The Jasper Project
Happy Hour Series
The Jasper Project is kicking off a new series of early evening fun on Wednesday with our first ever Happy Hour Concert featuring Les Merry Chevaliers and Death Becomes Even the Maiden.
The purpose of this series is to provide a mid-week time to listen to original local music, have a drink with friends, and still get home in time to put your kids to bed and not wreck your sleep schedule for the rest of the week. This is also an important fundraiser for Jasper Magazine.
We were thrilled when Alex Ruskell of the Merry Chevaliers volunteered their band to play and we are crazy appreciative of their generous contribution of time and time, as well as that of Heyward Sims and Death Becomes Even the Maiden, who will be opening for the Merry Chevaliers. (Blog post on DBETM coming up next.)
Come on out to Trustus on Wednesday night. Doors open at 6 for a cash bar, happy hour snacks, with music starting about 7.
Tickets are $10 at the door – or, join the Jasper Guild at any level and get in for free AND become eligible for the drawing of a pair of tickets to this year’s 2nd Act Film Festival coming up on November 7th.
Now, some words of wisdom from our featured musicians --
Jasper: First of all, who are the Merry Chevaliers, what instruments do the band members play, and what are the members’ unique missions in the band?
LMC: Les Merry Chevaliers are France’s 14th favorite punk/pop band. Les members are:
Pierre Balz – rhythm guitar, glockenspiel, digeridoo – unique mission is to be fifth most handsome band member.
Guillaume Guillotine – lead guitar -- unique mission is to be fourth most handsome band member.
Garique Le Freaque – drums -- unique mission is to be third most handsome band member.
Count De Monet – vocals -- unique mission is to be second most handsome band member.
Menage O’Shea – Bass -- unique mission is to be most handsome band member.
Jasper: Where did the concept of the Merry Chevaliers come from and how did you guys go about actualizing the idea into a musical group?
LMC: After a long night of drinking sweet claret and reading Rimbaud, the idea of dressing in French frippery and playing the dulcet tones of punk rock sprang fully formed from Pierre’s head like fair Athena in her gossamer robes. While it is likely a violation of several sumptuary laws, the powdered wig hides Pierre’s bald spot. The band formed when Pierre wrote some songs and asked his friends to sing along. When they wouldn’t, he asked these guys.
Jasper: How long have you been together?
LMC: We’ve been together for a year and a half, and have played shows in Columbia, Charlotte, Charleston, and Greenville. We’ve also been featured on WUSC’s Columbia Beet, WXRY’s Unsigned, and Sirius XM’s Goldie’s Underground Garage.
Jasper: What kind of music do you play and why?
LMC: We play power pop punk – because we like it and think it’s fun for audiences to sing along and jump around to.
Jasper: What are your musical backgrounds and what do you guys do for day jobs?
LMC: Mssrs. La Freaque and O’shea have played in many other area bands. The other three are rank amateurs. For day jobs, we are all men of leisure.
Jasper: What do you want people to experience from your concerts?
LMC: Life can feel pretty dark sometimes – we’d just like people to have a little break to have some fun, dance, and laugh.
Jasper: What’s next for the Merry Chevaliers after the Jasper Happy Hour concert?
LMC: We are working on our follow-up to 2017’s Never Mind the Baguettes, Here’s Les Merry Chevaliers! The current working title is Plus Grands Succes Volume Trois, and it will feature the world-wide mega hits “Faster than the Speed of Sexy,” “I Ruined Coitus for You,” “Sex Sommelier,” and “I’d Punch King Kong in the Balls for You.”
Jasper: What did we not ask that you’d like our readers to know?
LMC: As part of David Hasselhoff’s divorce settlement, he kept possession of the nickname “Hoff” and the catchphrase “Don’t Hassle the Hoff.”
If you or your band would like to participate in Jasper’s Happy Hour Concert Series - a fundraiser for Jasper Magazine - hit up Cindi Boiter or Kyle Petersen.