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Published on April 11th, 2013 | by Ballard Lesemann


Ticker: News Bits from Charleston’s Music Scene

The Mountain Goats Swing Through Carolinas

Led by singer/guitarist John Darnielle, California/N.C.-based pop/folk/rock band the Mountain Goats will be touring through the Carolinas this summer, and they’ll hit Charleston for a show at the Pour House on Wed. June 26. The band recently announced a run of summer tour dates in support of their latest album, Transcendental Youth (Merge). Darnielle, bassist/vocalist Peter Hughes, and drummer Jon Wurster (Superchunk, Bob Mould) start their “Tuttlingen Warriors Tour 2013” on June 3 at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.


The Mountain Goats (photo by Steven Dewall)

“Peter and I toured our asses off back in the pre-trio days, but that was before our ascent to the absolute upper echelon of global media saturation,” Darnielle says in a recent press release. “We’re pleased to report that a year-plus worth of talking about touring with the Mountain Goats in alternate configurations to all-ages rooms is yielding its first fruits this June in the form of the Tuttlingen Warriors Tour 2013, whose name is an inside joke.”

Texas-based indie-rock band Baptist Generals will open the Pour House show. Tickets are available for $18 in advance. Additional dates include May 1 at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C., June 27 at the New Brookland Tavern in West Columbia, and June 28 at the Soapbox in Wilmington, N.C.

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Shooter Jennings to Play Earshot Charleston 

In celebration of Record Store Day, Earshot Charleston recently announced that they have booked American singer/songwriter and Southern roots-rocker Shooter Jennings (son of Waylon Jennings) to play live at the store in West Ashley at 1663 Savannah Highway. Jennings is currently on tour in support of a new album titled The Other Life. This free performance will take place at 3 p.m on Sat. April 20. Jennings and his band will perform at the Windjammer on the IOP at 9 p.m. on April 20 as well.

Be sure to check back with Metronome Charleston for updates on all goings on for this most sacred of music-lover holidays. For more information, check out,, and


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The Krushtones Celebrate 30 Years

Rock fans who bar-hopped around the downtown watering holes and the beach clubs in the 1980s surely remember Charleston party-rock band he Krushtones. The combo was a staple on the bar scene from 1983 to 1993. Celebrating their 30th anniversary this weekend, singer/guitarist John Krucke, bassist Dave Kushubar, keyboardist Mike Murray, and drummer Dennis Davis will reunite this weekend (April 12-13) at the Sand Dollar on Folly Beach (7 Center Street). Elaine Murray will sit in on Glockenspiel as well. The band has been playing wild annual reunion gigs on Folly since 2003.


Bowling Alley Benefit Show for 213 East Bay

The Alley Charleston (131 Columbus St.) will host a benefit show on Wed. April 17 for the owners and staffers of the four venues that suffered in the blaze that hit the building at 213 East Bay (between Market and Cumberland Streets) on April 2. The Brick, Squeeze, the Speakeasy, and Light were badly damaged.

Billed as “The 213 East Bay Fire Fundraiser,” the event will kick off in the newly opened bowling alley and tavern at 5 p.m. with four lanes of free bowling for employees and friends of the venues, bar service by guest mixologists from the four venues, and live music from Caxton Beaty, Return of the Mac, and the Louie D Project. A portion of all food and beverage sales will be donated to the fund. Check out for more.


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Old Crow Medicine Show Tops First Flush Fest

The Charleston Tea Plantation, All-In Entertainment, and Ear for Music present the seventh annual First Flush Festival on Sat. May 18 from 1 p.m.-6 p.m. at the plantation on Wadmalaw Island. Nashville-based Americana string sextet Old Crow Medicine Show will headline the event with support from local acts Luke Cunningham Band. Gaslight Street, Sol Driven Train, Heyrocco, Sun-Dried Vibes, Southwood, and Tyler Boone. Local food trucks, vendors, and plenty of free iced American Classic Tea will be on hand.

The First Flush Festival is an annual celebration of the first tea harvest of the season. Early bird tickets are available for $20 at and Visit for more.

Local Jazz Series at Voodoo

Starting this month, the Voodoo Tiki Bar & Lounge in West Ashley will host jazz shows on the second Tuesday of every month. Local drummer Quentin Baxter (of the Jazz Artists of Charleston) has booked a variety of local acts. The Simon Harding 4-Tet will kick things off of April 16 with a set of be-bop, swing, and pop. “We’ll play everything from Joe Henderson and Coltrane to Lennon and McCartney and MGMT,” says sax man Harding, also a member of the JAC. “We’ll also do some originals. It’s going to be a fun show.” The quartet features Harding on tenor sax, Jordan Gravel on keys, Jake Holwegner on bass, and Asa Holgate on drums. Admission is $3. Checkout and for more.

Stop Light Observations at Last Band Standing (Ballard Lesemann)

Stop Light Observations (photo by Ballard Lesemann)

Stop Light Observations’ Kickstarter: Final Week

Charleston rock ensemble Stop Light Observations have put the final touches on their forthcoming debut album, a 16-song collection titled Radiation, but they still have a few days left on their Kickstarter campaign to finance the project. The band has already raised more than $9,500 of their goal of $12,500. The campaign ends on April 18.

“This album has been in the works since we were 13 years old,” the band states on the Kickstarter page. “We have put in our life savings, gig money, and side job paychecks (that we can spare) to take our sound and creation to where it needs to be, and we are so close, but we do not have the funding to make the album happen. We have a sound and story that is going to make a difference, and we have worked so hard and are so close to letting the world hear this creation on an album, so that is why we are here.”

The official release date is Sat. April 20. The Stop Light Observations have a show set for that evening at the Music Farm. Visit and for info.


Stratton Moore (provided)

Moore and Friends at the Drop In

The Drop In Deli on Folly Beach (32-B Center St.) has funky drummer Stratton Moore (Yellowknife, Gaslight Street, Folly Beach Reggae Allstars) and guests on the calendar every Thursday night through the spring and early summer. “The ‘Stratton Moore and Friends’ thing basically alternates between Yellowknife, the Folly Beach Reggae All-Stars, and new projects in the works with various musicians in town,’ Moore says. “Basically, whoever is available. It’s nice and casual.”

Moore is also preparing for the fifth annual funk/soul party Strap-On Face Funk at the Pour House on Sat. April 27. The all-day showcase on deck and main stages will features sets by the Folly Beach Reggae Allstars, Yellowknife, Shonuff, Gaslight Street, Old You, the Dead 27′s and special guests. Visit and for more.


Tommy Emmanuel (provided)

Tommy Emmanuel Returns to the Music Hall

Australian guitarist and songwriter Tommy Emmanuel — one of the top finger-style acoustic guitarists in the world — is solid for a summer concert at the Charleston Music Hall on Fri. June 14 at 7 p.m. Emmanuel has dazzled audiences here before with his unusual technique and percussive accents — tapping, scraping, and thumping the neck, body, or the strings of his instrument.

A protégée of late guitar legend Chet Atkins, Emmanuel launched his solo career in the 1990s. These days, his set features eclectic mix of folky pop, classical, rock, and Americana. His latest solo studio album is a double-disc collection titled Little by Little. He also recently collaborated with guitarist Martin Taylor on an import album titled The Colonel and the Governor.

Advance tickets go on sale for $39.50 at 10 a.m. on Fri. April 12. Go to and



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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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