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Weekend playlist blog post supporting local Charleston music

Weekend Playlist: November 29- December 1

If you’re in need of live and local music, make sure to check out the Weekend Playlist. A weekly blog post highlighting some of my favorite venues, bands, and shows. Weekends are short so make it count with great music.

Trappy Hour, Charleston hip-hop happy hour, at Royal American

Friday, November 29
Plan A: 90’s House Party ft. Chubb Rock, 69 Boyz & DJ Kool, Omar Shrine Temple
Plan B
: Sol Driven Train “Ridin” LP Release Party, Charleston Pour House
Things around town: Drivin N Cryin w/ Human Resources, Charleston Music Hall

Saturday, November 30
Plan A: STAC House presents Edwin McCain
Plan B: FUTUREBIRDS w/ Leon III, Charleston Pour House
Things around town: Levi Hummon with Mitchell Lee, Music Farm

Sunday, December 1
Plan A: Trappy Hour: Winter Edition, The Royal American
Plan B: Tropical Brunch ft. Strawberry Squad, Republic Garden & Lounge
Things around town: Frances Cone, Music Farm

Like / follow: Royal American, Cocktail Bandits, STAC House Shows, Drivin N Cryin, Human Resources, Charleston Music Hall, Sol Driven Train, Charleston Pour House, Mitchell Lee, Music Farm, Frances Cone, Strawberry Squad, Republic Garden & Lounge, FUTUREBIRDS, Leon III

Weekend playlist blog post supporting local Charleston music

Weekend Playlist: November 21-23

If you’re in need of live and local music, make sure to check out the Weekend Playlist. A weekly blog post highlighting some of my favorite venues, bands, and shows. Weekends are short so make it count with great music.

saluda shoals, charleston-based band

Thursday, November 21
Plan A: Saluda Shoals, Republic Garden and Lounge
Plan B
: Jaykob Kendrick and Josh Walker, Baker & Brewer
Things around town: Saunders Triebold Live Album Recording, Home Team BBQ West Ashley

Friday, November 22
Plan A: Majic Dust w/ Faline, Tin Roof
Plan B: World Music Cafe, GALA desserts
Things around town: B-Side + Kid Trails (of Toro Y Moi) w/ Persona La Ave, Royal American

Saturday, November 23
Plan A: Never Better ft. Mourning Dove w/ Scene Jesus, Tin Roof
Plan B: Munkle’s Two Year Anniversary Party ft. Dub Plates, Munkle Brewing
Things around town: Catholics, Colin Phils (RVA), Current Blue, Big Gun Burger Shop

Like / follow: Baker & Brewer, Saluda Shoals, Republic Garden and Lounge, Saunders Triebold, Home Team BBQ, World Music Cafe, GALA desserts, Tin Roof, Majic Dust, Faline, Kid Trails, Persona La Ave, Royal American, Never Better, Mourning Dove, Scene Jesus, Munkle Brewing, Catholics, Colin Phils, Big Gun Burger Shop

Weekend playlist blog post supporting local Charleston music

Weekend Playlist: November 7-9

If you’re in need of live and local music, make sure to check out the Weekend Playlist. A weekly blog post highlighting some of my favorite venues, bands, and shows. Weekends are short so make it count with great music.

Extra Chill, Charleston music blog

Thursday, November 7
Plan A: The High Divers, Royal American
Plan B
: Defunk, Trio
Things around town: Super Runaway ft. Amuse, Hybrid Mutants, In the Meantime, Tin Roof

Friday, November 8
Plan A: Extra Chill Fest, Royal American
Plan B: Same As It Ever Was w/ Jon Stickley Trio, Charleston Pour House
Things around town: Stock Footage ft. Blue Ricky & Ash Vapor, Tin Roof

Saturday, November 9
Plan A: Rockabillaque, Park Circle
Plan B: Wrenn Stock Music Festival, Bowen A Waterfront Village
Things around town:
Santee Country Music Festival, The Oasis Bar & Grill
1770 Record’s 7th Annual Boat Show, Carolina Queen
Tonight’s the Night – A Neil Young B-Day Celebration, Charleston Pour House

