Published on June 6th, 2013 | by Ballard Lesemann


Ticker: News Bits from Charleston’s Music Scene

No Rascals at the PAC

Steven Van Zandt, host of the syndicated Little Steven’s Underground Garage Rolling Rock ‘n’ Roll Show and longtime member of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, was all jazzed up about bringing the rock concert/Broadway show The Rascals: Once Upon A Dream to the North Charleston Performing Arts Center on Sat. June 15. Unfortunately, the show has been cancelled. Refunds are available at point of purchase next week.

What a drag. Metronome Charleston was really looking forward to catching the ever-animated Rascals drummer Dino Danelli groovin’ to “Groovin’.” Visit for more.


The Red Stick Ramblers (provided)

Spoleto Festival USA’s Concert Series Wraps Up

The annual Spoleto Festival Wells Fargo Jazz Series and additional music events wind down this week. Acclaimed Brazilian guitarist Alessandro Penezzi and clarinetist Alexandre Ribeiro will perform early-evening sets as a duo at the Simons Center on June 6, 7, and 8.

Oklahoma-based R&B/rockabilly singer/guitarist J.D. McPherson and his ace trio will rock and jive at the Cistern on Fri. June 7 and Sat. June 8 in support of their hot new album Signs & Signifiers.

The Spoleto Finale at Middleton Place is set for Sat. June 9 from 3:30-10 p.m. with a craft beer garden at the Pavilion and performances by local Hawaiian-style combo ’Olu’Olu, Americana/bluegrass acts Ruby the Rabbitfoot and Mandolin Orange, and a fiery set by Baton Rouge, La.-based Cajun/swing quintet Red Stick Ramblers on the main stage (the event is “rain or shine”).

Call (843) 579-3100 for info and check out for ticket and event information.


The Bully Pulpit at the Tin Roof, 2013 (photo by Ballard Lesemann)

New Shaniqua-esque Rhythm Section for Bully Pulpit

After a lengthy adjustment period, Charleston-based rock band Bully Pulpit (pictured above and at right) has officially solidified its rhythm section lineup with former members of the Shaniqua Brown.

Guitarist Rex Stickel and lead singer Danny Kavanaugh (both Summerville natives and bandmates in various metal and punk bands) formed Bully Pulpit in 2010 with bassist Kelly Burt and drummer Lawrence John. They recorded a full-length collection in 2012 titled Goldmine at the now-defunct Collective Recording Studio in West Ashley. John moved away from Charleston that year, and the band enlisted David Bair (formerly of the Shaniqua Brown) to keep time to the high-energy bombast and riffage.

Last fall, after Bair relocated to Asheville for a brief stint, local drummer-in-demand Eric Rickert (of Ocean Studios) filled in for a series shows. This spring, John enlisted in the military and said his good-byes, so the Pulpits invited former Shaniqua Brown guitarist Thomas Concannon to switch over to bass. He accepted the offer, right about the same time that Bair moved back to town to reassume his duties on the drum kit.

The new Bully Pulpit lineup shared the stage at the Tin Roof on June 2 with local songwriter Joel Hamilton’s dance-rock project Mechanical River and garage-rock band Sans Jose as part of a joint borthday bash for singer/guitarist/drummer Rachel Kate Gillon (also formerly of the Shaniqua Brown) and singer/guitarist/drummer Antoine Dukes.

Look for the revitalized Bully Pulpit at the Mill in North Charleston on Fri. June 21 when they perform with local trio Whiskey Diablo. Visit for more.


The Royal Tinfoil at the Pour House (photo by Ballard Lesemann)

The Royal Tinfoil to Wrap Studio Sessions

Charleston-based twang-rock/gypsy-blues combo the Royal Tinfoil had to back out of that Rachel/Antoine birthday show at the Tin Roof last week, and there was talk that something might be amiss. Not so, according to singer/guitarist Lily Slay. She and her bandmates — guitarist/singer Mackie Boles, drummer Marshall Hudson, and bassist Brad Edwardson — have solid plans to finish their latest album at Charleston studio Truphonic Recording with engineer Majeed Fick this summer.

Slay also verified that she’s heading out of town for a few new adventures in Portland, Oregon sometime soon. “I kind wanna scare myself and try something totally new,” she says. “But at the end of the day, Charleston is my forever-home. I will be back.”

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Children’s Choir’s Kevin Isaac (provided)

Children’s Choir Reunites at the Music Hall

Metallic power trio Children’s Choir — bassist/vocalist Kevin Isaac, guitarist/singer Richie Isaac, and drummer Paolo Licciardi — made a loud splash in the Charleston band scene with their riffy, tight, aggressive rock sound in the mid/late 1990s. Since splitting in 2000, the threesome has habitually reconvened for reunion shows around town — most recently at the late West Ashley club Jimbo’s Rock Lounge in 2011.

Next week, Children’s Choir will reunite once again. Billed as rock ‘n’ roll after-party/wedding reception for longtime Charleston audio engineer (and Music Hall sound guy) Andrew Higdon an his fiancé Jane Gay, the band will hit the stage at 9 p.m. on Sat. June 15. The all-ages show is free and open to the public. Check out for more.

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PAN, 2013 (provided)

PAN Records New Stuff for Post-Echo

Columbia-based instrumental/post-rock quintet PAN recently released a dynamic new single titled “Baton.” Compared to the swirling, hypnotic music on last year’s full-length These Are the Things I Love and I Want to Share Them With You (Post Echo), “Baton” is drier, edgier, and more intensely guitar-driven. It’s the first single from their currently untitled forthcoming EP (also due on Post Echo). Breitwieser describes it as “a really fun summer tune.”

PAN also adjusted its lineup with the addition of drummer Charlie King, who collaborated with various bands in Charleston’s underground in recent years. “Charlie has been a great addition to our band,” Breitwieser says. “He is a big fan of the band Hella … ever heard of them?”

PAN’s spring/summer tour brings them back to town for a show at the Tin Roof on July 8. Visit and for more.


Rev. Dr. Johnny Mac (photo by Ballard Lesemann)

Paul Tucker Memorial Show in the Works at the Windjammer

Isle of Palms venue the Windjammer and Charleston-based rock/soul trio Johnny Mac and the BootyRanch announced details for the “Paul Tucker Memorial Jam” set for August 17 from 3-10 p.m. A native of Macon, Ga., Tucker was the bassist for the beloved local band Jumper Cables (circa mid/late 1980s and early ’90s) alongside guitarist Johnny Mac. Tucker worked for years as a boat captain before passing away last summer.

In a 2011 post on country music webzine The Boot, Charleston native Darius Rucker recalled the Jumper Cables as one of his hometown favorites when he was a young musician in high school. “I still want to be in a cover band, because they were such an amazing cover band,” he says of the Cables. “They were so great. I went to see them all the time, and I wanted to be in the Jumper Cables and play in front of 400 people at the Windjammer … I saw so many bands there that made me want to be in a band. I also went to the Music Farm and Myskyn’s, these little clubs around Charleston that had great bands. We’d be high school kids sneaking in.”

Johnny Mac is still finalizing the details, but there’s already a strong lineup of bands for the memorial show. “There will be some kick-ass barbecue from our good friend Sean Shrum and pretty much nonstop music from some awesomely talented musicians, all of whom were friends and fans of Mr. Tucker,” Johnny Mac states in a recent Facebook post. The roster already includes the Booty Ranch, All Purpose Remedy, the Port City Prophets, Larry Spadeholts and Juke Joint Johnny, Hott with Harry Leggs (from Macon, Ga.), and the Swimming Pool Q’s (from Atlanta). Special guests will also be on hand. Admission will be $10.

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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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