Not So Little Rascals
The North Charleston Coliseum folks just announced that modern country act Rascal Flatts is set to perform a concert at the venue on Sat. Jan. 24 at 7:30 p.m. Headlining what's billed as "The Bob that Head Tour 2009," the award-winning, Nashville-based vocal group — Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus, and Joe Don Rooney — welcomes special guest Jessica Simpson (with Charleston-based pedal steel wiz Jay Jackson in tow!). This is only one of three Rascal Flatts shows in the Carolinas, including concerts Thurs. Jan. 22 at the BI-LO Center in Greenville and Fri. Jan. 23 at the LJVM Coliseum in Winston-Salem. Tickets go on sale on Sat. Dec. 13 via the box office, Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 843-554-6060, or at www.ticketmaster.com. Check out www.rascalflatts.com and www.coliseumpac.com for more.
Scorch the Porch at the Mill
Last week, Lynn and the gang at Park Circle tavern The Mill (1026 E. Montague Ave., 843-225-2650) kicked off a new weekly series called Scorch the Porch Wednesday, featuring all-you-can-eat-oysters and live music at 7 p.m. Acoustic players Megan Jean, Byrne Klay, and company will handle an organic mix of folk, Americana, and country on Wed. Dec. 10. Next week, singer/guitarist and acclaimed songstress Cary Ann Hearst and friends hit the porch on Wed. Dec. 17. Check out Music Board and visit www.myspace.com/themilllounge for more.
Stepping away from a battery of distortion pedals and oversized drums, the members of local rock band Number One Contender — vocalist Reid Johnson, guitarists Alan Price and Damon Jackson, bassist Jonathan Holt, and drummer Paul Huck — perform a free, all-acoustic show at J. Paul'z (1739 Maybank Hwy.) at 9 p.m. on Sat. Dec. 13. The band recently issued a new album titled Closer. This is NOC's last show of the year. Visit www.numberonecontender.com for more.
Legendary U.S. punks The Misfits (minus original lead singer Glenn Danzig) are scheduled to perform in Hilton Head at the Shoreline Ballroom on Wed. Dec. 10 with support from The Independents. The Misfits kicked off their "extended 30th anniversary tour" last summer, beginning with the Resurrection Fest in Spain and continuing with shows in the Czech Republic, South America, Mexico, and the U.S. Bassist Jerry Only is doing most of the singin' and growling these days. Tickets for the Hilton Head gig are $22. Check out www.misfits.com and www.shorelineballroom.com for more.
Free 'Fu at the Tavern
Local band Allnightkungfu hits the stage at the Village Tavern on Sat. Dec. 13 for three full sets of what singer/guitarist Stuart "Allnight" Johnson calls "Southern stoner-rock." Johnson, bassist "Kung Fu" Jerry Beale, drummer Marc "Killer" Keller, and guitarist Harry J. Morse might explore the outer acid-rock realms of things with their rough-edged and blues-powered riffs. There's no cover at the Tavern on Saturday. Visit www.allnightkungfu.com for more.
Tone Box: at Wired
This week, City Paper web editor Josh Curry noticed a cool feature on www.scbiznews.com (the bi-monthly news page from SCBIZ magazine) announcing the recent success of Charleston-based web entrepreneur Jason Bradford, whose web-based music label Tone Box Digital was selected as a finalist in the Wired small-business competition. Months ago, Wired issued a call for up-and-coming small businesses "aligned with its mentality" to enter the competition. Bradford launched Tone Box Digital in 2004 and currently works with over 30 artists. He is the only finalist in the competition from the South. There is a $40,000-value prize that includes a write-up in Wired, equipment, and cash. Visit www.toneboxdigital.com and www.wired.com for more.
Volcano Suns on CD
N.C. indie label Merge Records recently announced plans to re-release the first two albums from Boston's legendary underground rock trio Volcano Suns — a noisy and joyfully unrefined band led by drummer/singer Peter Prescott, of Mission of Burma fame. Originally released on the acclaimed indie label Homestead in the mid '80s, The Bright Orange Years (which included the band's college radio "hit" song "Jak") and All Night Lotus Party have never before been available on CD. Both albums have been re-mastered by engineer Bob Weston — a longtime member of the band and a busy audio engineer in his own right. Due on Jan. 27, both albums include bonus tracks from out-of-print seven-inch records, radio sessions, and demos. The Suns were one of a handful of cool Boston bands to ever perform at the long-gone Club Dog Alley on King Street back in the day. Read more at www.mergerecords.com and www.myspace.com/volcanosuns for more. —T. Ballard Lesemann