Avant-Garde Saxophone Quartet Battle Trance Endeavors to Breathe Together

Thursday at Conundrum Music Hall
By Patrick Wall
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Battle Trance
Battle Trance founder Travis Laplante still doesn’t understand it.

One morning, Laplante, an accomplished free-jazz saxophonist, woke up with a crystal clear vision, compelled to start an ensemble consisting solely of tenor saxophone players. Three specific tenors, in particular — Patrick Breiner, Matthew Nelson and Jeremy Viner.

There was only one thing: Laplante didn’t really know any of them. He had met them only a handful of times and wasn’t deeply familiar with their personal passions or interests. In fact, he was acutely unfamiliar with his prospective bandmates’ work as musicians, and knew them by reputation only. He didn’t even have any music ready for them.

What: Battle Trance
Where: Conundrum Music Hall, 626 Meeting St.
When: Thursday, Jan. 28, 9 p.m.
With: Dan Voss + Nic Jenkins, Occupants
Price: $10
More Info: 250-1295, conundrum.us
“I definitely can’t explain it,” Laplante laughs. “It was just a feeling that I needed to call those particular guys.”

In spite of that unfamiliarity — and in spite of the fact that, Laplante concedes, a quartet of nothing but tenor saxophones could have been the worst idea ever — he contacted the saxophonists and pitched his idea. And though he gave Breiner, Nelson and Viner no information beyond his pipe dream, they all signed on immediately. Battle Trance formed that same evening and coalesced quickly, rehearsing frequently and experimenting with hyper-dexterous fingerings, fractured multiphonics and circular breathing techniques.

“[This project] required more of my training and my technical skills than if, perhaps, I was free-improvising in a way where I was abandoning any idea that I could even play the saxophone or have any techniques,” Laplante says. “There is very much a physical aspect [to the performance]. You really do have to have the proper conditioning, or else it doesn’t work.”

The result of the New York-based quartet’s sonic exploration is Palace of Wind, an album-length composition that pokes and prods the boundaries of experimental composition and avant-garde jazz. Palace’s three seamless and powerful movements, created with nothing but horns, float somewhere between Terry Riley and Pharoah Sanders; it's a sweeping, intricate work that is at once bracing and soothing, menacing and elegiac. The players breathe and blow as if they were a single entity, entwining their notes in such a way that the sound becomes almost hallucinatory. At times, it's a maelstrom, the saxophonists blasting acerbic arpeggios and layering chaotic noise into alarming sheets of static. At others, it's deeply serene and quietly contemplative — circular breathing patterns create hypnotic repetitions, and sustained long tones settle into thick drones.

Lasting 43 minutes and yielding no opportunity for rest, it’s an intensely demanding work. Laplante likens the rigorous process of creating Palace of Wind to martial arts training, its intricate sounds and taxing techniques repeated endlessly until perfected and ingrained into muscle memory.

But to solely recognize Palace of Wind as an incredible technical achievement is missing the larger point. Battle Trance isn’t an academic exercise, Laplante says. He cares not for wowing listeners with virtuosity. For him, Battle Trance’s music is meant to erase the separation between the listener and the sound.

“It’s totally fine and great if people are intellectually stimulated by the music,” Laplante says, “and if it triggers their imagination in certain ways, that’s beautiful.” But he counters that one of the overarching themes in Battle Trance is “surrendering to the experience that you’re willing to go to certain places in yourself that you wouldn’t otherwise go to in your day-to-day life.”

Palace of Wind means to present an opportunity for both transformation and transcendence, a goal that stems from Laplante’s belief in sound as a medium for psychic and physical healing.

“What’s most important to me is for there to be a real feeling of connection from heart to heart,” Laplante says, “being in a room with other human beings and having four of those humans using their breath to create sound in the room, to have that experience really give people what they need insofar as that there will hopefully be some kind of heart opening in everyone, myself included, where even for a minute we can remember what it is to feel loved, really.”

“I know that talking about that and its relationship to music has certain connotations, but that’s what it is,” he laughs. “And I’m not talking about romantic kind of love like in movies, but actually dealing with the substance of creation — life, and the reason why it’s worth living.”

