Rockin' on the Point
Weekly harbor-side music series Rockin' at the Point continues this Fri. June 20 at the Charleston Harbor Resort (20 Patriots Point Blvd. in Mt. Pleasant) with funky tunes from the rambunctious and unpredictable collective Occasional Milkshake, featuring singer/guitarist Mark Bryan and multi-instrumentalist Gary Greene (both of Hootie & The Blowfish) bassist/guitarist Hank Futch (of The Blue Dogs), and special guests. This country-fried side project is a popular inside gem among Hootie and Blue Dogs fans in the Charleston area. Bryan recently completed a tour in support of a new solo album titled End of the Front. The party starts at 6 p.m. Visit www.markbryanmusic.com and www.charlestonharborresort.com for more.
Now in its seventh year, the massive Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, Tenn. kicked off on Thurs. June 12 and ended on Sun. June 15. City Paper is grateful that local corespondent Keith Grybowski (a "50 year-old father with a son who lives for music") and his 17-year-old son were in their second year of attendance. Last week, Grybowski attended a press conference with guitarist Mike McCready of Pearl Jam and drummer Lars Ulrich of Metallica and reported back: "It gave some interesting insight into the mindset of music legends Mike McCready and Lars Ulrich as they prepared for their first performance at the Bonnaroo festival. As to preparation for the shows, it was to be on-the-fly, fluid, and guided by the nature of the crowd. McCready alluded to the fact that there were five or six songs Pearl Jam could play, even if they were brain dead. Ulrich noted that his band had been playing music festivals throughout Europe for the past 10 years with similar multi-optioned music formats. He was happy that the format was becoming popular in the United States. That is the beauty of Bonnaroo: a chance to taste something new." Look for a full festival review in the music section online this week, and visit www.bonnaroo.com for more.
Athfest 2008 Kicks Off in Georgia
Speaking of hot, humid, musically diverse Southern events, the 12th annual AthFest Music Festival & Conference is set for June 18-22 in downtown Athens, Ga. Organizers highlight mostly local bands and solo artists on several outdoor stages and local music venues such as the 40 Watt Club, the Caledonia Lounge, Flicker Theatre, The Georgia Theatre, The Go Bar, and Tasty World, among others. Headlining acts on the outdoor stages include Outformation, Dark Meat, The Modern Skirts, and Dubconcious. The local alt-weekly Flagpole Magazine (www.flagpole.com) holds their Flagpole Athens Music Awards on Thurs. June 19. Athens-based record label Ghostmeat (www.ghostmeat.com) recently released a 19-song compilation disc featuring veteran and up-and-coming rock, pop, and jam bands — from Five-Eight and Lona to Perpetual Groove and Kenosha Kid. Visit www.athfest.com for full details.
Big & Bad: Toby Keith
Billed as "the biggest and baddest party of 2008," country superstar Toby Keith's Biggest & Baddest Tour (presented by Ford F-Series) visits the Charleston area on Sun. June 29 with a concert at the North Charleston Coliseum. This year's tour is in support of Toby's 35 Biggest Hits collection which features his new single, "She's a Hottie." Special guests include Kentucky-born act Montgomery Gentry (led by Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry), Nashville country newcomers Carters Chord (featuring the Robinson sisters — Becky, Emily, and Joanna), lady vocalist Mica Roberts (based in Nashville by way of Oklahoma), and hillbilly-painted Nashville trio Trailer Choir. Tickets are on sale for $55, $39.75, and $20 at www.ticketmaster.com, the North Charleston Coliseum box office, or by phone at (843) 554-6060. Visit www.coliseumpac.com and tobykeith.musiccitynetworks.com.
Joy Ride Karaoke
Busy local cover band Joy Ride recently added a new dimension to their performances: audience participation on stage. Modeled after the weekly Heavy Metal Karaoke events (which continue at the Pour House on Mondays), Joy Ride guides and supports the wannabe rock stars as they attempt their best Pat Benatar, Steve Perry, Neil Diamond, and Axl Rose impersonations. The band's core lineup currently features keyboardist Miles Bryan, co-lead singers Caitlin Cahill and Jourdan Laws, and guitarist/bassist Kevin Kless. Several weeks ago, they kicked off a weekly Thursday night "live band karaoke" event in North Chuck at Wings Bar & Grill (2110 Greenridge Ave., 843-824-9464) in which bargoers can sign up to sing the lead vocal parts with the band on stage. Last week, they added another weekly karaoke-styled gig to the schedule: Wednesday nights at Trayce's Too in West Ashley (2578 Ashley River Road, 843-556-2378). Visit www.myspace.com/joyrideparty for the song lists, updates, and info. —T. Ballard Lesemann