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Today is Valentine’s Day, and while everyone is making dinner reservations, shaving their legs, and scheming up romantic surprises I’m at the gym. Don’t get me wrong, I love love. But I’ve got a tropical trip planned with my best friend coming up within the next two weeks and mama needs to look snatched in a bikini. In order to stay on track, I’ve made a playlist comprised of some badass lady musicians. You cannot help but move when you hear the sounds of Lizzo, Janelle Monae, and Dorothy. So while some people may be celebrating their V-Day with popping champagne, I’ll be getting it poppin’ at the gym. Cheers, you lovebirds and gym rats.

On The Table

 

This past Thursday I joined Michael and Ian from the lifestyle blog, I Love That For You, for an evening to discuss all things Charleston in honor of Lowcountry On The Table. This region-wide event was held on October 4th to encourage small groups to discuss obstacles throughout your community. There were roughly 200 tables that were organized for this event in Charleston. However, I’m biased as I think our table was the best with a guest list packed with local heavy-hitters:

Michael Stettner and Ian Palacios, Lifestyle Bloggers, I Love That For You
Jai Jones, Food Blogger, JaiEats
Jordan Amaker, Director of Marketing Communications, Lowcountry Local First
Adam Helms, Founder, GigDawg
Jude Shiflett, Muralist/Designer
Susannah Runkle, Resident Martha Stewart
Ali Holliday, Jill Of All Trades

The evening was filled with delicious food, great conversation, a warm surrounding, and of course, music. I created a playlist that would pair perfectly with the evening. I feel like standard dinner music can be too sleepy, so I went with tunes that were mellow enough to set the tone but carried a punch. Beach Tiger, Sigrid, Shovels & Rope, Will Hoge to name a few; after all, this a fun event, people.

Make sure you check out the playlist here.

Our conversations weaved between flooding, parking, responsible development, street art, and even more. However, the overarching theme among our discussions was how do we actually make a change. Is it holding our current government officials accountable? Do we need to attend more meetings and voice our concerns? Who should we run to when we need help? How do we push back when shit isn’t working?

As Charlestionias, I think these ongoing discussions can help bring attention to our concerns and can create a stronger community. Every city has its issues, but by bringing our problems “to the table” we can start working together rather than apart and, of course, with some good music.

 

Bud Light Getaway

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Who doesn’t love a good music festival? And who doesn’t love a music festival in their backyard? This past weekend I attended the Bud Light Getaway music festival at North Charleston’s Riverfront Park. I had the same WTF reaction as most people when I saw the lineup. Up-and-coming folk-pop singer, Harry Hudson, Lil’ Jon, Dashboard Confessional, and country music headliner, Sam Hunt. While this wide-genre festival left people confused, it was really a good thing for Charleston because it will lead to more festivals.

With over 3,000 tickets sold, making this a sold-out festival and a huge reason for large advertisers like Bud Light to keep hosting more large-scale events in Charleston. Charleston is becoming an ideal destination for music festivals like High Water, Be More Tea, and now Bud Light’s Getaway. There are some pros to having larger festivals setup in our Holy City: jobs for local restaurants/vendors, sponsorship deals, and profit for the city as people will be spending money.

As an avid concert attendee, my gal, Ali, and I came prepared to take in all there was at North Charleston’s Riverfront Park. Bud Light made sure to take advantage of the space with pick-up trucks for seating, palettes turned into lounges, and bars conveniently placed throughout.

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This would make any concert-goer pleased with the number of areas to relax, drink, and listen to music. While we did try to get an interview with an artist this year, unfortunately, due to scheduling, we weren’t able to make that happen. We did, however, we did get an opportunity to meet Lil Jon. Overall, the festival was run smoothly and efficiently. It was a good time had by all and let’s hope that more show organizers see what makes Charleston an ideal festival town.

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Thanks to Bud Light for the fun day and to Ali for being my photographer.

 

Rainbow Kitten Surprise

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Rainbow Kitten Surprise (RKS)…a memorable name for an unforgettable band. I wasn’t 100% familiar with RKS, but what I did know was their fan base is loyal. The line started way before the doors opened at 7 pm and people were happily waiting to get as close to the stage as possible. The first thing I noticed about this act is their incredibly energetic stage presence; jumps, leaps, and backbends filled between breaths. I would like to know how lead singer, Sam Melo, hits all his notes while continually dancing around the stage. They included fan favorites like, “Cocaine Jesus” and “Devil Like Me”, making sure to cover tunes off the new album like “Fever Pitch”.

I’ll have to be honest that trying to capture images of this band was difficult. The Music Farm is a great venue to play for any artist, but the stage becomes smaller the bigger the band. As RSK has five members, they continued to dance around each other making their set a rave-like, non-stop dance party.

Being only five years old, RSK has created quite a reputation and following. In that time, they have released three studio albums and one live album. They’ve been on the touring circuit for some time now landing reputable gigs at largest festivals like Bonnaroo, Firefly, and Austin City Limits (ACL) in 2017. This year is no different as they will be making stops at Forecastle, Sloss, Lollapalooza, Voodoo, and Outside Lands this year.

Don’t miss out a band that will make you an instant fan. Just be prepared to dance your fanny off. Check out their tour schedule here.

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Salute to Service

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This past Friday, I attended the Salute to Service Memorial Day Concert at Joe Riley Stadium; the lineup included Logan Mize, Chase Bryant, and Brothers Osborne. As a concert setup, the stage was stationed in the perfect position within the outfield with easy access to the bar and bathrooms (thank you, festival organizers). It was thoughtfully organized by giving general admission and VIP areas a lot of room to navigate through crowds while still allowing families and non-crowd lovers access to stadium seating and lawn space for blanket lounging and playing.

