News and Events from Charleston's Music Community 


Joe Strummer: The Movie

Billed as "the definitive documentary about The Clash and late singer/guitarist Joe Strummer," British rockumentary The Future Is Unwritten opened in Charleston for a one-week run at the Terrace Theatre (1956-D Maybank Hwy. (843) 762-9494) on Fri. Dec. 14 (there are still a few days to catch it!). It was released in the U.K. in May. Directed by London-based filmmaker Julien Temple (best known for 1980's Sex Pistols mish-mash The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle), the film digs into Strummer's experiences before, during, and after The Clash's rise and fall throughout the original punk era — from his time in London pub band The 101ers through his more recent solo work. See for more.

The Killer Shall Return

Rock 'n' boogie legend Jerry Lee Lewis fell ill just before his big show at the Charleston Music Hall, scheduled for Sat. Dec. 8. He and The Killer Band have rescheduled a make-up gig for Sat. Jan. 26. Proceeds from the show will benefit the MUSC Children's Hospital. Check out and

O.C. Steps Out

Local rapper/frontman O.C. (a.k.a. Owen West) is best known locally for his work with the combos Ace & O.C. and The Kevin West Band, but he's fixing to bust some soulful solo action. O.C. has a big gig coming up at the Village Tavern on Sat. Dec. 29. "I'll be doin' my first show as a solo act at the Tavern, and my backup band is going to be New Image with Kevin [his older brother] on the bass," O.C. reports. Check out for more.

Hot Biscuits and Jams

This Sat. Dec. 22, the Pour House presents a hot night of bluegrass and folk music with Steven Sandifer & Friends. Multi-instrumentalist Sandifer (currently of Charleston Heritage Entertainment) will introduce two new groups. His own will feature members of the Carolina-born/Nashville-based bluegrass quintet the Biscuit Boys and The Drew Emmitt Band. The Barrier Islands Bluegrass Band is comprised of members of Flatt City and special guests. A collaborative "Gypsy-Latin-grass-roots-jam" set will close the night with Sandifer, and string players Jessie Prichard, Lee Barbour, and Jake Holwegner. Shuffle over to and for more. —T. Ballard Lesemann


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