On the Spot
Local musician Ray Evanoff (of the New Music Collective) recently collaborated with a group of colleagues to organize a festival of improvised music this Fri. Aug. 17 and Sat. Aug. 18 from 6-10:30 p.m. at St. Mark's Episcopal Church (16 Thomas St.). "We're focusing on performing and presenting experimental music in the Charleston area," says Evanoff. "We've organized a festival of non-idiomatic 'free' improvisation." Featured performers include J.K. Brogan, Kieran Daly, Sam Sfirri, and Ron Wiltrout — all of whom are known for their work with the New Music Collective and in the Charleston jazz scene. Special guests include percussionist Ian Davis and saxophonist Jack Wright. Tickets are available for $5 at the door each evening ($7 two-night passes are available). Visit www.maltedmilk.org/non for more.
CITY PAPER BASH
Things are taking shape for the Charleston City Paper's 10th birthday event on Wed. Aug. 22 at the Windjammer. A wild variety of live rock music kicks off at 7 p.m. and carries on through the night on the main stage and outside on the deck. The lineup features 11 local acts — Leslie, Jay Clifford & Friends (of Jump, Little Children), The Archetypes (backed by special guests) The Sound Affects (featuring members of Velveeeta), Cary Ann Hearst, The Graham Whorley Band, Sol Driven Train, Peter Alvanos (formerly of The Ferns, Honey Wagon, currently with Fabulous Bird), The Stiff Joints, Rik Cribb & The Problems, Uncle Mingo, The Cutlines (featuring the extreme and frightening talents of members of the City Paper staff!), and Jack & Tyler (featuring members of Playlist) — who'll each play 25-40 minute sets. It's free and open to the public (21 and up). See www.the-windjammer.com for more.
Great Music in your Backyard
One look at the City Paper's Music Board confirms that our local music scene is more than alive and well — it's thriving. Every Monday at 7 p.m., CP staff writer Stratton Lawrence hosts "The Local Dive" on RadioFreeCharleston.com, an hour-long program packed with tracks by unsigned regional artists and information about upcoming shows. Each week, he'll feature a performer with an in-studio acoustic performance. If you're interested in getting your band or solo act featured, or would like to submit an album or recording for airplay consideration, contact the host at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tune in, and then go out and support the local scene!