Things are once again rocking in Socastee thanks to Butter's Pub.
The bar, which opened with a huge grand opening bash featuring Sqwearl in July, has slowly been wading its way into the local music pool since.
Hosting a number of modestly-sized shows including local acts such as The Beatholes, Flick-It, Soundtherapy and out-of-town talent in Obraskai and Decacadence, the bar has eased its way into becoming a respectable rock music venue.
But beginning tonight Butter's will aim a bit higher as it kicks off a month-long contest called Rock Fight.
This Battle of the Bands-style event will run each friday in October with 18 bands competing — 6 per night, with a final showdown on Oct. 28. The first round, which kicks off at 9 p.m. tonight, will feature performances from Below The Bassline, With Intent (Charleston), Stealing Anger, QP-N-Shamroc, Columbia Neckties (Columbia) and Sylis.
"We're hoping the battle is going to bring in a lot of different types of music that we haven't had before," says general manager Ware Kimmell.
The event will be run by longtime local musician Robbie Frye (Flick-It, Sqwearl) who works as a cook and helps book bands for Butter's.
"It was [former kitchen manager] Anthony [Mantegani]'s idea, but I just picked it up and ran with it getting the bands involved and getting some sponsors on board," says Robbie Frye, a longtime local musican who books bands and cooks food at Butter's. "I think we've got a great promo package that really any band would want."
Frye, who will be organizing his first Battle after having booked his own bands for more than 15 years, says he's aiming to make Rock Fight different from other Battle of the Band events.
"Every Battle of the Bands I've ever been in has been rigged. It's always who you know, not what you know," he says.
According to Frye, one thing that sets this event aside is the fact that he's given every band who contacted him a chance to be involved.
"We're giving everyone 35 minute sets. We're drawing straws to see who performs when and they're not even going to know who the judges are when they're playing," he says.
In addition to putting on a fair event that musicians will want to be part of, Frye says doing the Rock Fight is really about putting on a good show and continuing to build on the shows Butter's has started.
"It's hard over here in Socastee. You've got a walk a fine line," says longtime local musician Robbie Frye (Flick-It, Sqwearl) who cooks and helps book music at Butter's. "Basically, all you hear on the jukebox is country, so you don't want to just bring a bunch of heavy stuff over and drive people out. You really got make sure you're doing it right."
After the bar concludes the event with the three-band final on Oct. 28, it will focus on the future with a Prowler CD Release show/Halloween party on Oct. 29 and its first country show planned for November.
"We really want to continue doing live music, between our karaoke, our Wednesday night acoustic thing and the shows we're doing," says Kimmell.