Every Monday, we help our readers get off to a musical start with five quick hits on some of the most interesting stories, sites and songs to wrap up the past 7 days and look forward to another great week:
1. News: New pub to host big grand opening party
Formerly known as The Pub, the bar now known as Butter's Pub, 3901 Dick Pond Rd. (Big Block Junction in Socastee), will host a grand opening party July 22 featuring four local bands.
The music will cap off a full day of celebration at the pub — now owned by former alcohol rep Mike "Butter" Gilland — with an appearance from rarely-seen Sqwearl. This will be the first show for the past favorites since February's benefit show for former bassist Chris Frye, who passed away in 2010.
In addition, the show will feature performances from longtime local acts Flick-It and The Slobz as well as Soundtherapy — led by Butters Pub kitchen manager Anthony Mantegani.
Mantegani and Soundtherapy bassist Erik Illingsworth have recently started hosting an Open Mic at the bar, which re-opened as Butters in June.
2. Contest: Free tickets from ListenUp & The Music Station
Last week, ListenUp asked our readers for help in booking our August showcase to break in new local music venue The Music Station at Socastee Station in exchange for a prize package which included tickets to Tuesday night's Taking Back Sunday show at the House of Blues.
After more than 100 responses to our request we've chosen two winners at random, both who happen to be local musicians themselves. The winners are...
- Tyler Dorman, guitarist for local rock/metal band Chinese Fire Drill
- Justin Patota, drummer for local hardcore band PerseveranceHC
Thanks to all who participated. If you haven't already, head over and "like" The Music Station on Facebook and stay tuned for an announcement of the lineup for grand opening show, which will be "The Loudest Local Show of the Summer!"
3. Shows: Reggae Wednesday highlights jam-packed week
Here's our best bets for shows that will keep you jamming throughout the week:
Monday: The House of Blues kicks off a big week with an evening with classic English rock band the Pyschadelic Furs beginning at 7 p.m. In addition, the latest edition of its Club Glow Global will take place featuring DVDJ Unique. The party will start at 10 p.m. and go into the wee hours of the morning. Other options include the weekly Open Jam at The Music Station, Vega at Pirate's Cove, and the Moscow Never Sleeps party at the Afterdeck.
Tuesday: The aforementioned Coca-Cola presents Taking Back Sunday show will take place Tuesday night with Thursday, New Regime and Colour Revolt opening. If you didn't win our tickets but still want to go, check out Coke Secret Soundchecks, a contest where Ten lucky TBS fans and their plus ones will win tickets to the show and gain access to an intimate pre-concert three-song set performed by TBS. Or you can always go the old school route...tickets are $30 day of show and the concert starts at 7 p.m.
Wednesday: A pair of great Reggae rock shows will go head-to-head Wednesday night with SOJA & Groove Stain performing at the Boathouse Waterway Bar & Grill and Pasadena playing Blarney Stone's at Broadway at the Beach with local group Treehouse opening. Both shows begin at 9 p.m. In addition the Folkem Duo will host a CD Release Party at Wahoo's in Murrells Inlet at 8 p.m., pop songstresses Natasha Bedingfield and Kate Voegel are at House of Blues beginning at 8:30 p.m. and Blues pianist Shrimp City Slim performs at Mama Rue's in Pawleys.
Thursday: It's a toss up of an evening with DJ QP & Shamroc performing with the Strike-O-Matics at the Boathouse at 10 p.m., The Independents playing with Vagora at the Island Bar & Grill in Surfside at 9 p.m., Groove Stain playing Bubba's Love Shak at 8 p.m. and the beginning of Sharper Than Life Ent.'s MC battle series at Off The Hook in Atlantic Beach starting at 9 p.m.
4. Links: Social Media Marketing tips for bars & bands
- The Bowery does a really great job of staying on top of people's minds and marketing itself through multiple avenues. We recently found this article that talks about just how they do it and spells out a formula for other local business to follow and apply...also much of this applies similarly to local bands. Check it out.
- The Market Common has been hosting the "Sounds of Summer" all season with live music in the streets and free carriage ride from 6-9 p.m. each Friday. This week's offerings include Blues artist My Buddy Todd and the Arlin Strater Trio...full schedule here.
- Garden City Pier is hosting its summer series of music, which just featured one of our favorite's — the Wahoo Creek Band — this past weekend. Check out the lineup for the rest of the summer here.
- Check out this Freestyle by local rapper Trouble T over Lil' Wayne's "6 Foot 7 Foot" and also the recently released remix of Mac Miller's "Donald Trump" by JC Penny. Good stuff.
- More new music from 311 has been released in advance of their new album "Universal Pulse" out July 19. Check it out.
5. Song of the week: "Promises, Promises"
Nothing much to be said here...our editor is a sucker for Incubus and the new album "If Not Now, When" officially comes out tomorrow. In a lot of ways, this is just more of the same for a group who has become one of the biggest rock bands of its generation, but if "Promises" is a great, heartfelt track worth your time to listen to. Check it out at EnjoyIncubus.com.