My Charleston Weekend: Aug. 30-Sept. 5
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Ticket Launch Weekend
This annual event is celebrating the start of 2013 festival ticket sales (9 a.m. Thursday) with a weekend of fun. On Thursday, head out to the Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina 5:30-7:30 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 7-10 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. Check out charlestonwineandfood.com.
Edisto Beach Music and Shag Fest
Bay Creek Park will be invaded Friday and Saturday as shaggers from three states have been invited to take part in this music and shag festival. Savor the last few “official” days of summer with music, dancing, shopping and good eating. Starting at noon Friday, check out the arts and crafts fair and see what the food vendors are serving up; the East Coast Party Band will perform 8-11 p.m. Starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, again check out the arts and crafts fair and the food vendors, and bring the kids as children’s activities will be offered; DJ Jim Bowers will spin tunes noon-2 p.m. and 5-7 p.m., with The Headliners performing 7-11 p.m. A shag competition will begin at 9 p.m. Tickets are $5 each day, with kids 13 and under getting in free. Call 869-3867 or go to www.edistochamber.com.
Rock for Jude
This benefit concert will be held Friday in memory of Jude Michael Chauvin, a 5-month-old diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer, and will serve as an opportunity to raise awareness for cancer research. Featuring two-song performances and an in-the-round, Rock for Jude will include headliners Danielle Howle and Luke Cunningham, along with John Wesley Satterfield, Sean Kelly, Tyler Boone, Matt Megrue, Keon Masters, Nathan Merli, Harrison Ray, Dallas Corbett and Dan Rainey. The 8 p.m. show will be held at Pure Theatre, 477 King St.; doors will open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10, $8 with a student ID. All proceeds will be going toward the American Cancer Society and the Chauvin family.
A Taste of D.C.
This Washington-themed event brings the music, art, food and drinks from the nation’s capital to Charleston. Dig in to Maryland blue crabcakes and Half-Smokes and chili from Ben’s Chili Bowl, a Washington institution, as you sip on beer from DC Brau Brewing Company, the only brewery located within the district. In addition to the good eats, visual artist Scott Parsons will be doing live spray paint art, including scenes of the D.C. skyline. Super Deluxe will perform live funk music featuring go go, a subgenre of funk made popular by the legendary Chuck Brown, E.U., Rare Essence and countless other Washington musicians. Get your D.C. on at the Brick House Kitchen, 1575 Folly Road on James Island, starting at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door, and include the price of food. Go to superdeluxelive.com.
Cooper River Challenge
Enjoy a day of fishing Saturday at the foot of the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge. Compete in categories including adult angler, lady angler, youth angler (3-12), senior angler (60-plus) and total weight of five fish. Held rain or shine at the Mount Pleasant Pier off Harry M. Hallman Boulevard, the tournament runs 6 a.m.-4 p.m. with prizes awarded at 4:15 p.m. The fee to compete is $12 or $9 for Charleston County residents. An adult chaperon is required for participants ages 15 and under. Call 762-9946.
The Pour House’s 10th anniversary
Help the Pour House wrap up its weeklong celebration of its 10th anniversary. Toubab Krewe will headline Friday and Saturday, while Larry Keel and Natural Bridge will headline Sunday. The mural competition, which has been going on since Aug. 27, features local artists 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, Sunday, will vote for their favorites; the top three winners will receive awards, including a $500 grand prize. Find out pricing information at charlestonpourhouse.com.
Presented by Awendaw Green and Suncoast Promotions, the Circular Congressional Church kicks off the Charleston Listening Room Series at 8 p.m. Friday. Enjoy the soulful sounds of the soloist as she performs ahead of her October-release project, “Free.” The series is all about “planting the seed for grassroots music to grow.” so make sure you don’t miss it. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at etix.com. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Call 343-4057 or go to www.suncoastpromotions.com.
‘Legally Blonde: The Musical’
Catch everyone’s favorite blond sorority sweetheart as she heads off to Harvard Law School in an effort to win back her boyfriend. Elle Woods, played in the film version by Reese Witherspoon, won’t take no for an answer and takes Harvard by storm. Find out where her blond ambition gets her in this show presented by Charleston Stage at Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St. Tickets range from $22.50-$52.50. The run starts at 7:30 p.m. Friday and continues throughout the month. Catch the schedule of show times at www.charlestonstage.com or by calling 577-7183.
End of the Summer Labor Day Weekend Party
Momma and the Redemption Band, Cotton Blue and Smoky Weiner will be celebrating the end of summer in style 4-8 p.m. Sunday at Bowen’s Island Restaurant, 1868 Bowen’s Island Road. Admission is $10; food and beverages will be available for purchase. Call 300-5411 or go to bowensislandrestaurant.com.
Bluegrass & Country Music Jamboree
If you’re up for a bit of a drive, consider heading out to this 10th annual Labor Day weekend event in Santee held at Lone Star Barbecue and Mercantile, 2212 Santee State Park Road. Enjoy three days of live music, with performances by Talk of the Town, The Pine Hill Ramblers, The Claude Lucas Bluegrass Band, Bell’s Highway, Common Ground, The Blue Iguanas, Ladies of the Pickin’ Parler, The Sugar Loaf Mountain Boys, Tristina & Brent, Eden Graves, The Black Bottom Biscuits and more. The family-friendly event also will have antique automobiles on display Saturday. The Friday-Sunday event is free (but the bands do expect tips). Food will be available for purchase at the Lone Star restaurant. Call 803-854-2000 or check out lonestarbbq.net.
Beer & Wine Festival
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 4-7:30 p.m. A silent auction featuring items such as an in-shore 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. Call 266-9800 or 768-3151.