Published on December 23rd, 2013 | by Ballard Lesemann


Tin Roof’s Annual ‘Jinglebang’ Raises Cheer and Funds

Only four nights after Cord & Pedal’s big holiday telethon/showcase at the Charleston Music Hall, the local musician Lindsay Holler and her buddies at West Ashley’s Tin Roof presented Jinglebang — a Lowcountry rock ‘n’ roll blowout with a Christmas theme.

The roster for the Roof’s annual Jinglebang kind of came together at the last minute, but it featured a fine mix of local vocalists, musicians, and bands — some of whom only occasionally get to share stages at shows.

Tin Roof staffer Johnny Puke looked hilarious and utterly frightening as “the Grinch” (see Katie Wood’s snapshot in the gallery below).

Singer/guitarist Jimmy Snyder joined Holler, guitarist/tuba player Clint Fore, bassist George Baerris, keyboardist Elliott A. Smith, and drummer Stuart White for the opening set, which included a roaring rendition of “Riverbottom Nightmare Band” (from Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas — see clip below).

Fore, drummer Chuck McCormick, and guitarist Harper Marchman-Jones delivered an elegant and reverby instrumental set. Vocalists Beattie Porter and Erin Kinard welcomed Beattie’s dad, guitarist Edwin Porter, to the stage for a song.


Lindsay Holler and Jimmy Snyder at the Tin Roof (photo by Ballard Lesemann)

I got to sit in on drums and keep time with an abbreviated version of the cheerful and upbeat Christmas season pop-rock combo Silver Bells (singer/guitarists Nicholas Doyle and Douglas Thompson were great sports). Their waltzy, melancholic ode to Santa’s lonely wife, “Please Come Home for Christmas,” closed a fun set.

Holler jumped back up with the Tin Roof Prancers — featuring staffers Lesley Carroll on vocals, Shawn Krauss on drums, and Nick Della Penna on guitar — and rocked out with a set similar to their Cord & Pedal showing.

Right before the Fairy God Muthas set (Doug Walters and myself), Charleston comedian Jason Groce, the host of the venue’s monthly T.R.O.M. (“Tin Roof Open Mic” stand-up show), staggered on stage as Bobby Moynihan’s “Drunk Uncle” character from Saturday Night Live. We enjoyed having Holler sing harmony on our loud version of “Little Drummer Boy.”

All-lady combo Mojo McGee brought the fun funk with a soulful jam session Laurin McGee’s rhythm guitar shops and fiery saxophone. Shaqueta Johnson’s crisp cymbal accents and drum rolls dazzled the other drummers in the crowd.

The boozy fellas of Magic Camp closed the show with a noisy celebration of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Guided by Voices, and a few classic rock points in-between.

Proceeds raised benefitted We Are Family and the Charleston Animal Society.

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Photos by Ballard Lesemann, Jessica Mickey, and Katie Wood.




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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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