Handlebar
The Handlebar | 304 E. Stone Ave, Greenville, SC | 864-233-6173 | venue website

Rebirth Brass Band

Artist on JamBase
Official Website
Track Artist
Listen

REBIRTH BRASS BAND with special guest CRAIG SORRELLS PROJECT, featuring Craig Sorrells of The Work
Thursday - 7/29/2010
8:30 PM | 18 & Up | $16
Buy Tickets Save Show Send to a Friend More Info
New Orleans institution kicks brass, lays down funk, works Mardi Gras mambo: New Orleans funk institution Rebirth Brass Band turns 27 this year, and with their anniversary comes overnight success, thanks in part to the new cutting-edge HBO series, Treme, which featured the band in its premiere. Considered the “best contemporary New Orleans ensemble working in vintage marching band style” (Allmusic.com), Rebirth Brass band formed in the late ’80s with trombone, trumpet and tuba, booming uptempo spirituals, rags, funeral funk and more. (A founding member and co-leader was famed trumpeter Kermit Ruffins, who left for a solo career in 1994.) Long a staple of the tiny midtown bar, Glass House, where they recorded one of their finest live sets, Rebirth is every bit a mobile Mardi Gras machine. The band has recorded with G. Love, the subdudes, Robbie Robertson, Los Hombres Calientes, even alternative rockers Mute Math. Laying down second-line funk like no other tribe, Rebirth sprays enough Louisiana hot sauce on your feet to keep you dancin’ all night long.

Zoogma

Artist on JamBase
Official Website
Track Artist
Listen

ZOOGMA
w/
special guests Labyrinth, featuring Elliott from The Malah
Friday - 7/30/2010
9:00 PM | 18 & Up | $6
Buy Tickets Save Show Send to a Friend More Info
Fast-rising Mississippi quintet fuses DJ sonics with live-electronic acrobatics: Oxford, Mississippi: Home of William Faulkner, the literary Oxford American … and Zoogma, the exciting, catchy, up-and-coming band that combines the sonic diversity and precision of a DJ with the energy and spontaneity of a five-piece rock band. The band is catching on at dance parties coast-to-coast, with a kinetic sound, carefully crafted beats, melodic textures and the improvisation of an electronic-rock band. Fusing electronica, rock, jazz, world and hip-hop, Zoogma just released their debut album, Recreational Vehicles. The band’s unforgiving tour schedule supports their CD - and they’ve shared stages with Perpetual Groove, Keller Williams, Ozric Tentacles, Pnuma Trio, Big Gigantic, The New Mastersounds and others. Hip, hot and rising fast … Zoogma.

High Lonesome

Artist on JamBase
Track Artist

HIGH LONESOME w/ The Bitterman
Monday - 8/2/2010
8:30 PM | 18 & Up | $6
Buy Tickets Save Show Send to a Friend More Info
Open the release valve! Start your weekend off right - on MONDAY!
Few bands capture the emotion that fuels them to create music. Highlonesome brings their Americana all the way from Beer City, USA, the Milwaukee that made foam famous. This band makes roots music real; their new album: "In life we can't be free," is soaked in misery, lost love and death. Lead vocalist Noah Tyson's got a dark and haunting voice, almost ghostly. He's added some punk and hardcore veterans to his band, and his brilliant, complex, believable and original tunes will make you wonder where you've been all their lives. With fiddle, banjo, acoustic guitar and a driving string-band rock sensibility, don't be surprised if you catch the next Avett Bros. or Old Crow Medicine Show here. "Noah," says one critic, "writes songs that bring people together and simultaneously make them feel more alone than they’ve ever been." The Bitterman has played The Handlebar numerous times, opening for the likes of Unknown Hinson and Kevn Kinney of Drivin' n' Cryin'.

Brave Combo

Artist on JamBase
Official Website
Track Artist
Listen

BRAVE COMBO
Wednesday - 8/11/2010
8:30 PM | 18 & Up | $13
Buy Tickets Save Show Send to a Friend More Info
Two-time Grammy Award winning polka-rock-Latin-surf-klezmer dance mayhem: They were the wedding-reception band for the Talking Heads’ David Byrne. They’ve won two Grammy Awards. Their music has been featured on TV, during The Simpson’s Octoberfest and on “Ugly Betty”; all over radio; even books. We first saw this frenetic Denton, Texas, band at a Florida festival, and went nuts, so here’s a personal appeal: SEE THIS BAND. Take the Red Elvises, add nearly 30 years of experience, throw in a tight crew of multi-instrumental geniuses, and you’ve got the hottest dance band on the planet. From Japanese pop to klezmer surf rock to rocking cha-cha, Brave Combo creates what the Washington Post calls "mosh pit polka." Where else are you going to do the Hokey-Pokey and the Chicken Dance? Let's not forget, Zydeco, acid rock, Muzak, bubblegum, cumbia, classical and the twist. Mozart as a Mexican salsa? No problem. They even played Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade and Lincoln Center. Isn’t it about time Brave Combo lit up Greenville?

