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Pinna ~~~ Waccamaw ~~~ Walk With Porpoise

"In truth, much of Pinna 's strength derives from its commitment to well thought-out musical explorations around solid, listener-friendly songs. Sure these guys have chops like nobody's business, but it never feels directionless or tepid. Instead, the group excels at high energy, entertaining sets that can win over almost any audience." - Kyle Petersen, Free-Times

On Waccamaw: "Their high-energy sets encompass a cornucopia of musical flavors; one minute they're wailing like the long-lost second half of the Allman Brothers, the next they're paying quick tribute to alternative rock gods Radiohead, all sandwiched between jam sessions. You don't always know what pulsating sounds are going to come next, and, truthfully, you may not want to." - Mary Cathryn Armstrong, The Daily Gamecock

"Walk With Porpoise has a sense of quirky sophistication that belies its members' youth. The band prefers laconic pop to teenage angst and singer/guitarist Richard Wells sounds like a not-so-grumpy Velvet Underground-era Lou Reed." - Michael Spawn, Free-Times

Friday, March 27 2015
9pm (doors at 8:30pm)
$6 21+ / $8 <21


Ruba Say and the Cosmic Rays ~~~ MyBrother MySister ~~~ Avi Jacobs

Starts off with teen legends My Brother,My Sister followed by Charleston's Avi Jacobs then the explosive sounds of Ruba Say And The Cosmic Rays in their ultimate performance,and possibly their last!!! End the night with big jam!!!So if you love rock and roll come on out for a night you'll never forget!!!

Friday, April 3 2015
9pm (doors at 8:30pm)
$7


$300 Bounty Slam

The Bounty Slam 16 poets will compete in 3 rounds of poetry to get the chance to face off against one the only Ed Mabrey 1 on 1 in 3 rounds of poetry you can take away 3 of his poems the winner will get $250.00 the loser will get $50.00 the entry fee to slam is $25.00 for the public $15.00 at the door doors open at 7pm the slam will start at 8pm if you would like slam contact Bugsy Calhoun (803)206-3661 Who wanna take down Ed Mabery?

Saturday, April 4 2015
8pm (doors at 7pm)
$15

also:

Annual Sundresses, Sandals, and Spoken Word Poetry Showcase Dress Theme: Mama Africa. Wear your best African/Batik Print Dresses for an Impromptu Fashion Show!

Performers: Selah the Poet, Bugsy Calhoun, Candace Wiley, Tavis P. Brunson, James Harris a.k.a. IdleWild, King Shakur (new book release)

Features: Elliot Axiom (the Velvet Teddy Bear... TRUST, ladies!) and Tamika Harper a.k.a. Georgia Me

Sunday, April 5, 2015
3:00 p.m. -- 6:00 p.m.


Carolina Greats, Part 1

Thursday, April 9 2015
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)
$8


Jacob Wick and Shane Parish ~~~ Occupants

Here's a review of their album objet a: "If memory serves, objet petit is a Lacanian term that stands for the interchangeable but ultimately unattainable object of desire (or something like that). How this concept is, beyond being its title, related to the duo recording to be reviewed in the next few paragraphs is admittedly a bit of a mystery to me, but the good news is that no knowledge of Jacques Lacan's esoteric psychoanalytic theory, let alone of 'Lacanese', is required to appreciate the music.

So, let's start over again: objet a is the outcome of a collaboration between guitarist Shane Perlowin and trumpeter Jacob Wick. Perlowin's name might be familiar to those interested in the more adventurous side of rock music; however, as he has proved on the more recent - and stylistically more varied - albums of his main band Ahleuchatistas, he's clearly not willing to restrict himself to any particular style or genre. By contrast, Jacob Wick is, at least to me, an entirely new name; that said, his playing here suggests a background in free improv.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, then, the music they make as a duo is almost as hard to pigeonhole as it is difficult to grasp Lacan: objet a sounds like the product of careful deliberation, but it's definitely not tightly composed; at the same time, it has a certain looseness to it without being a typical improv record; and finally, the 'structured improv' tag isn't appropriate, either, since there are hardly any typical recurring themes on display here. Style-wise, it's similarly ambiguous, with elements of jazz, new music, drone-y ambient and more creeping into the mix, but never taking center stage.

