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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.

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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.

Borrowed Trouble

It’s Thursday and we’re so close to the weekend. We’ve slaved over shifts, dreaded deadlines, and worked our asses off. I know what I need and probably what you need…some damn good music from damn good-looking fools and a stiff drink.

So here’s what we’ll do, download the new Kenny George Band album, Borrowed Trouble, tomorrow via iTunes and make sure to hear them live Saturday night at Royal American. This album has depth, soul, and George’s gritty vocals making it their best one to date (in my humble opinion). Hear their first single off the album, “Stepping Stones” below.

Congrats, gentlemen, hard work pays off. See you all Saturday.

DT February Playlist

Sorry for the delay on this month’s playlist!

DT has some exciting things coming up and I cannot wait to share them with you. Soon you’ll be getting better and more frequent blog posts, and not to mention you’ll be seeing a lot more of me in other places 😉

But enough for now, I hope your February is full of great tunes from great artists like White Denim, The Lonely Biscuits, Sleep Machine and Whissell.

Cheers!

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