fun.: The accolades have been stacking up recently for indie pop band fun. Taking home Grammy Awards earlier this year for Best New Artist and Song of the Year for “We Are Young,” the trio has been riding high in 2013. In addition to “We Are Young,” which reached No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, their singles “Some Nights” and “Carry On” are safe bets when it comes to songs that you’ll likely hear at their local stop on their Most Nights Summer Tour. Special guest Tegan and Sara will also perform.
When: Tuesday, gates open at 7 p.m. with the show starting at 8 p.m.
Where: Family Circle Magazine Stadium, 161 Seven Farms Drive, Daniel Island
“I just knew that he played bass and that he wore shirts with cool bands on them that nobody had heard of.” According to lead singer and guitarist Brittany Howard, that’s the crux of how the Alabama Shakes got started back in a high school psychology class in Athens, Ala. The guy in the shirts was bassist Zac Cockrell, and together with guitarist Heath Fogg and drummer Steve Johnson, the foursome makes up the rootsy rock outfit. Fairly new to the scene, they’ve already made some serious strides, including scoring three Grammy nominations earlier this year (for Best New Artist, Best Rock Performance for “Hold On” and Best Recording Package for their debut album “Boys & Girls”) and winning Emerging Artist of the Year in 2012 at the Americana Music Honors & Awards.
When: 8 p.m. Thursday
Where: North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive
The Icelandic three-piece Sigur Ros has been hard at work this year, touring worldwide behind their June release, “Kveikur.” Performing at some of their largest venues to date, they’ve performed at Coachella and Sasquatch!, as well as Madison Square Garden in New York. Now, the post-rock band has entered the final leg of its U.S. tour, and is scheduled to make a stop in North Charleston. For those who haven’t seen Sigur Ros live, know that they promise their show will be “unlike any other, musically and visually.”
When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday
Where: North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive
40 Years of Folly
The Edge of America is turning 40. That’s right, folks; Folly Beach is celebrating when it officially became a city with a three-day event. Things kick off at 7 p.m. Friday with a showing of the 25th anniversary video, speeches and more. Saturday and Sunday will feature carnival rides, Folly food vendors, booths and games, a jump castle and slide, arcade games, clowns and face painting, arts exhibits, live music and more. Saturday’s full day of fun gets started with a 5K Run, Walk, Skate, Bike and Dog Walk and will include later in the day the Robo Surf Machine. Sunday’s events will include a classic car show, and shag lessons and a contest.
Where: Folly Beach, though exact event locations will vary
Price: Prices vary
For more info: visitfolly.com
Ultimate Zombie Bash
Boone Hall Plantation, the setting of celebrity weddings and myriad other events, has a thing for Halloween, and it’s starting to celebrate early. Prior to the official start of the Boone Hall Fright Nights on Sept. 27, the plantation is kicking things off with the inaugural Running Scared 5K and Ultimate Zombie Bash. For the 5K, registered runners will make a mad dash through zombie-infested woods with the ultimate aim of making it across the finish line uninfected. Runners and zombies, along with spectators, are then invited to make a day of it and enjoy the Ultimate Zombie Bash, complete with live music, food, beer and more. Joining the horde will be Erin Bushko, who plays a zombie on the hit AMC TV series “Walking Dead,” who will be on-site to meet participants and sign autographs. Costumes are encouraged.
When: Noon-8 p.m. Sunday; gates open at 10 a.m.
Where: Boone Hall Plantation, 1235 Long Point Road, Mount Pleasant
Price: $10 in advance, $15 at the gate
For more info: boonehallfrightnights.com
Summerville Rotary Oktoberfest
While people the world over will be gathering in Munich, Germany, on Saturday to kick off the 16-day Oktoberfest, there’s a celebration a little closer to home that will cram 16 days’ worth of fun into its one-day event. Put on by the Summerville Breakfast and Evening Rotary clubs, the second annual Summerville Rotary Oktoberfest will be serving up fun for all ages at this all-day event. With authentic German food, beer and wine available for purchase and the sound of oom-pah-pah bands in the background, it’s the closest you’ll get to Germany without the price tag. There will be a number of kid’s event, such as jump castles, magic shows, face painting and games, available, as well as numerous contests, including the Chicken Dance, best German costume, best beer belly, brat eating, stein hoisting and more. Proceeds from the event will benefit numerous charities and provide scholarships at local schools.
When: Noon-8 p.m. Saturday
Where: The Golf Club at Wescott Plantation, Wescott Club Drive, Summerville
For more info: www.summervilleoktoberfest.com
Party for the Parks
The fourth annual Party of the Parks, a benefit put on by the Charleston Parks Conservancy, is a street-fair style party that boasts food, beverages and entertainment. Enjoy lakeside lounging, live music by local band High Tide with additional entertainment throughout the night, a live and silent auction, and more. Food, drinks and desserts will be served up by the likes of Amen Street Fish and Raw Bar, Burwell’s Stone Fire Grill, Oak Steakhouse, Indaco, Taco Boy, Nick’s Bar-B-Q, The Rarebit, 44 North Vodka, Cafe Zest, La Fourchette, Cupcake, Icebox Italian Ice and Sugar Bakeshop. A portion of the proceeds will go directly to the Colonial Lake renovation.
When: 6-10 p.m. Saturday
Where: Colonial Lake on Ashley Avenue
Price: $65 in advance, $85 at the door; VIP ticket are $175 in advance, $200 at the door
For more info: www.partyfortheparks.com
Rhythm and Brewfest
Awendaw Green, the home of laid-back music, is combining its passion for music with Charleston’s rich beer culture for the inaugural Rhythm and Brewfest event. Featuring offerings from Palmetto, Westbrook, Holy City and Coast breweries, the suds will go well with wood-fired pizza or servings from the grill. Merri Creek Pickers, The Bent Strings, Simple Syrup with Doug Jones and Charles Hedgepath, The Train Wrecks and Flatt City will provide the musical entertainment. This event is rain or shine. Outside coolers are not allowed, but dogs on leashes are.
When: 3-9 p.m. Saturday
Where: Sewee Outpost, 4853 U.S. Highway 17 North, Awendaw
Price: $40 in advance, $45 at the door
For more info: www.awendawgreen.com
Alabama Shakes will perform at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center on Thursday.×
Sigur Ros will perform at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center on Wednesday.×
Erin Bushko, in character as a zombie on the hit-TV series “The Walking Dead,” will be at the Ultimate Zombie Bash on Sunday at Boone Hall Plantation.×
The stein hoist will again be part of the Summerville Rotary Oktoberfest on Saturday at The Golf Club at Wescott Plantation.×
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