It's been an awesome February for us here at ListenUp and we're looking forward to kicking off an even better March this week. But before we get to all the awesome shows, concerts and events coming up, we've got one last blast of stories, sites and songs to feed your brain in our weekly Music Monday wrap-up. Here's what's up...
1. Girls rock!
Kicking off a great week which includes The Beatholes at Droopy's, Randall Bramblett Band at SxSE and American Aquarium at Oceanfront Bar & Grill is a really cool show taking place tonight at For What It's Worth.
Featuring some of the area's most-talented up-and-coming female talent, this is an event that seems custom-made for us as we've featured all three acts — Claudia vs. The Queen of Hearts, Jentry Rose and Lucid With The Paint (aka Emily Schrag) — recently.
If you get chance come on out and support the scene and check out a really cool spot for music in For What It's Worth. Flyer says 9 p.m., show will likely start around 10 p.m.
More details with the Facebook Event here.
2. Coastal Carolina Cultural Arts Calendar
CCU often gets a bad rap for having a lack of stuff going on in the area surrounding the college, but sometimes you don't need to look any further than campus itself for some really cool, different musical events.
It may not be your average bar atmosphere with your average party band playing on stage at Wheelwright Auditorium or the Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts recital hall, but honestly isn't that a good thing sometimes?
Next time you're bored, take a quick moment and check out the Cultural Arts Calendar site Coastal has put together. It's a really nice-looking, well-put-together site that features plenty of events including these two which stood out to us as worth checking out:
- Steve Bailey’s Pushing the Limits Volume 3 featuring Victor Wooten, Thursday, 8 p.m. Two of the most talented bass guitar players you'll ever see performing on stage together.
- Black Violin, Wednesday, March 30, 7:30 p.m. This group of two classically-trained violinists and their DJ combine elements of classical music and modern hip-hop and have toured with artists such as Jurrasic 5, Nas, Diddy and more.
3. Drum Out Diabetes
When we ran into Soul Function frontman Travis Worthy a few weeks back at the Boathouse's Marley Gras celebration and he was talking about an upcoming fundraising event he was organizing.
Drum Out Diabetes, will take place this Sunday afternoon at Planet Hollywood and will feature performances by Soul Function, Jim Quick and Ten Toes Up, who will do their thing to raise money for aid, treatment and prevention of the disease. The event will begin at 1 p.m. and for a $10 donation will feature educational speakers and materials as well as a lunch and some great music.
Worthy was recently featured on TV to promote the event in this segment where he sat down with WMBF's Michael Maeley.
More details on Facebook or by calling Planet Hollywood at (843) 448-7827.
4. Get your random links here!
Here's some interesting websites we've come across in the past week in no particular order:
- Zombie Walk Lineup: We talked about it in last week's column and it continues to shape up. Click here for times and more details.
- Spreadshirt.com: Amazingly easy site for making a store with custom t-shirts. The money's not great, but it's an awesome way to get promo stuff made-to-order for your band or event without dealing with a printer, shipping, etc.
- TopspinMedia.com: Integrated media platform for bands looking to take the next step in their web prescence and do something beyond just Facebook, Reverb, etc.
- URMyrtleBeach.com: Not really sure what this site is all about...looks like it hasn't been update in awhile, but it still has some video interviews with local musicians here.
5. Song of the week: The Gourds "Gangsta Lean"
We always like to wrap up our Monday with a new track that's been stuck in our heavy rotation over the past week. This week's offering is a song by Austin-based country group The Gourds, who played Dead Dog Saloon last Thursday. Having not known much about the band previously, we had listened to a little of their music — including their cover of Snoop Dogg's "Gin & Juice" — before the show, but weren't prepared for the awesomeness that was this song live.
Who knows if they'll make it back to the beach anytime soon, but we'd definitely suggest catching them in person if you get the chance.