Otis Taylor's picks of week

7:30 tonight: WUSC-FM 90.5 benefit show at New Brookland Tavern. The mix of DJ and rock music reflects a typical WUSC listener's playlist. Performers include: Alejandro, Jungle Crow, The Choir Quit, Kid Trails, the Get Wets and Single Serving Friends. NBT is at 122 State St., West Columbia. $5; (803) 791-4413

8:30 tonight: Tom Conlon at The Watershed. Conlon, along with Don Russo, will play singer-songwriter tunes that might have a message, but not the kind that hits you over the head like a Winter Jam. The Watershed is at 711 East Main St., Suite S, Lexington. $5; (803) 957-1887

10 tonight: Villanova at The Venue on Broad. Villanova, which recently played a show with Uncle Kracker, continues to rock local clubs and tour the region. But it's been a good while since we reported the band went to Atlanta to work on a new record. Hey, guys, when are you going to drop that joint? The Venue is at 1020 Broad St., Camden; (803) 713-8333

7 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday: James Gregory at Newberry Opera House. Gregory bills himself as the "Funniest Man in America." What kind of vehicle do you have to drive to believe that? The opera house is at 1201 McKibben St., Newberry. $27.50 to $29.50; (803) 276-6264

8 p.m. Saturday: Sons of Young at Elbow Room. Sons of Young rally around a simple purpose: playing a mix of country, Americana and rock without a filter. The music sounds honest and personal. With Whiskey Tango Revue, a band that makes music for laying in the grass - or on the kitchen floor after a long, long night. "Homesick Carolina Blues" is the type of sad-sap tale that makes you long for home. Elbow Room is at 2020 Devine St.

10 p.m. Saturday: Elaine Townsend Band at Hard Knox Grill. Townsend is making her debut with what she calls her dream band. She'll be joined by Todd Nagle, Sonny D., Tom "T-Bird" Toglio and Jack Radcke, playing original blues-rock songs and covers of Howlin' Wolf, Freddy King, Sue Foley and Jimmy Vaughn. Hard Knox Grill is at 1000 Knox Abbott Drive, Cayce. (803) 834-3910

7 p.m. Sunday: "Save the 803" at NBT. Save the 803 is a grassroots Web site (www.savethe803.com) and push to support local Ronald McDonald House Charities locations. The benefit show will feature Suhgarim, Grantham's Asylum, Devoured and Exiled. Chloe Levesque, a 15-year-old Brookland-Cayce High School sophomore, runs Save the 803. This is the first show. Levesque wants to raise money at smaller shows in hopes of putting on a bigger benefit concert.

"Hopefully, I'll have a good turnout so New Brookland will let me have another show," she said. "I really support (Ronald McDonald House Charities). I haven't had a family member go there, but I know it must be really hard for families when they have a kid that's sick."

Tickets cost $5 for over 21 and $8 for under.

5 p.m. Monday: Aaron Johnson and Grant Robertson fundraiser at The White Mule. Johnson and Robertson are running for public office, Johnson for mayor and Robertson for city council. Darren Woodlief, JellyRoll and Delicious Dish and The Plowboys will perform. Johnson and Robertson will give speeches, which some might also consider a performance.