At the height of his band’s fame, Eddie Van Halen was asked by reporters, “What does it feel like to be the best guitarist in the world?” His response: “I don’t know, ask Tommy Emmanuel.” A two-time Grammy nominee and acoustic guitarist, Emmanuel will perform a special show. Using what he simply calls “finger style,” he likely will dazzle attendees as he plays guitar “the way a pianist plays piano, using all 10 fingers.” Catch the one-man band as he also performs melody, rhythm, bass and drum parts on his guitar rather than using a whole band.
When: 8 p.m. Friday
Where: Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St.
Price: $39.50 in advance, $40 the day of the show
Flag Day Burger and Beer Festival
Enjoy a day of fun dedicated to beer and burgers. The second annual festival will feature offerings from Big Billy’s Burger Joint, Charleston Beer Works, HoM Burger Boutique, Pawley’s Front Porch, Rita’s Seaside Grille, Sesame Burgers and Beer, Triangle Char and Bar, Cannonborough Beverage Co., Coastal Craft and Cru, and King of Pops. Local beers such as Coast, Westbrook, Frothy Beard, Holy City, Palmetto and River Dog will be poured by Coastal Craft and Cru Beer Truck. There also will be live music and games at this pet-friendly event, which will help raise money for Pet Helpers.
When: 4 p.m. Friday
Where: Holy City Brewing, 4155 Dorchester Road
Summer SOULstice Celebration
The Bridge 105.5 and BobCatMusic have teamed up to present the annual Summer SOULstice Celebration, an all-day music event. With performances by Tidal Jive, Jordan Igoe, Tyler Boone, Folly Beach Reggae All-Star and Lionz of Zion, among others, the celebration will include jump castles and cornhole, and Charleston’s Finest Lady Artists will be creating works of art throughout the event and local artists will participate in a graffiti wall. New this year will be a rock climbing wall and an inflatable water slide for kids and adults. Food trucks and local vendors will be on site.
When: Noon-midnight Saturday
Where: The Brick House Kitchen, 1575 Folly Road
Price: $20 in advance, $25 the day of the show
More info: 406-4655 or brickhousecharleston.com
Winner of the Audience Award at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival, this film will be featured at two special screenings. The film takes audiences closer to the action of Detroit’s Engine Company 50, one of the busiest firehouses in America. Watch firefighters display bravery in the face of danger as they battle real fires and deal with personal challenges. The film was cut from more than 1,000 hours of interviews and live firefights. A portion of the proceeds from the screenings will go to the Leary Firefighters Foundations to help with the purchase of new equipment.
When: 7 p.m. Wednesday and June 20
Where: Cinebarre, 963 Houston Northcutt Blvd., Mount Pleasant
Price: $15 online, $20 at the box office
more info: detroitfirefilm.org/events
Summer Chautauqua Festival
A nonprofit organization, Greenville Chautauqua has been performing educational, interactive historical theater since 1999. With the aim of bringing history to life through music and more, the group will perform numerous shows over the next two weekends. This year’s festival focuses on American legends, with this weekend’s evening shows focusing on Davy Crockett (Friday), Susan B. Anthony (Saturday) and Herman Melville (Sunday). Each character’s show is performed multiple times at a variety of venues, with discussions with the performers offered most mornings at 9 a.m. at the Phoenix Inn. There also will be a special Celebrity Luncheon with the characters on Sunday; reservations are required.
Where: Various locations throughout Greenville
Price: Free; $30-$35 for Sunday’s Celebrity Luncheon
more info: greenvillechautauqua.org