The weather is getting warm, and the music scene is heating up too, with a weekend full of live music events, including fan-favorite Motown.
Looking at the events calendar, there’s something every day to get your live music fix. I’ll cover them in chronological order.
Friday (tonight, May 3rd) – Party at the Point
Recently I covered the Shaggin’ on the Cooper summer dance series, which kicked off last weekend at Waterfront Park in Mount Pleasant.
Well, another fun summer live music series has also started its run, just up the street from that venue.
It’s the 19th annual Party at the Point, a fun outdoor, happy hour live music series that has grown in popularity with each year. Point Parties take place each Friday night from now through July 5th.
It’s all about the music, and they have some super bands coming down the pike.
Here’s who’ll be part of their live music lineup this summer:
- The Ol’ 55’s;
- Planet Janet & The Majestics (with all former members of Plane Jane);
- Sol Driven Train;
- Idlewild Revival (Allman Brothers tribute);
- Rock The 90’s;
- The Dave Matthews Tribute Band;
- The Randall Fowler Project & Lauren Hall;
- The Distinguished Gentlemen;
- Departure (a Journey Tribute);
- Homegrown Night finale (acts to be announced later).
The party takes place at the Lookout Pavilion at the Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina – 20 Patriot’s Point Road in Mount Pleasant. From our Isle of Palms luxury rentals, head over Sullivan’s to Coleman Boulevard in Mount Pleasant, and turn left right before the base of the Ravenel Bridge.
Gates open at 5:30, and the music cranks up at 6:30. Admission is $8, free for ages 12 and under. It’s family friendly and appropriate for all ages. Parking is free if you park along the road leading up to the event. There will also be Uber and Lyft pickup and drop-off stations near the main entrance.
Here’s the official website with all the details.
Saturday – Music in the Park
Tomorrow afternoon, May 4th, is the latest installment of a relatively new open air live music event taking place right here on the Isle of Palms.
It’s called Music in the Park, and here’s the scoop:
- Saturday, May 4th from 1:00 p.m. till 4:00 p.m.
- Live music by local bluegrass bands Blue Plantation and Admiral Radio.
- Conveniently located in the middle of the island under the pavilion at the Recreation Center – #24 – 28th Avenue, IOP;
- Just hop on a golf cart or ride a bike there;
- Local food trucks like Mazyck’s Grill will be on hand to provide refreshment and vittles, along with popcorn, lemonade and Italian ice vendors;
- You’re encouraged to bring a blanket or beach chairs to enjoy the afternoon.
- In case on inclement weather, the event will move inside the Rec Center, though the weather this weekend looks to be quite nice.
- Here’s the full scoop from the official IOP website.
Saturday night – Motown in the Moonlight
Then, tomorrow night, get set for some of the most danceable music ever written. In fact, It’s been called “the sound that changed America.”
It’s a celebration of all things Motown, on the Mount Pleasant Pier right at Waterfront Park in Mount Pleasant. That venue really has been hoppin’ with events lately, like last weekend’s Shaggin’ on the Cooper and The Blessing of the Fleet.
The fun lasts from 7:00 p.m. rill 11:00 and is sponsored by Charleston County Parks. Live music by Bobby Alvarez and the Supernaturals. Tickets are $10, or $8 in advance online, children 3 and under are free.
They’ll also have one in September, with live music by The Majestics.
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo, all weekend long!
Today through Sunday you can celebrate all things Hispanic and latino. Think: plenty of margaritas, guac, tacos and tequila in general. Mex 1 Coastal Cantina is hosting the weekend long party…. Specifically Friday and Saturday night from 9:00 p.m. till midnight, and Sunday from 6:00 till 9:00 p.m.
They have three locations, including one on nearby Sullivan’s Island. There’ll be plenty of live music and drink/food specials. If you feel like crossing some bridges, their West Ashley Location will also host their giant annual Cinco de Mayo Block Party.
Check out their website for details and live music lineup.
Saturday night – A Mambo Cinco de Mayo party
Tomorrow night, the day before actual Cinco, is the 14th annual Charleston Cinco party. It’s downtown at the Visitor’s Center Bus Shed, 375 Meeting Street, from 7:00 p.m. till 11:00. They have a HUGE live music lineup, plus plenty of great food and bevs.
Live music by: Mala Fe, Bachata Flow, Gino Castillo & The Cuban Cowboys, Freily El F, Danza Azteca, Ixtli Yolotl, and more, plus DJ Luigi with Latin Groove, pinatas and jump castles for the kids.
Get tickets and more info and the official Charleston Cinco website.
Whew – that’s a lot of live music going on this weekend. Hopefully you can take at least a little of it in. And be sure to call EP when you’ll like to rent the very best places at the beach near Charleston.
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Photo credit: Charleston County Parks
It’s a busy weekend indeed, featuring three ingredients of spring fun in the South – strawberries, shaggin’, and one of the world’s most delectable treasures from the sea, shrimp.
