This weekend's Chucktown Ball featuring Umphrey's McGee has been moved from Riverfront Park to the North Charleston Coliseum.
Due to water-logged grounds from recent heavy rains and more that's likely to fall over the coming days, organizers decided to take the fest — which is scheduled for Fri. Sept. 22 and Sat. Sept. 23 — inside.
Additionally, local act Dangermuffin is no longer available to perform.
The Umphrey's team released the following statement:
"We take your safety very seriously and want to provide you with the best experience possible. All previously purchased tickets will be honored at the new venue and all bands will still perform as planned, with the exception of Dangermuffin, who are no longer available to participate. We intend to take the vision of Chucktown Ball and deliver an amazing experience alongside the accommodating staff of the North Charleston Coliseum, who are thrilled to now be hosting our event. We hope you’re ready for some arena rock!
If you purchased an umVIP package, all package amenities will still be delivered as planned. Stay tuned for some correspondence from our umVIP team on updated details. Tickets are still available for both nights online at www.Umphreys.com."
Spoleto Festival USA announced today the full musical roster for the Wells Fargo festival finale at Middleton Place (4300 Ashley River Road) on Sun. June 12, and several of Charleston's top acts will lead the way.
Rock 'n' rollers the High Divers will perform at 4 p.m., while soulful rockers the Jordan Igoe Band go on at 5:15 p.m. SUSTO plays at 6:30 p.m. before headliners Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, a Colorado-based eight-piece soul band, take the stage at 8:30 p.m.
And don't forget to stick around right after the music for one of the city's most anticipated fireworks shows.
The finale is a BYOB event, where picnics are welcome, but food vendors and a beer garden will also be available onsite. You can buy beer vouchers until 8:30 p.m, beer until 9 p.m., and food until 9:30 p.m.
Folks are encouraged to roam the gardens and stableyards until 7:30 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased at spoletousa.org, at the Charleston Visitor Center, the Gaillard Center, or at the gate — kids ages six to 12 are $15, adults are $40 ($45 at the gate).
Pop star Pharrell Williams is set to perform with the Emanuel AME gospel choir this Sunday as part of a special program called Shining a Light: Conversations on Race in America, according to News 2. The "Happy" singer will reportedly practice with the choir on Saturday and attend the worship service on Sunday.
Inspired by the tragic events in Charleston, the A+E Network and iHeartMedia will air Shining a Light: Conversations on Race in America on Fri. Nov. 20 at 8 p.m.
During the program, national artists, including Williams and John Legend, will conduct solution-centered conversations with varying perspectives from family members of victims, community leaders, law enforcement officials, and clergy from Charleston, Baltimore, Chicago, and Ferguson.
The goal of the presentation is to empower communities like Charleston by fostering understanding, eliminating bias, and addressing inequalities that break along the racial lines.
The two-hour program will also feature performances from some of the biggest names in music, including Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Zac Brown Band, Jamie Foxx, and more.
Last night we received the unfortunate news that tomorrow's Hogs for the Cause event featuring Dr. Dog, Nikki Lane, Fly Golden Eagle, Lucero, and the People's Blues of Richmond had to be canceled due to Charleston's incessant rain and flooding.
The press release says, "As the bad weather approaches, we regret that we have made the difficult decision to cancel Hogs for the Cause Charleston, which was set for this Saturday, October 3rd at Patriot’s Point. As difficult as this decision is, when considering current and future predicted weather putting this event on has become an impossibility. We are very disappointed that this year’s event will not take place, but we must take all precautions for the safety of our attendees, competitors, vendors and musicians."
Did you buy a ticket? "Hogs for the Cause is a 501c(3) organization providing aid and relief of those variable expenses and economic burdens which families face while their child is being treated for pediatric brain cancer. Please feel free to consider your pre-sale ticket price a donation to the Cause or we are happy to offer a refund for pre-sale tickets (refund process being developed). We appreciate how the City of Charleston has embraced us and we look forward to future events here."
Charleston Music Hall announced today the venue will host Hi Harmony, a free unity concert featuring six local supergroups and various genres, on Aug. 16 at 6 p.m.
The idea behind the concert is to keep the feeling of unity flowing in the Charleston community while gathering listeners for a special show that explores hip-hop, soul, indie, gospel, folk, R&B, jazz, spoken word, and more.
Each group is led by a different musical director, including the Jazz Artists of Charleston led by Charlton Singleton, Hearts & Plugs with Dan McCurry, Shrimp Records with Bill Carson, the Whole Shebang led by Lindsay Holler, the Very Hypnotic Soul Band led by McKenzie Eddy and Elliott A. Smith, and the Praise Charleston Combined Gospel Choir led by Mrs. Shari Broomfield and Rev. Da’rrell Ravenell.
Between sets, local leaders will comment on the theme of community in Charleston. Speakers to include City Councilman Dudley Gregorie, JA Moore, KJ Kearney, and Mark Sloan.