Elise Testone & the James Brown Dance Party

Elise Testone wasn't lured away by the bright lights for long following her impressive stint on Season 11 of "American Idol," where she finished sixth. After the whirlwind of international acclaim cast a spotlight on the Mount Pleasant-based singer and songwriter, Testone left her job as a vocal coach at Music Unlimited to tour extensively, performing with the likes of B.B. King, Snoop Dogg, Kevin Costner & Modern West and many others along the way.

Today, Testone is settling back into life in the Lowcountry, where she continues writing, recording and performing her solo work, including material from her latest album, "In This Life," while also collaborating with friends both old and new on various projects.

Testone will host the 10-piece funk band the James Brown Dance Party for a night of covers from Jamiroqui, Tower of Power and, of course, James Brown, at The Windjammer, 1008 Ocean Blvd., on Friday. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 the day of the show, and are available at the door or online at The-Windjammer.com. Doors open at 9 p.m.

Call 886-8596 for more information.

The Hooten Hallers

Born out of America's heartland, there isn't much else like the rockabilly-esque blues trio The Hooten Hallers.

The Missouri-based band formed in 2006 behind a passion for reviving sounds and instruments from rock 'n' roll, blues and soul music's past and quickly became a local favorite known for its offbeat arrangements and frenetic live shows.

The gravelly, manic growls of vocalist John Randall give way to Honus Honus of Man Man and Tom Waits comparisons while harmonica and tuba player Paul Weber and stand-up drummer Andy Rehm hold down a truly unique rhythm section, all lending perfectly to the best oddities found in underground, underrated music.

By the end, The Hooten Hallers stands before jaw-dropped first-timers and proves that originality doesn't have to be without good music.

The Hooten Hallers will perform Tuesday at The Royal American, 970 Morrison Drive, with SUSTO. There's a $5 cover and the show starts at 9 p.m.

Go to TheRoyalAmerican.com or call 817-6925 for more information.