The PopCulteer
July 25, 2014

The Empty Glass, Charleston’s venerable hot spot for music, turns thrity years old in 2015, and they want to do something really special to mark that milestone. You have a chance to pitch in and get a pretty cool artifact in the process. If you’ve been reading PopCult for the last couple of years, you know what that means…crowdfunding!

This time the goal is to raise money to press a vinyl album containing live music recorded at The Empty Glass over the last eight years. I’ll turn it over to a huge quote from the IndieGoGo page

“The Empty Glass opened in 1985. 2015 will be the Empty Glass’s 30th Anniversary. In celebration of this momentous occasion Empty Glass Records is releasing a Limited Edition vinyl record of some of the best performances we have recorded at the venue over the past 8 years.

Some of the acts included in this compilation will be: Unknown Hinson, Freekbass, Jubal Kane, The David Mayfield Parade, The Big Bad, The Carpenter Ants. C2J2, John the Conqueror and a couple more big names on which I’m waiting for clearance. (Band list will be updated as clearance is received)

This will be a one time limited Edition Hand numbered vinyl of 100 copies. CD’s and digital Downloads will also be available of the Release. (CD release will have Bonus Tracks that will be available for anyone who purchased the Record)

Vinyl is much more expensive than CD’s. The Cost of producing this run of Vinyl will be $1100 plus $500 for licensing fees to all of the Published Artists.

Presales will help out Tremendously with covering the cost of this Project.

Perks will be: Digital Downloads, CD’s, Vinyl, Credit for any Empty Glass Records Future Releases. Free Passes to shows at the Empty Glass and more!

The 30th Anniversary is a Momentous Occasion for any local business. The Empty Glass has been an Icon the East Coast music scene for all of that time and still is. support this Project and get some great music!”

How can you pass this up? It’s vinyl. It’s recorded at The Empty Glass. You get really cool stuff in return, so this is really more of a pre-sale than a donation.

If you’re a longtime PopCult reader I shouldn’t have to tell you how cool The Empty Glass is. They’ve been a big supporter of Radio Free Charleston and have welcomed us in to record more bands than any other location in town. Empty Glass Records is now a production partner for Radio Free Charleston and The RFC MINI SHOW whenever we record there. Heck, Melanie and I even had our first kiss there. It’s a magic place and this album will be a great keepsake.

So don’t be chintzy. Spring for one of the cooler vinyl packages and enjoy the fruits of your contribution. You won’t regret it.

A Benefit at The Monkey Barrel

Sadly, this benefit, originally planned to help pay medical expenses for Miranda Sullivan, will now be held to help with funeral expenses. Still, it’s a chance to hear some great music and celebrate a life lost too soon.


Adult Humor Sans Pants

The No Pants Players are back at it at The Alban Arts Center in Saint Albans Saturday night at 7 PM with a dirty, nasty, filthy adult-oriented improv comedy show. Here’s what they have to say about it…

“Comedy so hot we can’t expose it to minors! With the summer heating up, The No Pants Players invite Adults Only to enjoy a night of refreshing adult beverages and a generous sack full of laughter at The Alban Arts Center. It’s a show you won’t want to miss. Invite the neighbors and make it a group night out. Lots of audience participation is needed as the troupe turns your suggestions into insanely ridiculous comedy scenes right before your eyes! 

A cash bar will be available serving all your favorite alcoholic beverages thanks to Rivers Edge Cafe!

Tickets are $12 at the door, but only $10 online!”

Check out the video trailer for the show…

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KP’s Movie Night

It’s a Roger Corman classic, voted on by fans…


Friday Night Music

Free music kicks off with Marshall Petty and The Groove at 5 Corners Cafe, from 5 to 8 PM. The Wilhelm Brothers bring their Cello Rock to The Bluegrass Kitchen at 7 PM. 1937 Flood washes up at Taylor Books at 7:30 PM. Of course, Live at the Levee also happens tonight, with Fletcher’s Gove and Donna The Buffalo, starting at 6:30 PM.

On the cover charge front, Elephant in The Room, Brandi Good and RFC faves, The Laser Beams hit the stage at The Blue Parrot at 10 PM with a seven-dollar admission.


Soul Slaw, Hillbilly Carnival, and The Rusty Warlocks will be at the Boulevard Tavern at 10 PM with a five-dollar entrance fee. Luna and The Mountain Jets take off at The Empty Glass at 11 PM, with a seven-dollar cover.

We will cover the Saturday musical offerings in a separate post later today. Be sure to check PopCult all week long for all our regular features.