Free Music Friday – April Edition: Four-band heavyweight card up Friday night

Debuts and a farewell featured in a potpouri of music

This month’s Free Music Friday is a bit of a change-up for the long-running musical potpouri. Mixed up and matched up bands, two debut performances and a debut to Free Music Friday, all local Charleston acts, take the stage for what promises to be an entertaining evening.

Promoter Scott Walus describes it as “The soundtrack of the evening features blues rock, kitchen sink indie pop, 90s party rock, and positive power pop. Intrigued? Keep reading for complete details for all of the music makers.”

No cover. Doors open at 8 p.m., 21+ to attend, and a variety of drink specials. Donations toward the bands are appreciated.

Here is the running order for the evening:

  • Blues Man Joe and the Rhythm Dogs (9:15-10)
  • Keating Etc. (10:15-11)
  • O’Flannigan’s Beard (11:15-12)
  • fortyminusone (12:15- 1)

Descriptions of the acts cribbed from the event Facebook page.

Blues Man Joe and the Rhythm Dogs is a maximum blues explosion. The band features the combination of singer/guitarist Joe McLean of The Cruddites fame with the gentlemanly rhythm section of the Moondogs.

Keating Etc. takes the stage for the last time in the second slot. They make an interesting music filled with seven-ish musicians from folk, classical, rock, metal, and Las Vegas lounge backgrounds. The resultant sound is a lo-fi Spector-ish wall of sound that only Charleston’s music scene could engineer. Come wish them a fond farewell! (editor’s note: I will be performing with this band)

Here’s a sample of the band’s sound, via drummer Brian Wood:

O’Flannigan’s Beard is the latest and greatest endeavor from the musical pack of maniacs that created both Bunch of Hunks as well as Pretty and the Useless. Their latest evolution in sound promises to harness the energy and hooks of 90s party rock performed with the musical precision and style provided by an Alex Smith/Megan McDevitt music group. This is their debut performance.

fortyminusone –  The four piece features the signature vocals of Heather Gustafson and the big big rock sounds of Craig Hunt (guitars), Tod Keating (bass), and Aaron York (drums). Although they are new to Free Music Friday, the quartet has released three full-length albums featuring their unique brand of hook-filled hard rock.

Here’s a taste of their sound:

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