My Charleston Week: Aug. 27-Sept. 2
Monday, August 27, 2012
The Pour House’s 10th anniversary week
Starting today, help the Pour House celebrate its 10th anniversary with a week of festivities. Featuring seven nights of music and live mural-painting on every available wall or fence space available at the venue, this is definitely something you won’t want to miss. Toubab Krewe will headline Friday and Saturday, while Larry Keel and Natural Bridge will headline Sunday. The mural competition will feature painting the outside and interior walls of the venue with the theme of The Pour House’s motto: “love. live. music.” Attendees of the final day of events, Sept. 3, will vote for their favorites; the top three winners will receive awards, including a $500 grand prize. Find out pricing information and who’s playing when at charlestonpourhouse.com.
When punk rock band Green Day burst onto the scene in 1997, no one anticipated their music would be the basis for a Broadway musical. As it is, the Grammy-winning and Tony-nominated show “American Idiot” debuted on Broadway in 2010 and has been making waves ever since. Featuring songs such as “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “Wake Me Up When September Ends” and “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life),” you’ll no doubt be singing along as a new touring cast take the stage for the first time at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive. The show will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Tickets range from $32 to $62, and consider yourself warned that the show contains adult content and strong language. Find out more at www.northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com or www.americanidiotthemusical.com.
Benefit/Appreciation Comedy Show
Joe Meli, the former majority owner of Desperado and The Plex, has battled numerous health issues over the past several years. As Meli hosted hundreds of concerts and special events over the years, this comedy show is all about recognizing his contributions to the Lowcountry hospitality and entertainment scene, all while raising funds to help with his medical expenses. The comedy show will feature national acts Jerry Farber, Shaun Jones, Just June, Brian Shirley and Dave Ugly. The doors to the Hippodrome, 380 Concord St., will open at 7 p.m. and the show will begin at 8 p.m. An after-party will follow. Tickets are $20 and are available at the Hippodrome, Dog & Duck locations in Mount Pleasant, the Noisy Oyster in North Charleston and downtown Charleston, and at the Firewater Grille in Summerville. Tickets can be purchased with cash or check only, and all proceeds will go to the Meli family. For more info, call 724-9132 or 532-8695.
BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Ticket Launch Weekend
This much-loved annual event is celebrating the start of 2013 festival ticket sales (9 a.m. Thursday) with a weekend of fun. On Thursday, the day sales begin, head out to Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for the Ticket Launch Party. For $40, get a “taste” of the upcoming festival by sampling offerings from some of the local chefs participating, enjoy live music from Dub Island & The Dubplates and sip on refreshing drinks. For $75 on Saturday, head to the Lookout Pavilion at Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina from 7 to 10 p.m. for the new Local Catch Cookout. Dine on seafood offerings caught the day before and served up by Jeremiah Bacon (The Macintosh), Sean Brock (Husk, McCrady’s), Drew Hedlund (Fleet Landing), Mike Lata (FIG) and Frank Lee (SNOB), among others. If you’re interested in attending both events, a combo ticket is available for $100. For details, check out charlestonwineandfood.com.
Lowcountry Beer & Wine
This sixth annual event returns to Freshfields Village on Sunday. Attendees can enjoy tastings of fine wines and craft beers, nosh on items from the Hege’s Restaurant buffet, enjoy live music by Lilly B’ and more from 4-7:30 p.m. A silent auction featuring items such as an inshore fishing trip, African safari and golf packages is one you won’t want to miss. Proceeds from the silent auction and from ticket sales will go toward the Barrier Islands Free Medical Clinic. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the gate, and can be purchased at Indigo Books at Freshfields Village, Kiawah Town Hall, Seabrook Island Real Estate, The UPS Store on Maybank Highway, Schoen Ace Hardware on Johns Island, Forsberg’s Wine and Spirits, Hyams Garden & Accent Store and Paul’s Hairstyling on James Island, and Dr. Marta Hampton’s Office in West Ashley. For more info, call 266-9800 or 768-3151.
Lowcountry Jazz Festival
The fourth annual Lowcountry Jazz Festival descends upon the North Charleston Performing Arts Center for an expanded three-day weekend of music and more. With notable musicians including David Sanborn and Brian Culbertson, Norman Brown, Gerald Albright, Ronnie Laws, Alex Bugnon, Jessy J and seven-time Grammy winner Al Jarreau performing, this is an event you won’t want to miss. Shows begins at 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Tickets can be purchased for individual shows and events, or a weekend package is available for the die-hard jazz fans. Find out what’s going on this weekend and pricing information at www.lowcountryjazzfestival.com.