SOUND CHECKS ‌ Notable Shows in the Next Week 

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JAM-ROCK | "Winter Jamfest 2007"
w/ Moonshine Still, Pnuma Trio, Dirty Digits, Obeah
Fri. Feb. 23 / Sat. Feb. 24
The Pour House
$8

Based in Macon and Atlanta, veteran jam-rock band Moonshine Still are known among locals for high-energy live performances and funky guitar and percussion work. Their latest album, [R]evolution, was released last year. They return to town this weekend for another stint -- the third annual Winter Jamfest Tour. The "traveling mini-festival" is presented by the Terrapin Beer Company. A portion of the proceeds assist the charitable cause of The Big House Foundation and environmental organization Rock the Earth. Memphis-based electro-rock act The Pnuma Trio share the headlining slots with a blend of trippy jazz, vintage funk, classic hip-hop, and drum 'n' bass. Their new nine-song live album is called Live from Out There. Turntablists Dirty Digits and Obeah spin during the shows. See www.myspace.com/winterjamfest for more. --T. Ballard Lesemann FRIDAY/SATURDAY


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GROOVE-ROCK | Umphrey's McGee
w/ Outformation
Fri. Feb. 23
Music Farm
$17 ($15 adv.)

Indiana-born, technically-proficient rock/fusion band Umphrey's McGee returns to the Farm this Friday behind a brand new studio album titled Safety in Numbers, the anticipated follow-up to their second live DVD collection, Wrapped Around Chicago: New Year's at the Riv. Guitarist/vocalist Brendan Bayliss, guitarist Jake Cunninger, keyboardist Joel Cummings, bassist Ryan Stasik, drummer Kris Myers, and percussionist Andy Farag are now based in N.Y.C. and tour regularly through North America along the jam band circuit. "We've used the term 'self-indulgent orchestral rock' to describe the band -- and that's certainly applicable from time to time," says Bayliss. Atlanta rock quintet Outformation -- featuring guitarist Sam Holt -- are a major part of the Georgia jam band scene. Their latest is a full-length titled Tennessee Before Daylight. See www.umphreys.com and www.foryouroutformation.com for more. --TBL FRIDAY


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ROCK | "Village Tavern's Fifth Anniversary Bash"
w/ The Bedrooms, The Specs, The Wagoneers, The Fire Apes, Dewey Muggles, Winston Audio, Zonaea, Allnightkungfu, Alswel
Fri. Feb. 23 / Sat. Feb. 24
The Village Tavern
$5

The irascible, joy 'n' lager-filled staff at Mt. Pleasant music venue the Village Tavern have scheduled a two-day blast in celebration of their fifth anniversary. The "Fifth Anniversary Bash," set for Fri. Feb. 23 through Sun. Feb. 25, features live music from an impressive list of veteran local rock/alternative acts and a few special guests. Friday's lineup features The Bedrooms (with special guests), The Specs (pictured above ... hey, didn't that drummer just pour us a beer last week from behind the V-shaped bar?), The Wagoneers, The Fire Apes, Dewey Muggles, and Winston Audio. Look for Zonaea, Allnightkungfu, and Alswel on Saturday (sorry kids — 351 Cleveland and Genrevolta are NOT playing, as previously listed). Music starts at 9 p.m. Five bucks gets you in. Check www.village-tavern.com for more. --TBL FRIDAY/SATURDAY


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COUNTRY | George Strait
w/ Ronnie Milsap, Taylor Swift
Sat. Feb. 24
The N. Charleston Performing Arts Center
(sold out)

A straight-shootin’ singer and strummer who stuck to the traditional side of things through the 1980s and ’90s, Texas-bred country star George Strait is one of the good guys. In an era of ridiculously tacky, brashly-produced “pop country,” the singer’s smoky, gentle voice, polite demeanor, and authentic honky-tonk/Western swing sound is much appreciated. His string of singles includes “Unwound,” “If You’re Thinking You Want a Stranger (There’s One Coming Home),” “Fool Hearted Memory” and the more recent “Go On.” His latest album is titled It Just Comes Natural. A star since the late 1970s, singer/pianist/guitarist Ronnie Milsap is one of country music’s most revered talents. Raised in the mountain music of the N.C. hills and schooled in classical piano, Milsap came up playing classical, pop, vintage country and R&B. After a busy stint as behind-the-scenes songwriter, he had a number of big, pop crossover hits, including “It Was Almost Like a Song,” “Smoky Mountain Rain,” “No Gettin’ Over Me,” and “Any Day Now.” Young up-and-comer Taylor Swift opens the show on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The Coliseum has issued a “parking advisory” for this sold-out 7 p.m. concert: “Attendees are urged to carpool and arrive early for both shows. In addition to coliseum parking areas, free parking spaces will be available at the Fire Truck Museum and Tanger Outlet Mall starting at 4:30 p.m. See www.georgestrait.com, www.ronniemilsap.com, and www.coliseumpac.com for more. —TBL SATURDAY


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