It's mostly slow-paced music that proceeds carefully and deliberately; unlike some other (improv-)duos, Perlowin and Wick are not afraid of silence and don't try to conceal emptiness with frenetic playing. On the contrary, they are clearly interested in the possibilities of negative space, in letting notes and sounds be shaped by the silence that surrounds them. Consequently, objet a is, in a way, 'nocturnal' music, with sounds emerging like shapes out of pitch-black darkness. This accounts for some of the record's appeal; it lends quasi-coherence to the proceedings and invites the listener to listen very closely, to grasp each sound before it is swallowed up again by the darkness.

Nowhere, perhaps, is close listening more amply rewarded than on "It's over there", where increasingly gruff trumpet sounds are juxtaposed with flamenco-like guitar runs. Still, to single out one track here is to miss the point, since the tracks segue into one another and are obviously meant to constitute a sort-of-narrative. If there's anything that does warrant being singled out, even against better judgment, it's probably Wick's playing. While Perlowin's skills and taste are almost a given by now, Wick has really amazed me here; he employs a wide variety of extended techniques, hissing like a leaky gas pipe in one moment and sounding like a rodent rummaging about in a garbage bin during the next.

To sum up, this is frequently fascinating listening on the borders between jazz, free improv and perhaps new music &aaccent; la Ligeti."

Occupants is the finest noise/jazz trio in the metropolitan Columbia area. Michael Crawford, drums; Gabe Madden, trumpet and guitar; Tom Law, live manipulations

Friday, April 10 2015
9pm (doors at 8:30pm)
$8


Stage Hands ~~~ Magnetic Flowers ~~~ Infinitikiss ~~~ Naan Violence ~~~ The One and Only Matt Miller

Stage Hands is multimedia artist/producer Brandon Locher and drummer/producer Gerald Mattis. On Feb. 10, 2015, Johnstown, Pa. music and art archive My Idea of Fun released their self-titled debut LP in vinyl and digital formats. Since 2006 Brandon Locher has quietly disseminated more than 60 releases under various monikers and in various mediums. Mostly recently, Locher was at the helm of the 20-person avant-orchestra The Meets and the group's It Happens Outside LP. Also a visual and conceptual artist, Locher has recently debuted visual work with Ghostly International. Stage Hands is the most recent iteration of Locher's creative output, formed in 2013 with longtime friend Mattis. On the duo's debut LP, Locher constructs his signature sonic and rhythmic collages, weaving elements of jazz, ambience, and IDM into his production, alongside Mattis's sure-handed drumming, split between acoustic and electronic kits. Stage Hands revel in the binary -- not just zeroes and ones, but also binaries of acoustic/electric, analog/digital, abstract/accessible, and theory/praxis. Within its 26 minutes, the Stage Hands LP patiently burst and blooms from placid and mediative, to nervous and glitchy, to pulsing and malleable. Ultimately, Locher and Mattis create a self-contained cosmos ruled by their own theories, laws and forces, giving way to a polychromatic world with plenty of terrain to explore.

Magnetic Flowers is thematically poignant lyrics pushed through an American Rock Filter. What if Neil Young started a "punk" band?

Infinitikiss is a project of Mr. Jenkins. There will probably be a lot of instruments.

Fronted by sitar player Arjun Kulharya, Naan Violence creates dreamy, mirage-like sitar music that evokes the mystery of an endless expanse of desert sand.

