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March 3 – May 28, 2017
When: March 3 – May 28, 2017
Location: 34 West Theater Co. – 200 Meeting Street Charleston, SC 29401
Description: Follow along as a soap star falls in love in this comedic and lively play presented by the acclaimed Thirty-Four West Theater Co. The audience also enjoys drinks and snacks, and tickets are $30.
May 13 / June 9 / July 12, 2017
Friday Night Boogie Series
When: May 13 / June 9 / July 12, 2017
Time: 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Location: Mount Pleasant Pier – 71 Harry M. Hallman Jr Blvd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464
Description: Intended for adults ages 21 and up, rock out to a variety of music while enjoying the scenery. Admission is $10 and ID is required.
When: May 18, 2017
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Location: William Aiken House – 456 King St, Charleston, SC 29403
Description: Join us for an evening of Bourbon, Bowties & Cigars, the Premier Fundraiser Event for Positive-Strides, in the heart of historical downtown Charleston. Enjoy the finest bourbons and cigars around (beer and wine, too!) , heavy hor d’oeuvres, and a vast array of silent auction items, all while raising funds and awareness for Positive-Strides. Positive-Strides provides injured student athletes with mental and physical rehabilitation, financial assistance and advocacy as well as education on how to prevent and/or cope with play ending injuries. Blended or Bonded… Single Barrel or Small Batch… there is something for everyone to enjoy!!
May 19-21, 2017
Tall Ships Charleston
When: May 19-21, 2017
Description: Unleash your passion for sailing by attending this three-day festival featuring ships from all over the world, food trucks, music and more. Admission is free.
May 19, 2017
Books & Bubbles Soiree With Dorothea Benton Frank
When: May 19, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Reverie Shop Therapy – 665 Johnnie Dodds Blvd, Mt Pleasant, South Carolina 29464
Description: Join us for a champagne reception Friday, May 19, 2017 from 6 to 8 pm with New York Times bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank. Ticket price is $60 and includes champagne, h’or d’oeuvres by Everyday Gourmet, a signed copy of Same Beach, Next Year and an entertaining story or two from one of our favorite authors.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit one of her favorite causes, THRIVE, SC which provides short-term and longer-stay transitional housing, cutting-edge services, and holistic resources for women and children survivors of domestic violence, from ALL income levels.
With Same Beach, Next Year, Frank returns to her magical Lowcountry of South Carolina in this bewitching story of marriage, love, family, and friendship that is infused with her warm and engaging earthy humor and generous heart.
One enchanted summer, two couples begin a friendship that will last more than twenty years and transform their lives.
May 20, 2017
Charleston Beer Garden
When: May 20, 2017
Time: All day
Location: The Grove at Patriots Point – 40 Patriots Point Rd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464
Description: Join in the fun at this 6th annual event for craft beer lovers (if you’re 21 or older, that is). This celebration includes music, craft beer and home brewers and benefits Lowcountry AIDS services.
May 20, 2017
The Big Green Cook Out
When: May 20, 2017
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Belle Hall Shopping Center – 526 Long Point Rd Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, SC 29464
Description: Belle Hall Shopping Center and The Coastal Cupboard present: THE BIG GREEN COOK OUT on May 20th | 11:30AM – 2:00PM By the Pond
This event will feature cooking tutorials and demonstrations from Big Green Egg. Did you know you can make a cherry pie on a Big Green Egg grill? This event will give you the chance to learn how to make all your favorite treats – free of charge!
The Big Green Cook Out will also include food and refreshments from The Main Squeeze at Belle Hall: Fresh Juices & Smoothies, Verde and Dog and Duck Belle Hall, along with craft beer on tap from Cooper River Brewing Company. The fun doesn’t stop there, as local band “The Bushels” will provide a Blue Grass sound to entertain you as you grill.
May 21, 2017
Bands, Burgers And Brews Burger Throwdown
When: May 21, 2017
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina – 20 Patriots Point Rd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464
Description: Celebrate National Hamburger Month by participating in an event in which local restaurants compete to win the title of Best Burger and go on to compete in the 2017 World Food Championship
May 23, 2017
Béla Fleck & Chris Thile
When: May 23, 2017
Time: Doors at 7:00 p.m. / Show at 8:00 p.m.
