Kenny Chesney, ZZ Top, Blues by the Sea, Marshall Tucker Band, Rik Cribb 

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Chesney injures foot, show goes on

Country superstar Kenny Chesney's 2008 Poets and Pirates Tour finally came to Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia on Sat. April 26, with over 44,000 fans in attendance. Unfortunately, during the first song of his set, a malfunction with the stage risers led to a bizarre mishap. City Paper writer Greg Hambrick was there. "Just seconds after his band started playing, he got his foot caught in the platform as he was rising in the middle of the field," Hambrick reported. "The jumbo screens showed Chesney pulling at the strap on his foot while the band kept playing 'Live Those Songs Again.' While some fans wondered if he'd be able to perform at all, Chesney picked up with the last verse of the song and struggled through the nearly two-hour set, hobbling from one end of the large stage to the other. Around the fifth song, stagehands brought out a stool, but it served as a table for Chesney's cocktail for most of the night. He may have been suffering through it for the fans — but it was pretty painful to watch." Visit www.kennychesney.com and our Feedback File blog at music.ccpblogs.com for more.

Tres Gringos: Boogie At The Performing Arts Center

Grab the cheap sunglasses — ZZ Top is solid for a concert at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center. Guitarist Billy Gibbons, bassist Dusty Hill, and drummer Frank Beard — the original threesome that formed the band in Houston in 1970 — will visit town on Sun. June 8. Tickets go on sale for $76 (plus applicable service fees) Fri. May 2 at 10 a.m. via the box office, Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at (843) 554-6060, or online at ww.ticketmaster.com. Eagle Rock Entertainment will release ZZ Top's first-ever live concert DVD ZZ Top: Live From Texas on June 24. Additional interview footage shows the bandmates discussing the evolution of their band over a game of poker. City Paper's request for the North Charleston show: a "Waitin' For The Bus" into "Jesus Just Left Chicago" two-fer (just like on classic FM radio!), an extended rendition of "Sharp Dressed Man," and a few extra Billy G slide leads. "Visit www.zztop.com and www.coliseumpac.com for more.

Blues By The Sea IV

The fourth annual Blues by the Sea event is set to boogie on Sat. May 10 with performances by local blues-rock champs Rev. Dr. Johnny Mac & The Booty Ranch, Gruenling & Guyger (doing a tribute to blues harmonica great Little Walter Jacobs), Texas swamp blues act Randy McAllister, and Chicago-based blues combo Eddie Shaw & The Wolf Gang (they tore it up in town during the recent Lowcountry Blues Bash). Presented by the Town of Kiawah Accommodations Tax Committee, Bill & Marilyn Blizard (of Kiawah Friends of the Blues), and the Lowcountry Blues Bash, the event takes place at the bucolic Mingo Point, located just outside the main gates of Kiawah Island (45 minutes southeast of downtown) from 2-8 p.m. Free admission. Check out www.bluesbash.com/kiawah for more.

Big Jams At Riverfront Park On The Fourth Of July

Last summer, country/pop singer Lee Greenwood headlined North Charleston's annual July 4th festivities at Riverfront Park (1001 Everglades Drive, bordered by Noisette Creek), along with a massive fireworks show over the Cooper River. This year, it looks like Spartanburg's very own Marshall Tucker Band are set to headline in the early evening, with support from vintage rock/soul act The Drifters and others to be added to the bill. Replete with flute, multiple guitar solos, and dense vocal harmonies, the Marshall Tucker Band are considered to be a pioneering jam band. Their biggest hits include "Heard It in a Love Song," "Fire on the Mountain," and "Can't You See." Shout Factory recently released a three-disc DVD/CD live set titled Carolina Dreams Tour '77. Visit www.marshalltucker.com for more.

Charleston's Rik Cribb In Kuwait!

Longtime local musician Rik Cribb (frontman of pop/rock combo The Problems and the reunited ska-rock band SWZBXX) has been working with a private company in Kuwait City since early March. He's almost through with the project and aims to be back in the swing in Charleston by late spring. He recently sent City Paper a small stack of groovy/sandy snapshots (check 'em out online at music.ccpblogs.com). Cribb also recently performed a solo acoustic set at the American embassy building — and booked a follow-up gig there for Thurs. May 8. The music department wondered if Cribb had played a version of Ray Stevens' "Ahab the Arab" at a Kuwait City "open mic" night yet. "No, but I have a copy of it believe it or not," he said last week. "I'm trying to get a gig at the Hard Rock here. I brought a mobile studio with me, and I'm trying to tap into that Middle Eastern sound. Stay tuned. Tell Chucktown I said 'Hola' from Kuwait City. Word up. Ahsal habibi." —T. Ballard Lesemann


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