The One and Only Matt Miller is a singing songwriter from Johnstown, PA, currently residing in Harrisburg, PA. He has a very common name. He has an identical twin. He is the One and Only Matt Miller. Forget all those other Matt Millers. You no longer need them. His songs emphasize a love for what the right words can do when twisted and layered into new meanings, and not a love for much else. Most songs are so dark they become lighthearted, or sad enough to make you laugh. He released his second full-length, Harasite, in November 2014, and released Butchers Sleep Little in March 2015. Butchers Sleep Little is 35 songs commissioned for a University of Pittsburgh Johnstown production of The Caucasian Chalk Circle, by Bertolt Brecht.

Saturday, April 11 2015
8:30pm (doors at 8pm)
$7


Welcome to the Machine

Wednesday, April 15 2015
7pm (doors at 6:30pm)
$4


Trevor Watts and Veryan Weston



"The duo provides a comprehensive glimpse of what can happen, when two giants of the improv scene coalesce. The musicians' intuitive responses and on-the-fly excursions span a wide-ranging spectrum of styles and fabrics of sound. They render dreamlike notions and contrapuntal motifs amid various peaks of intensity. This jubilant union of the musical spirits features a potpourri of minimalist overtures, circular patterns, and flowing thematic initiatives." - All About Jazz

Trevor Watts is well known for his involvement with innovative music. In the 60's with the Spontaneous Music Ensemble and his own Amalgam. He went on to develop the unique sounding 10 & 14 piece Moire Music Groups in the 80's. Also the groundbreaking Trevor Watts Drum Orchestra in the 80's and moving towards the Moire Music Drum Orchestra of the 90's (ECM 1440 "A Wider Embrace"). Then Watts formed the Celebration Band, which was made up of young musicians who originally went to his workshops and he formed the band around them. For the last four years he has concentrated on a duo with percussionist Jamie Harris, this has now come to an end (Jan 2008). Latest CD of the duo is "Ancestry" on Entropy(USA)ESR 016. Trevor has played most of his life outside the U.K. and has taken bands to India, Singapore Arts Festival, China, Mongolia, Burma, Sarawak, Malaysia, Sudan, Cameroon, Botswana, Lesotho, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Mexico, Barbados, Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, St Lucia, Trinidad, Colombia, Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, Brasil, Greece, Turkey, Azores Islands, Spain, Portugal, Slovenia, Croatia, Macedonia, Czech republic, Hungary, Poland and the rest of Europe. All under his own name!

His bands have performed at many major festivals like Monterey Jazz Fest, San Francisco Jazz Fest, Chicago World Music Fest, Seattle Jazz Festival, Dallas Museum of Art Summer series, Washington DC July 4th fest, Womad, Berlin Jazz Fest, Khartoum International Festival, Tampere Jazz Fest, Clusone Jazz Fest, Saalfelden Jazz Fest, Wangaratta Jazz Fest(Australia), New Zealand Festival of Arts, Glastonbury, San Sebastian Jazz Fest, Vancouver, Toronto and Quebec to name a few.

Trevor has initiated some very important collaborations. The biggest being with his 7 piece Drum Orchestra and 28 musicians/actors/dancers of the black tradition of the Barlovento region of Venezuela's Caribbean coast. Their group was called Teatro Negro de Barlovento and the combined group project went under the name "Una Sola Voz" taken from one of Trevor's Moire Music recordings "With One Voice". And they played concerts in Europe and South America in the early 90's.

He has also performed with Archie Shepp, Don Cherry, Steve Lacy and Bobby Bradford who was the first trumpeter with Ornette Coleman. And from the UK Tubby Hayes, Phil Seaman & Stan Tracey from the Jazz World. He has also collaborated with Adama Drame, one of the finest Djembe players in the World, he is from Burkina Faso and Cyro Baptista the Brasilian percussionist who also plays with Wynton Marsalis & John Zorn amongst others.