Columbia SC Club Calendar: Jan 28-Feb. 4

By Free Times
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
The LOX play the Music Farm on Saturday.
Wednesday 28
live music

Conundrum Music Hall: Amelia White & Sergio Webb, Hobart Trotter & Jennifer Griffitt
Delaney’s: Tim White
Kelly’s: Brian Conner
Utopia: D.B. Bryant & Vince McKinley

karaoke

555 Lounge: T & J’s Karaoke
Art Bar: Linda’s Carraoke
Belle’s: Karaoke
Corner Pocket: Karaoke
CR Station House: Karaoke
Tsubaki: Karaoke

dance, djs & misc.

British Bulldog Pub: Pub Trivia
Drip (Five points): Poetry Reading
Jillian's: Trivia
Liberty: New Year’s Eve w/ DJ
Locals: Trivia
Mellow Mushroom: Trivia
Old Mill Brewpub Team Bingo
Quaker Steak: Bike Night
Rockaway Athletic Club: Trivia w/ Dr. Samseck
Tin Roof: HumpDay BumpDay

Thursday 29
live music

British Bulldog Pub: Kenny George Band
Delaney’s: Jef Chandler
Hemingway’s: Erik Smallwood
Music Farm: Zoso
Old Mill Brewpub: Rob Fraley
Pearlz Upstairz: Mark Rapp
Speakeasy: The Tony Lee Jazz Quartet
Tin Roof: Brent Lundy

karaoke

Applebee’s (Oneil Ct.): Karaoke w/ DJ Regina
Bentley’s Beach House: Karaoke
Corner Pocket: Karaoke
Kelly’s: Karaoke w/ DJ Snow
Ale House Lounge: Linda’s Carraoke
Ozzie’s Country Island: Showtime Karaoke
Shooter’s Grill & Pub: Karaoke with Bobby Whittle
South Lake Saloon: S.I.N. and Karaoke with D.J. Shelly O
Tsubaki: Karaoke

dance, djs & misc.

Art Bar: Useless Trivia
Carolina Ale House (Vista): Trivia w/ Ryan
Carolina Wings (Cayce): Team Trivia
Carolina Wings (Lexington): Quizon Trivia
Corner Pocket: Shag Night
Foxfield BAr & Grill: Drunk Bingo
Jillian's: Shag in the Shack
Main street Cafe: DJ
PT’s 1109: Thirsty Thursday Drag Show
Social: Styles & Complete
TLC Sports Bar & Grill: Trivia
Uncle Fester’s: Quizon Trivia
The Wild Hare (Irmo): Quiz the Masses Trivia
The Woody: DJ Chadly D

Friday 30
live music

Bill’s Music Shop & Pickin’ Parlor: Open Bluegrass Jam
British Bulldog Pub: Rob Franco & Friends
Conundrum Music Hall: Husband, Ghosts of the Kodiak, Daddy Lion, Matt Crumpton (of Two Fell in a Foxhole)
Delaney’s: Darmin Husic
Hemingway’s: Tastes Like Chicken
New Brookland Tavern: Barnwell, Skymonk, Watson Village, The Ugly Chords
Old Mill Brewpub: Aaron Terrapin
Pearlz Upstairz: Robert Gardiner Jazz Quartet
Speakeasy: Meggan Farish Jazz Group
Tin Roof: Joe the Show
Utopia: Genius of the Heard
Wild Wing Cafe (Harbison): Dave Love Duo
Wild Wing Cafe (The Village): David Adedokun
Wild Wing Cafe (The Vista): BPL

karaoke

Blue Fin: Karaoke
Friends Club: Linda’s Carraoke
Quaker Steak & Lube: Karaoke
Shooter’s Grill & Pub: Karaoke with Bobby Whittle
Tsubaki: Karaoke

dance, djs & misc.

