Coming up at the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach: Everclear headline the "Van Wilder Tour" event on Thurs. Feb. 15; Slayer slays 'em alongside Unearth on Thurs. Feb. 22 (yikes). Check the full schedule at www.hob.com.


Rock 'n' roll veteran Dick Dale, "The King of Surf Guitar," secured a show at Cumberland's on Sun. Feb. 18. Dale created surf guitar's trademarks: percussive/staccato picking, thick power chords, heavy reverb. Forever playing a left-handed Fender Stratocaster (strung for right-handed players but upside down), the style was later emulated by disciple and fellow southpaw, Jimi Hendrix. Dale enjoyed a brief spot of limelight in the early '60s with his band the Del-Tones, emerging again in the mid '90s, thanks in part to the inclusion of his 1962 instrumental "Miserlou" in the hit film Pulp Fiction. Tickets are available at the club for $15 in advance and $18 on the day of the show. See www.dickdale.com and www.cumberlands.net for more.


The DJs at Q104.5 FM sure sound excited about what they're promoting as the Southern Rock Weekend at the Exchange Park Fairgrounds in Ladson in mid-April. In fact, the event is part of the annual Heritage Motorcycle Rally, which runs from April 12-22. Co-sponsored by Rock 104.5, the festival's main music lineup features Spartanburg's Marshall Tucker Band on Sat. April 14, the legendary Lynyrd Skynyrd and '80s rockers .38 Special on Sun. April 15. The following weekend features modern country act Montgomery Gentry on Fri. April 20 and Illinois classic rock band REO Speedwagon, with support from Smashmouth, on Sat. April 21. Advance tickets for Marshall Tucker are available for $20, while advance tickets for Skynyrd are available for $30 (both at www.etix.com). Check out www.heritagemotorcyclerally.com and www.q1045.com for more.


It was sad news for longtime Spoleto Festival USA fans when they announced the passing of founder Gian Carlo Menotti last week. It was good news for longtime jazz fans who keep up with the festival's popular Wachovia Jazz Series when they recently announced the 2007 lineup. Featured acts include vocalist René Marie, Italian pianists Stefano Battaglia and Enrico Pieranunzi, American jazz piano legend Ahmad Jamal, Latin-jazz duo Dino Saluzzi (on "bandoneon") and Anja Lechner (cello), Argentinian guitarist Augustin Luna, and Brazilian guitarist Renato Braz. Call 579-3100 or check out www.spoletousa.org for dates and ticket prices.


The downtown indie record shop 52.5 Records celebrates its 10th anniversary this month with a 10-day series of art show, live "in-store" musical performances, and special offers. "The art opening will be on Fri. Feb. 23 from 7-9 p.m. and will feature work from 10 different artists," says proprietor Clay Scales. "We'll be celebrating 10 days with live music every night and sale prices on stuff." The final lineup of acts includes 2*Sweet, Fireworks, Wake Up Snake, Clint4 & SleepyHEAD, Bill Carson, Illuminati Outro, Cancer, Slow Runner, Lindsay Holler, The One AM Radio, Maximum Brain Squad, Thank God, and Stampede. Live music starts at 7 p.m. every evening. The series begins on Feb. 21 (the store's official birthday). See www.corporaterocksucks.com or call 722-3525.


The fuckhead who broke into Leslie's downtown practice space and stole most of their gear and guitars on Jan. 17 better 'fess up and return the shit -- they have a big gig at the Windjammer with Georgia boys Dead Confederate on Sat. Feb. 10. The Working Title and Goodnight Moon were victims of the theft as well. The Leslie guys have been on the road through Florida, Alabama, and the Carolinas all month. They sounded solid on 98X's Local X last Sunday, too. If anyone hears anything, they'd love to be contacted at www.lesliemusic.com.

CONNICK In Carolina

As part of his My New Orleans Tour, popular jazz vocalist Harry Connick Jr. performs at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center on Fri. March 2 at 8 p.m., at the Township Auditorium in Columbia on Sat. March 3 at 8 p.m., and at Ovens Auditorium in Charlotte on Sun. March 4 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for all three shows are on sale at the venue box offices, all Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.livenation.com, and by phone at 843-554-6060.


Local pop/groove trio Bell (a.k.a. "bell.") have signed on for a series of Saturday night gigs across the Cooper River from their usual downtown routine. Look for them at Art's Bar & Grill (413 Coleman Blvd., 849-3040 ) on Sat. Feb. 10 and through the rest of the month. See

www.bellharmony.com for more.


A new music venue called Trayce's Too Neighborhood Bar & Grill (the sister club to Trayce's First String) is now featuring live music and karaoke. It's located at 2578 Ashley River Road near Shadowmoss in upper West Ashley, Call 556-2378 for info. --T. Ballard Lesemann



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