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Published on November 14th, 2013 | by Ballard Lesemann


Kevin Taylor and Friends Bring the Noise to Local 616

San Francisco-based artist and musician Kevin Taylor is back in the Lowcountry this week. The native Charlestonian spent time working on an array of visual art and performing with Matter, F.L.K., La Calle, and other indie musical acts in the 1990s and 2000s before relocating to California.


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Taylor returns to the Charleston periodically to display his works at the Rebekah Jacob Gallery at 502 King Street (the collection is titled “Inner Wilderness”) and hook up with old and new bandmates. On Friday, Nov. 15, he’ll reconnect with members of instrumental combo La Calle, noise-rock act Death Cheetah, and rap/rock band White Boy Crazy at the newly opened Local 616 on in the upper side of the peninsula (616 Meeting Street).

“As for the music side of things, it’s a pretty casual,” Taylor says. “No-rehearsal, potential catastrophe. One wildcard is that the drummer I’ve been playing with in Death Cheetah is coming to Charleston, so that should be pretty fun to get everyone together and bridge the gap, so to speak.”

Local 616 proprietor Dwayne Mitchell is also a member of White Boy Crazy, an old-school local group that goes way back into the good ol’ days of Village Tavern, Cumberland’s, etc. Their wild opening sets for such acts as Blowfly and MC Chris are still profoundly revered.

This may be the first time Mitchell will officially perform at his new venue. Members of various local punk/garage bands will also be on hand. The music will start around 9 p.m. Admission is free.

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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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