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MB ROAD TRIP!

Coming up at the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach: the Tuff Dubb Brothers perform during "Blues-a-palooza" on Sat. Jan. 14; look for Story of the Year on Fri. Jan. 20; Avenged Sevenfold get all evil with CKY and Day of Contempt on Fri. Jan. 27. Check the full season's schedule at www.hob.com/venues/clubvenues/myrtlebeach.


FOXY

North Charleston music shop Fox Music House, located at 3005 Montague Ave., features live local and regional music every Friday afternoon at 5 p.m. on their own stage. Local acts interested in performing can contact the store at 740-7200. Equipment is provided. Artists receive a free demo CD of the performance as well. Check www.foxmusichouse.com.


DRIVE US APE

Coming out of an extremely active fall season in which they released a new album and reintroduced themselves to Charleston, The Fire Apes have made a lineup change. According to lead singer and guitarist John Seymour, keyboardist Matt Bivins (formerly of Jump) amicably left the band to pursue acting school in New York. "He's really burned out and has decided to go to acting school — something he has always wanted to do," says the frontman. "Matt was and is so incredibly supportive." Fortunately for the band, they've already worked in a replacement: Hugh Knight. "I didn't initially think that he would be all that interested, but I was happily surprised," says Seymour. "Hugh learned all the songs in a week! Matt was wonderful and we all got along so well, so I was very reticent to replace him anytime soon. But when Hugh became so incredibly interested and fit in so well musically and personally, we quickly found out that he was the Ray Manzarek we were looking for." Look for the new Apes at Cumberland's on Sat. Jan. 21 and check www.thefireapes.com for more.


MORE LOCAL X

Amy Hutto, host of local rock radio station 98X's "Local X" series, made some additions to their web page, adding information about the show's staff (Toker, Chris Patterson, Krazy Kev, Local Voto, and others), playlists, band news, band web links, and info on upcoming guest DJs. Bands looking for airtime and acknowledgement can send their CDs and info to Hutto and 98X at 59 Windermere Blvd., Charleston, S.C. 29407, e-mail at amy98x@hotmail.com, or go to www.98xonline.com.


SPOLETO: LOCALS

Spoleto Festival USA is right around the corner. That means the adjacent "Local Blend 2006" event is taking shape, too. For the third year in a row, the library will host Local Blend, a free local music series at the Charleston County Public Library Auditorium. Under the guidance of Kevin Crothers, CCPL media specialist and AV department head, last year's event featured sets from Danielle Howle, Michael Vick, Bill Carson, Michael Flynn, and others. Crothers is currently accepting applications from bands and solo acts for this year's series. "They can mail them or hand deliver them to me here at 68 Calhoun Street," he says. "I'll look at press kits online, too, but it's much easier to have a hard copy." Check out more at www.ccpl.org or call 805-6842.


SPOLETO: JAZZ

Spoleto's upcoming Wachovia Jazz series features an international variety of artists. Swing and bebop buffs will be thrilled to see pianist Hank Jones (brother of the late drummer Elvin Jones) as one of the featured artists. Jones is a veteran of the legendary Jazz at the Philharmonic tours and played for years with the likes of Charlie Parker, Gene Krupa, Ella Fitzgerald, Benny Goodman, and many others. Also on this year's bill are Norwegian vocalist Solveig Slettahjell, Brazilian guitarist Marcus Tardelli, Brazilian volcalist Sérgio Santos, Italian sax player Marco Zurzolo, and vocalist Kurt Elling with the 17-piece Chicago Jazz Orchestra. For ticket information, call 579-3100 or check www.spoletousa.org.


R.I.P.

We just found out about the passing of jazz vocalist Shirley Horn. The Grammy-winning jazz vocalist and pianist who was to headline last year's Wachovia Jazz series but cancelled at the last minute due to health problems. She died on Oct. 20 in Maryland following an extended battle with diabetes. She was 71. Soul-pop singer Lou Rawls — the baritone behind "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine"— died on Jan. 6 in L.A. after battling lung and brain cancer. He was 72.


HIGH ACTION

Skintight is now Action City Blackout.


VT: BLOW, FLY

The Village Tavern took a long holiday break from updating their listings, but filled in the winter schedule quite nicely with a variety of weekly events and weekend gigs. Look and listen for bluegrass on Wednesdays from The Folkgrass Trio. Local players are welcome to sit in with Whitt and Jim Algar (both of Red Hitt fame) on Sunday evenings during the "Open Jam" (see p. 49). Florida-based "classic rap" act Blowfly (a.k.a. Clarence Reid) shakes his thang on Sat. Jan. 21 with support from locals White Boy Crazy. Acoustic rocker Chris Trapper (of The Push Stars) plays a show on Sat. Jan. 28. Check more at www.village-tavern.com. —T. Ballard Lesemann



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