Corner Pocket: Shag Night
Kelly’s: DJ Guy
Legion Post 215: Disco Night
Liberty Tap Room: DJ
TLC Sports Bar & Grill: DJ DDL
Uncle Fester’s: DJ Snow
The Woody: DJ

Saturday 31
live music

Art Bar: Buried Voices, Cairo Fire, StarDog, The Haves
Bill’s Music Shop & Pickin’ Parlor: Classic Country Music & Dancing
British Bulldog Pub: Carroll Brown
Conundrum Music Hall: Tracy Shedd, Susanne Kappler, Tonya Tyner
Delaney’s: Jimmy Gatch
Hemingway’s: The Five
Jillian's: Tokyo Joe
Music Farm: The Lox, Fat Rat da Czar w/ NewSC, Wristgame Slick
New Brookland Tavern: Big Something, BYOG
Old Mill Brewpub: Jeff Liberty
Pearlz Upstairz: Meggan Farish
Skyline Club: Anybody’s Guess
Speakeasy: Robert Gardiner Jazz Quartet
Tin Roof: Sean Rivers Band
Utopia: Jellyroll & Delicious Dish
Wild Wing Cafe (The Village): Tokyo Joe
Wild Wing Cafe (The Vista): Cranford Hollow

karaoke

Belle’s: Karaoke
Corner Pocket: Karaoke
Shooter’s Grill & Pub: Karaoke
Tipsy Toad Tavern: Karaoke
Tsubaki: Karaoke
Wet Willie’s: Karaoke 1/15

dance, djs & misc.

Blue: DJ Riggles
Liberty Tap Room: DJ
Lucky 13: DJ Red, DJ Chadly D
Main Street Cafe: DJ
Publick House: Quizon Trivia
Scooner’s: DJ3
Social: Label Charlotte Takeover
Uncle Fester’s: DJ Snow
Wild Wing Café (Irmo): DJ Tom Wise
The Woody: DJ

Sunday 1
live music

All Star Pizza: Ray Piazzola
Art Bar: JoySpent, Sons of Tonatiuh, The Howling Man, Border
Bill’s Music Shop & Pickin’ Parlor: Cola Daily Bluegrass Radio Show

karaoke

Art Bar: Carraoke Awards Banquet
PT’s 1109: Karaoke w/ DJ Snow
Tsubaki: Karaoke

dance, djs & misc.

Kelly’s: Team Trivia
The Pizza Joint: Quizon Trivia
Speakeasy: Mo’ Betta Soul Sundays w/ DJ Preach Jacobs

Monday 2
live music

Kelly’s: Open Mic

karaoke

Hemingway’s: Karaoke

dance, djs & misc.

Buckaroos Grill & Bar: DJ Ray Ray
New Brookland Tavern: Soda City Stand Up Open Mic
Publick House: Quizon Trivia
Salty Nut Cafe: Trivia

Tuesday 3
live music

All Star Pizza: Open Mic w/ Ray Piazzola
British Bulldog Pub: Bulldog Bluegrass Band
Music Farm: BoomBox, Mikey Tunder
New Brookland Tavern: The Caddy Boyz, Cardboard Suitcase, Howdy Love
Social Grill: Jason Dalton (acoustic)
South Lake Saloon: Open Mic w/ AL-G
Tin Roof: Brent Lundy

karaoke

CJ’s: Karaoke w/ DJ Slinky
Corner Pocket: Karaoke
Tsubaki: Karaoke
Uncle Fester’s: Linda’s Carraoke
Wet Willie’s: Karaoke

dance, djs & misc.

Carolina Wings (Red BAnk): Quizon Trivia
Cover 3: Sex Trivia
Flying Saucer: Trivia Bowl
Liberty tap room: DJ
MainStreet cafe: Trivia
Mellow Mushroom (Lexington): Quizon Trivia
Old Mill Brewpub Brewpub Trivia
Quaker Steak & Lube: Team Trivia
State Street Pub: Trivia
Wings & Ale (Columbia):Trivia
Yesterdays: Trivia

Wednesday 4
live music

Delaney’s: Prettier Than Matt
New Brookland Tavern: New Music Night
Speakeasy: Jazz in the City
Utopia: Vince McKinley

karaoke

Chevy’s: Nightowl Karaoke w/ Chris
555 Lounge: T & J’s Karaoke
Art Bar: Linda’s Carraoke
Belle’s: Karaoke
Corner Pocket: Karaoke
CR Station House: Karaoke
Tsubaki: Karaoke

dance, djs & misc.