Location: Charleston Music Hall – 37 John St, Charleston, SC 29403
Description: Just in case you aren’t familiar with Béla Fleck, there are some who say he’s the world’s premier banjo player. Others claim that Béla has virtually reinvented the image and the sound of the banjo through a remarkable performing and recording career that has taken him all over the musical map and on a range of solo projects and collaborations. If you are familiar with Béla, you know that he just loves to play the banjo, and put it into unique settings.
Béla was born on July 10,1958 and raised in New York City. While watching The Beverly Hillbillies as a young boy, the bluegrass sounds of Flatt & Scruggs flowed out of the TV set and into his young brain. Earl Scruggs’s banjo style hooked Béla’s interest immediately. “It was like sparks going off in my head,” he later said.
May 26 – June 11, 2017
Spoleto Festival USA
When: May 26 – June 11, 2017
Description: For 17 days, this hugely popular art festival fills Charleston’s churches, theaters and outdoor spaces with performances by a variety of renowned artists. Founded in 1977, the festival is approaching its 41st season and is internationally recognized as America’s premier performing arts festival.
May 26, 2017
When: May 26, 2017
Time: Doors at 7:00 p.m.
Location: North Charleston Performing Arts Center – 5001 Coliseum Dr, North Charleston, SC 29418
Description: Comedy legend and entertainment mogul, Rickey Smiley brings uproarious laughter to the world through his magnetic and sharp style of humor. The powerhouse performer brings his impeccable timing to a number of successful media platforms and has the distinct ability to take everyday observations and turn them into comedic gold. As a beloved comedian, television host, actor and top rated nationally syndicated radio personality; Smiley has become one of the entertainment industry’s most celebrated performers. Through his brilliantly crafted career of bringing humor to the masses, Smiley has established himself as a potent pillar of talent with the capacity to reach a multitude of audiences.
May 27, 2017
Rock ‘N’ Roots
When: May 27, 2017
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Location: The Barrel Charleston – 1859 Folly Rd, Charleston, South Carolina 29412
Description: A celebration of Roots Americana Music in the Lowcountry. Featuring:
Hans Wenzel and The Eighty Sixers//Dallas Baker and Friends//Deadwin//Finnegan Bell//Red Cedar Review//Sunflowers and Sin//Daniel Patrick//Danielle Howle//Teresa “Sweet T” Parrish// and more!
$5 entry fee//Free entry with 10lbs minimum dog or cat food for Pet Helpers.
Rebel Taqueria food truck, and craft brews from the Barrel.
Doors at noon
May 27, 2017
8th Annual Southeastern Beard & Moustache Championships
When: May 27, 2017
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Location: Music Farm – 32 Ann St, Charleston, SC 29403
Description: Ladies & Gentlemen…we hope to see everyone in beautiful Charleston SC for the return of one of the biggest & baddest beard & moustache events in the country!! The weekend will include a Welcome to Chucktown Party on Friday night, BBQ lunch Saturday afternoon, the Championships on Saturday night and a Morning After Brunch Sunday. As always, the proceeds from this event will be donated to charity & this event page will be updated regularly.
