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20E.Thursday, August 12, 2010 __________________________________________ CHARLESTONSCENE.COM __________________________________________________ The Post and Courier

Owner Bill Wilson: “The bar is musically geared. People can come in to listen to music. To play music. And it doesn’t matter: Music doesn’t have color.”

The New Moulin Rouge

Stage set for jazz at downtown gem

The Parisian cabaret introduced the modern-day cancan and made red lights seem more imaginative here’s a part of many than anything else. It still evokes the grandeur people that wants to and somewhat provocative sit down behind a set of drums and see nature cultivated inside the red windmill around the how well they fare. At the New Moulin Rouge turn of the century. In Charleston, the New on Rutledge Avenue, walkMoulin Rouge is known ing up from the crowd, as one of the bars with a checking out the drum kit and deciding to play is per- mixed crowd. Owner Bill Wilson has been cultivating fectly acceptable behavior. that accepting vibe since Encouraged even. the mid ’90s. In France, the Moulin Rouge was and is just that: a “The bar is musically place where anything goes. geared. People can come

BY ELIZABETH BOWERS

Special to The Post and Courier

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388-0309. Sat: Karaoke, 9:30 p.m. Tues: Open mic w/Danny Wright, 7 p.m. SOUTHERN BREWERY AND SMOKEHOUSE: 161 East Bay St. 577-7188. Tonight: Salsa Night, 10 p.m. SPANKY BOTTOMS: 570 College Park Rd. 553-0834. Fri-Sat and Wed: Karaoke w/Debbie Prine, 8 p.m. SUNFIRE GRILL & BISTRO: 1090 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. 7660223. Tonight: Calvin Taylor, 6 p.m.; Fri: Chris Tidestrom, 6 p.m.;

Sat: The Gin House, 6:30 p.m.; Mon: Singer and Songwriter Night, 8 p.m. Thurs: Calvin Taylor, 6 p.m. THE SWAMP FOX AT THE FRANCIS MARION HOTEL: 387 King St. 724-8888. Fri-Sat: Pianist Bill Howland 6 p.m. THIRSTY TURTLE II: 1158 College Park Rd., Summerville. 8519828. Sun: Randy Pender or Mike Pifer, 8 p.m.; Mon, Wed, Fri and Sat: Karaoke, 9 p.m.; Tues: Shane Clark or Mike Pifer. THROUGHBRED CLUB AT CHARLESTON PLACE: 224 King St. 722-4900. Today-Sat: Live

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The New Moulin Rouge has been a neighborhood favorite for more than a decade. in to listen to music. To play music. And it doesn’t matter: Music doesn’t have color.” During Wednesday and Sunday jazz nights, patrons can leave their seats not only to dance, but to join the band, once on drums and once on bass guitar when I was there. “The guys that are playing now came in to play one

night and just kept coming back,” Wilson says. Wilson started out playing in The Secrets in 1997, and decided he wanted to start a band for the New Moulin Rouge when they broke up. He met a bass player, they kept the same name and slowly recruited patrons to join their twiceweekly jazz nights. The guys used to play un-

piano, 1 p.m.; Sun: Live piano, 5 p.m.; Mon-Wed: Live piano, 5 p.m. TIN ROOF: 1117 Magnolia Rd. 571-0775. Tues: Quintron and Miss Pussycat, 9 p.m. TOAST: 155 Meeting St. 5340043. Sat: Pianist Annie Boxell, 6 p.m. TOMMY CONDON’S: 160 Church St. 577-3818. Tonight-Sat: Steve Carroll and the Bograts; Wed, Sun: Fried Rainbow Trout. TRAYCE’S TOO NEIGHBORHOOD GRILLE & PUB: 2578 Ashley River Rd. 556-2378. Tonight: Trivia; Mon: Open mic;

til morning until the 2 a.m. bar closure ordinance. “We’ve been trying to gain momentum again ever since. The crowd is finally blossoming,” Wilson says. The guys start earlier now. Regulars saunter in and set up around 10 p.m. From the stage, Wilson says, “We just like to jam. We come here and try to make someone happy.”

Tues: Karaoke. TRIANGLE CHAR & BAR: 828 Savannah Hwy. 377-1300. Fri: Mac Leaphart, 10 p.m.; Sat: The Green Levels, 10 p.m. VILLAGE TAVERN: 1055 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. 884-6311. Tonight: Commends w/ Oh Constantine, 9 p.m.; Sat: PelzYeah w/ Jacob Johnson, 9 p.m.; Mon: Doppler Effect w/ Terror on the Screen, 9 p.m.; Thurs: Today the Moon, Tomorrow the Sun, 9 p.m. WET WILLIE’S: 209 East Bay St. 853-5650. Mon: Metal Mondays. WILD WING DOWNTOWN: 6 N. Market St. 722-9464. Tonight:

DJ Party; Fri: Hot Sauce; Sat: DJ SLK T; Sun: Plane Jane; Mon: Rotie Acoustic; Tues: Team Trivia; Wed: Diesel Brothers; Thurs: DJ Dance Party. WILD WING MT. PLEASANT: 664 Coleman Blvd., Mt. Pleasant. 971-9464. Fri: Jamsun Group; Sat: Plainfield Project; Sun: David Dunning; Tues: Team Trivia; Wed: Jamisun. WILD WING NORTH CHARLESTON: 7618 Rivers Ave. 818-9464. Tonight: Ed Miller Karaoke; Fri: Plane Jane; Sat: Gary Pfaff and The Heartwells; Sun: Matt Jordan w/ Fred; Mon: Team

if you go WHAT: The New Moulin Rouge. WHERE: 585 Rutledge Ave. PHONE: 853-2570. ETC.: Jazz every Wednesday and Sunday, beginning around 10 p.m.

Trivia; Tues: The Diesel Brothers; Wed: Rotie and Morgan of Soulfish; Thurs: Ed Miller Karaoke. THE WINDJAMMER: 1008 Ocean Blvd., IOP. 886-8596. Tonight: Passafire w/ The Domino Effect, $5, 9 p.m.; Fri: Will Hoge w/ Megan McCormick, $15-17, 9 p.m.; Sat: Will Hoge w/ Simplified, $15-17, 9 p.m.; Sun: Ten Toes Up, 3 p.m.; Tues: Christina Cone, free, 10 p.m. WOLFTRACK BAR AND GRILL: 1807 Parsonage Rd. 7680853. Tonight: Open mic w/ Everett Bigbee; Fri: Head Rush; Sat: Groove Tones.

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