Friday, September 29, 2017

Live Music: Langston Hughes III; Never Any Ordinary; Holy City Hullabaloo; Stevie Wonder tribute

Great shows to check out this week

Posted by Kelly Rae Smith, Alex Peeples and Heath Ellison on Fri, Sep 29, 2017 at 2:53 PM

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INDIE PUNK | Never Any Ordinary
w/ Paperback, HARM, Hollow Notes, Boardwalks
Fri. Sept. 29
8 p.m.
$5
Cory's Grilled Cheese

Will Manigault of 843Core Promotions has put on a lot of body-and-mind-altering metal shows at Cory's Grilled Cheese on James Island — he's even included a hip-hop emcee here and there so as to include an interesting mix of genres. Now he has his sights set on bringing more indie elements to the space. "I've done a few small shows like this but I really want to make an effort to bring more styles of music to Cory's and bring just as much a crowd as I do for the metal shows and make Cory's a home for all local music," he says. The show will feature North Carolina bands Paperback (Greensboro alt-emo rockers who released an EP in January called Guilty Veins), HARM (Wilkesboro post-hardcore — they recently went viral with a video of them performing in a grocery store), as well as new local acts Hollow Notes (Charleston alt screamo, or as they call it, "indie yelling" — they have a cool single up on YouTube called "To Whom it May Concern") and acoustic pop-punk act Boardwalks — the solo project of Spenser Dooley, former vocalist of defunct local pop-punk act One Hit Knock Out. He has a new EP called Something to Celebrate. Mt. Pleasant indie-punk act Never Any Ordinary will also perform, and they're a band noteworthy for many reasons — their crafty hooks and insane popularity at house shows, for one. But the guys are also very passionate about politics and LGBTQ issues, releasing the moody "Not My President" back in March and describing themselves as "a band made up of a bunch of queers." The four-piece, led by Sarah Murphy, dropped a new EP in April called Love Me, I'm Gross containing such tracks as the interestingly titled, DIY ditty, "I Crashed a Spaceship into Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth." Much like a house concert (but with way better food), this is an all-ages show. —Kelly Rae Smith FRIDAY

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TRIBUTE | Higher Ground: The Music of Stevie Wonder
w/ Quiana Parler, Charlton Singleton, & Friends
Fri. Sept. 29
8 p.m.
$19.50-$24.50
Charleston Music Hall

The minds behind the massively successful Living Off the Wall and Nothing Compares 2 U tributes to Michael Jackson and Prince are back, this time to pay homage to Stevie Wonder. The concert will once again be led by Charleston-based vocal powerhouse Quiana Parler and Charleston Jazz Orchestra conductor Charlton Singleton. "The city wanted us to hold another show after the Prince and Michael Jackson performances were so well received. Stevie seemed like the natural next step," says Singleton. "It's like someone told me when we first announced that we were doing his catalog, 'There's not one bad Stevie song.'" The set will be comprised of a number of Wonder's hits and will mostly focus on his work in the 1970s, including songs from Talking Book, Fulfillingness First Finale, and Songs in the Key of Life. Singleton promises that the band will do Wonder's songs full justice. "This band plays like a jackhammer, man," he says. "We understand that people want to hear our takes on those hits and that people are coming to dance all night. We've got you covered on that." —Alex Peeples FRIDAY

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PUNK | Holy City Hullabaloo
w/ The Toasters, Counterpunch, Mad Hatters, Duppies, Sibannac, Control This!, Hale Bopp Astronauts, Hybrid Mutants, Hearts on Fire, Sex Wax, Soda City Riot, Vorhees, The Prevalent, Hubris
Fri. Sept. 29/ 5:30 p.m., Sat. Sept. 30/ 3:45 p.m.
$12/one-day pass, $15/two-day pass
SK8 Charleston

Finally, the punks are taking over. Looking at the list of bands set to play second annual punk and ska festival Holy City Hullabaloo is like walking into a riff wonderland. Hardcore legacy holders Hybrid Mutants, well-read musicmakers Hubris, and sarcastic conspiracy theorists Hale Bopp Astronauts are going to be burning up the stage at the two-day event. "We decided to pick the bands we know have a draw and pick the bands that we know play a lot and have good shows," says event organizer Alex Hunter. And, while Hullabaloo is primarily repping local bands, touring acts Counterpunch and the Toasters are headlining. "Since [the Toasters] are veterans — they've been around since 1981 — we wanted to pick someone a little bit new-faced for the second night, so that's how we went with Counterpunch," says Hunter. The nights will be mostly distinguished by their genre. Friday night will focus on ska and Saturday eve will stick with punk, with a little bit of overlap between the two. "It's not straight ska and then straight punk," says Hunter. "There's going to be some punk acts on Friday and some ska acts on Saturday, as well." In classic underground tradition, the event will be held at the city's newest skate park, SK8 Charleston. —Heath Ellison FRIDAY

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ADULT CONTEMPORARY HEAD NOD | Langston Hughes III
w/ Big Daddy Kane
Mon. Oct. 2
7:30 p.m.
$40/individual, $80/VIP
Charleston Music Hall

The guys in Langston Hughes III deserve to open up for a big name like Big Daddy Kane. Langston members Herman "Chawle Dawk da Superstar" Rice and Chris "Maximillion" Witty have always been hard at work cultivating the local rap scene. Back when they were in golden-age rap trio Da Phlayva, they dropped the first nationally distributed local rap album (1994's Phlayva 4 Dem All), had a couple rap radio shows, and a local television show. And ever since the two rappers formed Langston Hughes III, with Da Moja DJ Cory B and Choc the Bully, they've proven that they're still building on their legacy. So, how did they start their second act? By putting rap music on Broad Street with their Merlot Moments series and creating a new sound they call Adult Contemporary Head Nod. "We got grown up," says Rice. "For hip-hop, especially, it's all about being cool. So, for us to try to come back like we're 20— that wouldn't be cool." While Langston has not released much music, they've hit the "cool" mark with every song they have dropped. "Karolina Shine An Old Kneegrow Spiritual" will make a believer out of anyone. The beat's loud and emotional without being rambunctious, and Rice and Witty's flows are old-school but don't sound dated. Langston has brought the golden age into modern times and it sounds great. In the near future, the band is hoping to keep their grown-up-hip-hop going by getting the Summerville Orchestra involved in future projects. "We're going to mesh hip-hop and classical music," says Rice. —Heath Ellison MONDAY


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