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Published on October 23rd, 2012 | by Ballard Lesemann


Ticker: News Bits from Charleston’s Music Scene, 10/23

Dumpstaphunk plays Skinful Halloween 2012

Dumpstaphunk plays Skinful Halloween 2012

Skinful Halloween at the Brick House Kitchen

The annual Skinful Halloween festival is a costume party, multiple-stage music fest, and all-around reissue freak show. On Sat. Oct. 27, the event returns to the courtyards and wooded trails of the Brick House Kitchen on James Island with a slew of visiting and local acts, including headliners Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Cut Chemist and Chali2na (from Jurassic 5), DJ Muggs (from Cypress Hill), and Jamaican Dancehall artists Future Fambo and Zumjay.

Festival organizers describe Skinful as a conglomeration of “six music stages, Goddess Studio burlesque pole dancing, Urban Wakeboarding, hay rides, circus acts, hookah dome tent, video walls, lasers, and the craziest production set-up in the Southeast.” Local reggae/rock band Dub Island and the Dubplates will be on hand along with several prominent Charleston groups and musicians. Here’s the latest lineup:

Main Stage
Trail-Mix and Woodgrain, 7 p.m.
Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, 8 p.m.
Chali 2na and Cut Chemist, 10 p.m.
DJ Muggs, 12:15 a.m.
Dub Island and the Dubplates w/ Future Fambo and Zumjay, 2 a.m.

Local Stage
Whiskey Diablo, 7 p.m.
Stereo Reform, 8:20 p.m.
Dead 27s, 9:40 p.m.
Shonuff, 11 p.m.
The Royal Tinfoil, 12:20 a.m.

Warehouse Stage
The V-Tones, 7 p.m.
The Specs, 8:15 p.m.
Holy City Hooligans, 9:30 p.m.
Wadata, 10:45 p.m.
Cousin Dan, midnight

DJ Stage
DJ Moo Moo, 7 p.m.
DJ MAGNETiX, 8:40 p.m.
Dance FXs Girls, 9:40 p.m.
DJ MJ12, 9:50 p.m.
Dance FXs Girls, 10:50 p.m.
DJ Judge, 11 p.m.
DJ Logic, 12:30 a.m.

VIP Lounge
Fuse with Sweet P and Dwane Motley, 7 p.m.-1:30 a.m.

Super VIP DJ Area
DJ TBD, 7 p.m.
Jake B, 9 p.m.
Tony Roach, 10:30 p.m.
DJ United, midnight

Burlesque Stage
Ancient Echoes Belly Dancers, 8 p.m.
Aerialist, 9:20 p.m.
Carnivalesque, 10:40 p.m.
Carnivalesque, midnight

Tickets are available for $60 (general admission) or $120 (VIP). Visit for more.

Dead of the Night

Dead of the Night

Dead of the Night Runs Through Halloween at PURE
Theatre Marvelosa‘s Halloween-themed rock opera Dead of the Night continues it’s October run this week at PURE Theatre with shows on Fri. Oct. 26, Sat. Oct. 27, and Wed. Oct. 31 at 8 p.m. Directed by Gus Smythe and written by costume designer Willi Jones, Dead of the Night is an absinthe-fueled romp with plenty of flashy dancing, ghoulish fighting, and campy rockin’. The pit band features four local cats: musical director/guitarist Lee Barbour, drummer Jack Burg, bassist Jonathan Gray, and keyboardist Rodderick Simmons. General admission is $25. Visit for more info.