British Bulldog Pub: Pub Trivia
Drip (Five points): Poetry Reading
Jillian’s: Trivia
Liberty: New Year’s Eve w/ DJ
Locals: Trivia
Mellow Mushroom: Trivia
Old Mill Brewpub Team Bingo
Quaker Steak: Bike Night
Rockaway Athletic Club: Trivia w/ Dr. Samseck

Concerts in Columbia: Jan 29-Feb. 4

Barnwell, The LOX, Mavis Staples, Cranford Hollow, JoySpent, Arlo Guthrie, BoomBox
By Free Times
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Mavis Staples
Thursday 29

Zoso — No rock club can blow you away every night. Whether it’s an established haunt like Asheville’s Orange Peel or Columbia’s new Music Farm, pretty much every room that big rolls out touring cover bands from time to time to make a quick buck. After all, if they can’t keep the lights on, how are the folks at the Farm supposed to host shows by Toro Y Moi and Jason Isbell? Zoso bills itself as the “Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience,” and while its recreations never transcend mimicry, the riffs slither and slice admirably, and Matt Jernigan’s piercing wail is a dead ringer for Robert Plant. — Jordan Lawrence

Music Farm: 9 p.m., $15 ($12 advance); 471-2779, musicfarm.com

Styles & Complete — Per their booking agency, Styles & Complete “are what would happen if Dirty South Hip Hop forced EDM into a corner and had it’s way with it.” The duo, split between Charlotte and Los Angeles, only partially live up to that daunting assessment, gracing their rough-and-tumble trap drops with bass that’s humid and heavy like a solid Southern beat. But there’s no time for laid-back seduction in the pair’s material; they’re slaves to the rave, which overpowers their taste for Dixieland rap. — Jordan Lawrence

Social: 10 p.m., free; 603-4313, socialcolumbiasc.com

Friday 30

Barnwell, Skymonk — Yearning, earnest sentiments have always paired well with electric guitars, something local bands like Barnwell and Skymonk demonstrate all too well. The former takes a more jangly folk base and amps it up to match the emotional tenor of leader Tyler Gordon, while the latter mixes and matches post-grunge and sprightly pop-rock. Also on the bill is new djembe-centered group, Watson Village. With The Ugly Chords. — Kyle Petersen

New Brookland Tavern: 8:30 p.m., $6 ($8 under 21); 791-4413, newbrooklandtavern.com

Husband, Daddy Lion, Ghost of the Kodiak — This bill stacks a handful of South Carolina-grown bands that don’t have much in common beyond their home state. Husband takes the headlining slot with electronic tunes that toe the dubstep but forgo any pretentious douchebaggery. Ghost of the Kodiak offers sensitive songs that recall the moody late emo wave of the mid-2000s. Between these is Daddy Lion, who look to shake you up with ragged, upbeat rock tunes. Two Fell in a Foxhole’s Matt Crumpton opens. — Allison Hussey

Conundrum Music Hall: 7:30 p.m., $7; 250-1295, conundrum.us

Saturday 31

Big Something, BYOG — Well, if BYOB stands for "bring your own beer," BYOG must stand for “bring your own ganja.” The Charleston outfit's music is pleasant, groovy and Widespread Panic-esque, fitting the demographic that brings their own green, green grass and digs long, noodly songs unlikely to harsh anyone's mellow. Touring headliner Big Something is less in the Phish vein, tending more toward horn-and-synths funk, like a utopian take on Jamiroquai. Puff and pass, y'all. — Corbie Hill

New Brookland Tavern: 8:30 p.m., $8 ($5 advance); 791-4413; newbrooklandtavern.com

Buried Voices — I suppose the important thing about playing radio-ready heavy rock music is to sound the part. Lexington quartet Buried Voices certainly hits all the right cues, and the really quite excellent production on Arson of the Heart ensures the band’s sledgehammer force hits with maximum impact. But the thing about sounding the part is it often results in being kind of indistinguishable from the rest of the drop-tuned pack — or, at worst, entirely forgettable. With StarDog, The Haves, Emory Lane, Cigar Box Opera. — Patrick Wall

