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Published on June 27th, 2013 | by Ballard Lesemann

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Ticker: News Bits from Charleston’s Music Scene

Elise Testone Plays Party at the Point Finale and Aims for a CD Release Show

Charleston-based soul/pop singer Elise Testone and her backing band (pictured above) have stayed busy over the spring and summer recording a pile of original compositions for her new studio album — many of which she premiered at her elegant Valentine’s Day concert at the Charleston Music Hall a few months back (see clip below).

Testone and the band are set to headline the finale of the Party at the Point concert series at the Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina in Patriots Point on Fri. June 28 at 6 p.m. (admission is $15). They’ve recently announced a date and venue for the official CD release show, too: Sat. Aug. 24 at the Pour House.

Check out charlestonpartyatthepoint.com and elisetestone.com for more.

 

Shovels and Rope to Headline Their Own Tour this Fall

Charleston-based Americana/pop duo Shovels and Rope — Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent — have been touring heavily this year behind their studio album O’ Be Joyful, earning glowing reviews and praise from coast to coast. It looks like the momentum will continue to build this summer and fall.

Shovels and Rope have opened for the Dave Matthews Band and Dawes during several spring and summer shows. After a brief break in August, Hearst and Trent plans to embark on a massive national headlining tour of their own, starting on Sept. 6 in Montreal, Canada and continuing through mid October. No Charleston dates are on their official tour schedule as of yet, but the Edisto Island Bluegrass Festival has the band listed to perform at the Point of Pines Plantation at 7:15 p.m. on Oct. 26. We’ll see… Visit shovelsandrope.com for the latest.

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The Lean Few at the Tin Roof, June 2013 (photo by Ballard Lesemann)

The Lean Few Wind Down

Local garage/punk foursome the Lean Few — self-proclaimed “four dirty dudes in the South playing rock and roll” — performed their final show as residents of Charleston at the Tin Roof on June 26 alongside Atlanta’s Concord America. According to bassist Justin Allen, he and his brother, guitarist Philip Allen, plan to relocate to Atlanta, Georgia this fall. The band released a mini album in 2012 titled Creepy Simple Cool. Check out facebook.com/theleanfew for updates.

Old Classic Rockers at Boone Hall

Mt. Pleasant’s Boone Hall Plantation has a totally classic rock Fourth of July concert in the works. Raspy veteran Eddie Money and twangy Peach State rockers the Georgia Satellites are solid for an outdoor show on the main lawn on Fri. July 5.

Money is best known for his hits from the late ’70s and ’80s: “Baby Hold On,” “Two Tickets to Paradise,” “Shakin’,” “Think I’m in Love,” and his duet with Ronnie Spector, “Take Me Home Tonight.”

The Atlanta-based Georgia Satellites’ mix of blues and Southern rock was the foundation of their 1986 the smash-hit single “Keep Your Hands to Yourself.” While original lead singer/guitarist Dan Baird is no longer with the group, the current lineup these days features original members Rick Richards on guitar and vocals and Rick Price on bass. Hopefully, they’ll include their rendition of Chan Romero’s 1959 rocker “Hippy Hippy Shake” in the opening set.

Gates will open at 6 p.m. and the music will start around 7 p.m. Beer, wine and soft drinks will be available for purchase. No coolers or pets allowed. Check out boonehallplantation.com for ticket info, and visit eddiemoney.com and thegeorgiasatellites.com for more.

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PlaneJane (provided)

Independence Day Rock Jams, and More Around Town

There are plenty local and visiting acts on the books at Lowcountry clubs and venues for Independence Day (Thursday) and the top of the Fourth of July weekend. Here are just a few standouts.

Award-winning party band PlaneJane and rootsy rock group the Blue Dogs will co-headline the 4th of July Festival in North Charleston at the Riverfront Park on Thurs. July 4 from 3-9 p.m. The annual fireworks display will go off at dark, coordinated with live music from the North Charleston Pops.

The Pour House has an all-day/all-night event planned for Thurs. July 4 with the Folly Beach Reggae Allstars jamming on the deck stage from 4-8 p.m. and singer/guitarist Brock Butler (of Savannah’s Perpetual Groove), bluesy rock combo Gaslight Street, and jammy quintet BYOG on the main stage at 9 p.m.

The swingin’ and rockin’ Whiskey Diablo will render an early-evening show on the creekside stage at Morgan Creek Grill on the Isle of Palms between 4:30-7:30 p.m.

The Tattooed Moose has local funk/soul-rock combo the Louie D Project — led by sax man and vocalist Louis Dixson — scheduled for their 4th of July Party at 9 p.m.

Seattle-based singer/pianist Kara Hesse and singer/guitarist Sarah Cole will swap acoustic sets on Folly Beach at the Grill and Island Bar on Center Street from 5-9 p.m. on Thurs. July 4.

Also on Folly, the Blu Restaurant and Bar at the Tides hotel has four acts on the bill for Thurs. July 4: acoustic singer/guitarist Jamisun Hodge at 11 a.m. followed by Return of the Mack at 2 p.m., the Charleston Groove Factory at 6 p.m., and Soul Fish at 7:30 p.m.

The Tin Roof will welcome notorious hard-rock gang Dante’s Camaro to the stage at 10 p.m. on Thurs. July 4. The band pledges to take a stab at wrestler Dusty Rhodes’s funky theme song “American Dream.”

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The Blue Dogs (provided)

The Windjammer has to two days’ worth of holiday action laid out, with the Budweiser Bikini Bash happening early in the afternoon on Thurs. July 4, music by the Black Cadillacs early in the evening, and ’80s and ’90s hits from Weird Science on the main stage at 10 p.m. Following through with their annual Fourth of July shows, the Blue Dogs and special guests will share the main stage on Fri. July 5 with support from Asheville Americana-rock band the Honeycutters.

Raw, bluesy rock trio Steel Petals will also welcome a few musical guests to the stage at the Sullivan’s Island Home Team BBQ at 10 p.m. on Thurs. July 4, including Mitch Webb (of Mantis Records). The set will surely include their anthem about John Paul Jones (the “Father of the American Navy,” not the Zep bassist).

Check out the Metronome Charleston listings for more.

Jordan Gravel Get’s Jazzy at Voodooo

The Voodoo Tiki Bar & Lounge in West Ashley will present local jazz pianist and composer Jordan Gravel as the featured act on Tues. July 9 as part of their ongoing monthly jazz series. Gravel regularly plays mellow, laid-back sets at downtown venue Mercato, so this show allows him the opportunity to stretch out a bit.

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Jordan Gravel (photo by Reese Moore)

A native of Marblehead, Mass., Gravel arrived in Charleston in 2004 to attend the College of Charleston. He excelled as a music major and performer and soon started playing solo and combo gigs around town.

Gravel has released two instrumental jazz albums: the 2011 debut Inner Preservation, featuring drummer Stuart White and bassist Ben Wells, and last year’s Collage with Ron Wiltrout on drums and Jeremy Wolf on bass. Fans can expect a mix of jazz standards, unusual reworkings of pop/rock tunes, and many original pieces.

Admission to the Voodoo show is $3. Music starts at 9 p.m. Visit voodootikibar.com and jordangravel.com for more.

Top photo by Janelle Riolo. 

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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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