The Triple Play: benefits gigs and metal dudes 

Great shows to catch in Charleston, Dec. 10-12

On tip of the next wave of holiday parties, there's plenty happening in the music clubs this weekend — especially at several key benefit shows.

On Fri. Dec. 10, two notable fundraisers are set for both sides of town.

The Benefit for Leslie at the Windjammer on the Isle of Palms features the Holy City Heartbreakers, a local supergroup comprised of members of Leslie and other local bands, playing the Music of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Proceeds go directly to Leslie's band fund. $10 donations will be requested at the door.

Across town at the Pour House on James Island, acclaimed indie songwriter Ben Bridwell of Band of Horses presents the Benefit for the Andy Kotowicz Family Foundation with his project Birdsmell and Friends and special guest Holopaw (from Gainesville, Fla.). Kotowicz, a Sub Pop records staffer, was killed in a recent car accident. Proceeds benefit the foundation set up for the family. Admissions is $25

Metal fans should be excited to see Phoenix-based band Soulfly at Jimbo's Rock Lounge on sat. Dec. 11. The band features former Sepultura guitarist Max Cavelara (the guy with the killer dreads). The band is on the final leg of its Omen World Tour (they've already hit China, Russia, Europe, and the U.K.). They headline with support from Straight-Line Stitch, Incite, and guests. Music starts at 8 p.m. Admission is $17, $15 (in advance).

Charleston bar band the Cool hosts their annual holiday fundraiser — the Cool Yule Xmas Party — on Sun. Dec. 12 on Folly Beach at the Sand Dollar. They've invited a variety of rock acts, including the Hed Shop Boys, ThunderKings, the BBQ Bros., Hey Rocco, and other musical guests. The nearby Tides Folly Beach hotel will be offering special rates the night of the show as well. All proceeds benefit the Toys for Tots organization. Festivities start at 4 p.m. A buffet will be provided by Piggly Wiggly. A brand-new toy or a $10 donation is requested at the door.


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