piano pop w/ special guest Stephen Fiore, 7 p.m.
The most pivotal point in Brendan James’ music career was his decision to take a year off and find himself. “I had to change things in a big way,” he explains. “I started to lose the joy of being an artist and performer.” The exploratory hiatus influenced James’ current Simple Adventures Tour. “This tour is different. I’m doing half venues and half private shows to make 60 shows in total,” James explains in a happy-go-lucky tone. “It’s exciting because we are going to houses and big venues and saying yes to as many adventures as we can.” The piano-crooning singer/songwriter has a home over in Mt. Pleasant’s Old Village, so he’s stoked to be back and performing in the Lowcountry, even if it is just for one night. “Charleston,” the sentimental track from his last album, shows just how much he loves this city, and that affection has drizzled over into his new record as well. “This album is really, lyrically and in the production sense, a return to the simple,” James says. “It’s where I’m at in my life, keeping it simple with friends and new people.” Simplify will be available at the concert before it’s officially released on Aug. 6. —Kalyn Oyer SATURDAY