Weekend Round-up: Celebrate the Swayze 

The best events in Charleston Aug. 17-19

Help out area schoolkids and see a concert at the same time at the 10th Annual Homegrown Concert on Friday or Saturday (or both) featuring Hootie and the Blowfish and a bunch of other special guests. And stop by Office Depot on the way — the event is also a fundraiser and school supply drive for the Charleston County School District.

Once you've racked up some good karma, drink it all away with traditional Irish singer/songwriter Steve Carroll at Tommy Condon's. Where else can you find a tavern singalong? if Irish isn't your thing, you can see Sultan Bathery at The Mill, the Bad Popes at Home Team BBQ,  or go classy at Mercato with some instrumental jazz.

Stop by flower shop Stems for the fiber arts show opening, Pinned Down.

Saturday break out your glowsticks and glitter for the electro-house-dubstep stylings of Bitch Please at Boone's Bar. Head to the Black Fedora Mystery Theater for a funny murder mystery, and then make your way to James Island for Shovels and Rope's release party for their new album O' Be Joyful.

Finish out the weekend by getting ready for the school year — or distracting your kids from it — at the First Day Festival in Liberty Square. And if you're missing your own high school days, or at least the high school days that Dirty Dancing makes you wish you had, take yourself to the Tin Roof for the Patrick Swayze Birthday Party.


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