Otis Taylor’s Picks of the Week

June 1, 2012 


7 tonight: Marshall Chapman at Alien Carnival House Concert Series. Marshall Chapman, a Spartanburg native, is an accomplished folk singer-songwriter whose had her songs recorded by Conway Twitty, Joe Cocker, Jimmy Buffett and Emmylou Harris, among others. Chapman is also a known author, with her two books, “Goodbye, Little Rock and Roller” and “They Came to Nashville,” earning her a following outside of music. She appeared at the 2011 SC Book Festival. Her songs have always rocked with emotion, the kind that could make Jerry Lee Lewis leave his dressing to watch, as is rumored to have happened at a 1978 concert. This is an outdoor house concert, so bring lawn chairs and blankets. Guests are invited to arrive at 6 p.m. with covered dish or snack to share. $15; bocelts@yahoo.com or (803) 413-5676

8 p.m. Saturday: Brother Esau at New Brookland Tavern. Brother Esau is a Grateful Dead tribute band. Let the jamming commence. With The Thunder Pigs. NBT is at 122 State St., West Columbia. $10; (803) 791-4413

9 p.m. Saturday: Hammer No More the Fingers at Conundrum Music Hall. Hammer No More the Fingers, a power rock trio, plays rock music built around tight hooks and riffs. In recent years, both Spin Magazine and The New York Times have championed the band’s music. With Those Lavender Whales. Conundrum is at 626 Meeting St., West Columbia. $5; conundrum.us

8 p.m. Monday: John Butcher at Conundrum Music Hall. John Butcher, a saxophonist who writes compositions featuring the instrument multitracked, favors amplification and feedback in his live performances. With exploratative candor, he coaxes foreign sounds from the instrument. With Gino Robair and Thomas Lehn; $12 or pay what you can afford

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