It's Monday again, and since folks in Horry County have no idea how to manage weather warnings, the kids are off school, things have been cancelled and not a bit of snow remains on the ground. But regardless of the weather outside, we're still helping you kick off your week with a mix of interesting news and music from across the web and in your own back yard.
Blues-a-Palooza ready to roll
The House of Blues is once again hosting its Blues-A-Palooza series of concerts this January and February. It will feature local and regional acts performing on the Gator Bar Stage from 10 p.m. to midnight each Saturday beginning this week.
According to promotions manager AnneMarie Bailey, the venue is still in the midst of booking acts for these shows and will be doing so throughout this week. So far the venue has announced two of the planned acts:
- Jan. 15: That's Cool & Stuff. Bluesy variety by husband and wife team Predice and Terri Hendricks. Check out their Facebook Fan Page.
- Feb. 12: Tim Allen's Bluestime. Texas bluesman and his wife play a mix of acoustic and country-tinged blues and originals. Check them out on Reverbnation.
Shows are free, so contact either of the bands for tickets of if you'd like to attend. Check back for more details on the series once they are announced.
Promenades 2011 kicks off Thursday
Our friends at the The Sun News had an article in last week's Kicks! about the 25th annual FPC "Promenades" concert series at First Presbyterian Church, 1300 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach.
The series will featuring multiple performances from some very talented national names for the more cultured set including Metropolitan Opera soprano Angela M. Brown and pianist Di Wu, who will kick off the series Thursday. Here's the lineup of acts:
- Thursday: Di Wu, pianist (http://www.diwupiano.com/)
- Jan. 18: Friedrich Kleinhapl, cellist, and Andreas Woyke, pianist, playing Beethoven (Review)
- Feb. 3: Angela M. Brown, Metropolitan Opera soprano (http://www.angelambrown.com/)
- Feb. 18: The Claremont Trio, from New York (http://www.claremonttrio.com/)
- March 3: "From Broadway to Opera with Love!" with Noreen O'Reilly, soprano; Brown Bradley, tenor; and Jeffery Jones, baritone
Each show is at 1 p.m., at tickets are $7 per show or $20 for a season ticket.
The Lovely Few "The Limited Abilities of Man"
We'd seen SceneSC touting the merits of this Columbia electro/folk outfit and decided to check it out for ourselves. What we found was a great set of understated tracks that felt different without being too folky or out-there.
The quartet featuring Taylor Bray, Alan Davis, Emily Franklin & Mike Mewborne seems to have made a name for themselves out in our state's capital, so if you haven't checked them out before go to Bandcamp and do so or read plenty more from David Stringer and crew at SceneSC.
Tiny Desk Concerts
We talked awhile back about how suprisingly cool the NPR Music site is and now we've found another reason why this remains true, the Tiny Desk Concerts. This series of performances by unique and up-and-coming artists are performed at for NPR All Things Considered at the desk of former director Bob Boilen (who currently host the online music show All Song Considered).
It has featured John Vanderslice, Tom Jones, Raphael Saadiq, The Swell Season, The Avett Brothers and most recently London-born reggae artist Gyptian. During the short live set Gyptian performs his hit single "Hold You" along with a few other tunes, backed by Anthony "Tony Bone" DiFeo on guitar. Check it out:
Thanks to Andre Pope (@ahhyea777) for the link.
Musical crack of the week
Each week, there's seems to be one track that rises above the rest on our office playlist and this week it was Ke$ha's "We are Who We R." Call us a bunch of teenage girls if you want, but bottom line the beat on this song (produced by Dr. Luke, Benny Blanco and Ammo) and its stuttery hook are outstanding and tend to stick in your heads for days at a time.