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Published on September 30th, 2014 | by Ballard Lesemann


Gallery: Woggles and Company Rocked the Royal American

Georgia-based soul-rock quartet the Woggles delivered a mighty high-energy performance at the Royal American on Sept. 26. It was the veteran band’s first gig at the venue, and they had a blast.

Upon arrival, singer/tambourinist Manfred Jones, guitarist Jeff Walls, drummer Dan “Electro” Hall, and bassist Patrick “Buzz” Hagstrom weren’t so sure they’d fit on the cozy bar-side stage, but they squeezed together and did their twist ‘n’ jive rock show with no problem. They even pulled off many of their choreographed moves and high-kicks without knockin’ each other over.

Jones and company rendered plenty of material from  their latest studio collection The Big Beat (Wicked Cool), and delighted a few old-school fans with classics from their early-’90s 45s and LPs as well.

Local rock duo the Frizz — singer/guitarist Rob Kampert and drummer Neil Thomas — hammered through a fuzzed-up set of originals early in the night, following Nashville-based openers Matt Butcher and the Schoolyard Band, who provided some impressively tight power-pop with vintage tones and youthful vigor.

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Photos by Ballard Lesemann and Bryant Stowe.



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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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