My Charleston Week: Aug. 13-19
Monday, August 13, 2012
This month’s Summerville DREAM-hosted Third Thursday will begin with a bang, literally. Grab any type of percussion instrument from home, or check one out in Hutchinson Square, and pull up a chair at the community drum circle from 5-6 p.m. All are invited to participate. In addition to the drum circle, the event also will play host to Sam Singleton, a recent inductee to the Omaha Black Music Hall, who will perform songs from the ’60s and ’70s and some classic standards. Short Central will continue with the Art Walk. Restaurants and shops along East Richardson Avenue and North Main Street will stay open late for this free event. Find out more by calling 821-7260 or going to summervilledream.org.
South Carolina’s own Hootie & the Blowfish hits its 10-year milestone this weekend with an annual HomeGrown Concert at Daniel Island’s Family Circle Magazine Stadium, 161 Seven Farms Drive. HomeGrown is all about raising funds and collecting back-to-school supplies for the Charleston County School District. The event begins Friday night at 7 (gates open at 6 p.m.) with a performance by Hootie & the Blowfish, with special guest Justin Moore. The event continues Saturday with a two-part event. Gates for the afternoon show open at noon and the performance includes country rocker Early Ray of Rock Hill, Charleston’s own Southwood and South Carolina’s The Blue Dogs, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Saturday night’s show will again feature Hootie & the Blowfish, this time performing with special guest Collective Soul. Tickets start at $35; the Saturday afternoon show is $5 or free with the purchase of Friday or Saturday night tickets. Find out more at www.familycirclecup.com.
Charleston Pub Crawl
What better way to see the sights of historic Charleston than by way of a pub crawl? On Saturday, weave your way through more than 20 bars and restaurants through the Guided Pub Crawl or the Scavenger Hunt Crawl; the scavenger hunt lets you choose your own path as you complete the tasks while the guided crawl will be led by representatives from SweetWater Brewing Co., Red Bull and a university or media personality (this choice will visit approximately 10 venues). Participating bars and restaurants include Mad River, The Brick, Southend Brewery, Tommy Condon’s, Blind Tiger, Vendue Rooftop, The Griffon, Upper Deck Tavern and more. The official crawl time is 1-9 p.m., but attendees may go at their own pace. Check-in is at Marion’s, 159 East Bay St., in the French Quarter. Tickets, which are $25, include two complimentary SweetWater draft beers, discounted drinks, live music, a T-shirt, swag and more. A portion of the proceeds will go to Charleston Waterkeeper. For more information, check out crawltheglobe.com.
Bachelor Bid Bash
This fifth-annual event benefiting S.C. Jaycee Camp Hope, a residential summer camp for mentally challenged individuals at the Clemson Outdoor Lab, promises to be a good time for a great cause. With a charity bachelor/bachelorette auction and a silent auction, you better start working out your bidding arm. Deejay Trev will be throwing down tracks at the live auction and The Groove Junkies Band will perform live later in the evening. The Saturday event will be held at The Hippodrome, 360 Concord St., and doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance, $35 at the door for general admission; $40 in advance, $50 at the door, will get you VIP access and a private open bar. Check out what will be up on the block at www.bachelorbidbash.org.