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January 24, 2014

With your PopCulteer buried under deadlines and trying fo figure out what’s going to be in next week’s Radio Free Charleston, this week we’re just looking at stuff to do.

Friday Free Entertainment

Comedy returns to St. Albans’ hippest Coffee Shop, Four Brothers Cafe, as Patrick Felton headlines a FREE, ALL-AGES show with featured act Lynn Browder. Marcus Oglesby will also be on hand. The comedy starts at 8 PM. Four Brothers Cafe is on Olde Main Street Plaza, across the street from The Alban Theater.

Two virtuoso guitarists light up the night at Taylor Books, on Capitol Street, as Spencer Eliott and Sean Sydnor alternate sets beginning at 7:30 PM. The next night these two take their act to The Bluegrass Kitchen for more free, quality music, starting at 7 PM.

At 9 PM The Barko-Loungers with Ammed Soloman take the stage at Bruno’s on Leon Sullivan Way. Also at 9 PM, Renegade Mary performs at the Coal Miner’s Lounge on Rte. 60 in Milton. Renegade Mary will perform, sans cover charge, at The Monkey Barrel (next to Bruno’s) on Saturday at 10 PM.

Friday Music

At 8 PM it’s “Rudyfest,” a benefit for Rudy and Lisa DeWeese, who recently lost their home to a fire. Rudy is the bass player for Beggars Clan and the lead guitarist for MJ-X. Above all of that, Rudy is one hell of a guy who would give his last dime to somebody in need. So with that being said, The Boulevard Tavern and a host of bands, local artisans, local business and local patrons are coming together to help Rudy and Lisa get back on their feet.


8:00-8:50 – Moonshine Crossing (Shine Grass)
9:10 – 10:00 – InFormation (High Energy Rock n Roll Trio)
10:20- 11:10 – MJ-X (Space Rock, Space Funk, Space Music)
11:30-12:20 – Beggars Clan (Appalachian Reggae/Funk)
12:40 – 2:00 – The Company Stores ( Folk Rock/Soul)

It’s a great line-up for a great cause, and it’s only five dollars to get into the show.

At 9 PM, Dunbar Lanes welcomes Tyler Childers, from Paintsville, Kentucky. Six dollars gets you in the door to hear the Appalachian balladry of this young man carrying on the tradition of the area with songs and tall-tales of the region.

At 10 PM, The McGees, No Such Noise and No Pretty Pictures bring their energizing music to The Empty Glass. Seven bucks is the cover charge.

Saturday Music

I told you about the Water Crisis Benefit at The Alban Arts Center in this post the other day.

The Rozwell Kid, Tofujitsu and Goodwolf show at The Empty Glass has been converted into a benefit for United Way, too, with the addition of Trojan Whores. The cover is seven bucks and the show starts at 11 PM.

It’s time for another edition of Rock-N-Roll at the Theater at Kanawha Players Theater on Beauregard Street. Doors open at 6 PM and five bucks gets you inside for an old-school rock variety conglomeration. The first couple of hours will be dedicated to open mic time, with anything from poetry reading, insturmental, acapella, rap, rock, country, punk, to metal.

The rest of the line up is subject to change, but plans are for sets from Little Nomad, Steve Wandling, Project Biscotti, The Laser Beams and the evening’s headliners, the LEAGUE of MISINFORMED GENTLEMEN, a hot punk band from Ohio. Barring an avalanche, this is where the RFC cameras will be Saturday night.