Like / follow: The Oasis Bar & Grill, Cody Webb, Doug McCormick, River Rock Entertainment Group, Warren Garrett, Kameron Marlowe, Bowen A Waterfront Village, Haley Mae Campbell, Lauren Hall, Ashley Hamilton, Randall Fowler, Warrick McZeke, Ray Wrenn, Oasis Bar & Grill, Rockabillaque, Vive Le Rock Productions, Third Eye Productions, Tin Roof, Stock Footage, Charleston Pour House, Solid Country Gold, 1770 Records, Amuse, Super Runaway, Hybrid Mutants, Defunk, Same As It Ever Was, Jon Stickley Trio

Christian Farelove

Melody Lucas, Charleston drag queen, during a photoshoot

“When life gives you lemons, make grape juice. Then sit back and watch the world wonder how you did it.” – Christian Farelove

This mantra perfectly encapsulates my next guest on this conversation series. Christian Farelove is an artist, entertainer, chef, activist, motivational speaker (or should be) all perfectly packaged into a hard-working, passionate human. Within his many pursuits, music is always there influencing his many creative outlets. Whether it’s his favorite song inspiring his next dish or favorite singer preparing him for his next drag show, music will always be included in his art.

On this episode of Disco Chats (hear the previous episode with Brooke Ryan here), we dive into Farelove’s passion for melodies and rhythms and the influence it has on his cooking and his alter-ego, Melody Lucas. He exercises extreme precision with his song choices, dance moves, and outfits; because of his thoughtful selections, it makes him stand out above his counterparts. During my research of Farelove, I came across this eight-minute video of his 2018 Charleston Pride performance to a Janet Jackson’s song medley and it provides an example of the kind of performer he is…a fucking great one.

Listen to our conversation below and learn more about the music that guides this soul on and off the stage. You can see Farelove live tomorrow, May 15, for the Black Girl Magic Showcase at El Jefe. If you’re not able to make the show, follow Christian or Melody on Instagram.

War and Treaty lead singer at High Water Festival

High Water Festival

I recently attended the third annual High Water Festival at Riverfront Park. The two-day event was curated to appeal to music and food lovers. The lineup was stacked with powerhouse musical acts like Leon Bridges, Jenny Lewis, The Head and The Heart, and many more. For the foodies, Pass the Peas brunch and Low Tide Social provided outstanding noshes and cocktails.

Le Creuset pot top at Pass the Peas brunch in Charleston SC

I started my Saturday morning with Pass the Peas a 4-course brunch. I tagged alongside the Le Creuset team to partake in the flower crown making, imbibing, and scent-sniffing from Candlefish candles. The meal was served family style on long tables allowing for us to mingle with newly-made friends. All of the meals were served in Le Creuset dishes, perfect for cooking serving, and dining. The gorgeous decor, people, and food inspired me to create a playlist that would be perfect for any dining setting. Give it a listen here. As for the food, chefs Jacques Larson of Wild Olive and The Obstinate Daughter, and Shuai Wang from Jackrabbit Fillycollaborated alongside Cappie Peete of Ashley Christensen Restaurants and Craig Nelson of Proof for an amazing menu. Check out the sample menu.

chefs at pass the peas brunch

The afternoon was filled with music from The War and Treaty, Mitski, Lord Huron, Leon Bridges, and so many more. The park is divided by two stages where acts play asynchronous making it easy for concert-goers to hear and see each performance. The landscape made it convenient for large groups and families with children to spread out. Something I noticed was the large number of families and individuals with children. This festival was perfect for such a demographic. Another aspect of the festival which stood out to me was the lack of a local stage. Charleston has a plethora of musicians that would help draw a crowd from nearby neighborhoods or assist with pulling a diverse audience. The inclusion would make this homegrown festival even truer to its roots. The Charleston-based band, Shrimp Records Family Band, had a spot in the lineup but perhaps securing a dedicated stage/area would help show off the local musical talent in a more effective manner.

This was my first time attending High Water and overall it was lovely. What’s not to enjoy? You’re sitting on the Cooper River overlooking the water while listening to live music. It seems this festival keeps getting better with every year that passes. I look forward to seeing what’s in store for 2020.

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