Otis Taylor’s Picks of the Week

January 18, 2013 


7:30 tonight: Tonya Tyner at The Watershed. Tonya Tyner, a Spring Valley High School and USC graduate who has come back home after moving around the country (her last stop was in Austin, Texas), refers to herself as a spiritual, acoustic songwriter. Tyner, who released her debut CD, “Beautiful Light” in 2011, fills her stories with a mix of realism and humor, while remaining steady in her faith. “Being single in your 30s is so daunting / And my empty bed is cruel and taunting” she sings on “I Keep Trying.” No worries, she’s got a great song to sing. Check out the “Boneshow” video shot downtown in front of “Tunnel Vision.” With Matt Corbin and M.R. Smith. The Watershed is at 711 East Main St., Lexington. $7; (803) 951-8944

7:30 p.m. Saturday: “Rocketman” at the Koger Center. “Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going to be a Long, Long Time” is a song composed by Elton John and Bernie Taupin. This “Rocketman” is a tribute of Sir Elton by Tokyo Joe, a band that does all it can to please a crowd. The band – and this show, which will benefit the Nancy K. Perry Children’s Shelter – has been successful. “Rocketman” has raised $33,000 in two years, according to Tokyo Joe’s Greg Bickley. There’s a special treat for fans this year: Drummer Charlie Morgan, who was a member of Rocket Man’s band for 13 years, will perform. So will WIS-10 anchor Hannah Horne. The Koger Center is at 1051 Greene St. $21-$26; (803) 251-2222 or www.capitoltickets.com

8 p.m. Saturday: Pinetop Lightning at Corner Pocket. D.B. Bryant fans pay attention: Pinetop Lightning is the guitarist’s new Americana and roots rock band. “Jericho,” an EP, will be released at the show. Corner Pocket is at 489 Piney Grove Road. Free, with a canned food donation; www.pinetoplightning.com

8 p.m. Saturday: Sutton, Holt and Coleman at Newberry Opera House. This show is a tribute to Doc Watson, a flat-picking and finger-style guitarist who moved through bluegrass, folk and country music. Watson died in May. One of Watson’s frequent collaborators, David Holt (the two won a Grammy Award in 2002 in the best traditional folk album category for “Legacy”), will be joined by Bryan Sutton and T. Michael Coleman, who have also performed with Watson. Holt is also know for “Folkways,” a TV show that runs on North Carolina public TV. Sutton, a five-time winner of the IBMA guitarist of the year, won a Grammy in 2006 with Watson in the best country instrumental performance category for “Whiskey Before Breakfast.” Newberry was a regular stop on Watson’s tours. The opera house is at 1201 McKibben St., Newberry. $30; (803) 276-6264 or www.newberryoperahouse.com

9 p.m. Saturday: VaVatican at Conundrum Music Hall. VaVatican is an experimental quartet — guitar, saxophone, synths and drums — that presents an unconventional sound experience. With Thus, My Retort. Conundrum is at 626 Meeting St., West Columbia. $5; www.conundrum.us

9 p.m. Saturday: Jucifer at Art Bar. “ART BAR KICKS OFF 2013 WITH ONE OF THE LOUDEST SHOWS OF THE YEAR” was part of the text sent by Art Bar’s booking agent Marty Fort in an email. That’s says it loud and clear. With Carolina Chupacabra, Abacus and Blind Cobras. Art Bar is at 1211 Park St. $5; www.artbarsc.com

8 p.m. Wednesday: A Fragile Tomorrow at New Brookland Tavern. A Fragile Tomorrow is releasing its CD, “Be Nice Be Careful.” The Charleston-based quartet — brothers Sean, Dominic and Brendan Kelly and Shaun Rhoades — plays smart and catchy pop-rock. The record, which has been reviewed favorably, features guest vocals from Amy Ray of Indigo Girls and Vicki and Debbi Peterson of The Bangles, among others. With Hannah Thomas and Don Dixon. NBT is at 122 State St., West Columbia. $13 in advance, $15 at the door; www.newbrooklandtavern.com

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