My Charleston Weekend: Aug. 22-28
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Steep Canyon Rangers and Shannon Whitworth
The name Steep Canyon Rangers should be familiar as the band was in Charleston just months ago with actor, comedian and banjo lover Steve Martin. This time, they’re the stars of the show, sharing the spotlight with singer Shannon Whitworth. Known for “smooth vocals, smart songwriting, ferocious instrumentals and jaw-dropping harmony,” the Steep Canyon Rangers are sure to have you stomping your feet and out of your seat. Having won a Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album earlier this year for their latest, “Nobody Knows You,” the band resumes its tour with Martin at the end of September, so catch them while you can.
When: Thursday, doors open at 7 p.m. with the show starting at 8 p.m.
Where: Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St.
Grape Stomping Festival
Who doesn’t love Lucy? The folks at Irvin-House Vineyards do, and they know that there are more than a few folks out there who do, too, as the highlight of its annual Grape Stomping Festival is the Lucy Look-A-Like Contest. “I Love Lucy” fans are asked to don their best Lucy costume and re-enact the famous 1956 episode where Lucy takes a job in a vineyard. That’s just one of the many fun things happening at the 10th annual event, which also will feature live music from Bret Mosley and Guilt Ridden Troubadour, local craft vendors and more. Kids will be entertained with a jump castle, face painting and hula hoops, as well as their own stomping competition. Food vendors include Farm on Fire, Home Team BBQ, Lowcountry Creole, Stono Cafe, Tomato Shed Cafe, Dulce Desserts and King of Pops will be on-site, and of course tastings from the winery and Firefly Vodka distillery will be offered. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or a blanket. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Frierson Elementary School and Lowcountry Local First.
When: Noon-5 p.m. Saturday
Where: Irvin-House Vineyards, 6775 Bears Bluff Road, Wadmalaw Island
Price: $10 per car
For more info: www.charlestonwine.com
Charleston Beach Music and Shag Festival
As South Carolina’s state dance is the shag, it should come as no surprise that there are numerous clubs and events revolving around it. This weekend, the Beach Music and Shag Preservation Society of S.C. will host its eighth annual Beach Music and Shag Festival. The two-day event will offer instruction and demonstrations, and plenty of opportunities to cut a rug. Saturday will feature performances by the Carolina Breeze Band, Shrimp City Slim with Juke Joint Johnny, Legends of Beach and Angel Rissoff, punctuated with DJs Gerry Scott and Andy Todd spinning. Sunday will feature DJs Jim Bowers and Betty Brown, with the Fantastic Shakers and Jim Quick & Coastline performing.
When: Saturday-Sunday, doors open at 1 p.m.
Where: North Charleston Convention Center Ballroom, 5001 Coliseum Drive
Price: Weekend passes are $45 for members, $55 for nonmembers; single day passes are $25 for members and $30 for nonmembers
For more info: charleston.beachmusic.co
Charleston Pub Crawl
How does spending a day strolling from bar to bar sipping SweetWater draft beers sound? Good, right? You’ll have a chance to do just that this weekend as SweetWater Brewing Company and various area restaurants have teamed up to offer the third Charleston Pub Crawl. Participants can bar-hop and enjoy two complimentary beers with all others costing $2, live music, discounts, swag from SweetWater and other sponsors, and more. Participating restaurants/bars include TBonz Gill & Grill, Mellow Mushroom, Mad River Bar & Grille, Boone’s Bar, Wasabi, Kickin’ Chicken, Yo Burrito, Molly Darcy’s, Southend Brewery, King Street Grille, Wild Wing Cafe, Leaf, Upper Deck Tavern, Tommy Condon’s, Big John’s, Craftsmen Kitchen & Tap House, Tabbuli and Queology. Participants can compete in a scavenger hunt for a chance to win a two-day trip to the SweetWater brewery in Atlanta.
When: 2-10 p.m. Saturday
Where: Various locations around downtown Charleston
Price: $25 in advance, $35 the day of
For more info: crawltheglobe.com
Memories at the Mansion
Former staffers of the Woodlands are returning to their old stomping ground for a charity dining event benefiting Chase After a Cure. Executive chef Nate Whiting, sommelier Stephane Peltier and pianist Tom Bailey will reunite for Memories at the Mansion. Whiting, now executive chef at Tristan, will prepare a five-course meal incorporating some of the classic dishes he created during his years at the Woodlands while Peltier, owner of Accent on Wine, will host a pre-dinner wine tasting in addition to pairing wine to the menu. Bailey will provide the entertainment.
When: 6-10 p.m. Sunday
Where: The Woodlands Mansion, 125 Parsons Road, Summerville
For more info: www.MemoriesAtTheMansion.com
An Evening with Michael Apted
Famed director Michael Apted will make a special local appearance in conjunction with a showing of his Academy Award-winning film “Coal Miner’s Daughter.” Known for his work on a number of the James Bond films, “Gorillas in the Mist,” “Nell” and his “Up” documentary series, among numerous others, the director will be on-hand for a question and answer session after the screening. “Coal Miner’s Daughter” stars Sissy Spacek as Loretta Lynn in the story of the country and western singer’s rise from poverty to fame. In addition, the Terrace will be auctioning off memorabilia from Apted’s career, with proceeds going to the Salvation Army of Charleston. Tickets are limited.
When: 7 p.m. Wednesday
Where: Terrace Theater, 1956 Maybank Highway
For more info: terracetheater.org, 762 4247
Be Brave Bash
The Center for Women is celebrating Women’s Equality Day with its second annual Be Brave Bash. Commemorating Aug. 26, 1920, when voting rights for women officially became part of the U.S. Constitution, the event will serve as a fundraiser for the center. With food by Gourmet Bay Catering and an open wine bar, there also will be an interactive art collage, photo booth, live music by Lindsey Holler, a silent auction and painting at Bottles ‘n Brushes’ Brush Bus.
When: 6-8:30 p.m. Sunday
Where: Alhambra Hall, 131 Middle St., Mount Pleasant
Price: $25 for member, $35 for non-members
For more info: www.c4women.org/bebravebash.html