Published on April 30th, 2013 | by Ballard Lesemann


Ticker: News Bits from Charleston’s Music Scene

Cheap Seats at the Dylan Show

Ticket packages from LivingSocial are still available for the big Bob Dylan concert at Family Circle Magazine Stadium on Sat. May 4. The site is offering a great deal for the show: For $105, you get two reserved terrace seats, two hot dogs, two beverage vouchers, and one parking pass. Seriously. That’s a steal. The 71 year-old troubadour is currently touring the country in support of his 35th studio album Tempest (Columbia). Los Angeles rock band Dawes is set to open for Dylan on Daniel Island. Visit and for more.


Dangermuffin (photo by GatelyWilliams)

Dangermuffin and Old You Play the Point

This year’s Party at the Point series is already off to a good start at the Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina in Patriots Point. This Friday, May 3, local rock/jam bands Dangermuffin and Old You will perform on the harbor-side stage starting around 6:30 p.m. The music will run until 10 p.m. Admission is $7. Presented by Ear for Music, Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina, the Bridge 105.5, 98 Rock, and the Modern Connection, Party at the Point runs through June 28. Check out for more.

Cinco de May … on May 4?

The Charleston Cinco De Mayo Festival kicked off in 2006 as an annual party at the Charleston Visitor Center Bus Shed. This year’s event takes place from 6-11 p.m. on Sat, May 4 (a day early), and it features a Zumba exhibition, “Dancing with the Local Stars” by Elite Dance International, motor shows, kids activities, and live music from bachata act Playboy Cash and salsa group the Atlanta Show Band. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Nuevos Caminos mission, an organization that promotes “self-sufficiency of the individual, success of the family, and shared community solutions.” Visit for more.


The Rascals Do Broadway at the PAC

The last time veteran rock guitarist, record collector, actor, and radio host Steven Van Zandt (of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band) brought a rock ‘n’ roll showcase to the Lowcountry was in the fall of 2006, when he sent three installments of the “Little Steven’s Underground Garage Rolling Rock ‘n’ Roll Show” to the Music Farm.

This summer, Little Steven returns to town on Sat. June 15 at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center with a Broadway engagement titled The Rascals: Once Upon Dream. Designed as a hybrid of a rock concert and a Broadway show, Once Upon Dream features four members of the original ’60s pop band the Rascals (a.k.a. The Young Rascals): Felix Cavaliere (keys, vocals), Eddie Brigati (vocals), Dino Danelli (drums), and Gene Cornish (guitar). The group will perform a variety of hits, including “Good Lovin’,” “Lonely Too Long,” “It’s a Beautiful Morning,” “How Can I Be Sure,” and “Groovin’.” Directed by Little Steven and Marc Brickman with music by Felix Cavaliere and Eddie Brigati, the show will feature a multimedia presentation covering the history of the group.

Advance tickets for The Rascals: Once Upon Dream go on sale Mon. May 6 at 10 a.m. at the Coliseum Advance Ticket Office, Tickemaster outlets, by phone at (800) 745-3000, and online at and


Wrenwood guitarist Dan Rainey at the King City Sessions (provided)

Ocean Action: King City Records a Party and More

The crew at local recording studio Ocean Industries has been busy this month working with local singer/songwriter and CofC student Shannon Vogt on a new album. They’ve recently tracked new material for Upstate reggae/-rock power trio Sun-Dried Vibes, too.

Last week, the studio hosted an event called the “King City Sessions” with the artists on the local indie label King City Records. Label co-head and member Tyler Boone described the get-together as “an intimate experience where the audience had the opportunity to see and hear Loners Society, Wrenwood, and me not only perform, but also talk about the stories and events that inspired the songs.” The event was recorded and filmed for a release slated for later this year. Check out and click the clip here for more.

Pop Artist Brendan James Hits the Charleston Music Hall

As he sings on the tribute song “Charleston” from his latest album Hope in Transition, Brendan James “may be a Yankee, born and raised,” but it’s here he “wants to spend his days.” The Charleston Music Hall recently announced the return of the contemporary pop/rock singer/songwriter on Sat. July 13. James will headline the Music Hall with support from local songsmith Steven Fiore. Tickets for reserved Seats on sale for $20 on Mon. May 6. Click on for info.


Jordan Igoe and Mackie Boles — a.k.a. Happy Story Hour (photo by Ballard Lesemann)

Jordan Igoe Readies Solo Album

Singer/guitarist/pianist Jordan Igoe (of Happy Story Hour) has a new solo album in the works. She’s been tracking a collection of old and new material with producer Wolfgang (Ryan) Zimmerman (drummer for Hearts & Plugs bands Brave Baby and Elim Bolt) at his local facility the Space. She has a fundraiser scheduled for Sat. May 11 at the Royal American with local bands Brave Baby and Black Top Desert on the bill.

“The new record is a compilation of songs, both old and new, that have been honed during the last 12 years,” Igoe says in a recent press release. “The tracks on the album range from soulful, piano-led ballads to sassy, country rockers.”

Igoe will be perform at the Royal American with backing from guitarist Mackie Boles (her bandmate in Happy Story Hour, also of the Royal Tinfoil), drummer Marshall Hudson, bassist Brad Edwardson, mandolinist Aaron Firetag, and singer Jessica Daisi. Visit for more.

Baroness Cranks it at Monster and the Music Farm

Monster Music & Movies in West Ashley will welcome Savannah-based indie-metal band Baroness — a Relapse Records recording artist — to the store perform an afternoon show and conduct an album-signing session at the store on Mon. May 27 at 4 p.m. The band is on the road behind an 18-song double album titled Yellow and Green. They’ll headline the Music Farm on Tues. May 28 with support from True Widow. Bring earplugs to either show. See for more.

Charleston Acts at Hopscotch in N.C.

It looks like string trio The South Carolina Broadcasters (who are now based in N.C., oddly enough) and rock quartet Co. (a.k.a. “Company”) are officially part of the fourth annual Hopscotch Music Festival in Raleigh this fall. Founded by the Independent Weekly, the music festival is set for Sept. 5-7. Visit for details.

Top photo by Jessica Mickey.



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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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