busy.
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