Elise Testone is back in Charleston for another one of her trademark tribute shows this weekend. After paying homage to legends such as Led Zeppelin and James Brown in several shows over the past few years, Testone is now taking a swing at Amy Winehouse’s song book. The “American Idol” finalist recently performed the tribute show with a star-studded backing band at B.B. King’s in New York City, which featured Natalie Cressman of Trey Anastasio Band as well as Chris Bullock and Michael Maher of Snarky Puppy. The Sunday show at the Pour House will feature Charleston’s elite musicians, including Ron Wiltrout, Jordan Igoe, Charlton Singleton, Stuart White and several others. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door, and the show starts at 9:30 p.m. For more information, go to www.charlestonpourhouse.com.
Although Testone moved to New York about a year ago to plug into the national music business, she keeps close ties with her adopted hometown of Charleston. The singer announced last week that she will return to the Charleston Music Hall on Valentine’s Day to perform a concert billed as “For the Love of Charleston: a collaboration and celebration of local music and musicians.” The first set will center on her originals, and the second half will feature local musicians performing their own music accompanied by Testone. Participants include local jazz and funk musicians, members of Sol Driven Train and Gaslight Street, singer-songwriters such as Graham Whorley and Lindsay Holler and many more. Tickets to that show are $17.50 in advance and $21 the day-of. Find more information at www.charlestonmusichall.com.