We're back on track this week, with another batch of stories, sites and songs to get your week started of right. Here's this week's Music Monday:
1. Three nights at Kono Lounge
The Kings Square Complex, which has formerly hosted nightlife spots such as Tunnel Ultralounge and Red Rooster Ultra Saloon, will reopen this week bringing back a favorite restaurant Kono Japanese Steakhouse Hibachi & Sushi Bar, as well as introduce the newly-remodeled Kono Lounge club.
Kicking off Thursday the club will host 3 nights of Grand Opening events starting with DJ Stonerokk in a party hosted by Playboy centerfolds Jordan Monroe and Stephanie Larimore.
2. Blues celebration
Mama Rue's Blues Garden, a local spot dedicated to the preservation and presentation of the Blues, will host a huge Blues event Monday to celebrate the birthday of the late, great Muddy Waters (who would have been 98 if he were still alive).
Located at 9737 Ocean Hwy, Pawleys Island, Mama Rue's will host a full evening of live music under the live oaks by Charleston's Jeff Norwood, Juke Joint Johnny & Bad Drew Baldwin, George Davis and local favorite My Buddy Todd.
In addition to the music, the restaurant will serve up some scrumptous food specials including Fried Chicken and Sweet Potato Pie — Waters' favorites — along with collards and some very special Jamiacan jerk ribs.
Check out Mama Rue's on Facebook or call (843) 235-3853 for more info.
3. Gabbie Rae returns
Fresh off the release of a new video to go with her first big single "Neverland" Gabbie Rae will return to the Grand Strand for the first time since heading to Atlanta late last year to work with producer Ian Burke (Bobby Valentio, TLC, Outkast).
The 12-year-old singing phenom will stop by Surfside Live! on Saturday to perform a few songs with Funkmaster & The Posse, a house band who hosts an open jam every Saturday. This one-night only appearance will be the only chance for local fans to catch up with "The Gabster" before she heads back to the ATL to continue recording her yet-to-be-titled debut album.
4. Links list: News & notes
- Awesome photos as always from Reuben Long Photography from last Wednesday's Octopus Jones/Today the Moon show at Mr. Fish.
- In case you missed it, check out details of Abuelo's upcoming Battle of the Bands that we're sponsoring.
- Check out this interesting little guide on "How to Promote a Local Band" by David Stringer of SceneSC.
- Weekly Surge featured local Elvis tribute artist eff Collins (aka King Shazaam) this week. Check out the article here.
- The Sun News has started "an occasional series of interviews with local musicians and artists to help you get to know your local music and art scene on a more personal level." A novel idea, eh? Wonder where they got that one...? This week's article just so happens to be one of our favorite local singer-songwriters Gray Click. Check it out here.
5. Songs of the week: "Words I Never Said"
Wrapping up this week's column is a song off of hip-hop artist Lupe Fiasco's new album "Lasers." The track, which features singer-songwriter Skylar Grey (who wrote "Love The Way You Lie" for Eminem as well as tracks from Dr. Dre, Diddy and others) has an amazing hook and lyrics that come off as very poignant about the state of things in 2011.
There's been much ado about Lupe's battle with Atlantic Records to alter a lot of the content on the album, but it appears that at least some good stuff got through amidst all the sing-songy stuff and techno pop beats. Check it out:
Oh, and if you're not into hip-hop, check out this guy's post-punk side project Japanese Cartoon.