lady-dThe PopCulteer
December 22, 2017

In today’s PopCulteer we have news of a big show Friday night at The Bakery, plus some other random tidbits and a few photos, too.

Tonight a legend of West Virginia music performs at The Bakery. Lady D, Doris Fields, W.Va’s First Lady of Soul has joined forces with Washington D.C.’s Rogue Johnsen Trio. That’s them at right. Together, they were declared the winners of the D.C. Blues Society’s Battle of the Bands. That win will now send them to Memphis in January 2018 to compete in the International Blues Challenge.

“The Road to Memphis Tour” is a fundraising effort to cover the band’s expenses, so they’re playing not only because this is what they love but they’re playing to keep their dream alive.

This collaboration includes blues veteran, Rogue Johnsen on keys. Rogue has toured extensively with W.C. Clark, Archie Bell & the Drells and Miss Lavelle White. He’s played sideman for such legends as Bo Diddley and has opened for B.B. King, Albert King, Buddy Guy and many others. Other members of the trio are Jim Barrett on saxophone and Earl Ivey on drums.

If you love New Orleans style blues and jazz, you’ll be in the right place at the Charleston Music and Arts Collective’s new venue, The Bakery. Lady D and the Rogue Johnsen Trio are bringing you Blues for Christmas, so you can bring the whole family out for an evening of “roots” music, New Orleans style.

Tickets are $15 at the door. Admission price is the same for all ages. Light refreshment and non-alcoholic drinks are included in the admission. (As the Charleston Music and Arts Collective is still in the renovation stage, they’re encouraging audience members to bring camp chairs or a folding chair as seating may be limited). The Bakery is located at 1007 Bigley Avenue, on Charleston’s West Side. Call 567.525.8016 for more information.

Christmas On The Fire Escape

It’s a Christmas tradition here in PopCult, and we will post this video again Monday morning, but here is the now Mrs. PopCulteer, Melanie Larch, performing “Ave Maria” acapella on the fire escape outside the old LiveMix Studio on Quarrier Street in Charleston, recorded December 6, 2006 for Radio Free Charleston.

Holiday programming on The AIR

xmas-air-logo-01The AIR leaps face-first into the holiday spirit all weekend long, with tons of great Christmas programming. Check it out at the website, or on this little embedded audio player present…

Among the revelry you’ll hear holiday episodes of Radio Free Charleston, Curtain Call, Big Electric Cat, The Swing Shift, Prognosis, Beatles Blast and The Bat (something) Crazy Show, plus we have several hours of The AIR XMAS MESS, which presents a mix of holiday songs, comedy bits and classic episodes of The Goon Show. Also added to the mix are classic radio productions like Orson Welles’ “A Christmas Carol” and Christmas editions of Dragnet and Suspense.

This collection of shows will run all-day Saturday, Sunday and Monday. We will still bring you our overnight marathon of Radio Free Charleston, Saturday at midnight, and we learned over Thanksgiving not to mess with our Sunday and Thursday overnight marathons of The Swing Shift, so there will be a few breaks in the holiday celebration, but for the most part, The AIR will celebrate Christmas right alongside you, all weekend long.

Rotofugi in Chicago

We have a few more photos from our early-December trip to Chicago, all of these taken at the Designer toy store/art gallery, Rotofugi.


The portal to one of the coolest places on the planet.


Blind-box designer toy insanity!


We somehow managed to resist the call of the Yeti, but these things look really cool.


Selfie in front of the Tokydoki wall.


I finally remembered to get a decent picture of Chris Ware’s Jimmy Corrigan.


Some of the designer toys are huge.


We leave you with the biggest one, on display in the window.

And that is our PopCulteer. We wish you a happy Christmas and a healthy new year, and ask you to come back and check out our daily posts here in this odd little blog.