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Weekend playlist blog post supporting local Charleston music

Weekend Playlist: July 4 – July 6

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.

Kozelski band at Home Team BBQ for July 4th

Thursday, July 4
Plan A: Kozelski, Home Team BBQ
Plan B: The James Brown Dance Party, Charleston Pour House
Things around town: Jared Petteys & The Headliners, Tattooed Moose JI

Friday, July 5
Plan A: Harper Vibely, Daniel Island Grille
Plan B: Ben Fagan & The Holy City Hooligans, Party at the Point
Things around town: Tedeschi Trucks Band w/ Blackberry Smoke and Shovels & Rope, Volvo Car Stadium

Saturday, July 6
Plan A: Franny’s Farmacy Launch Party w/ Nick Collins & The Reckoning, The Barrel
Plan B: The Midnight City, Windjammer
Things around town: Liquid Todd, Trio

Like / follow: Party at the Point, Ear for Music, Ben Fagan & the Holy City Hooligans, The James Brown Dance Party, Charleston Pour House, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Volvo Car Stadium, Blackberry Smoke, Shovels & Rope, Harper Vibely, Daniel Island Grille, The Midnight City, Windjammer, Liquid Todd, Trio, Jared Petteys & The Headliners, Tattooed Moose JI, Franny’s Farmacy, Nick Collins, The Reckoning, The Barrel,

Southern Ground Music and Food Festival: Day Two

Once day two arrived, I felt like a pro. My routine was down, even to the timing of the shortest drink lines 😉 Perhaps it was that everyone attended the Saturday show and needed Sunday to recover. Who knows, but this was a music-filled Sunday Funday for the ears.


The Archetypes opened day two with a rockin’ bang. It’s tough playing the early spot on festival days, where the hungover patrons meander in later, but the crowd was loud and proud for these Charleston music veterans.


What can I say about these amazing ladies? Strong pipes, strong hat game, and strong messages of love will bring all the music-lovers to their yard.


Packway Handle Band, bluegrass quintet, brought a jovial sound to the afternoon. There’s something about the sounds of a banjo, fiddle, and mandolin that really get a party started.


It was a warm homecoming for South Carolina boys, A Thousand Horses. They’ve come a long way since playing local spots Windjammer and Pour House.  Everyone should start learning their songs now because they are going to have a long residency in country music.


My last show of the day was Tedeschi Trucks Band, and probably one of my favorites. Derek and Susan are freaking talented musicians, so putting them together creates a musical nirvana. I actually stood several feet away from them in the artists compound waiting for my interview, and that was the first time I truly got emotional being in their presence. It’s always a pleasure to hear and see them live.

This was an amazing weekend of music and a huge thanks to Fox 24 and Shore Fire Media for giving me this opportunity.

A Night With Tedeschi Trucks Band

DSC_0227Last Wednesday was a musically epic night with Tedeschi Trucks Band (TTB). The evening kicked off with a band from New York by the name, Spirit Family Reunion. Before traveling around the US with TTB, they were singing on the streets of NYC making an effort to avoid the mechanical setup of stages. They make a point to stay true their authentic sound, and last night was no exception. The band’s sound was a raw and organic bluegrass that keeps your toes tappin’ and head bobbin’.

DSC_0212TTB is the type of band that isn’t into the flashy entrances, they calmly and quietly just entered the stage without an announcement to the audience. They made a point to highlight every band member’s talent from drum battles to horn solos and even having the back up singers solo a song to showcase their amazing voices. I was delighted to hear “Do I Look Worried” as the second tune on the set list. Susan sounds even better live than on their albums, which is always a clear indicator of talent. She needs no synthesizer or auto tune to get her pipes in the  correct note.

Derek brought his blazing guitar playing to every song, and there is no arguing over his talent. You can see the respect he and Susan have for each other and know how to let the other shine. At one point, Susan took a seat on stage while Derek finished his guitar solo. The entire night felt like you were hanging at the Tedeschi Trucks house and witnessing a casual jam session. The only disappointment, personally, was not having “Midnight in Harlem”, “Made Up Mind” and “Whiskey Legs” in the set list, but given their vast catalog of music, it’s understandable. However, if you are on the fence about seeing TTB live and have the opportunity to, definitely go; they’ll make up your mind.


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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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