FULL BEARD CLASS:
- Full Beard Natural Over 12 inches (from lower lip, as grown with moustache integrated, no styling aids allowed)
- Full Beard Natural 6-12 inches (from lower lip, as grown with moustache integrated, no styling aids allowed)
- Full Beard Natural Under 6 inches (from lower lip, as grown with moustache integrated, no styling aids allowed)
- Salty Dog (gray beard, beard of the distinguished mature gentleman with varying shades of gray, no length requirement/restriction)
- Full Beard Styled Moustache (no length requirement, no styling aids in beard, moustache styling aids allowed)
- Full Beard Freestyle (creative styling of the beard, use of styling aids are allowed, structural supports are not allowed)
- College Beard (for those enrolled in college, or recent May graduates & aged 18-24)
PARTIAL BEARD CLASS:
- Sideburns/Chops (chin is shaven & hair is optional on the upper lip, styling aids allowed)
- Donegal (examples are Whaler & Amish, beard with no moustache, no styling aids allowed)
- Goatee (facial hair grown only on the chin or upper/lower lip, moustache is not required, there must be a shaven section at least 4cm wide (razor blade width) between onset of head hair & beard styling aids not allowed)
- Partial Beard Freestyle (any style partial beard, be creative, use of styling aids are allowed, not required)
- Moustache Natural (grown on upper lip, no styling aids allowed, but it may be shaped without aids)
- Moustache Styled (grown on the upper lip, styling aids allowed, WBMC recognized categories of English, Hungarian, Dali & Imperial)
LADIES ARTIFICIAL CLASS:
- Southern Belle Realistic (ladies artificial bring your own & be creative with the goal of appearing realistic, will be judged on realism, craftsmanship & overall aesthetic appeal)
- Southern Belle Creative (ladies artificial bring your own & be creative, abstract, & artistic, will be judged on creativity, craftsmanship, & overall aesthetic appeal)
- Best Club Participation: the beard club with the most registered competitors will win this award! (HCBMS excluded)
- Men’s Crowd Favorite
- Southern Belle Crowd Favorite
June 2, 2017
4 Annual Summer Splash Bash
When: June 2, 2017
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Park West Recreation Complex – 1251 Park West Blvd, Mount Pleasant, SC 29466
Description: The inaugural event in 2014 was well received by the community. Held on the last day of school in collaboration with the Mount Pleasant Recreation Department, it expanded upon their longstanding free swim night at the Park West Pool with free children’s activities including a DJ, carnival games, arts/crafts and more. Free admission and activities. Food and beverage will be available for purchase.
June 3, 2017
Release My Children!
When: June 3, 2017
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location: Holiday Inn Express 350 Johnnie Dodds Boulevard, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
Description: Release My Children! is a Seminar for Mothers longing to see their children abounding in God’s purposes for them. From “minor” patterns of failure and bad luck to major addictions, there are many things in today’s world that rip at the divine destinies of our beloved treasures, including bullying, nicotine and drug addictions, video games, trauma, pornography, anxiety and depression. What negative patterns have you noticed in your child’s life? Have you tried different interventions and still don’t have a solution? Stop the shadow boxing and put those gloves down. Join me as I share revelations the Lord has given me that will help you deliver knock out punches to the real adversary and release your children into their promise land.
June 11-13, 2017
FAB (Females Advancing Business)
When: June 11-13, 2017
Location: College of Charleston Beatty School of Business – 5 Liberty St, Charleston, SC 29401
Description: This event features 48 hours of inspiring workshops for women in the hospitality industry.
June 17, 2017
Zach Deputy CD Release Party
When: June 17, 2017
Time: Doors at 8:00 p.m. / Show at 9:00 p.m.
Location: The Pour House – 1977 Maybank Hwy, Charleston, SC 29412
Description: Zach Deputy – In making his fourth album Wash It in the Water, Zach Deputy dreamed up a sunny and soulful new sound that fuses hip-hop, funk, and folky pop with the spirited rhythms of soca and calypso. With that sound embodied by the album’s brightly melodic and richly textured title track, Wash It in the Water finds the Georgia-based singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist mining his Puerto Rican and Cruzan heritage for inspiration.
“Because of the music I was raised on, I’ve always heard rhythm in a very tropical, Latin-esque way—it’s something that resonates in the deepest parts of me,” says Deputy, who grew up in South Carolina. “When I was a kid my grandma would play a lot of salsa and soca and make me get up and dance to it, so in a way this is me putting my own spin on all that and bringing those sounds into a whole new era.”
With Deputy playing every instrument on the album, Wash It in the Water was self-produced in spontaneous sessions that took place in studios and homes and sometimes in Deputy’s garage. “Each time I recorded it was mostly just for fun,” he says. “I wasn’t trying to make anything happen, I was just going with what felt good.” As a result, Wash It in the Water bears a warm, natural feel that permeates everything from the intricate guitar work and tender vocals of “Jump in the Water” (a serenade to Deputy’s seven-year-old daughter) to the groove- heavy funk of “Put It in the Boogie” (a celebration of the joyfully chaotic life of a musician) to the piano-driven balladry of “Loving You” (a powerful meditation on unconditional love).
