For the past few years, Summerville has been on a mission to establish itself as a destination for sweet tea lovers. First, the Greater Summerville/Dorchester County Chamber of Commerce launched the Sweet Tea Trail in 2013 that guides visitors through Summerville’s historic district. Around the same, the town started billing itself as “the birthplace of sweet tea,” which has been the topic of debate among history buffs in the Lowcountry. Still, the town’s thirst for tea-related fame remains unquenched. On National Tea Day next week, town officials will attempt to break the world record for the largest iced tea at its Record Smashing Tea Party, where a 10-foot-tall jar made of fiberglass from Scout Boats will be filled with more than 1,400 gallons of tea from the Charleston Tea Plantation, along with nearly three tons of ice and sugar. An official adjudicator from Guinness Book of World Records will be on site to verify the new record, which would swipe the title from Chick-fil-A. Afterwards, attendees can drink their fill of the iced beverage and listen to live music by The Midnight City, a local rock group. Little Main Street and a portion of Richardson Avenue will be closed to traffic.
When: 5-8 p.m. Wednesday
Where: Town Hall, 200 S. Main St. Summerville
More info: www.summervillesc.gov/worldrecord
Mike Gordon, the quirky bassist of the long-time jam band Phish, is making Charleston the first stop on his mini solo tour this summer. For fans, it’s a rare chance to see him live in Charleston, especially considering Phish has only played here twice in its 32-year history, the last time being in 2010 at the North Charleston Coliseum. While it only takes a half-attentive listen to peg Gordon’s music as an off-shoot of Phish’s sound, the bassist’s solo work sets itself apart by taking a more structured approach to song-writing, thanks in part to his longtime collaborator, guitarist Scott Murawski. That’s not to say it’s traditional by any means. Gordon wears his weirdness like a badge of honor, much like George Clinton and many other funk musicians who came before him. Audiences can expect him to incorporate some of that whimsical strangeness into his performances, with elaborate stage designs and light rigs, glowing instruments, and even a large keyboard at the front of the stage that fans near the front can actually play. After his month-long stint of solo shows along the East Coast, Gordon will hit the road again in July with Phish for the band’s routine late-summer tour starting in Bend, Oregon.
When: Doors at 7 p.m. Friday
Where: Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St., Charleston
Price: $29.50 in advance, $33.50 at the door
More Info: charlestonmusichall.com
Party for preservation
Each summer, the Edisto Island Open Land Trust hosts a cocktail party and live auction to raise funds to carry out its noble mission: to conserve, protect and educate people about Edisto Island. Thanks to the organization’s efforts over the past decade, more than half the island, which has hundreds of acres of marsh and live oaks along the North Edisto River, have remained undeveloped, unlike many other barrier islands along the East Coast. The cocktail party features open bars and a variety of heavy hors d’oeuvres. Auction items include a stay at the French Quarter Inn, a dinner cruise on the Charleston Harbor, tickets to the RiverDogs game and many other prize packages.
When: 6:30 p.m. Friday
Where: Edisto Beach Civic Center, 42 Station Court
More info: 843-869-9004
Winging it ’80s style
The annual Top Gun Party on the World War II-era aircraft carrier Yorktown may be an homage to the classic ’80s flick, but over the past few years it’s really evolved into an excuse to dress retro, tease your hair and hit the dance floor on one of the most scenic and historic venues in town. Of course, nobody will fault you for sporting aviators and your best Tom Cruise-inspired Air Force pilot uniform. The party, hosted by A Snappy Event, will feature live music by the Spazmatics, a New Wave ’80s band. Drinks are included with admission, but food from Top Shelf Catering will cost you extra.
When: 6:30-10:30 p.m. Thursday
Where: 40 Patriots Point Road, Mount Pleasant
Price: $55 day-of
More info: www.asnappyevent.com
Concerts on the Cooper
North Charleston is launching its new Rockin’ the River monthly concert series this week with a live performance by The Tams, a classic beach music band that’s perfect for shagging barefoot on the bank of the Cooper River. Riverfront Park will host the community event with a different band each month, a beer and wine garden and food trucks. Bands scheduled through September include Sgt. Submarine, a Beatles cover band; Bootless, a Southern rock group; and Plane Jane, a longtime Charleston rock band. The free event is organized by the city of North Charleston, the local entertainment agency Ear For Music and the beverage catering company Icebox.
When: Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Thursday
Where: 1001 Everglades Ave., North Charleston
More info: www.NorthCharleston.org
Pouring ales, wagging tails
With a mascot like the RiverDog, it wouldn’t make sense for the Charleston baseball league to exclude its fans’ four-legged friends from Riley Park. But not every RiverDogs game can be pet friendly. So to celebrate the last game of the season when dogs are allowed at the Joe (yes, the Dog Days are over), the stadium will host a special event, Bark for Your Brew, prior to the first pitch. For humans, it’s a craft beer tasting, and for dogs, it’s a chance to show off their howling and tail-wagging skills in a number of festive contests. Admission includes beer sampling tickets and entry to the RiverDogs’ baseball game that evening against the Asheville Tourists.
When: 2 p.m. Sunday
Where: Riley Park, 360 Fishburne St., Charleston
More info: www.Riley ParkEvents.com
Flowing from the Fountain
At one point, Corey Webb was the acoustic guitarist and lead singer of the local folk-rock outfit Bodies Full of Magic. But after two years in England, Webb has taken a whole new direction, as far as musician can possibly get from acoustic folk. Now back in the Lowcountry, he’s recorded a five-track EP of synth-heavy electro pop, which he’s releasing under the moniker Billie Fountain. He’ll celebrate the release of the album, “Devil in my Head,” on Thursday with an opening set by McKenzie Eddy & The Fire. The theme is a “black-light masquerade,” and local artists will be on-site creating masks for attendees. The BACE League, a local coalition of representatives from the restaurant and entertainment industries, will have a voter registration booth set up as part of its mission to encourage young people to get engaged with city politics.
When: Doors at 8 p.m. Thursday
Where: Redux Contemporary Art Center, 136 St. Philip St., Charleston
Price: $8 in advance, $10 at the door
More info: www.facebook.com/events/905308449528949/