What began as a 2011-2012 Kickstarter (crowd-sourced) effort to raise $10,000 toward recording a studio album in Nashville, Tenn., local original rock act Ten Toes Up will finally deliver on a long-awaited 12-song project titled “Paper House.” Early feedback from a few who had advanced copies say “Paper House” was worth the wait.
Perhaps the most personal of singer/guitarist BJ Craven’s writing efforts to date, “Paper House” shows a real evolution sonically and emotionally for a band that’s been paying its dues since forming in 2006. The band will headline a CD Release Party and all-day festival-type multi-band concert to coincide with the 10-year anniversary celebration for the hosting venue, Pawley’s Island Tavern, better known as the P.I.T. The all-ages show begins at 1 p.m. Sunday with local acts Paperwork and Bullfrog, along with Columbia-based The Rival Brothers. It’s been rumored that unannounced guests may make an appearance. Copies of “Paper House” will be available for purchase at the show and online.
“We love playing the P.I.T.,” said Craven, whose band is best known on the south end of the Strand in Murrells Inlet, Pawleys Island, and all the way to the greater Charleston area. “We’re bringing in big production, a large outdoor stage, and some things that the P.I.T has never had before.” Plenty of food, and additional vendors will be on hand, lending to the festival atmosphere. Dress nice and comb your hair if you go. A live video will be shot throughout the day, allowing fans to be a part of the promotional effort.
Craven explained the grueling process of writing, traveling back and forth to Nashville, all while managing a busy performance schedule with the band and his two-piece act, the Folkem Duo, with Jonathon Roberts. Craven also hosts the weekly Team Rockin’ Bingo event Tuesday evenings at Nacho Hippo at The Market Common.
“It was tough,” said Craven. “I felt like my voice was trashed some of those days in the studio. I had to take sips of Crown Royal between takes.” Yeah, tough work indeed. Collaborating with producers Ed Seay and Marc Meeker, Craven said the band continued in its “evolution” to a slightly harder edge featuring variant vocal styles. “Those guys suggested things, and thought of new ways to look at songs, and how I was singing them,” said Craven. “That’s what producers do.”
Craven shares the stage and creative collaboration with original Ten Toes Up bandmates bassist/vocalist Charles Freeman, percussionist/vocalist Joshua Gregory, and drummer Adam Miller.
Pawleys Island Tavern is at 10635 Ocean Highway (U.S. 17) in Pawleys Island, but it’s kind of hidden behind the Mole Hole Gift Shop. Look for the P.I.T. mailbox and long gravel driveway.
Bimini’s Oyster Bar & Seafood Café will host the 11th annual Rickfest starting at 2 p.m. Saturday in memory of Rick Duff, Bimini’s larger than life former co-owner who died 12 years ago.
The festival will feature a bevy of local talent along with silent auctions, raffles, a pig roast, and more, all to benefit Look Good Feel Better, an organization dedicated to helping women with cancer. Bimini’s manager and Rickfest organizer Jill Fieldman was looking for a local beneficiary and felt inspired by the services the organization provides. “For women with cancer, losing their hair is very tough,” she said. “I went to one of their meetings at Tami & Company Salon in Myrtle Beach. They were teaching some women, cancer patients, how best to apply make-up after hair loss from chemotherapy.” The organization also provides wigs, scarves and turbans for cancer patients along with other services. “It was awesome, very inspiring.”
On tap to perform: Junior Hula Girls, Who Shot J.R.?, The Paul Grimshaw Band (plug, plug), Don Colton & Friends, and an all-star Chainsaws/Mullets jam to close the event. Bimini’s is at 930 Lake Arrowhead Road, Myrtle Beach.
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