Moxie

Artist on JamBase
Official Website
Track Artist

1967: THE SUMMER OF LOVE
Featuring: MOXIE
w/ The Travelers, Larry Hoskinson, Deadly Crank Dogs, Manic Blue, Kelly Jo, The Bitterman, LemonHook, Tiny Purple Fishes, Jay Taylor
Friday - 8/13/2010
8:00 PM | 18 & Up | $10
Buy Tickets Save Show Send to a Friend More Info
Raining cats, dogs with classic hits to benefit Greenville Humane Society
Listen to music from 1967 and help animals too! What could be more perfect! Upstate musicians band together -- a total of 10 bands -- to bring back the Summer of Love, performing The Beatles, Hendrix, Cream, Jefferson Airplane and much more. The psychedelic time machine will offer vintage and tie-dyed clothing for sale, go-go dancers, adult drinks, dinner, dancing, laughter, conversation, your favorite bands and friends -- all to benefit The Greenville Humane Society. Support the animals (not just the ones on stage!) and enjoy a great night with all the tunes you know, love and take you back to those days you don't quite remember.

The Original Wailers

Artist on JamBase
Official Website
Track Artist
Listen

THE ORIGINAL WAILERS w/ Al Anderson, Junior Marvin
PLUS The Work
Thursday - 8/19/2010
8:30pm | 18 & Up | $20
Buy Tickets Save Show Send to a Friend More Info
Offshoot of Marley's old band features backup vocalists, guitars from early Jamaican heyday: Al Anderson and Junior Marvin joined reggae icon/pioneer Bob Marley & The Wailers in the early '70s, lending backing-vocal and guitar talents; it was Junior Marvin who added some rock juice to the roots-reggae sound that Marley already had made world-famous. In 1973, Marvin was a member of Hanson -- no, not THAT Hanson -- and joined Marley in 1977. He also has worked with Toots & The Maytals and Steve Winwood, solidifying his reggae AND rock cred. Al Anderson toured extensively with Marley, and appeared on numerous Wailers records. The pair form the core of The Original Wailers, an offshoot of the band that carried on after Marley's death. THIS iteration also pays tribute to the Jamaican legend, adding rich interpretations and tight renderings of the original material. And The Work kicks the night off? What's left to be said about this amazing bill? Let's get on to the partyin'!

The Movement

Artist on JamBase
Official Website
Track Artist
Listen

THE MOVEMENT w/ The Lionz of Zion
Thursday - 8/26/2010
8:30 PM | 18 & Up | $8
Buy Tickets Save Show Send to a Friend More Info
Rock-heavy reggae-punk hipsters packed it out in January - now for a summer splash: Their last show slammed. Summer brings huge crowds. So it might be a good idea to get your (cheap!) tickets fast. The Movement may have relocated from nearby Columbia to Philly, but their vibe remained: a distinctly Southern alternative-reggae vibe, which happened to catch the attention of the Philly-based producer behind G. Love and Slightly Stoopid. That’s only part of the story behind the duo of Joshua Swain and Jordan Miller, who grew up together in South Carolina ... until they became a quartet opening for Steel Pulse, Blues Traveler, The Wailers, Ludicris, Common, Long Beach Shortbus, Wu Tang Clan, among others. Playing rock-heavy reggae, with punk and hip-hop influences, The Movement has long packed out Columbia and Clemson clubs and adds The Handlebar to their conquests. A vibrating live experience, textured songwriting and thousands of shows. Yeah, that’s movement -- The Movement.

Incendiary

Artist on JamBase
Official Website
Track Artist

RANDALL BRAMBLETT, GEOFF ACHISON, YONRICO SCOTT & TODD SMALLIE
Thursday - 9/2/2010
8:30 PM | 18 & Up | $11
Buy Tickets Save Show Send to a Friend More Info
Features renowned songwriter; Aussie guitar shredder; and Derek Trucks' percussionists: When Randall Bramblett, guitar ace Geoff Achison and the percussion section for the Derek Trucks Band – Yonrico Scott and Todd Smallie – played Atlanta recently, here’s what one critic said: “Incendiary. That's the word. BURNIN' HOT. This was a genius lineup, a perfect group. … (Their show) was a blues, jazz, rock, kick-the-genres-to-the-curb-and-play-amazing music concert. If you EVER have a chance to see ANY of these musicians, you owe it to yourself to go.” Achison, voted one of the Top 10 Hottest New Guitarists by Guitar Player magazine, hails from Australia, though his Outback mojo includes New Orleans funk, driving blues and jazzy soul. Bramblett, a multitalented songwriter who also plays sax and keys, has worked with Chuck Leavell and is on speed dial of some of rock’s biggest names, including Steve Winwood, Levon Helm and Bonnie Raitt. As for Scott and Smallie, the engine that thumps DTB, those two need no introduction – they’ve been here. But you’ve never done THIS.
The Handlebar | 304 E. Stone Ave, Greenville, SC | 864-233-6173 | venue website