Music Scene: Dexter Romweber Duo, Holiday Hangout Reggae Party, Blue Dogs
By Matthew Godbey Special to The Post and Courier | Thursday, December 27, 2012
Dexter Romweber Duo
Dexter Romweber rose to popularity within the underground music scene in the mid-’80s with the somewhat grungy rockabilly band Flat Duo Jets.
With a sound that no one had heard before, Flat Duo Jets became a cult phenomenon throughout the ’80s and ’90s, touring with bands such as the Cramps and R.E.M. before disbanding in 1999.
Romweber ventured off into solo music, making rock/blues, distorted folk records that were described as either genius or demented, or both.
Afterward, Romweber and his sister, Sara Romweber, formed the two-piece group, the Dexter Romweber Duo, in late 2000.
To date, the group has been playing the underground club scene as well as major tours with artists such as Neko Case, Cat Power, Reverend Horton Heat and the White Stripes.
All of the duo’s more well-known tour companions cite Romweber as a major musical influence in the documentary “Two Headed Cow,” which chronicles Romweber’s music and life.
The Dexter Romweber Duo play a crunchy concoction of blues, rock ’n’ roll and folk that is wonderfully raw and direct, with no pretense or wasted time, just to-the-point rock ’n’ roll. And it’s that sincerity to their craft that has afforded the Romwebers continued dedication from its fan base.
Touring behind its latest release, 2011’s “Is That You in the Blue?,” The Dexter Romweber Duo will perform today at the Tin Roof, 1117 Magnolia Road. Tickets are $12 and are available at the venue. Show time for this 21-and-up show is set for 9 p.m.
Call 571-0775 for more info.
Holiday Hangout Reggae Party
Working its way into the seams of holiday tradition, this year’s Holiday Hangout Reggae Party features a young lineup consisting of some of the most active groups in the region.
TreeHouse! is a Myrtle Beach-based reggae-rock trio which performs nearly 150 shows a year, having performed with The Wailers, Steel Pulse, Soja and Pepper, among others.
Hailing from Charlotte, fellow reggae-rock trio Sun-Dried Vibes finished a two-month headlining tour along the East Coast in June before embarking on its fall/winter “Exam Jam” tour to cap off a busy year.
Charleston-based singer/songwriter Tyler Boone fills out the night’s roster to promote his new straightforward rock album, a five-song EP which reflects Boone’s growth over the last few years of tireless performing and writing.
The event will take place today at The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway. Cost to attend is $8 at the door. Doors open at 9 p.m.
Go to www.charlestonpourhouse.com for more.
With all of its members hailing from or around the Lowcountry, the blues-rock band Blue Dogs has taken a long and steady journey to find success in the music business.
Though the seeds of the band were originally planted in 1987, the band didn’t begin reaping what they had sewn until 1995. After several lineup changes and album releases, Blue Dogs recorded a live performance at the historic Dock Street Theater in 1995 titled “Live at the Dock Street Theater.” The recording became the band’s highest-selling album to date, propelling the band to tour and promote itself more heavily.
With the persistence came results, and by 1997 the band was playing with such acts as Hootie & The Blowfish, G. Love, .38 Special, Little Feat, The Righteous Brothers, Cracker, Wilco, Ben Folds Five and others.
Now in its 25th consecutive year, Blue Dogs continues to perform more than 100 shows a year nationwide.
Blue Dogs will appear Sunday at The Windjammer, 1008 Ocean Blvd. on the Isle of Palms, with a surprise list of guests to help kick off the new year. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 the day of the show, and are available at the-windjammer.comor at the door. Doors open at 9 p.m., show starts at 10:30 p.m.