hillbilly classics, blues, country, and rockabilly, 8 p.m.
Over the past year, Charleston’s Shovels & Rope — Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent — have shared the stage with the Avett Brothers, Dave Matthews, Dawes, and Swell Season’s Glen Hansard. They delivered a star-making performance on The Late Show with David Letterman, and they played several top-tier music festivals — Austin City Limits, Sasquatch!, the Voodoo Music Experience. The husband-and-wife duo also won a couple of awards at last year’s Americana Music Awards, including a song of the year trophy for their catchy little ditty “Birmingham.” If 2013 was any indication, the rest of the nation is quickly learning what we here in the Holy City already know — Shovels & Rope is the best thing to come out of Charleston since shrimp and grits. Unfortunately, the band’s two-night stand at the Charleston Music Hall is sold out, although we’re holding out hope that a few more tickets might become available. At the very least, we’re praying a couple turn up on Craigslist. However, if you don’t have tickets for this show, there’s no need to cry. Cary Ann and Michael will be back in town to play a little international arts festival called Spoleto. Impressive. —Jordan Lawrence FRIDAY AND SATURDAY