DarielB – Flying Under the Radar

Beach, blues, rock & a big ole Fish Shtick

Posted in Live Performance Previews/Reviews by darielb on November 4, 2009
November is going to be a great month for music fans along the S.C. Grand Strand. If Carolina beach music is your bag, a special weekend of Carolina Beach Music Academy (CBMA) awards, live music and shag dancing is set for Nov. 11 – 15.  For cutting edge rock with beautifully crafted lyrics, plan to attend the South By Southeast presentation of the Youngers at the Myrtle Beach Train Depot on Saturday, Nov. 7.
Blues aficionados will want to head inland on Nov. 5 – 8 for the first ever Pee Dee Blues Bash in Florence, S.C. for four days of national, regional and local blues artists. And finally, those who like their rock & soul with some charity on the side, Jim Quick’s Big Fish Shtick is going to be serving up some tasty fare in Wilmington, N.C. on Sunday, Nov. 8.
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Receiving the Pioneer Award at the 2009 Carolina Beach Music Awards is R&B artist Chuck Jackson.

CBMA Awards

This is a long weekend of live music and partying. The local clubs will be jumpin’ with artists who don’t  come to town all that often. Pre-parties start Wednesday night with the Craig Woolard Band at 2001 Nightclub and the Embers at Duck’s Beach Club. The rascally King Tyrone & the Graveyard Ramblers will reign at Fat Harold’s on Thursday while the Sand Band plays the O.D. Beach club.

Highlights of Friday performances include Mark Roberts & Breeze AND Too Much Sylvia at Ducks, while Rhonda McDaniel and Brasstyme are up the street at Pirate’s Cove.
On Saturday, the CBMA Benefit Cookout & Showcase gets started at noon and runs until 3 p.m. The pig pickin’ is being hosted by Carolina deejays Big John Ruth (102.9 FM) and Neal “Soul Dog” Furr. Gary Smith (WLWL 770AM) will host the showcase, which features the Taylor Manning Band along with the Tim Clark Band plus some surprise artists singing to tracks.
The Industry Awards show, hosted by deejays Chad Sain and Ray Scott starts at 4 p.m. at the Spanish Galleon. Get there early. This is a popular event (Saturday passes are required this year.). Saturday night shows include the Fantastic Shakers at the O.D. Beach Club; The Castaways AND Hardway Connection at the Spanish Galleon; Holiday Band at Fat harold’s; Tommy black & Blooz at Duck’s and The Souls AND the Sand Band at Pirate’s Cove.
Sunday morning is the popular band fair (and yes, some of them are awake) where fans can meet the artists, get autographs, photos, Ced, T-shirts and more.
The culmination of the weekend is the annual awards show held at the Alabama Theatre in North Myrtle Beach. R&B performer Clifford Curry (“She Shot a Hole In My Soul,” “We’re Gonta Hate Ourselves In the Morning,” “Beach Music & Barbecue”) is scheduled to perform. So is Nashville’s soul blues artist Rickey Godfrey   The 2009 inductees into the Carolina Beach Music Hall of Fame include R&B singer Chuck Jackson, probably best known for his 1962 recording of  “Any Day Now” (Burt Bacharach-Bob Hilliard). He recorded the classic “How Long Have You Been Loving Me” on Carolina Records, a collaboration with Charles Wallet, who penned “Brenda,”  O.C. Smith’s 1986 hit single.
Other inductees include:
• Ted Hall, who booked his first band at the ripe old age of 16 and is now with East Coast Entertainment .
• Bill Lester, deejay with WORL 96.7 in Roxboro, N.C., whose Beach Party show airs every Saturday afternoon.
• Don Textural, longtime drummer and party animal with the Fantastic Shakers;
•Freddy Tripp, keyboard player, also with the Fantastic Shakers; and
• The Attractions Band, the class beach group from Burlington, N.C. known for hits like “Zing Went the Strings of My Heart.”
For more information about the weekend and the awards show, log onto http://www.cammy.org.



SxSE presents roots rock group the Youngers at their Nov. 7 Music Feast.

