Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Shakedown on the horizon, 6/21

Posted by T. Ballard Lesemann on Wed, Jun 18, 2008 at 2:30 PM

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One of our homeboys has a busy weekend ahead of him, In addition to his weekly writing duties, longtime City Paper staff writer Stratton Lawrence (pictured at left with his band) will present a 13-band local music showcase called “Summer Shakedown at the Local Dive” at the Pour House on Sat. June 21. Last December, Lawrence and RadioFreeCharleston presented the first “Shakedown” at the Pour House with performances from Justin Burke, Haley Shaw & Friends, Geoff Cormier, Kelly Cheats, Po’Ridge, Daniel Davis, Elise Testone, Dangermuffin, and others. The gig drew over 250 people. As with the previous event, Lawrence encouraged all the bands to highlight their original material and to invite local guest musicians to come up and play.

“You can go out and see something incredible at least six nights a week if you go to the far reaches of the Charleston area,” says Lawrence. “Our music scene is thriving. All the time, I hear people say the music scene is weak … it’s suffering … we need some good music here. If you don’t think the music scene is good in Charleston right now, you’re simply not paying attention.”

This Saturday’s event features sets on the outside deck stage and the main stage inside from Magic Bronson, Elise Testone (pictured) & The Art of Soul, The Louie D. Project, Dangermuffin, Quasiphonics, Three Piece & A Biscuit, Reid Stone, Justin Burke & Small World, Kentucky Shoes, Green Levels, Jamisun, Sean Waterman — and Stratton himself.

Sponsors include Fiery Ron’s Home Team BBQ, Barberitos, Ad-Naps (who are providing compostable plates, cutlery, and cups), and the City Paper.

“Everything here is high quality,” he says of this Saturday’s roster. “We’ve got reggae, funk, acoustic songwriters, country, and Americana. Of these 13 bands, only five have already played at the Pour House, so it’ll be a great experience for them as well. The cover charge is only $12 — that’s less than a dollar an act. The food will be cheap and served in a buffet style [from 6-8 p.m.], thanks to Cuban restaurant El Bohio. The deck is ready to go. A lot of these bands already play around town for five-dollar or seven-dollar covers or more, so there’s definitely some bang for the buck.”

Check out more at Stratton's own weblog, The Truffula Seed.

(photos by Robert T. Ried)

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