HOLIDAY SWING CONCERT
Here's a cool reminder: the Jazz Artists of Charleston (JAC) celebrate the holiday season this week with an elegant program at the Charleston Music Hall (37 John St., (843) 853-2252) on Wed. Nov. 26 at 7 p.m. called Holiday Swing (City Paper "picked" it in last week's calendar pages). Produced by Jack McCray, the event marks the debut of the Charleston Jazz Orchestra, led by trumpeter Charlton Singleton. The program features seasonal hits as well as selections from Duke Ellington's reworking of Tchaikovsky's fairy tale/ballet The Nutcracker (originally arranged with the help of Billy Strayhorn in 1960). Tickets are available for $40 at the door or by phone at (800) 514-3849. Proceeds benefit JAC and the Charleston Jazz Initiative. Visit www.charlestonmusichall.com and www.jazzartistsofcharleston.org for more.
EAGLES TIX: PRICEY
Tickets for The Eagles concert scheduled for Fri. Jan. 16 at the North Charleston Coliseum went on sale last week for $77, $112, $165, and $191. Billed as the Long Road Out of Eden Tour the gig features four of the main dudes — guitarist/singer Glenn Frey, drummer/singer Don Henley, guitarist/singer Joe Walsh, and bassist/singer Timothy B. Schmit — with accompaniment. Tickets are available via the box office, Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at (843) 554-6060, or online at www.ticketmaster.com. Visit www.eaglesband.com and www.coliseumpac.com for more.
CORD/CHORD & PEDAL
While they might have lost their web domain "Chordandpedal.com" over the last year, the local musical collective Chord & Pedal remains alive and full of kick. Just listed this week on the club's web site, the Music Farm announced that the Cord & Pedal's 6th Annual Christmas Ball is set for Sat. Dec. 20. Yep, that's "Cord" for sure. "The new spelling is correct," says organizer Kevin Hanley. "I plan on getting a web page back up to promote the show and some forthcoming albums, but some internet snakes grabbed my old domain name and won't sell it back to me. I figured I'd 'drop the h.'" So far, the lineup includes members of local band The Films, Cary Ann Hearst, Harrison Ray, The Specs, and Lindsay Holler. There's more to come as this event takes shape. Who else is playing on stage? Who's dressing up as Santa? Will anyone show up in a 1970s polyester necktie? Stay tuned ...
DO THE SHUFFLE
Charlotte-based music quarterly Shuffle Magazine — a newly-established print and web zine covering underground/alternative music in and around both Carolinas — published its fourth issue this month. City Paper music section contributor Bryan Reed is the mag's assistant editor. "There's good stuff in here," he reports. "I wrote my first cover story ever about the Rosebuds and more stuff that you may or may not have ever heard of — stuff that after reading issue four we hope you'll proudly boast you have heard of." Visit www.shufflezine.tv for more.
FUNKY SOUL AT THE PAC
There'll be some great soul, R&B, and funk at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center on Sat. Jan. 17 when the '70s Soul Jam goes down at 8 p.m. Aside from his famous actor son, headliner Cuba Gooding Sr. is best known as the lead singer of '70s soul band The Main Ingredient, whose hits include "Everybody Plays the Fool," "Rolling Down the Mountainside," and "I Just Don't Want to Be Lonely." Also on the bill are veteran soul acts The Stylistics, Heatwave, and The Manhattans. Tickets are available now for $43.50 and $37.50. Check www.coliseumpac.com for the low-down.
GOSPEL AT THE PAC
Gospel music fans may be interested in an upcoming show at the NCPAC. Veteran inspirational act the Gaither Vocal Band — featuring Grammy Award-winning vocalist and producer Bill Gaither — present The Lovin' Live Tour 2009 on Sat. Jan. 31 at 8 p.m. "Our audiences over the years have been so gracious and supportive that now, more than 40 years after quitting our day jobs, we are still shaking our heads at how far beyond our imagination this path has taken us," Gaither stated in a press release. Tickets are available for $38.50 and $28.50. Visit www.gaither.com or www.coliseumpac.com for more info.
THREE NIGHTS OF 'FORMATION
Georgia jam band Outformation has been touring the nation and selling out venues across the country in support of their second album, Traveler's Rest. Led by longtime Widespread Panic associate Sam Holt on lead guitar (he officially left his longtime post as guitar tech for Panic last year), the band is set for a three-nighter at the Pour House leading up to New Year's Eve. Holt and company share the stage with Dangermuffin on Mon. Dec. 29. Sol Driven Train opens the show on Tues. Dec. 30. Outformation concludes the stint on New Year's Eve with two full sets. Check out www.charlestonpourhouse.com and www.foryouroutformation.com for more. —T. Ballard Lesemann