The Fourth of July Celebration at the S.C. Aquarium with entertainment from Mike Allen and his team from the Bridge at 105.5. The party will offer a view of the fireworks over the Charleston Harbor from Patriots Point.
The Fourth of July Blast on the spacious harbor-side flight deck of the U.S.S. Yorktown in Mt. Pleasant will feature beach/oldies ensemble East Coast Party Band and local pop/rock band the Explorers Club. The view of the Patriots Point fireworks will be more than ideal.
The City of North Charleston’s Fourth of July Celebration at Riverfront Park will have soul/R&B vocalist Ruben Studdard (of American Idol fame) headlining the event with support from local folk/bluegrass band Common Ground, beach/oldies group the CoastRunners, the funky Atlanta Pleasure Band, and the Equinox Jazz Band.
The Uncle Sam Jam at Mt. Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park will take place at the end of the big pier along the Cooper River (just below the Ravenel Bridge). Veteran local party band Permanent Vacation performs favorite beach, classic rock, and oldies throughout the evening.
Check the event listings in Music Board and online at the Music+Clubs section next week for more.
Thanks to singer/guitarist Campbell Brown of local band Gaslight Street for the heads-up on this weekend’s First Flush Festival on Wadmalaw Island. The City Paper was wondering who might be on the roster for this year’s outdoor music ’n’ tea festival.
On Sun. May 20, the Charleston Tea Plantation and Clear Channel Communications will present the sixth annual First Flush at the plantation’s lush grounds (6617 Maybank Hwy.). It’s an annual celebration of the first tea harvest of the season. The sponsors have nicknamed it the “FesTEAval.”
Musical acts (in order of appearance) include singer/songwriter Annalise Morelli, roots-pop singer/guitarist Matt MacKelcan, melodic rock combo the Tyler Boone Band, soul/blues-tinged rock band Gaslight Street, veteran rock/Americana group the Blue Dogs, and collegiate funk/reggae-rock band Long Miles. The live music runs from 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Advance tickets are available for $15 at etix.com and the Charleston Tea Plantation (call 843-559-0383, ext. 206). Admission is $20 at the gate. Kids 10 and under get in for free (there’s a free kids area with waterslide as well). No coolers are allowed. Leashed dogs are welcome. Visit charlestonteaplantation.com for more.
Horn-driven ska/funk band SKWZBXX, a popular act in the Charleston band scene during the late ’90s, will kick things off with a two-set show on Fri. April 27. Five of the original six band members — singer Rik Cribb, drummer Jack Burg, trombonist/singer Steve Spaulding, trumpeter/vocalist Charlton Singleton, bassist Jonathan Holt, and guitarist/vocalist Brad MacLean — will reconvene on the harborside stage around 7 p.m. Local funk-rock quartet Old You opens at 6 p.m.
Organizer Rob Lamble (of Ear for Music) booked a variety of local and touring rock, funk, alt-country, and pop artists. The following week’s event is billed as Virginia Americana/rock band Sons of Bill’s CD release party with support from the Greenville-based Southern-rock/country group the Piedmont Boys. Forthcoming concerts include performances by Long Miles, Dub Island and the Dubplates, the Dave Matthews Tribute Band , Will Hoge, Southwood, the Movement, Of Good Nature, Sgt. Submarine, Sol Driven Train, Fowler’s Mustache, Drivin’ N’ Cryin’, and Luke Cunningham.
Ukulele-driven quartet Local Honeys — multi-instrumentalists Rachel Kate Gillon, Sarah Bandy, Brad Edwardson, and Camela Guevara — will play a twangy swingin’ set of acoustic originals and standards. 54 Bicycles is five-piece combo comprised of Mitchell Davis, Brent Poulson, Ryan Jones, Stratton Moore, and Reggie Smith. They handle a funky mix of their favorite Widespread Panic songs and related material. Bluegrass/folk ensemble Flatt City — Chris Robinson, Stephen Schabel, Keith McCullough, John Irwin, and Michael Bruner — play plenty of mountain music, old and new.
Presented by beer shop Charleston Beer Exchange and COAST Brewing Co., Scheduled for Sat. Feb. 25 at the field across the street from COAST (1250 2nd Street N. in Noisette), Brewvival will feature more than 35 microbreweries from around the country from 12-6 p.m. on Sat. . Food vendors will be on hand as well. Tickets to Brewvival are available for $50 in advance. Visit brewvival.com for more.
“We invited some local singer-songwriters to provide entertainment for first few jams," Robert says. "Things went so well, we decided to regularly get together on the third Sunday of every month. It’s really become a big thing with a lot of support from some great musicians and music fans.”
This month’s concert is set for Sun. Feb. 19 at 3 p.m. with performances by bluesy combo the Hardy-Wiener Band (led by guitarist Steve Hardy and singer/harmonica player Andy “Smoky” Weiner) and roots-rock band Gaslight Street. Food and drink will be available at the farm’s Back Stage Cafe. Upcoming jams include Arcfurus, the Hungry Monks, and the Jefferson Coker Band on Sun. March 18 and Wadata, Howard Dlugasch, and Bringers of the Dawn on Sun. April 15.
Blue Pearl Farms is located at 9760 Randall Road, just north of the town’s Old Village, on the edge of the Francis Marion National Forest. They harvest blueberries, muscadines, scuppernongs, and vegetable gardens. Call (843) 887-3554 or visit bluepearlfarms.com for more info. /p>