Published on September 8th, 2014 | by Ballard Lesemann


Gallery: The Ramones Tribute

Gig organizer Johnny Puke had his hands full with a lineup of more than a dozen bands on Sept. 7 at the Tin Roof. Everyone came together to pay tribute to legendary punk band the Ramones. Ukulele-based acoustic trio the V-Tones kicked things off at 7 p.m. with a lively set of reworked Ramones tunes. Singer/guitarist Dustin Fanning and his latest band rocked hard, followed by the local duo the Heyward Faction, guitar-heavy punk band Underworld Connections, and the the loud Farm Upstate. Defilers frontman Arleigh Hertzler handled two acoustic tunes.

Vocalist Jenna Ave Lallemant rendered “Beat on the Brat” with an ethereal flair. Multi-instrumentalist Jack Burg’s Punks & Snakes rocked four deep cuts and hits. The versatile quartet Glowgoyle looked and sounded cool with singer Dan Hanf in full Joey Ramone-meets-Freddy Mercury gear.

Puke’s own band, the Space Fags, played a punk set late in the evening followed by trad-punkers First World Problem and garage-rock quartet Bully Pulpit. (They even let yours truly take a stab at three songs on guitar with Jack Burg sitting in on drums).

More than $500 was raised from the proceeds to benefit Tin Roof pal Blowfly’s in his struggle to pay off debts and save his house (see for more). Gabba gabba hey!

(photos by Ballard Lesemann and Jessica Mickey)



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Ballard Lesemann

is a musician and writer. Born and raised in Charleston, S.C., he spent years playing in bands and working for Flagpole Magazine in the bustling music town of Athens, Ga. He returned to his hometown and served more than seven years as the Charleston City Paper's music editor. He's better at drumming than he is at playing guitar.

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