MB ROAD TRIP!
Coming up at the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach: The Red Eye Country Show featuring Black Label kicks up dust on Wed. June 13; Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals jam with The Nightwatchman on Thurs. June 14; the fabulous Old Crow Medicine Show get down on Sun. June 17. Check the full schedule at www.hob.com.
JAZZ AT FIG: NO MORE
Local jazz combo Gradual Lean — currently comprised of guitarist Lee Barbour, drummer Quentin Baxter, and double-bassist Kevin Hamilton — have been gigging around the cafés, clubs, and campuses of the Lowcountry since forming in 1999. They were "into playing anything with style," as Baxter put it. "Anything goes with this band. We'll play anything from Rick James to Duke Ellington to African-American hymns." Fans have been able to catch Gradual Lean at weekly Tuesday evening gigs at FIG (at 232 Meeting St., 805-5900) and other downtown spots. Sadly, as announced this week, the Tues. night gigs have come to an end for now. FIG management confirmed the restaurant will discontinue any live music for the rest of the summer and probably the rest of the year. Gradual Lean will likely land another weekly gig in a new spot soon. Stay tuned...
DUB (FOLLY) ISLAND
Popular local troupe Dub Island Sound System have been jamming on an upbeat blend of drum 'n' bass, dancehall, roots, reggae, and dub for years. Most recently, they've played a series of gigs at the unimposing James Island venue Barrier Island Surf & Supply (at 2013 Folly Rd., 795-4545) on every other Saturday. They recently signed on for weekly Saturday afternoon sessions on Folly Island at the Tiki Bar in the Charleston on the Beach Holiday Inn venue (1 Center St.), from noon to 4 p.m. Featured MCs include Pappa Robbie, Rude Boy, Daddy Brady, Shawn Lagree, Dub Denizen, and others. Check www.dubislandsoundsystem.com for more, mon.
EXPLORERS CLUB SIGN
Congrats to the hard-touring, jivin' and twistin' Charleston guitar-pop sextet The Explorers Club. After traveling and gigging for a year behind a recently self-released EP, they've landed an official record deal, signing this month with indie label Secretly Canadian/Jagjaguwar's subsidiary imprint, Dead Oceans. The label plans to release a single this fall and a full-length album shortly after. Make Charleston proud, Explorers. Check out more at www.deadoceans.com and www.myspace.com/explorersclub for more. —T. Ballard Lesemann