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Last week, local jazz trumpeter and bandleader Kevin Hackler and his combo said good-bye to their weekly downtown gig at Chai's Lounge & Tapas (at 462 King St.). "Management has decided to not feature live music anymore," says the horn player. "It has been a wonderful experience. On behalf of the band and myself, I would like to thank all of you that came out to support us on so many occasions." Still keeping busy in the downtown circuit, Hackler leads a trio at Mercato (102 N. Market St.) on Friday evenings and plays in a duo setting at High Cotton (199 East Bay St.) on Wednesdays and Thursdays. His new studio album is titled Absalon (see review on p. 67). Check out for more. —T. Ballard Lesemann

Busy local cover band Joy Ride have made a few adjustments to their lineup this season. Bassist/vocalist Jeff Calafiore, keyboardist Miles Bryant, and singer Caitlin Cahill recently welcomed guitarist Kevin Kless and drummer Josh Reynolds into the fold. Joni Siekawitch recently stood in on vocals (she's currently with a group called Big Bang), as did Sarah Tribuna. Former vocalist London Weidberg (ex-Sold Out) has grabbed the mic stand at recent shows as well. "We are looking for new girl singers at the moment," reports Cahill. "Maybe you could put that in there and have them e-mail me" Joy Ride presses ahead this month with an established weekly gig at Necter Bar & Grill (951 Folly Road), starting Thurs. July 12. Look for them this Fri. July 6 at the Wild Wing in Mt. Pleasant. Visit for more. —TBL

Fresh off of the first Asheville Music Jamboree a month ago, hilly getaway Deerfields is hosting another rager this weekend as Sound Tribe Sector 9 return to the site of their legendary Harmonic Convergence festivals to host Re:Generation. Featuring two full shows and an afternoon set from the Atlanta-bred, Santa Cruz, Calif.-based electronafunksters, the festival also features Dubconscious, Telefon Tel Aviv, and the Benevento/Russo Duo. Considering that the Duo and STS9 both rocked Charleston's face off last fall, Re:Generation sounds like a worthy road trip to our neighbor on top. Check out for more. —Stratton Lawrence

Charleston rock trio A Decent Animal are currently on tour out West supporting locally-connected Sub Pop recording artists Band of Horses (led by S.C. native and main songwriter Ben Bridwell). Decent singer/guitarist Jonathan Nicholson, bassist/guitarist/singer Richard Weld, and drummer/keyboardist George Baerreis already reached Vancouver and Seattle and head down the West Coast with the Horses this week. Wish 'em a safe journey. See and for more. —TBL

Immensely popular groove/rock quintet O.A.R are back on tour supporting their latest, Live From Madison Square Garden — a two-disc CD and DVD package which includes the 90-minute feature film, Behind The Backline as well as footage from a recent Madison Square Garden performance. O.A.R. are partnered with CLIF Bar and their GreenNotes campaign "promoting environmental awareness by using biodiesel to fuel tour buses, using recycled paper and soy-based inks for printed materials, and providing organic cotton merchandise options for fans." The band share the stage with Augustana at the Family Circle Magazine Stadium at 8 p.m. on Fri. July 20. Tickets are available for $29.50 at Visit for more. —TBL

Bands: While most venues are on top of things enough to call, e-mail, or fax us a weekly or monthly schedule and updates, some aren't quite so on the ball. If you've scheduled a show somewhere in town — double-check with us about it and send us the details. Our weekly Music Board offers a free listing to any musical act in the Charleston area. Our readers rely on it weekly. Let us know who, when, and where. Contact the music desk by e-mail at Deadline for each issue (published on Wednesdays) is the previous Friday at 5 p.m. Thanks! —TBL


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