Yonder Mountain String Band

The Colorado-based progressive bluegrass quartet returns to Charleston on Wednesday behind its new EP, "YMSB EP '13."

The EP is the first real taste of new music from Yonder Mountain String Band since its acclaimed 2009 release "The Show" with veteran producer Tom Rothrock (Beck, Foo Fighters), an album that consisted of 14 new compositions and featured several guest appearances, most notably Elvis Costello's sideman, Pete Thomas, on drums.

With five studio and five live albums since its inception more than 14 years ago, Yonder Mountain String Band, like most bluegrass and jam bands, has spent much of its time touring and playing the festival circuit. But unlike many bluegrass and jam bands, its albums have steadily found chart success. All but one of its last six releases has made the top five on the U.S. bluegrass charts, with the most recent three reaching No. 1, and all but one of its last five have cracked the top 100 on the U.S. country charts.

Perhaps YMSB's album success has a lot to do with its ability to be creative without confinement to any one genre. "The Show" showcases songs ranging in influence from traditional bluegrass to alternative country to pop-tinged rock hooks, all of which culminate to a well-rounded and highly contagious set of fun, feel-good songs appealing to a wide range of tastes.

As for the new EP, the four-song album features one song written and sung by each band member.

Yonder Mountain String Band will perform Wednesday at the Music Farm, 32 Ann St., with The Traveling McCourys. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the show starting at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 the day of the show, and are available at the door or online at Etix.com.

Call 577-6969 or go to MusicFarm.com for more information.


Longtime hip-hop and rap-a-billy group Rehab is saying goodbye to its fans with a farewell tour, stopping in the Charleston-area on Friday night at the Music Farm, 32 Ann St.

Formed in 1998 by Danny Alexander and Brooks Buford, Rehab took everyone by surprise with its Dirty South style of rap and rock. The concept almost seemed too opposite to work: a couple of country guys from Georgia emerging through a cloud of red dirt and beer cans with some of the most original, catchy, hilarious and heartbreaking music around.

Buford left in 2002 and Alexander added co-vocalist Demun Jones and a band behind the Rehab name.

The group's broad spectrum of musical diversity continued with injections of metal and pop-rock while Alexander restructured Rehab following Buford's departure, ultimately scoring the group regional success behind early hits like "Bartender Song," "Bump," "It Don't Matter" and later with 2010's "Welcome Home."

And while Rehab collaborated with the likes of Cee-Lo Green, Goodie Mob and Cody Chestnutt and performed alongside Kid Rock, Linkin Park, Kottonmouth Kings and others, it was Alexander's unique gift for rhythmic fluidity, colorful storytelling and his effortless sense of melody that propelled the band's sound and success.

Rehab's latest album, "Gullible's Travels," was released in 2012. Both Alexander and Jones have plans for a solo career following Rehab's farewell tour.

Tickets to Friday's show are $13 in advance, $15 the day of the show, and are available at the door or online at Ticketfly.com.

Call 577-6989 or go to MusicFarm.com for more information.

Cosmic Charlie

Renowned Grateful Dead cover band Cosmic Charlie will return to Charleston for what has become a welcomed tradition of sorts for area Grateful Dead fans.

The band originally intended to perform its unique version of Grateful Dead covers as a "one-night-only" act for a Jerry Garcia birthday tribute several few years. When the band began receiving offers for large gigs, however, they decided to continue their crowd-pleasing performances full time.

The group's renditions are precise, fluid and focus more on the spirit of The Dead in their quest to pay homage rather than mirroring it.

Cosmic Charlie will perform Friday at The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 the day of the show. Doors open at 9 p.m.

For more information, call 571-4343 or go to www.charlestonpourhouse.com.