An Evening with Jake Shimabukuro
Hawaiian ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro has been plucking and strumming since he was 4. Called an "international sensation" by the "Today Show," the ukulele player is known for taking the instruments to new heights. Having performed locally on numerous occasions, first at Spoleto Festival USA and then at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center, Shimabukuro returns to the Lowcountry on his Uke Nations Tour. Known for his fast and complex finger work, his music combines elements of jazz, blues, funk, rock, bluegrass, classical, folk and flamenco.
When: Tuesday, doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the show starting at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St.
Price: $36.50 in advance, $40 the day of the show
Carolina Chocolate Drops
With a style described as "dirt-floor-dance electricity" by Rolling Stone Magazine, the Carolina Chocolate Drops have been riding a wave of success since the 2010 album "Genuine Negro Jig" garnered a Grammy for best traditional folk album. Starting with material culled from the Piedmont region of the Carolinas, the group sought to breathe new life into old-time fiddle and banjo-based music, highlighting the central role African-Americans played in shaping the nation's popular music. The Durham, N.C.-based trio is touring behind its 2012 release "Leaving Eden."
When: Thursday, doors open at 7 p.m. with the show starting at 8 p.m.
Where: Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St.
For more info: 853-2252 or charlestonmusichall.com
Spoleto Festival USA Auction
Spoleto Festival USA is getting a jump-start on festivities this year with its 35th annual auction. The event will feature a tapas-style dinner, a chance to dance to the sounds of The Charleston Latin Jazz Collective featuring Gino Castillo and take part in a live auction that offers folk once-in-a-lifetime events, private dinners and travel packages to global destinations. Complementing the live auction at the event will be an online auction that runs through Feb. 9. All proceeds benefit the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra, the Festival's signature orchestra in residence. The 38th season of Spoleto Festival USA will run May 23-June 8.
When: 7 p.m. Friday
Where: Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain St.
For more info: 579-3100 or spoletousa.org
Charitable Society of Charleston oyster roast
The Charitable Society of Charleston is hosting its annual "give-fest," an oyster roast benefiting WINGS for kids. WINGS is a nonprofit education program that teaches kids how to behave well, make good decisions and build healthy relationships. The event will feature oysters, chili, beer, wine and live music.
When: 7-11 p.m. Saturday
Where: Visitor Center Bus Shed, 375 Meeting St.
Price: $30 in advance, $40 at the door
Downs Byrd Memorial Oyster Roast
Put on by the Frances R. Willis Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the theme of the 14th annual Downs Byrd Memorial Oyster Roast is "Show Some Love." With music by Double Naught Spies and DJ Wendell Nolan, a silent auction, single select oysters, hot dogs, desserts by the Junior Service League-Summerville, there's sure to be something for the whole family. Proceeds will go to the Frances R. Willis SPCA.
When: 6-10 p.m. Saturday
Where: Miler Country Club, 400 Country Club Blvd., Summerville
Price: $25 in advance and $30 at the door
For more info: 991-8036 or www.summervillespca.org
Shuckin' for Shelter
Benefiting the Callen-Lacey Center to support abused, neglected and abandoned Berkeley County youths, the Shuckin' for Shelter oyster roast will include all-you-can-eat oysters, barbecue and sides catered by Sticky Fingers and music provided by DJ Law.
When: 3-6 p.m. Saturday
Where: Crowfield Golf and Country Club, 300 Hamlet Circle, Goose Creek
Price: $25, $5 for kids ages 6-12, kids under 6 get in free
For more info: 761-5360 or www.cydc.org/shuckin-for-shelter-charity-oyster-roast
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