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The opener, Logan Mize, started the party with popular songs, “Better Off Gone”, “Ain’t Always Pretty”, and “Somebody to Thank”. Kansas native released his latest album, Come Back Road, in 2017 climbing to #2 on iTunes Country Charts. His calm and confident demeanor made him the perfect start to the evening as the crowd began sipping their Budweisers. Mize’s music complimented the beginning of a rowdy night just how his shirt showed off his perfectly toned arms. 🙂

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Next up in the lineup was the Texas-born singer, Chase Bryant. At this point in the evening, beers were flowing down easy which fit Bryant’s no-shit-taking attitude. Over the course of several songs, Bryant cheers service men and women and making it known that if anyone disagreed with his opinion he would happily escort them outside. Bryant was a passionate and active performer showing the crowd his love for his music and of this country. His pride, high jumps, and quick feet would make him my choice as a partner on American Ninja Warrior.

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As for the main event, brothers TJ and John Osborne, aka Brothers Osborne, hit the stage around 9:30 and played for a good hour to an hour and thirty. They covered several songs from their latest album, Port Saint Joe. They changed it up with several covers from Dixie Chicks, Alan Jackson, and John Denver. This was my first time seeing Brothers Osborne and enjoyed every minute of their show. The energy on stage and off made for an awesome show. Their fans are loyal and highly spirited; singing every word and super excited to hear the music off their latest album.

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This was the perfect start to the Memorial Weekend with great music and appreciation for those that fight for our country.

Emily Curtis – “Breath of Heaven”

Charleston local songstress, Emily Curtis, has released a cover of Amy Grant’s “Breath of Heaven”. Joined by her father, Ty Curtis, on guitar, her cover of this song perfectly captures Emily’s velvety vocals. She has also recently released an EP, Hindsight, filled with even more amazing songs. You can listen and follow her on Spotify here.

Get into the Holiday season and give the song a listen below.

 

 

Recap: John Paul White and Finnegan Bell

This past Saturday night I attended the STAC (St. Thomas Anglican Church) House Show featuring John Paul White and Finnegan Bell at St. Thomas’ Church. If you’ve never been to the town of Cainhoy it could be rather misleading on the location. As a resident of West Ashley, it took me about an hour to get out there (thanks, Mount Pleasant traffic) but it was worth the travel. The old church can easily be missed as there are no signs or paved road to mark its existence. This was my first STAC show and I’m always intrigued to see how people transform everyday spots into music-worthy venues. This church is tiny with a handful of pews on the first and second levels; however, didn’t stop this sold-out crowd from filling each and every spot.

Finnegan Bell started off the night with some crowd favorites and concluded their set with their latest single, “Better Off Dead”. You can watch the music video from last week’s post. If you’ve never seen these guys play, please make a point to do so. Their great energy and harmonies will make you an instant fan.

Shortly after Finnegan Bell’s set, John Paul took the beautifully lit stage. He gave me a Johnny Cash vibe with his tall stance, dressed in a black suit with long and tousled hair. He’s soft-spoken, but his singing cut through the tiny church. He played many tunes from his latest album, Beulah. Listen below to the opening of his show.

A Night with John Paul White

Badass Show Alert!

Finnegan Bell, Charleston-based duo, will be playing alongside John Paul White, former The Civil Wars musician, tomorrow night. White, a Grammy award winner, is best known for his years in the Civil Wars Americana Folk band. He released his first solo album, The Long Goodbye, in 2008 and Beulah in 2016. The event will be held at the Historic Old Brick Church of St. Thomas & St. Denis and tickets are available for purchase here.

Local musicians, Finnegan Bell, will be kicking off the evening with their Americana Pop music. They recently released their latest single, “Better Off Dead”, directed and edited by Dries Vandenberg from the local bands, Susto and Human Resources. Give it a listen below and see you all tomorrow night!

 

 

Saluda Shoals “Tempt Me”

 

Charleston’s five-piece band, Saluda Shoals, released their latest single, “Tempt Me” this past week. You may be familiar with their previous tunes “Secondhand Man” and “I Fall“. The Americana band puts a playful and sexy spin on this new tune with the lyrics

You make me want to go too far
You make me want to cross that line
I swore I was going to take it slow

Give it a listen below and the best part is you can see the band live tomorrow night at My Father’s Mustache. You can meet and mingle with the band starting at 8 pm and the music starts at 10 pm.

New Nash

Nashville’s Music City reputation has been affiliated with country music for years; however, the influx of new residents is bringing different musical tastes and creators.* This doesn’t mean we need to exchange our cowgirl boots for its more contemporary counterpart, but rather it gives us an opportunity to evolve our eardrums to music other than country. So I took this as an opportunity to discover new Nashville music by creating a pretty dope playlist.

My first find was Daphne Willis‘ “Dopamine” she combines pop, rock, soul, and electronic into one smooth tune that compares being in love to a similar high you could achieve through drugs and alcohol. However, Willis’ love is so good in this song, the other substances aren’t necessary. Wildwood‘s tune, indie singer-songwriter, “Secrets,” tells a story of a woman being mistreated by a cheating significant other, “in the dark is where is you hide and in the light you’re going to find your secrets walking away”. Wildwood has the storytelling ability to bring her audience along for a musical ride.

But let’s not forget the men too in this playlist. Goodbye June has been a long-time favorite of mine; this trio is proving that rock isn’t dead in Nashville. Their single, “Daisy”, shows off lead singer’s, Landon Milbourn, soulful vocals and the incredible falsetto! This band keeps it right and tight, and down and dirty, what more could you want from a rock band?

There are so many other amazing artists on this playlist like Whissell, Sinclair, Jeffrey James, Kate Puckett, and more. Whether you live locally or not these are some great artists pushing the boundaries of Nashville’s music reputation.

*stat was taken from The Tennessean

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