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Published on April 4th, 2013 | by Ballard Lesemann


Ticker: News Bits from Charleston’s Music Scene

Massive Blaze Damages the Brick and Neighbors

Proprietors and staffers at four venues are probably still in shock after a late-night fire broke out around 1 a.m. on April 2. The blaze reportedly began in the second floor of the building at 213 East Bay (between Market and Cumberland Streets). It caused major damage to the Brick its neighbor Squeeze downstairs and cozy cocktail bar the Speakeasy and dance club Light upstairs. Fortunately, no staffers, patrons, or firefighters were injured in the incident. Investigators are still trying to figure out what started the fire.


TreeHouse (provided)

TreeHouse! Hosts Treefest at the Brick House

The semi-biannual Treefest jam session and showcase is set for Sat. April 6 at the Brick House Kitchen on James Island. Billed as “The Unofficial After Party for the Bridge Run,” the bill features four funk-minded acts, including headliners TreeHouse!, a reggae-tinged groove band fronted by CofC alumni Jeremy Anderson.

“The Brick House Kitchen fit my vision perfectly for TreeFest,” Anderson says in a press release. “If you stand in the middle of the property on a warm sunny day and look up at the sky through the myriad of leaves of the majestic trees all around, you will feel the good energy of this place — and the good-vibin’ people of Brick House and their fresh down-to-earth food give you all the more reason to feel at home.

Treefest kicks off at 5 p.m. and runs until 2 a.m. Local singer/songwriter Tyler Boone and guests will start the show at 6 p.m., followed by Upstate S.C. funk/reggae power trio Sun-Dried Vibes at 7:30 p.m. Rock band South Street hits the stage at 9 p.m., and TreeHouse! will get things going around 10:30 p.m. Jahman Brahman and several after-party DJs will close out the event after midnight. Tickets are available for $10 at the door. Visit for more.

Charleston Bands and Brewers Collaborate to Benefit Anthony Macchio

Holy City Brewing and 10 local bands have come together to put on a benefit show on Sun. April 7 at the Tin Roof for Anthony Macchio, brother of local DJ and musician Ryan Hendrick. In early February, Macchio, a recent graduate of Full Sail University in Florida, suffered major injuries from a bicycle accident in San Francisco. “We’re not really sure how he wrecked, just that he hit his head,” Hendrick states in an event page on Facebook. “Anthony has some degree of brain damage. We just won’t know how severe it is until he is more awake and aware.”


Fortunately, Macchio’s condition has improved somewhat over the last two months, but his recovery has a long way to go. “His doctors are saying it will be a two-year process, Hendrick says.” Needless to say, my family is doing all we can, but the medical bills are just piling up. The Tin Roof has been amazing enough offer to help put together a benefit show for Anthony. Holy City Brewing has also offered to back us as well. We want to make a celebration of this thing. Anthony is a huge music fan, so we want to make it something really special. Lots of music. Lots of beer … Anthony is also a big fan of craft beer).”

The roster includes Company (a.k.a. Co.), Beatte & Edwin Porter, Lily Slay, the Cattle and the Cane, Elim Bolt, Mountains of Earth, El Camino, Can’t Kids, Bully Pulpit, and Mechanical River. The music starts at 5 p.m. and runs through the night. There will be a $10 donation requested at the door.

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Jazz Week with the JAC Allstars

The Jazz Artists of Charleston (JAC) recently announced a series of shows for its second annual JAC Week, which runs from April 8-12. They describe the series as “five days of diverse programming and debut concerts to celebrate the work of JAC and the Charleston Jazz Orchestra.” JAC Week is also designed to raise awareness and funds for the JAC and its seasonal concerts and projects.

On Mon. April 8, saxophonist Simon Harding and pianist Jordan Gravel will kick things off with two sets at the JAC’s Charleston Jazz House (185 Saint Philip St.) at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. — both of which will pay tribute to the jazz duet music of Stan Getz and Kenny Barron. Admission is a “pay-what-you-will” cash donation at the door. Limited seating is available.