Art Bar: 8 p.m., $5; 929-0198, artbarsc.com

Game of Tones — This fundraising battle of the bands brings together five acts made up of Columbia high school students who will perform original material and compete for a free session at Rosewood’s famed Jam Room recording studio. All proceeds go to Hidden Wounds, a local nonprofit that helps veterans returning from overseas cope with PTSD and other mental health issues. And if that isn’t enough, the judges panel includes Free Times music writers Jordan Lawrence and Kyle Peterson, along with local bassist Reggie Sullivan and Julia Beckham of Listen Local and Jackaroe. — Michael Spawn

Trustus Theatre: 2 p.m., $5; 254-9732, trustus.org

Krewe de Columbi Ya Ya Ball — Fat Tuesday is fast approaching, with the Krew De Columbi Ya Ya excitedly preparing to host Asheville’s Acoustic Syndicate at its annual Party Animals Mardi Gras Festival on Saturday, Feb. 14. Tonight, the Krewe warms up with a potluck, BYOB ball. Reliable pickers The Mustache Brothers will deliver driving acoustic (and maybe electric) grooves, while Tom Hall and the Plowboys strip back their bubbling Lowcountry boil of Cajun-infused country-rock. The Devils in Disguise headline, while local hip-hop fixture (and frequent Free Times contributor) Preach Jacobs opens with a DJ set. — Jordan Lawrence

Warehouse at 1916 Taylor St: 7 p.m., $10 ($5 for Krewe de BooShay, Los Lunaticos and Jasperillos members; free for Krewe de Columbi Ya Ya members); mardigrascolumbia.com

The LOX — It’s hard to believe that the tough-talking Yonkers rap trio The LOX haven’t released an album on a major label since the 2000 sophomore hammer We Are the Streets. But throw in a bunch contractual holdups, three equally impressive solo careers, and a changing hip-hop landscape, and the time lapse makes perfect sense. Recently, the group bridged the gap by releasing three street-heavy EP installments or “sermons” collectively called The Trinity. The hard-edged single “No Selfies” reminded us all just how much Jadakiss, Styles P and Sheek Louch don’t have patience for cutesies. Tonight’s show is a fundraiser for Love, Peace & Hip-Hop, which presents its annual Hip Hop Family Day as part of the Indie Grits Film Festival. With FatRat Da Czar and NewSC, Wristgame Slick. — Eric Tullis

Music Farm: 9 p.m., $305 ($30 advance; $65 VIP); 471-2779, musicfarm.com

Tracy Shedd, Susanne Kappler, Tonya Tyner — Listening to Tracy Shedd perform, one gets the sense that all she’s got is time. Never lazy, her acoustic guitar-driven laments glide along at conservative tempos, rarely outrunning the singer’s own resting pulse. Susan Kappler and Tonya Tyner take a more pop-oriented approach; the former like a sensual, slinking lounge act, the latter wielding a strong touch for Top 40 melody and a youthful, Jewel-esque warble. — Michael Spawn

Conundrum Music Hall: 8 p.m., $15; 250-1295, conundrum.us

Mavis Staples — Mavis Staples is one of very few voices that are indelibly part of America’s cultural fabric. Among those, fewer still are as alive and kicking as the husky-voiced dynamo, who serves as a more humble and socially conscious foil for Aretha Franklin. Staples has had a late career renaissance thanks to the assistance of folks like Ry Cooder and Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, but, unlike other august stars making a final charge, she’s done it by doubling down on the rich tradition of rural gospel rhythms and fiery calls for social justice that Staples Singer patriarch Roebuck “Pops” Staples pioneered for the group and that Mavis wears like a badge of honor. — Kyle Petersen

Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College: 7:30 p.m., $28; 407-5011, harbisontheatre.org

Pick ‘Em by Kevin Oliver

Saturday 31 — Sean Rivers Band

Alabama native Sean Rivers’ best song, “Mind on Tuscaloosa,” is a post-tornado, stay-strong strummer that the rest of his output can't measure up to, inspirationally or musically. Rivers succumbs too easily to lyrical cliché on generic party anthems such as “Redneck Wasted,” “Thinkin' Bout Drinkin'” and “Tie One On,” and the arrangements rarely do more than maintain the diminished status quo of mainstream country.

