MB Road Trip!
Coming up at the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach: Hawthorne Heights headline the "Nintendo Fusion Tour" event on Wed. Oct. 11; Phish axeman Trey Anastasio jams it up on Sat. Oct. 14. A reunited Alice in Chains – on tour behind a new best-of collection titled The Essential Alice in Chains – hit the club on Fri. Oct. 20 with replacement lead singer William Duvall (of Comes With The Fall). Georgia peach Gregg Allman returns with his latest band on Sun. Oct. 22 (look for an exclusive interview in next week's issue). Check the full schedule at www.hob.com.
Metal Monday: On
For over two years, one of the most popular karaoke events in town has been Cumberland's weekly "Heavy Metal Karaoke," with house band "Hair-e-oke" backing whoever was brave or inebriated enough to step up. Recently, guitarist/singer and acting emcee Ward Williams (formerly of Jump) split town for N.Y.C., so these days, the band consists of bassist Jonathan Gray and drummer Evan Bivins (both also formerly of Jump), and guitarists Josh Kaler (of Slow Runner) and Chris McLernon (of Weird Science). "Since we said good-bye to Wardie, I've pretty much stepped into the ringleader spot," says McLernon, who played previously in the actual L.A. metal band Saigon Kick. "It's basically the same band and set list, with a few new tunes. Singers should get in touch with their suggestions!" Check www.myspace.com/mondaymetalmonday for more.
The rascals at Chord & Pedal are set to present a frightening music event called "Nite of the Damned" at Cumberland's on Sat. Oct. 28 with live music from The Spooks (possibly The Specs?), Scary Ann's Hearse (maybe Cary Ann Hearst and friends?), and Back Stabbath featuring Boo Carson (perhaps Bill Carson?). Check www.chordandpedal.com for more.
ACTION PACKED II
"Little Steven's Underground Garage Rolling Rock 'n' Roll Show" returns to the Music Farm on Tues. Oct. 24 with a new lineup of acts, including Detroit rockers The Romantics (remember those catchy tunes, "What I Like About You," "Talking in Your Sleep," and "One in a Million"?), Chicago's Shadows of Knight (best known for their 1966 garage rock classic "Gloria"), and Boston-based garage band The Charms, along with to-be-announced local support. See www.littlestevensundergroundgarage.com for the real bomp.