West Ashley Bait & Tackle, the unassuming bluegrass hotspot at 1117 Magnolia Road in West Ashley, presents a "first anniversary celebration" on Fri. Dec. 1 at 6:30 p.m. with bluegrass and acoustic ditties from local combos Good News and 3 Legged Pig. Special guests might shuffle on stage as well. Check out details at www.westashleybaitandtackle.com.


Sizeable roadhouse bar and grill Big Deck Daddy's (located at 6893 Rivers Ave. in North Charleston) went through various stages and management through the year, but apparently closed its doors for good in late October.


Fiery Ron's Home Team BBQ, located at 1205 Ashley River Road in West Ashley, has stumbled a bit in the attempt to open up, but things are rolling now. "Fiery Ron's finally opened its doors to the Charleston market on Tues. Nov. 7," reports music agent Tony McKie. "Home Team plans to bring its brand of the best BBQ and the best live music to the Lowcountry." This Fri. Nov. 10, they present Junkyard Angel, a roots music quintet led by singer/guitarist Stewart Marshall, of Athens/Savannah band Stewart & Winfield. Live solo acts and rock/blues bands are scheduled every weekend this fall. Call 225-RIBS or check www.hometeambbq.com.


Local blues cat, radio host, and musician Gary "Shrimp City Slim" Erwin never stops. This season, he's arranged a special, free, two-day "American Music Weekend" at Mingo Point (just outside Kiawah Island's gates). "It's a celebration of American roots musics," he says. The first day of the event takes place on Sat. Nov. 11, from 1-7 p.m. at Mingo Point with live blues, funk, zydeco, and roots music from S.C. singer Beverly "Guitar" Watson and Albert White & The New Interns (formerly of Dr. Feelgood & The Interns), Detroit's Motor City R&B Pioneers, Louisiana's Creole Zydeco Farmers, and S.C.'s own Motherless Chillin' with Shelley Magee. On Sun. Nov. 12, the "Gospel Explosion" kicks off at the Church of Our Saviour (at 4416 Betsy Kerrison Parkway, off Bohicket Road, near the Kiawah/Seabrook entrance) with live music from 3-5 p.m. from Watson, White, Tony & Company, and The New Ashley Baptist Male Choir & Electric Band. (Singer Sharrie Williams had to cancel at the last minute). Call 762-9125 for details. –T. Ballard Lesemann


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