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Published on September 24th, 2014 | by Ballard Lesemann


The Tattooed Moose’s ‘Moosetoberfest’ Boasts Seven Indie Acts

Downtown venue the Tattooed Moose (1137 Morrison Dr.) is ready to present its annual, all-evening fall rock festival on Sat. Sept. 27. Previously listed as “Rocktoberfest,” the event takes on a new moniker this year: “Moosetoberfest.”

According to marketing manager and staffer Julia Heckman, the Moose received a stuffy cease-and-desist letter stating that the name “Rocktoberfest” was somehow legally unavailable, so they made the cute adjustment. “Moosetoberfest” fits just right.


Joel Hamilton as Mechanical River (photo by Ballard Lesemann)

Booked and organized by Heckman, Tattooed Moose teammate Suzanne Stone, and local musician Joel Hamilton, this week’s Moosetoberfest will run from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. with music on the front deck and in the main bar room.

“We are so excited,” says Heckman. “Joel did an amazing job getting all of these bands together. It’s going to be a great event.”

The lineup features a variety of independent, original rock, pop, and experimental projects from around the state: California indie act Couches, Columbia band Those Lavender Whales (Fork And Spoon Records recording artists), local trio Post Cobra (featuring guitarist Lee Barbour, drummer Ron Wiltrout, and bassist Jonathan Gray), a full-band version of Punks&Snakes (led by singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Jack Burg), garage/punk foursome Dumb Doctors (fronted by Screamin’ Scott Dence), electronic-based act Mr. Jenkins (featuring multi-instrumentalist/composer Nick Jenkins with DJ Lanatron), singer/guitarist Stephanie Santana (a.k.a. Stephanie Bannister), and Joel Hamilton’s current project Mechanical River.

Admission is free. The venue will be accepting donation for the Tri-County Family Crisis Ministries. Visit for more.




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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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