Paul Revere and the Raiders, 2012

Paul Revere and the Raiders, 2012

Live Music at the 2012 Coastal Carolina Fair
This week and next, the Coastal Carolina Fair celebrates its 56th anniversary at the Exchange Park in Ladson. The concert schedule at the Lakefront Stage amphitheater will feature a mix of country, rock, and oldies acts. Veteran party band Paul Revere and the Raiders (“Just Like Me,” “Kicks,” “Indian Reservation”) kick off the series at 7:30 p.m. on Thurs. Oct. 25. Spartanburg’s Southern rock champs the Marshall Tucker Band (“Fire on the Mountain,” “Can’t You See,” “Heard It in a Love Song”) perform at 8 p.m. on Fri. Oct. 26. The schedule features country-rock quartet Little Texas on Sat. Oct. 27, country singer Jo Dee Messina on Mon. Oct. 29, gospel/country quartet the Oak Ridge Boys on Tues. Oct. 30, and the Village People on Wed. Oct. 31. The series continues with Georgia-based Americana songwriter Corey Smith on Thurs. Nov. 1, country/pop vocalist and American Idol contestant Lauren Alaina on Fri. Nov. 2, and country trio Edens Edge on Sat. Nov. 3. The final show features R&B/beach music bands the Tams and the Embers at 4:30 p.m. on Sun. Nov. 4. Visit for more info.

The CJO at the Music Hall (photo by Alice Keeney)

The CJO at the Music Hall (photo by Alice Keeney)

Big Jazz on the Charleston Music Hall Stage from the CJO
The Charleston Jazz Orchestra, the city’s skillful big band led by conductor/trumpeter Charlton Singleton, will present their Jazz on the Stage program at their favorite local venue the Charleston Music Hall on Sat. Oct. 27. Two performances are schedule at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Presented by the Jazz Artists of Charleston (JAC), the shows will “take inspiration from Tin Pan Alley and belt out some evergreens from the Great American Songbook, as well as some lesser-known treasures.”

The woodwind section will be comprised of Robert Lewis and Jon Phillips (on alto sax), Mark Sterbank and Jack Pettit (on tenor sax), and Jason Bellack (on baritone sax). The brass section will feature trumpeters Chuck Dalton, Stephan Berry, Dan Bellack, and Kevin Hackler with trombonists Phil King, Ken Foberg, Teddy Adams, and Stephen Spaulding. The CJO rhythm section boasts guitarist John Oden, pianist Gerald Gregory, bassist Jeremy Wolf, and drummer Brendan Bull. JAC exec Leah Suárez will be the featured vocalist.

The CJO’s next big concert is the popular Holiday Swing program. Set for Wed. Nov. 11 at the Charleston Music Hall, Singleton and the orchestra will perform a “jazz version” of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite as it was re-written and arranged by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn. Tickets for both concerts are available for between $25-$40 at the Music Hall’s box office (37 John St.), by phone at (843) 641-0011, or online at

Ryan Bonner

Ryan Bonner

Ryan Bonner Teams with Joe Taylor in a Bennett’s Point Studio
Over the summer and fall, local songwriter Ryan Bonner has been splitting time between playing solos shows, fronting his own band, doing side gigs with singer/guitarist Luke Cunningham under the name the Dixie Dicks, and playing bass with Mac Leaphart and His Damn Fine Company. Bonner has also been working on a new solo album with studio producer Joe Taylor at Taylor’s Salt Creek Recording studio in Bennett’s Point, S.C. (between Edisto and Beaufort). Drummer Steve Holley (Wings, Elton John, Mott the Hoople), bassist Sean O’Bryan Smith (Keith Urban, Kenny Rogers) have contributed backing tracks to the album so far, as has busy local keyboardist Whitt Algar (of Crowfield) and other guests.

The project will be a follow-up to Bonner’s recent full-length debut, Think of England. “We’ve been working on it a couple days at a time since mid-July. Bonner says. “We should have tracking completed by Thanksgiving, and we’ll release it in March or April. I don’t really have a title yet. I like to wait to name my projects when they give it to me.”

The Ryan Bonner Band will perform at Loggerhead’s on Folly Beach on Sat. Nov 1 and at the Band Together for ALS benefit concert at the Brick House Kitchen on Sat. Nov. 17. 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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