Getting Heavy on East Bay 

The Metal Monday's 'live band karaoke' comes alive

While the rest of the block along East Bay Street and the Market was totally dead, things were slamming at Wet Willie's during the second installment of Metal Monday's new weekly series. It's official: after a year of banging around on James Island, Metal Monday has reclaimed downtown with a thunderous "bam!" and wicked-bad "whap!" The house band was comprised of guitarist/keyboardist and ringleader Josh Kaler, drummer Jack Burg, and bassist Donnie Polk, who's filling in during the first weeks for Jonathan Gray while he's on the road. Normally playing under the band name "Haireoke," they hollered at the audience, "Tonight our new name is Bitch Wolf!" Maybe their will change each week until Gray returns. A mix of enthusiastic F&B metalheads, college students, tourists, and foxy ladies signed up to sing — and most of them rocked the mic better than expected. Even if they flubbed the arrangements or cracked the high notes, the band bolstered them through the rest of the song. More alt-metal tunes came up than in previous settings — stuff like Metallica's "For Whom the Bell Tolls," Alice in Chains' "Man in the Box," and The Darkness' "I Believe in a Thing Called Love." Get more info at

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