Willie Nelson will be bringing his smoked-out tour bus to the Family Circle Stadium on May 8, and bluegrass greats Alison Krauss and Union Station (with Jerry Douglas) and rowdy Americana act The Devil Makes Three will be joining him. Tickets are $36.25-$92.60, and they're on sale now via Ticketmaster or by calling (800) 745-3000.
Lest you think only the Red-headed Stranger could bring the Lowcountry back to the days before earbuds and downloads, the classic rock band REO Speedwagon ("I Can't Fight This Feeling," "Take it on the Run") is playing the North Charleston Performing Arts Center on May 10. That band, for what it's worth, is nearly 50 years old. Tickets are $49.50-$70.25. For more information or to buy tickets, visit northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com.
Monster Music and Movies' annual Charleston Record Expo is set for Sat. March 15. Thousands of vinyl records will be available for purchase. Retailers from across the Eastern seaboard will be happy to talk you into a buying a record in between bites of Moose's Mobile BBQ. The Expo starts at 10 a.m. and admission is free.
If you're an Anglophile or just a fan of good music, Jake Bugg will play at Monster on Thurs. March 20. Bugg is an up-and-coming British singer-songwriter whose sound harkens back to such time-honored acts as Donovan, Neil Young, and the Kinks. The Monster show is his only regional appearance in the U.S. while he's promoting his second full album, Shangri-La. The 3 p.m. show is free.
Both events will be held at Monster Music, located at 946 Orleans Road across from Citadel Mall.
Charleston's Elise Testone, who's enjoyed a solid run of performances on the national stage since becoming an American Idol finalist in 2012, will be heading to the Bluegrass State's famed Churchill Downs for the annual Kentucky Derby weekend, May 2-3. The soulful singer is part of Derby Experiences, the Kentucky Derby's celebrity-entertainment program that features performances, parties, and, we imagine, an ungodly number of mint juleps. "I'm very excited and honored to be asked," Testone says. "I'm thrilled to bring some Charleston-influenced music to the Derby."
In addition to performing, Testone will attend the Fillies and Lilies party the night before the races. She's one of the event's celebrities, along with a few Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders (seriously). We wonder if she'll be rubbing elbows with Wynonna Judd, the party's headlining entertainment.
Either way, we're glad the Derby is welcoming our hometown girl. Here's to Elise's own night at the races.
It seems like only yesterday Rachel Kate Gillon burst onto the Holy City music scene as the feisty singer for the hard-rocking combo the Shaniqua Brown, and, well, like half an hour ago when she released her debut solo disc With Love and Hate from Rachel Kate. Which is why it's a surprise that the spitfire seamstress and singer-songwriter was saying arrivederci to Chucktown. We were just getting to know her as an artist. Case in point: Her killer, spooky-ooky video for her single "Lost." It's a strange and twisted affair involving demon lovers, ill-fated weddings, and the creepiest boat ride around.
A native of Music City U.S.A., Rachel Kate says the move back home has been in the works for some time now. "I've known for a long while I wanted to move back to Nashville at some point in my life. It just didn't seem like quite the right time, like I needed to gain a little more strength or something," Rachel Kate says. "The main reason for my move is, first and foremost, family."
Of course, opportunity awaits in Music City. "Nashville ain't a bad place to come home to either. It's a pretty happening spot for sure, so I'd be lying if I said it wasn't for both." She adds, "You know I can't stay away from Charleston long, so I'll be back to visit and play. Charleston has been so very good to me."