MUSIC | Freaking out
Mix together one part developing nonprofit organization, a bunch of bands you may not have heard of, and one of the Holy City’s biggest dive bars, and you’ve got Panic for a Cause, hosted by One World Café Charleston. The organization’s goal is to eventually build a community kitchen in the Cannonborough/Elliotborough area that will operate under a pay-what-you-will policy, allowing everyone to eat a healthy, organic, and nutritious meal regardless of their economic status. Similar start-ups in other progressive cities have seen a strong response from customers who run the gamut of economic levels, but the main idea is that they’re all brought together by good food. Their first fund-raising event, on Friday, features music from Floor Boards (experimental/neo-soul), Sarah Bandy (folk acoustic), Puberty (rock/trance), guest DJs, and more. They’ll also offer drink specials. —EJ Fri., March 13, 7 p.m. $5, (914) 244-0151, Panic For a Cause. Upper Deck Tavern, 353 King St., Charleston (Downtown), (843) 958-0002, www.myspace.com/362021.
The annual Black Expo is a touring series of events hosted by Black Pages USA. Stopping in Charleston starting Thurs., March 12, the event kicks off with a Business Opportunities Summit at the main branch of the Charleston County Library. But the fun really starts on Friday, with a morning golf tournament at Wescott Plantation. Later that night at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center, the Pre-Expo Comedy Gala features comedians J. Anthony Brown (pictured), Don D.C. Curry, Pierre, J.J., and Damon Williams. The main event starts Saturday morning, with seminars, a health and wellness fair, kid’s pavilion, a food court, and a gospel talent contest hosted by Mr. Brown from Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns. Entertainment includes poetry, dance, R&B, and jazz. CNN commentator Roland S. Martin is the keynote speaker, and actor Morris Chestnut is the celebrity guest. Check out the website for details on the events. —EJ Fri., March 13, 8 p.m. www.blackexpousa.com. North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Dr. North Charleston. (843) 529-5050, www.coliseumpac.com.