I’ll take them in chronological order as they happen.
Strawberry Festival all weekend long
First up, it’s the spring celebration of all things strawberry, right here in Mount Pleasant. It features fresh-from-the-field deliciousness and family-friendly activities, happening now through Sunday evening.
This is the 22nd annual Strawberry Festival put on by the good folks at Boone Hall Plantation, one of the Lowcountry’s preeminent locales.
From our Isle of Palms vacation rentals, just cross the IOP Connector into Mount Pleasant, then take 17 North. You can’t miss it, it’s up a short ways on your left on 17 (address: 2330 N. Hwy. 17, Mt. Pleasant). Please note: for the Strawberry Festival, enter from Highway 17, not the main entrance to Boone Hall Plantation, which is located on Long Point Road.
Boone Hall has planted 12 acres and 135,000 strawberry plants so you can pick your own to your heart’s content.
Here’s the official Festival page.
Get set for…
- Strawberry U-Pick Fields are open during event daytime hours
- New this year: Giant climbing wall
- Carnival thrill rides for all ages
- Acrobatic dogs of TV’s “K-9’s In Flight”
- All American Ranch Petting Zoo
- Pig races
- Live music
- Giant inflatables
- Largest Jump Pillows in the state of South Carolina
- A three-story slide tower
- Interactive games by SCDA, vendors too
- Playground fun, costumed characters
- Strawberry Recipe Contest
- Two Pie-eating Contests (Saturday at noon, Sunday at 1:00 p.m., limited to the first 25 people who sign up each day)
- The Miss Berry Princess Contest for ages 4-6
- John Deere contest for ages 4-6
Like I mentioned, you can pick your own berries and bring them back as a tasty souvenir of your festival experience.
Admission to the festival itself is $10 (ages 12 and up), $5 for ages 2-11. Kids under 2 admitted free with an accompanying adult. A wristband for all-you-can-ride thrill rides is $20 in advance ($25 at the gate), with part of the proceeds benefitting the Charleston SPCA. Individual ride tickets are $1.25 each, and individual rides take varying numbers of tickets.
Friday – 3:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Saturday – 10:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Sunday – noon – 7:00 p.m.
Shaggin’ on the Cooper
It’s the quintessential Carolina – and coastal – dance. The Shag became officially designated as STATE DANCE OF SOUTH CAROLINA in 1984.
And the season is kicking off once again, where you can shag with the locals at a supremely scenic spot.
The annual Shaggin’ on the Cooper dance series officially kicks off for the summer season this Saturday night, April 27th. It takes place at the pier at Waterfront Memorial Park, underneath the Ravenel Bridge on the Mount Pleasant side of the Cooper River.
Shaggin’ on the Cooper is sponsored by the awesome folks at Charleston County Parks and Rec, and it’s become wildly popular. The party takes place on certain Saturday evenings during the summer months, so you can shag as the sun sets over Charleston. Gates open at 7:00 p.m. while the music and dancing begin at 8:00 p.m.
Here are the dates and musical lineup for summer 2019:
- April 27th, The Hot Pepper Band
- May 18, Shem Creek Boogie Band
- June 15, The Coppertones
- July 13, The Sneakers
- August 10, Vinyl Daze
- September 7, Recollections
Tickets are just $10 at the gate ($8 in advance online) and often sell out fast. Here’s a link to the site with more info and where you can buy advance tickets and get the discount.
Food and beverages will also be available for purchase. This is a wholesome event perfect for all ages, and you don’t HAVE to shag if you don’t want to. But since you’re in South Carolina, why not?
Blessing of the Fleet
The local shrimp season officially kicked off this week. This comes after a rather rough season last year, when the January cold snap threw off shrimping. In fact, this year shrimping starts a full two months ahead of last year – late April as opposed to late June. Here’s more about this year’s shrimp season.
There really is nothing quite like the taste of fresh Lowcountry shrimp from local waters. It’s definitely worth celebrating with a festival!
This Sunday is a beloved local event that’s been taking place each spring for 32 years. It’s the annual Blessing of the Fleet and Seafood Festival, an age-old tradition when we bless our local ships (many of them decorated), our shrimpers and fisherman who are heading out to sea, praying for their safety and for a bountiful harvest of shrimp and more to come.
This blessing of the fishermen and of their fair catch of shrimp is a real taste of the Lowcountry. It’s been ranked one of the top 20 events by the Southeast Tourism Society.
Our local shrimpers are a hardy lot, but they’ve faced tough times, what with foreign shrimp competition, rising fuel and maintenance costs and other challenges. This is a chance for us in the community to express our appreciation and encourage them to keep on fishin.’
