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Published on August 21st, 2013 | by Ballard Lesemann


Tin Roof hosts Metronome Charleston Anniversary Bash

Has it been a year already? Almost. With guidance and encouragement from great friends and colleagues in town, Metronome Charleston launched on Sept. 10, 2012 as an independent music blog with a goal in mind: to cover, critique, and celebrate the Charleston-area music scene with features, interviews, event listings, music news, reviews, and galleries.

Metronome Charleston will celebrate its first year online with a big six-band bash on Friday, September 20 at one of Charleston’s top independent music venues, the Tin Roof. We want this anniversary party to be a celebration of the best the Lowcountry music scene has to offer.

The “Metronome Charleston Anniversary Show” will feature live music from Elim Bolt, the Boring Portals, the Unawares, the Fairy God Muthas, Jordan Igoe, Lindsay Holler, and special guests.

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Lindsay Holler (photo by John Birkenheuer)

We’ll kick things off at 6:30 p.m. with a free Rock ‘n’ Roll Team Trivia game on the Tin Roof’s deck. Big prizes will include passes to shows at the North Charleston Coliseum, the Performing Arts Center, Theatre 99. and Tin Roof bar cash.

Singer/songwriter Jordan Igoe will kick things off on the main stage at 8:30 p.m. She regularly performs solo, with her own backing combo, and with rock/Americana duo Double Trash (formerly known as Happy Story Hour) with singer/guitarist Mackie Boles (also of the Royal Tinfoil). Igoe’s new studio album is on the way.

Songwriter, vocalist, bandleader, and event organizer Lindsay Holler has been belting it out with soul and heart for years. Most recently, she’s fronted a variety of pop, Americana, and rock acts like Matadero, the Western Polaroids, and Oh Ginger. She’ll hit the Tin Roof stage at 9:15 p.m.


Jordan Igoe and Mackie Boles (photo by Jessica Mickey)

It will be an honor to bring my bandmate Doug “Street D” Walters (of Torture Town) to the stage for a quick Fairy God Muthas set. Walters is a veteran singer, guitarist, and songwriter with top chops and gusty soul. We’ve been performing and recording as the Fairy God Muthas for three years. We’ll share gear at the show with the three co-headlining acts — the Unawares, Elim Bolt, and the Boring Portals.

Columbia-based power trio the Unawares (above, bottom left) have been cranking energetic, off-kilter rock tunes since forming in 2006. Singer/guitarist John Watkins, bassist James Wallace, and drummer Rhett Berger recently celebrate the release of their latest album, Absinthe Acres — an angular collection tracked and mixed entirely on analog gear with no overdubs.

Singer/guitarist/songwriter Johnnie Matthews (pictured above at the right) will lead the latest version of his indie-rock combo Elim Bolt to the stage at 11:30 p.m. Elim Bolt released a brilliant mini album titled Nude South on local label Hearts & Plugs last fall. Bassist Christian Chidester and guitarist Jordan Hicks (both of H&P labelmates Brave Baby) and drummer Jess Oliver (of Columbia’s Can’t Kids) will be on hand.


Doug Walters of the Fairy God Muthas (photo by Ballard Lesemann)

Reverb-soaked garage/rock combo Boring Portals (above, top left) — comprised bassist Emily Conner (of Southern Femisphere), guitarist Joel T. Hamilton (of Mechanical River), and tag-team guitarist/drummers Scott Dence and Brett Nash (of Sans Jose and numerous other local projects) — will close the night at 12:30 p.m. with a clamorous set of wild-action originals.

Admission for the “Metronome Charleston Anniversary Show” on Fri. Sept. 20 at the Tin Roof will be $7 at the door. Proceeds will benefit the bands and website expenses.

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Top photos by Ballard Lesemann and 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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