New Orleans ragtime aficionado Luke Winslow-King is swinging by the Royal American on Mon. May 13, and judging by his new album, The Coming Tide, it's a must-see gig if you're a fan of old-timey, shoe-shuffling songs, Charlie Chaplin movies, and brown-bag bath-tub hooch.
“I think living in New Orleans and being surrounded by a lot of older music just gets you into trying to speak the language and not trying to write something retro,” Winslow-King says. “We try to view it as a living form and write new songs to keep it that way and also try to do your part to make sure you know the original melodies and where things are coming from. And also really dig deeper and get into understanding the rhythmic sensibilities people had back then.”
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The Mezz officially opened on July 19 with two performances by Baxter and his jazz combo. The club served drinks from a full bar and food the Sermet’s menu. Baxter and his bandmates will perform every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening through the summer. Other local and national jazz acts are expected on the Mezz schedule as well. Reservations for the evening performances are encouraged. Call 843-853-4515 and visit mezzdowntown.com for more.
The venue's web pages says they’ll be “catering to the young professionals of the Lowcountry who are looking for great drinks in a great atmosphere.” So far, the music schedule features a variety of turntablists and party hosts including DJ Vacay, DJ Vincent, DJ Illectrik, and DJ Phamtastik. Trivia nights and karaoke are in the mix, too.
The Windjammer opened as a basic beach tavern in 1972 under the management of Malcolm Burgis and his brother James. Current manager and co-owner Bobby Ross came to work at the club as a bartender in 1980. In the early ’80s, the Jammer started booking a regular rotation of local rock, blues, and country bands along with some big-name touring acts. It underwent a total rebuilding after Hurricane Hugo struck the island in 1989, and it’s been at full steam ever since.
On Sat. July 21, the Windjammer will present a classic Charleston rock showcase billed as the “first of two 40-year celebrations.” It will feature a roster of old-school musicians who played at the Jammer back in the day. Power trio the Killer Whales — singer/guitarist David Bethany, bassist Jim Blakeslee, and drummer Murphy Pitts — were one of Charleston’s most accomplished and original New Wave bands in the late ’70s and early ’80s. They’ll headline the bash at 9 p.m. Veteran blues/soul-rock band Johnny Mac and the BootyRanch, local Americana songwriter Ed Hunnicutt, and bar-rock band Free Mountain Standstill (a local act from the late ’70s) share the bill. The music starts on the deck at 4 p.m.
On Sat. Aug. 11, Georgia-based jamgrass/groove-rock band Jupiter Coyote will headline the second showcase. Splitting their base between North Carolina and Georgia lead singer/guitarist John Felty and the band were a mainstay at the Windjammer throughout the 1990s and 2000s. The band plays select tour dates these days. Advance tickets for both anniversary events are available for $12.
Visit the-windjammer.com for more info.
Local music collective Awendaw Green’s head honcho Eddie White also announced he was ending a concert series at the venue. Awendaw Green launched a bi-weekly Awendaw Green at the Hippodrome in April. “A mutual decision was made to re-organize the series and find another downtown venue,” White says. “After much searching, I wasn’t able to find a space that worked and we have moved the remaining shows to Wednesday evening Barn Jams [in Awendaw], and may do an occasional downtown show at the Circular Church.”