Tin Roof: 10 p.m.; free; 771-1558; tinroofbars.com

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Saturday 31 — Cranford Hollow

For a lesson on how to do something creative as a road-dogging bar band, see Hilton Head's Cranford Hollow. The group’s updated take on the Southern rock of Charlie Daniels and The Marshall Tucker Band offers storytelling songs that dip into New Orleans rhythms, European folk music and more. “Hello Friend” recalls the gentler side of James McMurtry, while “Je Suis Un Refugee” is a war song with a breakneck martial beat worthy of The Pogues. You'll still down some pints listening to these guys, but you won't be sorry the next morning that you bought the CD.

Wild Wing Cafe (Vista): 8 p.m.; 252-9464; wildwingcafe.com


Sunday 1

JoySpent, Sons of Tonatiuh — The joy spent by tonight’s Florida headliner seems to go to that endlessly greedy and merciless bastard, “The Man.” The punk crew’s riffs whip between contemplative murmurs and churning angst, like the push-and-pull distress of a downtrodden worker’s daily grind. Sulynn Hago’s verses follow suit, as she drops lines like “Pretending to do a job that I hate / My hands take on an ugly shape” with blunt, hardened fury. Atlanta’s Sons of Tonatiuh also have plenty of rage, unleashing it during doom metal cavalcades that scald and stick like freshly poured asphalt. With The Howling Man, Border. — Jordan Lawrence

Art Bar: $7 p.m., $5; 929-0198, artbarsc.com

Monday 2

Arlo Guthrie — When Arlo Guthrie penned the anti-war story song “Alice’s Restaurant” at the tender age of 20, he was stepping into some mighty big shoes: His father, Woody, just happened to be one of the most influential folk musicians and songwriters of the 20th century. Luckily for Arlo, that song, despite its 18-minute run time, managed to become a hit, sparking a long career for the now-elder statesmen of the folk world. He can spin a yarn with the best of them, and this tour, recognizing the 50th anniversary of the real-life arrest that inspired his most famous song and also saved him from being drafted, promises to feature a full rendition of the verbose tune. — Kyle Petersen

Newberry Opera House: 8 p.m., $69; 803-276-6264, newberryoperahouse.com

Tuesday 3

BoomBox, Mikey Thunder — Muscle Shoals isn't done giving the world excellent rhythm and texture. From the same Alabama town famous for the Swampers comes BoomBox, a duo of talented producers whose sound mixes the irrepressible backbeat of golden age hip-hop with ’60s R&B textures — think Nightmares on Wax, if George Evelyn grew up in the hot, humid South. The group’s latest, Filling in the Color, has all the welcome space and vinyl crackle of an old Motown record. Mikey Thunder opens. — Corbie Hill

Music Farm Columbia: 9 p.m., $15; 471-2779, musicfarm.com

Columbia SC Club Calendar: Jan 21-28

By Free Times
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Wednesday 21
live music

Chevy’s
Delaney’s: Radio Cult
Mainstreet Cafe: Open Mic w/ Nikki Lee & Herbie Jeffcoat
new brookland tavern: My Better Half, Post Season, Dazy, Oneforall
Shooters: Ronnie Hopkins (acoustic)
Utopia: Open Blues/Jazz Jam

karaoke

Chevy’s: Nightowl Karaoke w/ Chris
555 Lounge: T & J’s Karaoke
Art Bar: Linda’s Carraoke
Belle’s: Karaoke
Corner Pocket: Karaoke
CR Station House: Karaoke
Tsubaki: Karaoke

dance, djs & misc.

