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Charleston Music Confab Recap

Charleston Music Confab (CMC) was full of networking, discussions, and education. The four-day conference featured a lot of awesome local and regional music. My biggest complaint was that there were not enough hours in the day to see and hear it all. This was the conference’s first year to include hip hop and rap artists, which I was really looking forward to. I made sure to catch Kween Katt, Abstract, and PG13. There were so many other acts I was dying to see but I ran out of time. Good problem to have!

Some standout acts that caught my attention were the Atlanta-based band, The Georgia Flood. I was first introduced to their music via Spotify’s Discover Weekly playlist (got me again, Spotify ;)). High energy, great vocals, and tight playing made this band ones to watch in the future. One local act, Abstract, was another contender in my eyes with A+ in crowd participation, engaging, and honest lyrics.

One of the great aspects of CMC was all of the people involved. All of the bands were enthusiastic to be included, the show attendees were excited to hear new artists, and the venue’s hospitality was on point. This is another great reason why the Charleston music scene is so wonderful. The support and camaraderie are creating an infrastructure for future conferences, but also making this an ideal location for artists to thrive. Make a point to attend CMC, and see for yourself. Huge thanks to Dave Stewart and the CMC team, and check out some of my favorite shots from the weekend below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Locals Only

This morning I had the privilege to be a guest on i93.7‘s Locals Only show. We gushed over the awesomely talented bands, Megan Jean And The KFB, Jerry Jacobs, and Honeysmoke. It was a surreal experience sitting alongside Charleston disc jockey royalty, Miles Crosby aka Uncle Miles, of 96 Wave. If you’re from Charleston, you know how much of an institution that radio station was and the impact it had on the local music scene. It was an amazing experience and truly thankful for it.

You can listen to the full show below:

You can hear Jerry Jacobs live Thursday, March 16th at The Windjammer, and Honeysmoke Friday, March 16th, at Royal American alongside Emma’s Lounge and Midnight Snack.

Listen local this weekend 🙂

Atlas Road Crew – My Own Way Single

 

Charleston-based band, Atlas Road Crew, released their new single last week, “My Own Way”. Their second album will release this Fall and from the sound of this single they taking their sound in a new direction. Southern-rockers at heart, but ARC may be ready to venture into some new musical territory. Give the tune a listen below and let’s hear your thoughts.

 

 

Stalking Instagram

Over time I’ve collected quite an eclectic group following on Instagram. In particular, I love musicians that are smart and savvy with their profiles. I love to follow their adventures/misadventures and live vicariously through their colorful pictures. If you’re anything like me, I’m a sucker for getting the inside scoop. I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite Instagrammers for your enjoyment.

Kelleigh Bannen:
Country-singing sweetheart, podcaster, pug-obsessed, and all-around crafty with her social media. She’s got spunk and not afraid to use it.

Mitchell Tenpenny:
With lyrics like “I don’t deal with bitches no more” already gives you insight into his antics and light-hearted approach to music. People may think it, but he will say it, well, actually sing it.

Carter Hulsey:
I must admit I’m a sucker for Carter because we share the same last name. Not related, but this dude’s Instagram is full of antics and an insider’s view into his hard work on creating amazing music.

Parson James:
South Carolina-born singer categorizes his music as “conflict pop gospel”, and with songs like “Sinner Like You”, “Temple”, and “Religion”  you get the idea rather quickly. His music makes you dance and think, an interesting combination for you to check out.

Sinclair:
I stumbled upon Sinclair while perusing concerts in Nashville. Her shows are full of light, energy, and good vibes just like her Instagram feed. For visual and audible inspiration, make sure to follow her.

Tuxedo

When I first saw this necklace on Tori Gonzales’ blog, I HAD to have it. It’s a great combo of gypsy and rebel, perhaps two opposing trends, but Free People blends it perfectly into a fabulous neck piece.

This accessory pairs well with t-shirts, dresses, and blazers. I went for a classic country-inspired choice with a denim on denim tuxedo; once assembled I cannot help but hear the sounds of Willie, Waylon, and Merle in my head. Let’s mosey into the weekend with accessories that inspire us and a great playlist.

 

Images by Fixed Fifty Photo; Neckpiece: Free People(similar); Shirt: Gap; Jeans: Express; Booties: Target(similar), bracelet 1: Apple and Oak, bracelet 2:High Strung, bracelet 3: Mosa Boutique

Weekend Playlist: December 8-10

Thursday:

Plan A:

young-misterYoung Mister w/ Luke Mitchell, The Eclectic Cafe & Vinyl

Plan B:
PoHoHo Rockin’ Holiday Night Market w/ Super Delux, Pour House

Things around town:
BEX and the REX, Tin Roof

Friday:

Plan A:
Latisha G, The Eclectic Cafe & Vinyl

Plan B:
GET WELL KANYE – A Kanye West themed party with DJ R Dot & Black Dave Made It, Compass

Things around town:
’90s on the 9th, Faculty Lounge

Saturday:

Plan A:

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BYOG’s 4th Annual Ugly Sweater Party, Charleston Pour House

Plan B:
Dallas Baker and Friends, Royal American (Johns Island)

Things around town:
Chaquis Maliq, Elliotborough Mini Bar

Sunday:

Plan A:
ET Anderson w/ Zack Mexico & Secret Guest, Royal American

Valentine’s Dance Party

v_day_playlistTomorrow is Valentine’s Day; a day where the single people can be found at the local watering hole and the couples will be all mushy, gushy. Whichever option you fall under, how about have some tunes to go along with your day?

My Solo Sallys will need some jams to keep them rockin’ and rollin’ and their minds off this wretched holiday. So the playlist, Singles Awareness Day, will remind you of your awesomeness and put a little extra pep in your step.

The couples may want to slow things down a bit and snuggle up. The Undercover Lover playlist has got some sweet songs and maybe even some dirty songs to get you in the festive mood. 😉

 However you spend this holiday, I hope you spend it either slow dancing with your honey or raising the roof like a fabulous single fool.

Love you, mean it!
M

Evening Festival Attire

DT_Nancys-28I hope you all enjoyed the daytime attire post in preparation for music festival season. Now, let’s switch gears and focus on a nighttime or a funkier music festival outfit. A lot festivals can be in rugged areas and dressing up will be out of the question. However, for those special instances where you can let your hair done, I’ve got you covered. Now, let’s boogie.
M

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Kimono: Fabrik (similar here); Tank:Target; Pants: Express; Booties: Target; Bracelets: Personal Collection (similar here); Statement Necklace: Forever21 (similar here); Sunglasses : Aldo

Pictures by Joshua Christian – find more of his adventures on Instagram and Twitter.

Huge thanks to Nancy’s Exotic Plants for letting us play for the day at their amazing shop.

Daytime Festival Attire

DT_RoundO-33Hello Music Festival Season! Well, not quite yet, but it is music festival prep season. While the lineups are being released, our to-do lists are growing with booking travel arrangements and making regular trips to Costco to build our festival supplies. This also means that we will start our search for the perfect outfit that will work with warmer days. I’ve taken a stab at an outfit appropriate for festivals set in fields, parks or farms. Stay tuned for the evening outfit.

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DT_RoundO-9DT_RoundO-3DT_RoundO-17DT_RoundO-14Vest: Old Navy (similar version here); Cardigan:Target; T-Shirt: Target; Jorts: Created my own (similar version here); Booties: Target; Sunburst Ring: House of Harlow; Bracelets: Personal Collection (similar here); Spiral Necklace: Vintage; Sunglasses : Aldo

Pictures by Joshua Christian – find more of his adventures on Instagram and Twitter.

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