Despite the spur-of-the-moment approach, Wash It in the Water emerges as a gracefully arranged effort that owes much to the musicianship and songcraft Deputy’s honed since getting his first guitar at age 13. By his mid-teens he’d started up a series of garage bands, balancing his own projects with playing in local big bands and soul groups. “I was this 16-year-old white kid crushing it in a Motown band, and because of that I got to learn a lot about respecting the composition,” Deputy recalls. “To me music is a bunch of small pieces fitting together to form this beautiful castle.”
In his early 20s, Deputy experienced a major turning point that would take his music in an entirely new direction. “I was playing in a band but I wasn’t inspired— music wasn’t bringing me the joy that it used to, and I felt like I might be done with it altogether,” he says. Along with quitting the band mid-tour, Deputy traded in his electric guitar and amp for a nylon-string acoustic and moved back home to work construction with his dad. “At work all day I’d have this music in my head, and as soon as I got home I’d go straight to the guitar,” he says. Serendipitously landing a solo gig by walking into a bar just after that night’s featured artist had bailed, Deputy soon introduced the world to the sound he’d eventually dub “island-infused, drum ‘n’ bass, gospel-ninja-soul.” By 2008 he’d released his debut album Out of the Water and—thanks to his ingenuity in looping—made his name as an unforgettable one-man-band live act.
In reflecting on his path as a musical artist, Deputy likens that creative awakening to the message at the heart of “Wash It in the Water.” “That song’s about cleansing yourself from all the nonsense of the world—starting fresh, a rebirth of sorts,” he says. And whether performing live or creating new music, Deputy aspires to guide listeners toward a renewal of their own. “I try to give people a little soul massage,” he says. “In music you get so raw and make yourself naked to the world, and hopefully people can find themselves in that and realize they’re not alone. For me touching someone’s life in a positive way is the best thing about making music, and that’s what’s kept me going with it for all these years.
June 17, 2017
Drivin’ N Cryin’ at The Windjammer
When: June 17, 2017
Time: Doors at 9:00 p.m. / Show at 10:00 p.m.
Location: The Windjammer – 1008 Ocean Blvd, Isle of Palms, South Carolina 29451
Description: The members of Drivin N Cryin are celebrating their 30th anniversary together. Atlanta-based southern hard rock act Drivin’ n Cryin’ was also inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in the Fall of 2015.
In October 1985 Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ played their first show at Atlanta’s famed 688 Club. The band quickly gained attention for its blistering live shows and amassed a rabid fanbase in the fertile soil of the late-1980s music scene in the Southeast. Now 30 years later, founding members Kevn Kinney and Tim Nielsen find themselves enjoying a milestone anniversary for the band, having survived the pressures of fame, a shifting musical landscape, multiple lineup changes, and miles of back roads and highways to arrive here.
With a gold record, 10 full-length albums and a handful of EPs to their credit, the band still refuses to rest on its laurels, adding Jason and the Scorchers axe man, Warner E. Hodges, to the lineup and continuing to tour the United States and Europe to great acclaim. In 2015, a vinyl-only collection of 10 choice cuts from the band’s 4-EP ‘Songs’ series, entitled Best of Songs, was released on Nashville’s Plowboy Records. Comfortable with their past and confident in their future, the band has an arsenal of songs, a full tank of gas, and no plans of stopping any time soon.
Tickets are $15 Advance $20 DOS
June 22-25, 2017
The Brain That Wouldn’t Die! The Musical
When: June 22-25, 2017
Location: Charleston Music Hall – 37 John St, Charleston, SC 29403
Description: Move over “Little Shop of Horrors” and “Rocky Horror Picture Show”. The Brain That Wouldn’t Die is the next rock musical to be based on a cheesy horror film. The stage version of the B-movie cult classic is coming to the Charleston Music Hall, June 22-25. This outrageous production features eighteen original songs by Chris Cassone, who has a long association with hitmakers. Most recently, Cassone collaborated on a Top Ten Billboard album with Ace Frehley, the lead guitarist and founding member of KISS.
The play was adapted from the 1962 B-movie by screenwriter, Bruce Bernhard, who moved to Charleston from Los Angeles three years ago. Brain tells the story of a surgeon who must re-assemble his fiancée after she is decapitated in a car accident. To accomplish this medical miracle, he must keep her head alive while he searches for a suitable body in time for their wedding.