British Bulldog Pub: Pub Trivia
Drip (Five points): Poetry Reading
Jillian’s: Trivia
Liberty: New Year’s Eve w/ DJ
Locals: Trivia
Mellow Mushroom: Trivia
Old Mill Brewpub Team Bingo
QUAKER STEAK: Bike Night
Rockaway Athletic Club: Trivia w/ Dr. Sams
Tin Roof: HumpDay BumpDay

Thursday 22
live music

British Bulldog Pub: Brent Lundy
Conundrum Music Hall: Jonathan Byrd & the Pickup Cowboys
Delaney’s: JJ Smith
Music Farm: Riff Raff, Dylan Deekay
Pearlz Upstairz: Cola Bluegrass Co.
speakeasy: The Tony Lee Jazz Quartet
Tin Roof: Backroad Anthem
Utopia: Open Mic w/ John Scollon

karaoke

Applebee’s (Oneil Ct.): Karaoke w/ DJ Regina
Bentley’s Beach House: Karaoke
Corner Pocket: Karaoke
Kelly’s: Karaoke w/ DJ Snow
ale House lounge: Linda’s Carraoke
Ozzie’s Country Island: Showtime Karaoke
Shooter’s Grill & Pub: Karaoke with Bobby Whittle
South Lake Saloon: S.I.N. and Karaoke with D.J. Shelly O
Tsubaki: Karaoke

dance, djs & misc.

Art Bar: Useless Trivia
Carolina Ale House (Vista): Trivia w/ Ryan
Carolina Wings (Cayce): Team Trivia
Carolina Wings (Lexington): Quizon Trivia
Corner Pocket: Shag Night
Foxfield BAr & Grill: Drunk Bingo
JILLIAN’S: Shag in the Shack
Main street Cafe: DJ
PT’s 1109: Thirsty Thursday Drag Show
TLC Sports Bar & Grill: Trivia
Uncle Fester’s: Quizon Trivia
The Wild Hare (Irmo): Quiz the Masses Trivia
The Woody: DJ Chadly D

Friday 23
live music

Bill’s Music Shop & Pickin’ Parlor: Open Bluegrass Jam
Blue Coyote: Interstate Exiles
British Bulldog Pub: The Runaway Jug Band
Delaney’s: JJ Smith
Hemingway’s: JägerTron
Jillian’s: Blackbeard’s Truck
Mainstreet Cafe: Brent Lundy
Music Farm: G-Eazy, Kehlani, Kool John, Jay Ant
New Brookland Tavern: That Hideous Strength, Half Measures, David Adedokun
Pearlz Upstairz: Robert Gardiner Jazz Quartet
Tin Roof: Bigfoot College Tour
Utopia: Center Lane
wild wing cafe (Harbison): Prettier Than Matt
wild wing cafe (The Village): Daniel Johnston
wild wing cafe (The Vista): DMB

karaoke

Blue Fin: Karaoke
Friends Club: Linda’s Carraoke
Quaker Steak & Lube: Karaoke
Shooter’s Grill & Pub: Karaoke with Bobby Whittle
Tsubaki: Karaoke

dance, djs & misc.

Corner Pocket: Shag Night
Kelly’s: DJ Guy
Legion Post 215: Disco Night
Liberty Tap Room: DJ
TLC Sports Bar & Grill: DJ DDL
Uncle Fester’s: DJ Snow
The Woody: DJ

Saturday 24
live music

Art Bar: New York Disco Villains, 10 Car Pile-Up, Cairo Fire, Incredibly Tall People
Bill’s Music Shop & Pickin’ Parlor: Classic Country Music & Dancing
British Bulldog Pub: Jim LeBlanc
Conundrum Music Hall: Steve Marquette Quintet
Delaney’s: JJ Smith
Hemingway’s: Mike Reid
Henry’s: Cletus Baltimore
Jillian’s: The Funky Junk Band
New Brookland Tavern: Brigades, Like Pacific, A Brighter Life, MyBrother MySister
Pearlz Upstairz: DM Radio
Skyline Club: Diamondback
speakeasy: Robert Gardiner Jazz Quartet
Tin Roof: HumpDay BumpDay
Utopia: Shelly Waters w/ The Joe Taylor Group
UU Coffeehouse: Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys
wild wing cafe (The Village): Most Wanted
wild wing cafe (The Vista): U-Phonik

karaoke

Chevy’s: Nightowl Karaoke w/ Chris
Belle’s: Karaoke
Corner Pocket: Karaoke
Shooter’s Grill & Pub: Karaoke
Tipsy Toad Tavern: Karaoke
Tsubaki: Karaoke
Wet Willie’s: Karaoke 1/15

dance, djs & misc.

