We here in Charleston sure do love our festivals. There's SEWE, Spoleto, Wine + Food, Comedy Fest, and tons of others. Now we can add Dig South to the list. Last year's Dig South was a real treat, an exciting mix of high-tech talks and right-cool bands. This year's fest looks like it'll be more of the same, and this go round, there'll be a heckuva lot more. On the tech end of things, Stan Gray and the Dig South crew have brought in a slew of IT gurus, with a focus on mobile devices, apps, and innovations. On the music end of things, we've got the hippie-dippy vibes of Natural Child, the roots pop of the Lone Bellow, and a cast of Charleston's best, from Jordan Igoe to Mechanical River. Dig South runs April 9-13 and you can purchase tickets at digsouth.com. You'll also find a full schedule of events there, too. As for this issue, we decided to spotlight two local tech firms — CreateSpace and BiblioBoard — and the city's newest tech incubator, Flagship 3. We're also highlighting two of the fest's best acts, the Deslondes and Johnny Delaware. Enjoy.
We'll be posting the latest social media posts right here all through Dig South 2014. Be sure to check back today and tomorrow for the latest from Silicon Harbor. — Sam Spence
Anybody who's anybody in the up-and-coming Charleston tech industry knows that it's OK to drink beer in the office after, like, 2 p.m. That's the main thing we took away from a recent whirlwind tour of the Holy City's swankiest office spaces, many of which featured complimentary bars for their employees. — Paul Bowers
Like so many of us, you love books — physical, paper books. You get all hot and bothered over a good used bookstore, its shelves crammed tight with ancient volumes, their spines cracked with aging glue. — Leah Rhyne
Ernest Andrade has a vision for Morrison Drive. He's not alone. Downtown Charleston's industrial stretch has become a kind of creative development darling, the focus of forward-thinking city planners and Charleston's only creative place-making organization, Enough Pie, which is looking to give the neglected area an artsy, community-driven makeover. — Elizabeth Pandolfi
"I'm not here to break any hearts," Johnny Delaware croons on the closing track to his debut album, investing his little promise with all the sincerity he can muster. But we know he's going to do it anyway. — Paul Bowers
For the Deslondes' Sam Doores, it was a book about Bob Dylan that convinced him to be a musician. While he had been bitten by the music bug early on, it wasn't until that book that he knew he wanted to be a traveling troubadour. — Chris Parker