The Counting Crows are swooping into Charleston next week to perform at the Family Circle Stadium during their nationwide tour promoting the 2014 album, “Somewhere Under Wonderland,” the band’s first in eight years. For fans, it’s a chance to see the rock group on an upswing after a long period of either silence or half-hearted albums that didn’t quite meet the standard set by the hippie-rockers’ heyday in the ’90s. Critics mostly applauded the Counting Crows’ latest effort as a return to their roots, which has always been a sappier side of rock that, let’s face it, has had most of us belting the words to “A Long December” at some point during a particularly dreary winter. A standout track on the new album, “Possibility Days,” is proof that lead singer Adam Duritz is still fully capable of writing bawl-worthy ballads, while others such as “Palisades Park” and “Scarecrow” are upbeat and sing-songy in the vein of classics like “Mr. Jones.” It’s almost as if they made a whole album for those people who say they only like a band’s older stuff. The point is, if you’re an old fan or just a ’90s kid with nostalgia, the Counting Crows are still around and still worth rocking out to. Citizen Cope is on the bill to open up the show.
When: Doors 6 p.m., show 7 p.m. Wednesday
Where: 161 Seven Farms Drive, Daniel Island
More info: www.familycircletenniscenter.com/concerts/
Let’s hear it for the boys
If your favorite part of the Rolling Stones’ classic “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” is that chorus of angelic voices singing a capella at the beginning, you should probably check out the All-American Boys Chorus at the Sottile this weekend. The global troupe of young vocalists will make a stop in Charleston to perform “In the Summertime,” a concert featuring upbeat summer-flavored tunes from the ’60s through the ’80s, including hits by the Beach Boys, The Jackson 5, The Mamas and the Papas and others. They’ll also sing selections from Broadway shows “The Lion King” and “West Side Story,” plus a tribute to those serving in the U.S. armed forces.
When: 4 p.m. Sunday
Where: 44 George St., Charleston
For the soul
For the first year, the North Charleston Performing Arts Center will host the Southern Soul Festival featuring a number of national acts ranging from old school hip-hop and R&B to new-age southern soul music. Kicking off the evening will be Jeff Floyd, a soul singer known for his recent hit “I Found Love on a Lonely Highway” and Calvin Richardson, a Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter from Monroe, N.C. Headliners include Doug E Fresh, an old-school style hip-hop DJ and beat-boxer, and Tucka, a Louisiana native soul singer influenced by the Zydeco tradition as well as R&B artists Otis Redding and Sam Cooke.
When: Doors 6 p.m. Saturday
Where: North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Dr.
Price: $50-$70, parking is $5
Bucket of laughs
Whenever boredom strikes on an idle evening, always keep Theatre 99 in mind. It’s that trusty downtown comedy club that seems to have something out of the ordinary up its sleeve just about every night of the week. Plus, most of its laugh-out-loud improv events cost as much as, if not less than, a movie theater ticket. This weekend, you can check out the Funny Bucket, a new show that puts all the venues’ improv games into an actual bucket, which are drawn at random and acted out on the spot by a group of six of the club’s talented actors such as Andy Adkins, Greg Tavares and Jessica Mickey. Then in the second act, the group takes on a longer-form improv set. If you’ve never seen one of the shows at Theatre 99, this could be a good way to get cozy with the club’s side-splitting performance style.
When: 8 p.m. Friday
Where: 280 Meeting St., Charleston
More info: www.theatre99.com
After nearly seven years and more than 370 events, the Park Circle Film Society will bow out with a farewell ice cream social Saturday.
Sarah Long, operations manager and the only employee for the nonprofit, said the main reason the group is closing is because she and some of the organization’s board members are going through big life changes (Long is moving to eastern Tennessee).
The film society screened independent films, classics and documentaries on Saturdays. The documentaries were a particular point of pride with Long, for “educating the community through the art of film.”
Long said she believes there’s still support for these kinds of movies in Charleston, but it’s challenging to get audiences out to see them in a theater when many are available through online streaming services.
“We’re doing the fighting against the Netflix thing,” she said. “I wouldn’t say that there’s a lack of interest, there’s just a lack of motivation, I suppose.”
The film society’s last screening, through a partnership with the Charleston Music Hall, will be a showing of “I Am Big Bird” at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Music Hall in downtown Charleston. Visit charlestonmusichall.com for tickets and details.
“Bittersweet: PCF’s Farewell Ice Cream Social” will be held Saturday night. The informal event will be free and open to the public.
“It’s just our way to say goodbye to our volunteers and patrons,” Long said.
When: 7-8:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Olde Village Community Building, 4820 Jenkins Ave., North Charleston
Be a doll
As Charleston’s fashion scene continues to grow and turn heads, it was really only a matter of time until another fashion-forward magazine popped up. The latest, Dollhouse Magazine, will launch volume one online and in print Saturday. So, to celebrate, the team behind it is throwing a party with — what else — a fashion show featuring some of Charleston’s top designers, including Gauge Santiago, Jamie Lin Snider and Ashley Micaela. DJ Trevor D will play the party, which is sponsored by Jack Daniel’s Fire Whiskey. An organizer says the magazine will center on alternative couture for men and women.
When: 9 p.m. Thursday
Where: Tabbuli, 6 N. Market St., Charleston
More info: www.facebook.com/tabbuli?fref=ts