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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.

Glass Mansions – “Nightswimming”

The Columbia-based band, Glass Mansions, released their latest single, “Nightswimming” last week, comprised of lead singer, Jayna, keyboardist, Blake, and guitarist, Patrick. My first encounter with this electronic-pop band was Spring Jam 2014, and I’ve been a fan since that day. The trio’s high energy mixed with their dance-friendly tunes make for one rambunctious good time. This particular single is no different according to the band, “This song is about being lost in the unknown, embracing it, and finding strength in knowing that it’s okay to let yourself get lost.”  Watch the official music video below and give this band some love. Let’s be honest, we all wish we could pull off Jayna’s hair color. 😉

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Catch them live March 2 at The Sparrow

Love Is Lost: David Bowie

 

This past week was the anniversary of Mr. Bowie’s death; an actor, innovator, artist, musician, and showman that truly left a mark on our musical history. I have collected some of his most iconic performances, so let’s reminisce over Mr. Stardust.

 

 

 

 

Atlas Road Crew

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This week’s spotlight goes to Charleston locals, Atlas Road Crew. Formed in 2011, these gentlemen have quickly become a fixture on the local music circuit. Their album, Halfway to Hopkins, has become one of my favorites to hear start to finish, including my favorite tune, “Abilene”. Taylor Nicholson’s vocals are addictively haunting and pull you into the song immediately. Take some time out of your week and give this album a listen; from start to finish it’s a comprehensive piece of Southern rock ‘n’ roll that will make you appreciate this band.

Stay up-to-date with the band’s latest music and shows on Facebook. ARC will have new music coming out later this month.

Tedeschi Trucks Band

TTBTedeschi Trucks Band visits North Charleston’s Performing Arts Center (PAC) tonight on their Made Up Mind tour. TTB is one of my top bucket list bands, so tonight will be one for the concert books.

Made Up Mind is the third album from the husband and wife duo, Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks. The title track, “Made Up Mind”, “kicks the door down” stated by Trucks. The band wanted to make a statement on how they work musically; they all have the mindset that if something works and they believe in it there will be no negotiating. This “stick to your guns” song is a bold statement of not backing down and giving in. You can’t argue with lyrics like these,

I’m going higher
I’m not afraid
Licking my finger
Turning the page

The tune is full of guitar and grit, and surely to be a show stopper tonight.

“Do I Look Worried” is personally my favorite tune on the album. It’s a great kiss off song where a woman is going through issues with her romantic relationship, and finally had enough. Tedeschi’s powerful pipes paired with Trucks’ electric guitar playing makes for one dynamic tune.

TTB has a reputation for great live performances and I’m sure tonight will not disappoint. Stay tuned for my recap of the show. Hope to see you all out there.

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