PopCult readers may have noticed that the “Stuff To Do” segment has escaped the confines of the Friday “PopCulteer” column. This is basically to make it easier to find, but will also allow us to focus on more local events, like those that happen in the middle of the week. If you have any opinion on this, feel free to express it in the heavily-moderated comments section below.
It’s Tip Jar Tuesday at The Boulevard Tavern as they welcome There Is No Mountain, an Americana/psych-pop duo from the Pacific Northwest, “specializing in writing music that’s fun to play.” To the PR we go…
“There Is No Mountain is a reference to a Zen koan, a lyric from a Donovan song, and an americana/psych-pop duo known for its catchy off-kilter sonic adventures. The Portland, OR-based band toured extensively around the country and released heaps of varied folk/americana material under their previous name (The Ascetic Junkies) before paring the band back down to the core duo (married couple Kali Giaritta and Matt Harmon), changing the name to There Is No Mountain and recording a new batch of musical pieces.
Although they say they don’t have a particular message or agenda, anyone who hears the couple at work knows they are up to something inspiring. For some reasons you can explain, and for some you really can’t, their energetic live show and subtly virtuosic arrangements keep your spirits lifted for days.
The duo sings nearly everything in harmony while Giaritta plays a medley of tom drums and percussive instruments, and Harmon animates his acoustic guitar using nimble fingers and a myriad of carefully chosen effect pedals. African rhythms, jazz harmonies, classical arrangements, theatrical melodies, and psychedelic swirls seep through the americana exterior, making their live show a total surprise to any first-timer.”
Andy Shaw, Time & Distance, Sean Richardson will be at The Empty Glass at 9 PM. I believe the cover charge is seven dollars. Columbus, Ohio’s Andy Shaw (of The Shaw Brothers) has been recording his first solo release. He is currently touring the South East and has chosen to stop in Charleston. Indie band Time & Distance join this show along with 1/2 of Tofujitsu, Sean Richardson
The CYAC production of “ Our Town” continues at The WVSU Capitol Center Theater at 8 PM.
One of the coolest scenes in town, The Third Eye Cabaret at The Cellar on 8 Capitol Street, welcomes a host of musical and spoken-word guests in their forty-second installment. You can hear: Jamie Skeen, David Synn & Sheila Kerr, The BrotherSisters, Lawless Salamander and more. The fun starts at 8 PM.
Jamie and David will each be performing their own music, while Sheila will be reading some of David’s poetry. As always, The BrotherSisters will anchor the evening. There is no set cover charge, but donations are accepted.
The Comedy Open Mic at Mojo’s in South Charleston (behind the Mound) will kick off at 9 PM. There is no cover charge, but money can be thrown at the comedians, if you so desire.