That’s the core of the festival, but it’s grown into a full-fledged celebration of all things shrimp and beyond. Admission is free. There will be tons of tents with vendors, shrimp but also seafood of all sorts, beverages for all ages, a huge arts and crafts area, kids’ activities and lots of live music. There will also be the ever-popular shrimp eating contest (3:30 p.m.) as well as a Shag contest (4:00 p.m.). As I mentioned above, the Shag is, after all, the state dance of South Carolina.
It all takes place this Sunday from 11:00 a.m. till 5:00, at Mount Pleasant Waterfront Memorial Park at 99 Harry M. Hallman Jr. Boulevard. Note that this is the same awesome venue as the Shaggin’ on The Cooper, happening there the night before (Saturday).
A Long Tradition Celebrating Lowcountry Shrimp and Shrimpers
For years the event was held at Alhambra Hall in the Old Village in Mount Pleasant. But the festival grew to be too large – parking was a nightmare, and tents (and people) were squeezed in cheek-to-jowl. So when the new Waterfront Park and pier were completed near the Ravenel Bridge, it proved to be the ideal location for the event. Here you have ample room to watch the boats as they parade by the end of the pier, plenty of parking and green space for all the tents and booths.
Several parking areas will be available around the event, and it’s generally well-marked. There will be free golf cart shuttle service from area lots in case anyone could use an extra lift.
This event is very popular with locals, so you might want to get there early. Folks bring coolers, beach chairs and blankets and make a real party out of it.
As an extra bonus, the event raises funds for local charities.
Here’s the website with more info.
So enjoy some of the bountiful pleasures of the Lowcountry – shrimp, strawberries, and shagging to beach music. And remember to call EP when you’d like a great family home away from home at the beach near Charleston.
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This weekend has a bunch of fun events, and Waterfront Park plays a big part.
In that last blog, I talked about the Ravenel Bridge that spans the water between Mount Pleasant and the downtown Charleston. Well, this weekend there’s a neat thing going on on each side. Friday, it’s at the base of the bridge on the Mount Pleasant side. Sunday, it’s running down the spine of the downtown peninsula. More about them in a minute.
Charleston County is blessed with one of the best park systems I’ve ever seen. It’s a real benefit whether you are a local or here visiting.
These include beach parks. There’s one on the Isle of Palms, right at the base of the Connector. There’s also Beachwalker on Kiawah and one on Folly. One of my favorites is Palmetto Island County Park in Mount Pleasant. PICP is a great place to take your kids, with its super cool playground and water park. It’s also a great place to take your dog, with its terrific off-leash dog agility park. There are miles of walking or running trails, and you can rent a bike or a paddleboat. It’s convenient to the Isle of Palms. Just head over the IOP Connector, turn right on 17, turn left on Long Point, pass Boone Hall Plantation, cross the creek and turn right.
Well, one of the most popular area parks is the Memorial Waterfront Park in Mount Pleasant. It’s located under the Ravenel Bridge and includes a 1,250-foot pier that offers great views and fishing, to boot.
It’s also become a popular venue for special events. Cases in point: the very popular Shaggin’ on the Cooper dance parties, the Sweetgrass Festival, and the Blessing of the Fleet. Then there’s the annual Party in the Park, put on by the fun folks at radio station WEZL 103.5 FM. It’s a summer series of concerts and vendors that takes place every Tuesday evening in June.
Friday Fun for all ages at Waterfront Park
Get set for yet another fun mini-festival at Waterfront Park. It’s Waterfront Music & Movies, taking place Fridays during August.
Basically, these are free outdoor movie screenings at Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park, with live music and food thrown in for good measure. Here are the specs:
- Free showing of “Grease,” Co-sponsored by Y102.5 Radio and Starling Chevrolet;
- Live music by the Shem Creek Boogie Band begins at 6:30 p.m.;
- Plenty of fun food truck options to feed all the picky palates in your beach house Charleston. They will include Charleston Festival Foods, Damiano’s Wood Fired Pizza, Hoba Boba Bubbly Tea, T&T Kettle Korn, Oh So Gelato, and shaved ice.
- The movie starts at about 8:30 (basically at sunset);
- Feel free to bring blankets or chairs;
- Free admission and free parking;
- For your GPS: 99 Harry Hallman Jr. Blvd, Mount Pleasant
- More info.
Other movies showing there on Fridays this August include “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” and “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2.”
Second Sunday on King
Then this Sunday is the monthly fun-day, Second Sunday on King.
A big chunk of King Street downtown is blocked off to pedestrian and canine traffic only from 1:00 till 5:00 in the afternoon. Restaurants have tables set up on the street, there are musicians and food vendors galore. This event has grown bigger and better since in cranked up several years ago.
Here’s a link to the website; you can read more about the music lineup and print out a voucher for free garage parking. (BTW – they also have some free parking vouchers available while they last at the official Second Sunday booth).
King Street has been voted one of the ten best shopping streets in America. If you do go this weekend, please be sure to stay hydrated. It’s hot out there.
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