Night Sounds

Prolific Scoot Pittman’s ‘down home soul’ at Hobo’s in Fort Mill this weekend

Scoot Pittman performs Saturday at Hobo’s in downtown Fort Mill.
Scoot Pittman performs Saturday at Hobo’s in downtown Fort Mill. Contributed

Ever smiling, quick talking, friend to all and a talented versatile performer, that’s Scoot Pittman – live Saturday at Hobo’s, Fort Mill. Plenty of people know him as just ‘Scoot,’ which likewise says a lot about popularity when one ascends to ‘one name’ status.

Lots of blurbs further extol his merits to blend music genres easily, roots to soul to straight-ahead rock with hot funk and all sorts of classic junk thrown in. He’s a charmer, a down to earth balladeer with a smooth groove, timeless quality with sweet soul magic.

I asked how he defines his music. “It’s just me – just ‘down home soul,” Pittman said. “That’s the short answer,” then added, “in a 46-year career, since I was 12 – as a drummer and vocalist, it’s still true.”

Things do change and are often different but not completely. “Not different from my perspective,” Pittman admitted, “especially for acoustic gigs when it’s just me, or me with a drummer and/or keyboards. It’s all rewarding, but it’s still the same as it ever was, to just to go out, play live and have a good time.”

Pittman’s professional history is prolific with a long list of bands and affiliations rattling off names, members, musical styles, locations, events with enough speed to boggle the mind. Obviously, Pittman has been a major part of the area/local musical history and “it’s a good long story.”

As for Pittman’s Saturday gig at Hobo’s, look for it to be “fun, we’ll just have a big ol’ shindig right there in downtown Fort Mill – a good time and a good vibe,” he promised. “Expect to hear a lot of ‘Scoot music’,” he said, along with lots of “delectable delights from me doing things to other peoples’ music.’

And yeah, after all these years, is it still worth it? “Yeah, of course,” he laughed, “because I love doing it,” then added, “it’s a blast and I’m still having fun – if not who’d watch it?”

Lots to see, and hear from Scoot Pittman Saturday at Hobo’s, 213 Main St., Fort Mill. Details: 803-548-4626. For more on the music, scootmusic.com.

Elsewhere

Look to a magical time, after dark to discover a hard rockin’ band with a new name and a go getter attitude. I’m referring to the band formerly known as Khaos Kings, now named MidNite Reign live Saturday at Scooter’s in Chester.

Hoping to build rock with reach and mystery, the band looked to the middle of the night for their new moniker. Already popular, their plan is to keep rocking but with a renewed persona. MidNite Reign features Bryan Dover, lead vocals/acoustic guitar; Chad Hare, lead/rhythm guitar/backing vocals; Robert Baker, bass guitar/backing vocals and Amos Gibson, drums/percussion/backing vocals. Dover and company take their cues from Motley Crue, Bon Jovi, Poison, Rainbow, Cinderella, Tesla, more. This is make-no-excuses rock that offers no reason to confuse or doubt musical direction. It’s heavy ‘80s-’90s style rock, full of flash and sass.

Talking to Dover reveals this is not background fill rock. It’s music to inhabit every corner of a venue, to jam, to ‘spread out,’ not crammed into some corner. Nobody puts hard rockers in a corner. “This is wide open hair rock/hard rock,” Dover declared. “It’s what we do, and we love it. It’s all about having a good time so, let’s do the stuff we love – play our favorite rock & roll live, and have a blast. At our first show (this is only their second) a guy said that he felt like he was back rockin’ in high school,” Dover related, then added, “So, it’s a night in a time machine with high energy R&R sounds.”

Time warp to a rocking show with MidNite Reign Saturday at Scooter’s, 755 Saluda Road, Chester. Details: 803-374-6223. For more on the music find MidNite Reign on Facebook.

Coming up

Friday: Chubby Knuckles at McHale’s on Main, Rock Hill; Long Time Gone at Empire Newport, Rock Hill; Smokin' Gunn with Lauren Wilson (Gal Friday Band) at SC Shore Club, Tega Cay; Little Johnny Trailer Trash Acoustic at Small Bar, Fort Mill; Josh Sanders at Hobo’s, Fort Mill; MidNite Reign at Scooter’s, Chester; Shotgun Saints at T-Bones on The Lake, Lake Wylie; Crashbox at Wild Wing Cafe-Ayrsley, Charlotte; River Ratz at Pineville Tavern, Pineville; RJ Acoustic at Dreamchaser’s Brewery, Waxhaw; Remedy Hollow at The Lodge-Ballantyne, Charlotte; To Better Waters at Legion Brewing, Charlotte; Down to The Bone at McGlohon Theater, Charlotte The Traveling Ones, Brit Drozda, Jason Scavone at Petra’s, Charlotte.

Saturday: PJ Brunson at Ledo Pizza, Rock Hill; Acoustic Saints at Original Empire Pizza, Rock Hill; Scoot Pittman at Hobo’s, Fort Mill; Mardi Gras Party with Jazz Revolution and Baby Black at SC Shore Club, Tega Cay; Jim Tierney Acoustic at Brew’s Tavern, Fort Mill; Heroes at Last at Wild Wing Cafe-Ayrsley, Charlotte; Sons of Carolina at Pineville Tavern, Pineville; Christina Raine at The Lodge-Ballantyne, Charlotte; The Mike Strauss Band at Legion Brewing, Charlotte; George Clinton & Parliament, Funkadelic at The Fillmore, Charlotte; Kid Rock at Spectrum Center, Charlotte.

Sunday: Jeff Shows at Pineville Tavern, Pineville; Robert Plant & The Sensational Shifters, Ovens Auditorium, Charlotte; Travis Tritt at Knight Theater, Charlotte.

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