Charleston is on the verge of getting an exciting new addition to our diverse and vital music scene. Roots Town Radio is a new low-power FM radio station which hopes to begin broadcasting, and also streaming on the internet, later this summer or fall.
The brainchild of Burr Beard, a key player in the local music scene as the administrator of FOOTMAD, and his partner, Dawn Wells, Roots Town Radio will operate as a non-profit, and will feature a mix of American Roots music, including Alt-country, Blues, Folk, Bluegrass, Jazz, Celtic, and select tracks of Classic Country and Southern Rock. The station will feature local volunteer DJs and showcase local musicians and fill the airwaves with styles of music not normally found on commercial radio.
The PopCult Bookshelf will return next week. This week we are buried under deadlines. But since you aren’t, here’s what you can get into tonight…
At 7 PM the Free Improv Games return to Kanawha Players Theater, 309 Beauregard Street, on Charleston’s Historic East End. There is no charge, and the games run until 9 PM.
At 9 PM you can head over to Mojo’s in South Charleston, behind the Mound, for their weekly comedy open mic, hosted tonight by RFC guest, Annie Lane. This show is also cover-free.
Third Eye Cabaret has a huge night planned, and is charging five bucks to get in this week. Bare Bones will be there, as will Ritchie Collins Three-o, Dina Hornbaker and Lovejoy and the Killjoys. Rumor has it that the RFC crew might just be there to capture some of the fun. 3EC takes place at The Cellar, 8 Capitol Street in Downtown Charleston. The show kicks off at 8 PM.
Around the corner at The Boulevard Tavern, Ryan Wright hosts an open mic starting at 9:30 PM.
At 10 PM The Empty Glass plays host to Canadian roots-rockers, New Country Rehab. Five bucks gets you in the door to hear this critically-acclaimed, up-and-coming quartet who manage to draw comparisons to Arcade Fire, The Avett Brothers and lady Antebellum.
This week we’re going back to the same November 2013 session at The Empty Glass to revisit two songs that Frenchy and The Punk performed previously on Radio Free Charleston, only with new performances, “Birthday Fanfare” and “Yes, I’m French.”
The reason we’re bringing you these songs now is that Frenchy and The Punk have begun a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to record and produce their new album. In addition to being the first on your block to hear their new music, you can kick in extra bucks for other rewards, like artwork, plush bats and guitars and, if you really want to chip in big, a house show.
At 7 PM Wednesday night, Taylor Books brings you their monthly free movie night. From their event page, “This month we will be screening Elena a movie from Russia with English subtitles. We wanted to get our share of Russian culture, with the Olympics happening this month, and share that experience with you. Come enjoy a $1 off beer, wine or one of our specialty hot drinks and a snack.”
This week’s art is a digital painting that is an attempt to combine harsh angles and artificial constructs with organic-looking components to create something that looks sorta weird and hopefully interesting. Click to enlarge.
Check PopCult later Monday morning for the newest RFC MINI SHOW, starring Frenchy and The Punk, with details on how you can get involved in their new Kickstarter project.
Radio Free Charleston’s sixty-first episode, “SHINDIG Shirt” is back online almost exactly five years after it was originally posted. In this episode, we feature three triumphant returns from musical acts who got their start in the Charleston area, then moved away, before the draw of their hometown brought them back for return engagements.
Our musical guests are John Radcliff, back in town for a visit after moving to Parkersburg; SHINDIG, direct from Louisville: plus a special treat from the RFC archives: Brian Diller performing at the Empty Glass in the early 1990s, after he moved to Nashville.
We did film this episode in 3D, by the way.
We also have animation from Frank Panucci, and a message from author, Brian J. Hatcher. You may have seen Brian in the PopCulteer Friday starring in his new webshow with Kevin Pauley, The Reel Deal. I told ya he’d been on RFC before (he was on episode 24, too). Read the original production notes here.
Kevin Pauley and Brian Hatcher are both friends of PopCult, both are currently in The No Pants Players, both have appeared on Radio Free Charleston (Kevin way back on our first episode), and both are extremely well-versed film aficionados. It’s always fun talking movies with either of them, and now they are pooling their extensive knowledge of film into a terrific new webshow.
Keep checking PopCult for more updates on The Reel Deal and also all our regular features like the RFC Flashback, Radio Free Charleston, The RFC MINI SHOW, The PopCult Toybox, The PopCult Bookshelf and Monday Morning Art.