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February 3, 2012

Otis Taylor’s Picks of the Week

8 tonight: Hotel California — “A Salute to the Eagles” at Newberry Opera House. OK, we’re curious. When this Eagles tribute band takes the stage, does someone in the band say, “Welcome to the Hotel California?” Expect to hear “Hotel California,” the Eagles’ greatest hit, along with others like “Heartache Tonight” and “One of These Nights.” The band will also play solo music written by Eagles members Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Glenn Frey. The opera house is 1201 McKibben St., Newberry. $40; (803) 276-6264

8 tonight: Rev. Marv Ward at Utopia. Rev. Marv Ward, a bluesy guitarist and singer with the gentlemanly swagger of a country music outlier, will release his latest CD, “I Should Know Better.” Ward continues to meld Americana, blues and traditional rock music. When we first began covering Marv several years ago, he was flirting with retirement. We should’ve known better. With Jellyroll and Delicious Dish. Utopia is at 3830 Rosewood Drive; (803) 782-8522

8 tonight: John Wesley Satterfield and His Damn Fine Band at 5 Points Pub. John Wesley Satterfield, whose band includes sure-handed musicians Reggie Sullivan (upright bass), Jesse Isley (guitar) and Clyde Frazier III (drums), has a knack for toying with moods in his music, live or otherwise. He’s one of the most relatable songwriters performing on the scene. The pub is at 2020 Devine St. $8; (803) 253-7888

8 p.m. Saturday: The Chuck Wagon Gang at Bill’s Music Shop & Pickin’ Parlor. The Chuck Wagon Gang plays old timey gospel music, the kind that harkens back to an era when hymns were an essential part of music. Bill’s is at 710 Meeting St., West Columbia. $12 in advance, $15 at the door; (803) 796-6477

9 p.m. Saturday: FatRat Da Czar at New Brookland Tavern. FatRat Da Czar, a MC with an incomparable resume, has increasingly done what most well-known rappers avoid: letting others get their shine. FatRat, an affiliate of Non Stop Hip Hop Live, the host of this show, has in many ways become a gateway of introduction for young talent. Get a show with FatRat, and you’ve got a name. That isn’t to say that Fat has softened or has eschewed his menacing material. On the contrary, he seems more focused than ever. With Wally Fatz, Ox, Los Caus and Lele a.k.a. Bad Bad. NBT is at 122 State St., West Columbia. $10; (803) 791-4413

9 p.m. Saturday: Bob Marley Birthday Celebration at 5 Points Pub. This birthday party for the revered reggae legend will be thrown by Jahson & The Natty Vibez, one of a handful of local reggae-influenced bands honoring Marley’s Rastafarian culture. The band will perform Marley covers, of course.

9 p.m. Saturday: Today the Moon, Tomorrow the Sun at Art Bar. Today the Moon, Tomorrow the Sun plays electro-pop with a sunny, dancey disposition. Not dancing to this band is a challenge. With Earthsleep, The Noise and Jurassic Heat. Art Bar is at 1211 Park St. $4; (803) 929-0198

8 p.m. Wednesday: 21 Sounds at Conundrum Music Hall. 21 Sounds, the new music concert series developed by Dan Cook, the Free Times’ editor, moves to a new and, we think, more welcoming venue. This concert will feature The Helix Collective, an L.A.-based quartet. The instrumentation — oboe, piano, flute, percussion — used to play classical and pop compositions doesn’t seem to have much heft. But that’s where the musicianship and musical emphasis comes in handy. With guitarists Steve Sloan and Marina Alexandra. Conundrum is at 626 Meeting St., West Columbia. $8 or $5 for students;

8 p.m. Thursday: HURT at 5 Points Pub. HURT, a modern rock band with lyrics sheets filled with charred emotions, is on an acoustic tour, a novel approach to what amounts to a promotional tour for the band’s new album, “The Crux,” due in April. With The Wandering. $12 or $10 with a student ID

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