Music Scene: Drink Small, The Whigs, Everyone Orchestra

By Matthew Godbey  Special to The Post and Courier   – Wednesday, February 5, 2014

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Drink Small will perform Sunday at Home Team BBQ's West Ashley location as part of Home Team's Lowcountry Blues Bash.

Drink Small

Things were a lot different back then. It was a South, and a country, most have never known and will never fully understand, but for Drink Small, the stories are in the songs.

Born and raised in Bishopville in 1933, Small experienced the brutality and struggles every African-American of the time and place did, channeling most of his experiences and hardships into music.

He taught himself how to play the guitar and formed a gospel group called the Six Stars. By the 1950s, he was regarded as one of the top gospel guitar players in the country.

But Small grew restless with gospel music, and by the end of the decade, he began recording blues and soul music with more focus on his life than on religion, a switch that earned him the nickname "The Blues Doctor."

He recorded numerous yet sporadic singles and records throughout the '60s and '70s before finding new life in the 1990s, when he released two LPs and one live album between 1990 and 1994. He re-emerged again in 2003 and has since released three more albums.

Today, the 81-year-old blues legend continues to perform several one-off performances throughout the year, usually playing a set list that travels through his time playing gospel to dirty blues and onward to his current songwriting.

Drink Small will perform Saturday at Home Team BBQ's West Ashley location, 1205 Ashley River Road, with Shrimp City Slim and Swamp Pop Shelley. Tickets are $10 at the door. The show starts at 7 p.m. with an end time set for midnight.

The show is part of Home Team's Lowcountry Blues Bash, which starts Thursday and runs through Feb. 15 at the West Ashley and Sullivan's Island locations.

Go to hometeambbq.com or call 225-7427 for more info.

The Whigs

There's no doubt that Athens, Ga., has produced some great bands. Of course there's the inevitably mentioned R.E.M., along with Of Montreal, Drive-By Truckers and Widespread Panic, to name a few. So, it should be no surprise when another great band surfaces from the Georgia rock mecca, and garage-rock trio The Whigs have proven to be one of Athens' most beloved in recent years.

The band formed in 2002 and kept itself busy throughout the early part of the millennium with the release of its 2005 debut "Give 'Em All a Big Fat Lip" and opening for such acts as Franz Ferdinand, Maroon 5 and The Killers.

The Whigs released its sophomore album titled "Mission Control" in 2008 before setting out on a North American tour with rock juggernauts Kings of Leon and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. The band also found success overseas having performed at Belgium's Rock Werchter festival, England's 02 Wireless Festival, Scotland's T in the Park festival and Ireland's Oxygen festival that same year.

The band's third album, "In the Dark," followed early last year and again saw the band opening for Black Rebel Motorcycle Club on its U.S. tour and Kings of Leon on its U.S. and U.K./Europe tour.

The trio's latest album, "Enjoy the Company," was released in 2012 and led to the band's performance on the "Late Show With David Letterman."

The Whigs will perform Friday at The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway, with Junior Astronomers. Tickets are $10 in advance, $13 the day of the show, and are available at the door or online at CharlestonPourHouse.StrangerTickets.com. Doors open at 9 p.m. with the show starting at 9:30 p.m.

Go to CharlestonPourHouse.com or call 571-4343 for more information.

Everyone Orchestra

Matt Butler was listening to an open-mic session from international participants while on vacation in India one night when an idea so large hit him that he made it his mission to make it happen.

Today, he has made that idea into an 11-year reality that has grown in popularity year after year.

Butler was a San Francisco-based multi-instrumentalist and former drummer of the band Jambay looking for something he could achieve through music that could really make a difference in the world. He began hosting open-mic nights around San Francisco in which he encouraged participants with varied styles, himself leading completely improvised song creations.

Eventually, Butler took the idea on the road, raising money for charities along the way.

He enlists a revolving cast of well-known musicians to perform while he continues conducting the on-the-spot performances. Butler also likes to involve the audience by using them as a collective instrument in the form of clapping, singing, cheering and more.

The Everyone Orchestra will perform Saturday at The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway.

For the group's Charleston performances, the lineup will include Mike Healy (Papadosio), Sam Brouse (Papadosio), Eddie Roberts (The New Mastersounds), Jake O'Connor (The Fritz) and special guest DJ Logic.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 the day of the show, and are available at the door or online at CharlestonPourHouse.StrangerTickets.com. Doors open at 9 p.m. with the show set to start at 10 p.m.

Go to CharlestonPourHouse.com or call 571-4343 for more information.