Blue: DJ Riggles
Liberty Tap Room: DJ
Lucky 13: DJ Red, DJ Chadly D
Main Street Cafe: DJ
Publick House: Quizon Trivia
Scooner’s: DJ3
social: DJ R WONZ
Uncle Fester’s: DJ Snow
Wild Wing Café (Irmo): DJ Tom Wise
The Woody: DJ

Sunday 25
live music

All Star Pizza: Ray Piazzola
British Bulldog Pub: WXRY Unsigned w/ Volcanoes in the Kitchen
new brookland tavern: Black Crown Initiate, Your Chance to Die, Homicyde, Blood of Isis, Jynzo

karaoke

Art Bar: Carraoke Awards Banquet
PT’s 1109: Karaoke w/ DJ Snow
Tsubaki: Karaoke

dance, djs & misc.

Kelly’s: Team Trivia
The Pizza Joint: Quizon Trivia
Speakeasy: Mo’ Betta Soul Sundays w/ DJ Preach Jacobs

Monday 26
live music

Kelly’s: Open Mic
new brookland tavern: Bane, Eternal Sleep, Where It Ends, No.

karaoke

Hemingway’s: Karaoke

dance, djs & misc.

Buckaroos Grill & Bar: DJ Ray Ray
New Brookland Tavern: Soda City Stand Up Open Mic
Publick House: Quizon Trivia
Salty Nut Cafe: Trivia

Tuesday 27
live music

All Star Pizza: Open Mic w/ Ray Piazzola
Bill’s Music Shop & Pickin’ Parlor: Songwriters Open Mic
Conundrum Music Hall: Coast 2 Coast Live Interactive Showcase
South Lake Saloon: Open Mic w/ AL-G

karaoke

CJ’s: Karaoke w/ DJ Slinky
Corner Pocket: Karaoke
Tsubaki: Karaoke
Uncle Fester’s: Linda’s Carraoke
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555 Lounge: T & J’s Karaoke
Art Bar: Linda’s Carraoke
Belle’s: Karaoke
Corner Pocket: Karaoke
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Linda Carr at Art Bar

By Christian Barker
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Name: Linda Carr
Setting: Art Bar (1211 Park St.)

L: Haven’t I see you around before?

I think I was taking pictures at an event you hosted.

L: Yeah, it was at Uncle Fester’s. I was hosting Carraoke and you interviewed my friend, “Crazy Mike.”

You have a good memory. That was over two years ago. So you host some of your karaoke nights here at Art Bar? Why?

L: I feel really comfortable here. A lot of my friends like to hang out here. People are really accepting and fun at Art Bar. I am actually hosting my third annual Carraoke Awards Banquet this [Sunday, Jan. 25] at 6 p.m. here at Art Bar.

I have never been to an awards show for karaoke. What will that be like?

L: We will have all kinds of awards and prizes to give out for several categories. I used to do most songs sung over the year at all of my events, but it became really hard to keep track of so now I do best attendance, which is who has been to every one of the bars that I host Carraoke, and then who has come out the most.

What are some of the other awards?

L: We will also be awarding the most entertaining. That doesn’t mean that they have to be the best singer, but the most entertaining performer.

What else is happening that night?

L: Joe Turkaly is catering the banquet, so we’re going to have some great food.

What advice do you have for someone who is interested in karaoke but nervous about getting in front of a group and singing?

L: I would just let them know that the people who come to my events are very accepting and that every one of them started right where they were when they sang karaoke for the first time and they just need to get up there and have fun with it. We also kind of play it up when we find out someone is at karaoke for the first time. We put a sign on them that says “Karaoke Virgin,” and everyone cheers them on.

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