Thursday, December 6, 2018

Papi’s Taqueria enlists Zach Brown hit songwriter to host intimate songwriter sessions

Shows are announced within 48 hours of showtime

Posted by Chelsea Grinstead on Thu, Dec 6, 2018 at 9:02 AM

click to enlarge Papi's Taqueria opened on IOP earlier this year on Ocean Boulevard - RUTA SMITH FILE PHOTO
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  • Papi's Taqueria opened on IOP earlier this year on Ocean Boulevard
Wyatt Durrette writes songs for a living (yeah, we're jealous, too). Believe it or not he’s co-written most every hit song Zach Brown Band has dropped. His love for songwriting joined his love for food at Papi’s Taqueria on Wed. Dec. 5 with the opening night of Arriba Room Sessions, a private pop-up event featuring musicians Travis Meadows and Levi Lowrey.

The upstairs of Papi's, which ZBB chef Rusty Hamlin recently opened on Ocean Boulevard, makes for a perfect intimate setting to test out Durette and friends' latest songs.
Durrette’s goal for the Arriba Room Sessions is to have a series of pop-up shows following a dinner that not only showcase local artists, but those passing through town.

"I've been writing songs for forever, and I have my own studio. So I bring artists from all over the place to write songs here with me," said Durrette.
He will take full advantage of his network of musicians to book upcoming sessions for the upstairs room in Papi’s. The pop-ups will be posted less than 48 hours before the event, and no more than about 30 people will be invited.

Durrette borrows the general dinner pop-up format from what he’s seen around the country, but builds onto it a musical element, much like you would see in a Nashville  Songwriters in the Round show.

"We sit up there and take turns telling stories about songs and why we wrote them," said Durrette. He wrote songs with Meadows and Lowrey for days before they played them for Wednesday night’s session.
Location Details Papi's Taqueria
Papi's Taqueria
1012 Ocean Blvd.
Isle of Palms
Charleston, SC
(843) 926-7274
Daily, 4-10 p.m. 
"I thought it would be intimate and cool … We sold out in about 20 minutes that first time we posted," Durrette said of the first session. "We decided not to let pictures, videos, or cell phones in. You sit with strangers eating dinner. It's just as much about the human connection as it is the music. We really wanted to create something different."

The first Arriba Room Sessions raised money to support Gwynn's of Mount Pleasant's Angel Tree for Christmas Commandos campaign this year. That charity gathers the Christmas lists of underprivileged children, and when participants draw a name from the tree, they fulfill that child’s Christmas list. Durrette pulled a few names from the tree, and the pop-up funds will go to making their lists a reality. "I like people being able to put a name and a story to where their money is going," Durrette said.

On ARS nights, dinner is served at 6:30 p.m., show starts at 7:30 p.m., and tickets ($30) can be purchased by calling or stopping by Papi's. Get updates on the next ARS first by following the taqueria on Instagram.

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At the top of these stairs, less than 48hrs from now, on Wednesday, Dec. 5th, is the beginning of something special. Papi’s Taqueria is proud to present the opening night of ~THE ARRIBA ROOM SESSIONS~ Just like this first show, THE A.R.S. will be pop up shows, announced somewhere within 48 hours of the next show. *****There will be ONLY 30 tickets sold!! ******Tickets are $3O. (Most of the proceeds from show tickets will be going to a very special charity which we will announce that evening.) Doors open to the Arriba Room at 6:30pm, and the show starts at 7:30pm. Dinner will be served prior at 6:30pm and can be purchased and ordered off the menu. ~CHEF RUSTY HAMLIN WILL BE THERE WITH A FEW DELICIOUS SURPRISES FOR ALL AS WELL! We are so excited to announce our first three artists (performing as a songwriter in the round setting): TRAVIS MEADOWS, WYATT DURRETTE, LEVI LOWREY!!! It will be an intimate evening that will be one of many for the books!!!! FOR TICKETS-Please contact Papis Taqueria and speak with a manager or just stop by and grab a taco and tickets!! (843) 926-7274 ACT FAST ‘CAUSE THEY WONT LAST!!! *use of cellphones for pics or videos will not permitted during the show* #papisiop #musiconthebeach #somethingtacoabout #arribaroom #arribaroomsessions #songwriters #musicman #intheround #goodtimes #goodpeople #goodvibes #charleston #iop #livemusic

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