Bernhard’s Spinnaker Productions is co-producing the show with The Charleston Music Hall’s Charles Carmody. Brain is directed by Linda Eisen, with musical direction and orchestrations by David McLaughlin, and choreography by Anthony Nannini. The cast is assembled from the finest talent in the Lowcountry, the musicians are the hottest players in town.
Performances at the CHARLESTON MUSIC HALL Performance Dates & Times:
THURSDAY, 6/22, 7:30PM
FRIDAY, 6/23, 7:30 PM
SATURDAY, 6/24, 2:00PM
SATURDAY, 6/24, 7:30 PM
SUNDAY, 6/25, 2:00 PM
July 15, 2017
IOP Beach Run 2017
When: July 15, 2017
Time: 5K /10K Run OR 5K Walk at 8:00 a.m. / Youth Fun Run at 9:00 a.m.
Location: IOP Front Beach behind the Windjammer – 1008 Ocean Blvd. Isle of Palms, SC 29451
Description: Race day registration & packet pickup 7:00 a.m. at the Windjammer – Front Beach – 5K/10K Run/5K Walk 8:00am / Youth Fun Runs 9:00am / Awards for 5K &10K /Following Youth Fun Runs at the Windjammer
July 21 – 23, 2017
Let the Good Times Roll 2017
When: July 21 – 23, 2017
Location: Charleston Music Hall – 37 John St, Charleston, SC 29403
Description: An incredibly talented cast of newcomers plus returning audience favorites will gather on stage at the Charleston Music Hall for “Let the Good Times Roll,” a musical variety show featuring the best of pop, rock, Broadway and country tunes.
Producers Brad and Jennifer Moranz have once again gathered some of the country’s best singers, dancers and musicians for this summer’s all-new show. Audiences can catch “Let the Good Times Roll” July 21-23 for four shows only.
New to this Moranz Entertainment production is New York City singer Matthew Bilman singing “You Raise Me Up.” “He sings so much like Josh Groban,” Brad Moranz said. “It’s amazing.”
Teenage operatic sensation Jenna Flaherty will perform “All I Ask of You” from “Phantom of the Opera.” Flaherty wowed audiences at last year’s Charleston Christmas Special with her debut performance of “Ave Maria.” Flaherty also will perform Kristin Chenoweth’s version of “Glitter and Be Gay” combining her operatic chops with musical theater talents.
Audience favorite violinist Robbi Kenney returns and this time will be joined by symphony violinist Frances Hsieh. Together they will play “Dangerous” by David Garrett, who from May 2008 to December 2011 held the Guinness World Record for the World’s Fastest Violinist.
Regular show attendees will recognize returning singers Tiffany Parker and Michael Minor complete with his ventriloquist act. Crystal Garrett, who previously performed with Moranz Entertainment, is sure to mesmerize audiences with her uncanny rendition of Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You.” And Bobby Alvarez returns to showcase his R&B chops with songs from Stevie Wonder and Earth Wind & Fire.
Of course no Moranz Entertainment is complete without comedy sketches featuring Brad and Jennifer Moranz. The couple also will perform their take on “Cuban Pete” from “I Love Lucy.”
Also new in this year’s show is an unplugged tribute to the singer/songwriters of the 1960s and 1970s, including Barry Manilow, Carole King, James Taylor, John Denver, Don McLean and Carly Simon. Moranz said people who write and perform only their own songs are a special talent and are few and far between. He calls this segment of the show “infinitely sing-a-long-able.” He adds, “These songs are so familiar, you can’t help it.”
Back as musical director is James Davis Jr., who also was first-time musical director for last year’s Charleston Christmas Special. Davis lives in New York City and is the director of music ministries & fine arts at the historic Abyssinian Baptist Church. He is also the associate music director for Opera Ebony. Davis has supervised musical productions at Radio City Music Hall, Lincoln Center, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Apollo Theater. Davis will tickle the ivories with a fast-moving Liberace version of “Carmen’s Boogie.”
“I am so excited about this show,” Moranz said. “Nowhere else in Charleston can you possibly see this much talent in one place. These performers will leave audience members gasping every time they walk off stage.”