SxSE Presents The Youngers

On Nov. 7, South By Southeast brings a simmering music feast to the Myrtle Beach Train Depot. Headlining are The Youngers, who define their sound as alt-country, but aren’t afraid to get electric now and again. They’re touring in support of Heritage, their latest CD, a collection of 13 thought-provoking lyrical tunes that establish the group as a breakthrough voice in roots rock.  Producer John Carter Cash, son of country legends John and Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, says, “The Youngers are not just the cutting edge of where music should be right now, they  hold to the roots. Their style is both unique and reminiscent of some of the greatest rock and roll of our time, timeless and groundbreaking.”
The group’s press kit says it best, I think: Imagine a car crash between Hank Williams and Neil Young. That’s the Youngers.
Frontman and founder Todd Bartolo handles vocals, lap steel and guitar. Dax Bryan also plays guitar. Randy Krater plays bass and also provides vocals.  On drums and percussion is Justin Schaefer.
The opening act is Hippie Dog Produce. Gonna be a fun night.
South By Southeast is my favorite nonprofit music organization. They strive to support American music that’s not usually heard in mainstream venues.
Membership is $25. Tickets to the show are $20 for members and $25 for members who haven’t joined yet. The show starts at 7 p.m., but if you’re hungry, get there at 6 p.m. to take advantage of the free pot luck dinners, wine, soda and brew courtesy of New South Brewery. The historic Train Depot is located at 851 Broadway in Myrtle Beach, S.C. For more information, call 843-497-3643 or find them on Facebook (South By Southeast: SXSE Music Feast).



Chicago bluesman Bill Lupkin, one to see. Photo by Kate Moss.

Pee Dee Blues Bash

This is a brand new event. The first annual Pee Dee Blues Bash, brought to you by blues promoter Gary Erwin aka Shrimp City Slim, takes place Nov. 5 – 8 throughout the city of Florence, S.C. At last count, there were 11 different venues featuring 14 different artists in 24 shows – all of them free to the public.
Artists include a range of national, regional and local musicians. From Indiana comes Bill Lupkin & the Chicago Blues Coalition. If you’re into Windy-City style blues harp, you’ll want to check this out (billlupkin.com). Daddy Mack Blues Band hails from Memphis with the raw urban sounds of Beale Street. Get ready to boogie! (myspace.com/thedaddymackbluesband)
Charlie Sayles & the Blues Disciples, best known for Charlie’s harpwork will be featuring guitarist Tony Fazio. People will be talking about this show! (charliesayles.com/tonyfazio.com)
Chicago’s Studebaker John & the Hawk is all about jump and jive. This is a rare Carolina appearance for this hard core Chicago band. (studebakerjohn.com)
If acoustic folk and blues is your pleasure, check out Veronika Jackson from Atlanta. You won’t be disappointed. (veronikajackson.com)
S.C.’s own Jeff Norwood brings you an authentic backwoods Mississippi flavor. You’ll swear you’re hearing tunes from another time and place, but more often than not, Jeff’s the songwriter. Well worth your time.
Other acts include Drink Small, Deb Callahan, Detroit Debbie, Shrimp City Slim, Juke Joint Johnny & Drew Baldwin, Motherless Chillin’, Freddie Vanderford & Brandon Turner Matt Walsh Blues Band and Cotton Blue.
For a list of venues and schedule of events, visit http://www.peedeebluesbash.com. Then get you some blues!



Jim Quick is offering two of his original folk art paintings for auction, with proceeds to benefit UCP of Wilmington.

Jim Quick’s Big Fish Shtick

Anyone from around these parts knows Jim Quick is the crazy frontman for the crazy Coastline band and the even crazier King Tyrone & the Graveyard Ramblers.
You may not know, however, that United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Wilmington, N.C. is a charity near and dear to Jim’s heart and this is the third year for Jim Quick’s Big Fish Shtick, a fundraiser for the nonprofit group. It takes place from 1 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 8 at the Triangle Lounge in Wilmington. Tickets are $20 and include some of the best local food you can imagine –  Capt. Crain’s Shrimp Stew, Boom Boom’s Barbeque, plus steamed oysters, fried fish and all the fixin’s courtesy of Jones Fish Camp.
The music is also gonna be hot and heavy: Jim Quick & Coastline, who will be opening in Cancun, Mexico next month for Montgomery Gentry;  Hip Pocket, a rockin’ high energy band playing everything from 60s soul to party dance music; and Joey Warren, one of my favorite deejays. If you haven’t tuned into his Sunday morning gospel show on 94.9 The Surf, you need to!
There will also be art auctions with pieces donated by Jim Quick, Babs Ludwick, Ramona Bendin (yep, my mom) and more.
The Triangle Lounge is located at 5920 Wrightsville Avenue, Wilmington, N.C. For those who don’t want to drive, a bus ($20 cost per person) will be leaving from Deckerz Grill in North Myrtle Beach, S.C. Log onto oceandrivehappens.com for information.
Author Dariel Bendin can be contacted on the Internet on MySpace (myspace.com/culturejunkie); Facebook, Live Blues World and Twitter (Twitter.com/darielb). ©2009 Dariel Bendin

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