Veryan Weston is best-known for his work with such British avant-garde musicians as vocalist Phil Minton and saxophonist Lol Coxhill. He moved from Cornwall to London at the age of 22, where he began working as a freelance jazz pianist. In 1975, he received a fellowship from the Digswell Arts Trust in Hertfordshire which allowed him to revise a book he'd written on piano improvisation. While at Digswell, he co-founded and composed for the group Stinky Winkles (which also included saxophonist Simon Picard), and collaborated with potter Liz Fritsch and visual artist Stephen Cochrane. He also composed and performed music for film, the most notable being his work with Lol Coxhill on director Derek Jarman's Caravaggio (1985). Weston's interest in multi-media presentations led him to earn a degree in performance art from Middlesex University. He also earned a master's degree in music composition from Goldsmith's College University in London. In the '80s and '90s, Weston worked with the Eddie Prevost Quartet and Trevor Watts' Moire Music, and in duos with Minton and Coxhill. Weston has recorded for the Matchless, Acta, Ogun, and Leo labels, among others. In addition to being a prominent free jazz-oriented musician, Weston is also an accomplished mainstream jazz pianist.

Friday, April 17 2015
9pm (doors at 8:30pm)
$12 advance RIGHT HERE / $15 at the door


9 String Theory

The finest instrumental music from the around the world finds a fresh new voice in 9 String Theory: the unique musical collaboration of Russian domra virtuoso Angelina Galashenkova-Reed and award-winning American classical guitarist John Huston. 9 String Theory performs music of great variety and intense virtuosity, evoking musical traditions both ancient and modern, sharing with audiences the world's diverse musical culture.

Angelina Galashenkova is among the greatest living virtuosos of the Russian Domra (the ancient 3-string lute of Russian folk and Gypsy music). Born in St. Petersburg, at the age of eight she began musical studies at the St. Petersburg School of Music and continued her training at the Mussorgsky College of Music and the Russian Academy of Music in Moscow. Angelina won First Prize in the Russian National Domra Competition in 1990 and First Prize in the International Folk Artists Competition in 1991. She has performed throughout Europe, Australia, Japan, and the United States (including her Carnegie Hall debut in 1991).

John Huston has distinguished himself as one of the most exciting and expressive guitarists of his generation. Guitart International has praised him as "a formidable talent", the Fort-Worth Star Telegram described his "considerable energy and impressive virtuosity", and La Stampa has called his playing "...mesmerizing." The accolades for Mr. Huston's performance are numerous, including First Prize in the 2001 Aranjuez Strings International Guitar Competition.

Together as 9 String Theory, Angelina and John create acoustic sounds like nothing you have ever heard. A 9 String Theory concert is like a musical trip around the world, featuring Latin American rhythms, Russian Gypsy fire, Spanish flamenco, echoes of Eastern Europe, and songs from America. Concerts by 9 String Theory delight and excite the most diverse audiences, and their combined virtuosity will win over the most discerning music lovers.

Tuesday, April 21 2015
7:30pm (doors at 7pm)
$10 adults / $5 students


Rob Mazurek Black Cube SP

Rob Mazurek's newest ensemble, Black Cube SP, features his long standing São Paulo Underground trio with the addition of Thomas Rohrer. Rohrer earned his stripes as a master of the keening rabeca (Brazilian viola) through intense studies with the instrument's leading practitioners in Brazil's northeast. This quartet features Mazurek on cornet and electronics, Mauricio Takara on drums, electronics and cavaquinho (brazilian ukelele), Guilherme Granado on keyboard, synths, and sampler, and Thomas Rohrer on rabeca and soprano saxophone. The group released it's debut record, Return the Tides, on Cuneiform on Oct. 14, 2014. Return the Tides is a startlingly cathartic and magisterial post-tropicalia modern psychedelic spiritual that's as riveting as it is ravishing. You can read more information and hear sound samples from Return the Tides HERE .

Thursday, April 23 2015
9pm (doors at 8:30pm)
$8 advance / $10 at the door