DOLLAR DAYS: This weekend all about motorcycles and music
There is so much going on this weekend that is easy on the wallet it's going to be hard to pick and choose. But, then again, because it's all under $10, you may not have to.
Being the bonus-daughter of a law enforcement officer, I feel compelled to mention the seventh annual Palmetto Police Motorcycle Rodeo.
Having been to this event on more than one occasion, I can tell you that it's totally worth the price of admission: free!
Starting at 8 a.m. today and running through Saturday in the North Charleston Coliseum parking lot, this event is all about the boys in blue, and gray, and tan, and ... you get the idea.
The event is hosted by the Charleston County Sheriff's Office and attended by troopers, sheriff deputies, police officers and EMS personnel from all over the country.
These guys do all kinds of stunts, speed drills, obstacle courses and much more. Check out www.ppmsc.com for more info.
Rock out for Relay
After you've hit the Motorcycle Rodeo, head out to Art's Bar and Grill, 413 Coleman Blvd., Mount Pleasant, for this Relay for Life concert.
Benefiting the American Cancer Society, this event includes Satellite Rodeo, Rustic Remedy, Dan Wright's Trio and the Tim Hodson band.
And for $7, which also gets you a drink, this 7 p.m.-close event is sure to please. Email michelle.Jenkins@blackbaud.com for more info.
Another benefit concert, this one to be held Saturday, is being held to honor Chantay Evans-Glisson of North Charleston, who is in critical need of a double-lung transplant.
This wife and mother of three is depending on an oxygen machine until she receives the transplant, which will cost her about $650,000, said KJ Kearney, owner and blogger of the H1gher Learning website, which is collaborating with SHIFT Entertainment to put on this breath of fresh air hip-hop concert.
Baby J of Star 99.7 will be hosting at Jimbo's Rock Lounge, 1662 Savannah Highway in West Ashley. The concert will feature DJ R Dot and performances by emcees from across South Carolina and Georgia.
Doors will open at 7 p.m. and the concert begins at 8 p.m. The event is open to ages 18 and up with a valid ID. A $10 donation will be collected at the door.
All proceeds will be donated to the National Foundation for Transplants to provide Evans-Glisson with financial support for her medical procedure and expenses. For more, go to www.transplants.org.
For more about the concert and participating artists, check out www.h1gher.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yet another music event happens tonight.
The second in a series, Awendaw Green takes over The Hippodrome with four eclectic groups lined up to perform: Tony Talley; Asheville, N.C.-based The Honeycutters; The Wade Baker Jazz Trio from Indianapolis; and the Shatterdogs, a local Americana/folk band.
Supported by GrowFood Carolina, The Sustainability Institute, Coastal Conservation League, Charleston Waterkeeper and Palmetto Brewery, the event promises food provided by HomeTeam BBQ as well as beer and wine available for purchase.
Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $10, with students getting in for $7. The Hippodrome is at 360 Concord St., Suite 100, next to the South Carolina Aquarium.
For those looking to celebrate the arrival of spring, head out to Cypress Gardens, 3030 Cypress Gardens Road, Moncks Corner, and get in on the action.
With performances from the likes of Malandro Soul (Latin music), High Spirits (gospel), Music Cats (jazz and variety), V-Tones (ukelele), Blackwater Kings (rock), Charleston Hot Shots (ukelele) and Kirby Easler (finger-style guitar), there is sure to be something for everyone at this 16th celebration. And if that weren't enough, there also will be craft vendors and food available for purchase.
The fest runs 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for kids 6-12, and kiddos 5 and under get in free.
Call 553-0515 or go to www.cypressgardens.info for more.