Sound Bites: Jef Chandler Benefit, Glass Mansions, and more



Jef Chandler

Friday, March 2
A Benefit for Jef Chandler feat. Charles Hedgepath, WPOS, and more
Quest Brewing
55 Airview Drive
$10 suggested donation
6 p.m.

Last Friday night, after returning home from a gig, singer-songwriter Jef Chandler was brutally attacked outside his home. He was severely beaten and sustained a shattered pelvis and a broken hip. Chandler has been a central figure on the Upstate music scene for decades now, and his friends around town have rallied around him while he’s been in the hospital. There are several fundraising benefits being planned for Chandler’s medical and legal bills, most notably a multi-band show at the Saluda River Yacht Club featuring The Hustle, The Alternative Facts, and Troy House, and a show at Quest Brewing organized by Chandler’s longtime friend and bandmate in The Bad Popes, Charles Hedgepath. The show will feature WPOS and various musicians Chandler has played with over the years. “He was attacked, and it’s going to take a long time to heal,” Hedgepath says. “And he’s not going to be able to play for a while, and that’s his livelihood. I’d encourage anyone to go to any of these events, whether it’s Saluda River or us, but I’d also going to encourage people to buy and listen to his music. Become more familiar with this person’s body of work.” –Vincent Harris 

Sunday, March 4
Glass Mansions w/ Hugger Mugger and I Am Dynamite
Radio Room
110 Poinsett Highway, Greenville
9 p.m.

Glass Mansions has spent years honing its blend of catchy rock and danceable electronic music, and on its new EP, the band, reduced after a series of lineup changes to a core duo of singer Jayna Doyle and guitarist/keyboard player Blake Arambula, seems to have nailed it. The blissfully catchy, perfect pop song “Nightswimming” sits comfortably alongside the swaggering rocker “Just Friends,” which comes right after the pure-electronic synth-pop rush of “Landmines,” and Doyle’s voice often becomes part of the songs’ textures, chopped into bits and pieces and fed into the musical mix. “I feel like this EP has been a long time coming,” Doyle says. “It feels like we’re Glass Mansions for the first time. We’ve definitely transitioned into being more electronic, and that gave us more of a playground for using my voice.” In fact, Arambula says he’s found the new, two-piece version of the band liberating. “I didn’t have to factor in places in the music I would need to fill in other instruments,” he says. “If I had a vision for where I thought the song should go, I didn’t need to think about where the live drums or guitar would be.” –Vincent Harris

Friday, March 2
Kyle Petty & David Childers
The Spinning Jenny
107 Cannon St., Greer
8 p.m.
$20 adv/$25 door

Yes, that would be THE Kyle Petty — NASCAR driver, television broadcaster, and son of legendary driver Richard Petty — who’s going to be playing at The Spinning Jenny with David Childers. Petty, long a fan of both classic country artists like Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard and singer-songwriters like James Taylor and Jim Croce, has been writing songs for 30 years or so. But back when he was driving, doing both music and racing seemed like a little much. “I had an opportunity to do some music stuff back in the early ’80s,” Petty says. “But I was doing music and driving race cars at the same time, and I thought, ‘I need to do one or the other, or I’m going to have two jobs. And I’m too lazy to have two jobs!’” Petty retired from behind the wheel in 2008, and his friendship with Childers, a noted singer-songwriter whom Petty met through The Avett Brothers’ manager, Dolph Ramseur, encouraged him to start playing shows. “One thing led to another and I thought, ‘Now’s the time,’” Petty says. “Let’s just go ahead and do it and have some fun, and if it works it works.” And if you come to the show because you’re a fan of Kyle Petty the driver or broadcaster, that’s fine with him. “Everybody loves a train wreck,” he says with a laugh. “If that’s why you come, great. If you come back again because you like what you heard, I appreciate that even more. But I’ll use any gimmick I can to get you through the door.” –Vincent Harris

Thursday, March 8
Jon Stickley Trio
200 Eisenhower Drive, Greenville
9:30 p.m.
$10 adv/$12 door

When the Jon Stickley Trio returns to Greenville on March 8, it’ll be playing its dynamic, dazzling blend of jazz chops, bluegrass roots, and classical-level virtuosity with a new drummer. Patrick Armitage left the band at the end of 2017, and Stickley and violinist Lyndsay Pruett now have Hunter Deacon behind the kit. “Patrick and the band kind of mutually parted ways,” Stickley says. “It was the best for everybody.” A friend of Stickley’s recommended Deacon, and after an evening of adult beverages and jamming, Stickley decided he had his man. “It was a perfect fit,” he says. “We were looking for an equal member musically and creatively, someone with a good ear for improv, a feel for grooves, and Hunter really fit the bill because he’s played a lot of free jazz. I was a little concerned because we’d had stability for so long, but he’s got such a good feel that we’ve really gotten inspired to try new things. It really lit a fire underneath us.” –Vincent Harris



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