Led by CJO conductor/trumpeter Charlton Singleton, members of the Charleston Jazz Orchestra Ensemble will perform Duke Ellington’s Far East Suite at the Mezz (276 King St.) at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on Tues. April 9. Tickets are available for $30 per set.

Funk-jazz quartet Faces For Radio — Tyler Ross (guitar), Gerald Gregory (keys), Ben Wells (bass), and Stuart White (drums) — are set to jam at the GrowFood Carolina building (990 Morrison Dr.) at 8 p.m. on Wed. April 10. Local food trucks will be on hand at 7 p.m. Admission is $10.

The fourth annual “See JAZZ: JAC(K) Talk & Movie Night” is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Thurs. April 11 at the North Charleston Olde Village Community Building (4820 Jenkins Ave.). The film-based event will feature the second edition of the JAC’s “JAC(K) Talk” program. Admission is a “pay-what-you-will” cash donation at the door. Limited seating is available.

Tickets and info are available online at and, by phone at (843) 641-0011, or in person at the Charleston Jazz House.

Cyndi Lauper - provided by North Charleston PAC

Cyndi Lauper (provided by North Charleston PAC_

Cyndi Lauper Wants to Have Fun at the PAC

Tickets go on sale this weekend for ’80s pop singer Cyndi Lauper concert at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center on July 3. Lauper’s summer tour celebrates the 30th anniversary of the release of her debut album She’s So Unusual, a Grammy Award-winning smash collection that includes such hits as “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” “Time After Time,” and “She Bop.”

In 2010, Lauper released her 11th studio album, Memphis Blues. She recorded her latest album and live DVD To Memphis With Love in Memphis with guest musicians Allen Toussaint, Tracy Nelson, and Jonny Lang pitching in with her band.

Advance tickets for the show go on sale for $65, $47, and $37.50 at 10 a.m. on Fri. April 5. Visit and for more.

Stop Light Observations Ready a Massive Debut Album

Local pop-rock band Stop Light Observations (pictured above) recently wrapped up an intense studio session for their debut album Radiation at Charleston Sound. Engineers Joey Cox, Trevor Marron, and Jeff Hodges handled the tracking and mixing.

The official release date for the lengthy, 16-song collection (the running time is 73 minutes) is Sat. April 20. The quintet has scheduled a CD release show for that evening at the Music Farm.

“Our goal for this album was to create a flowing, changing piece that goes through a wide range of genres throughout its duration, so the best way to experience it is to listen to it from beginning to end,” says the band in a recent press release.

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Ashanti at Charleston Sound, 2013 (provided)

Ashanti Tracks New Tunes at Charleston Sound

Speaking of Charleston Sound, owner and head engineer Jeff Hodges stayed busy this winter and spring working on a new single with chart-topping R&B vocalist Ashanti, who is currently spending time in the Lowcountry as one of the cast members of Army Wives.

According to Hodges, Ashanti wrote more than 90 songs for her forthcoming album.

“When Ashanti arrived in Charleston, she immediately started looking for a suitable pro studio to continue working on the record, and that’s how she contacted us,” Hodges says. “Thus far, she’s been in about 10 times working on various songs.”

The first tune Hodges worked on with Ashanti is “Never Should Have,” a sultry ballad replete with snappy digitized military snare drum rolls and smoothly syncopated rhythms. He cut the vocals to an already produced music track that she brought in, and he transmitted the files to her producer in Los Angeles, Mansur Zafr.

“I’d have to say that she’s easily one of the most talented singers I’ve ever worked with, Hodges adds. “She does all her own writing, vocal arrangements, and all the backup vocals. She knows exactly what she wants in the studio. She works so fast that we literally have to keep up with her. She’ll usually do two or three takes of a part and choose one of them as a keeper. There’s no Autotune and no studio trickery magic involved. She’s the real deal, a real star, yet down-to-earth and not pretentious whatsoever.”

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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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