After 40 years in office, Mayor Joe Riley has achieved many things for the city of Charleston, and for that, we’d probably need another 40 years to properly thank him. But an all-day show of appreciation will have to do.
The community is invited to a “Thanks, Joe” celebration Sunday starting with a family gathering from 3-7 p.m. at Brittlebank Park, followed by a party until 9 p.m. at Riley Park. At Brittlebank, attendees will catch live music by local artists, including Johnny Delaware Band, the Blue Dogs and Friends, The High Divers and the Mt. Zion Choir, plus performances by bagpipes and color guards, the local improv troupe The Have Nots and Charleston Stage.
There’s also going to be a 50-foot Ferris wheel and a children’s stage with theatrical productions, magic shows, dancing and drum circles.
Edwin McCain, a Greenville native known for his 1990s hit “I’ll Be,” will headline the performance at The Joe later in the evening. He’ll share the stage with Mother Emanuel AME Gospel Choir, Brendan James and Seth G. In addition to all the live acts, expect video tributes to the mayor and, in keeping with the stadium’s tradition, a big fireworks show.
The privately funded event is being organized by Riley’s friends, David Rawle of the Rawle Murdy public relations firm and local attorney Capers Barr.
Guests will be allowed to bring picnics to Brittlebank Park, but alcohol isn’t allowed. The Joe will have food and beverages for sale.
Price: The event at Brittlebank Park is free, but admission to the performances at Riley Park is $5.
Not everybody can travel to Central and South America to explore its unique cultures, but locals can still absorb the authentic foods, dances and music of various Latino traditions right here in Charleston every year during the Latin American Festival. The event, hosted by the Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission, is celebrating its 24th year this weekend with a range of performances on two stages. Cultural groups participating this year include Capoeira Charleston, a Brazilian martial arts group; the Charleston-based Buen Ache Dance Company, which tells stories through dance, vibrant costumes and music; Orquesta Mayor, a 12-piece salsa band; and the Miami-based, urban Latin band, Locos por Juana. DJ Luigi of Latin Groove will spin merengue, reggaeton and other Latin music genres throughout the day. There will be a salsa competition, authentic Latin American cuisine, and jump castles and activities for kids. Dogs and outside food and drink are not permitted.
When: Noon-6 p.m. Sunday
Where: Wannamaker County Park, 8888 University Blvd., North Charleston
Price: $10 general admission, $5 for college students and military personnel, Gold Pass holders and children ages 12 and under are free
More info: (843) 795-4386 or visit CharlestonCounty Parks.com
Set in Brighton, England, in the 1960s, the Tony Award-winning comedy “One Man, Two Guvnors” follows Francis Henshall, who starts working for two separate criminals, with hopes of keeping them unaware of his roles with both. As it turns out, one of the criminals, Roscoe Crabbe, is actually Rachel Crabbe, disguising herself as her deceased brother. The other criminal Henshall is working for, Stanley Stubbers, is her boyfriend who’s responsible for killing her brother. So yeah, things get a little mixed up, and pretty hilarious along the way. The play by Richard Bean is an adaptation of “Servant of Two Masters,” an 18th-century Italian comedy by Carlo Goldoni. After a successful tour in the U.K., it migrated to Broadway in 2012. The local production of “One Man, Two Guvnors,” presented by The Village Repertory Co., makes its South Carolina debut Friday at Woolfe Street Playhouse.
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, continues through Oct. 17
Where: 34 Woolfe St., Charleston
More Info: (843) 856-1579 or www.woolfestreet playhouse.com
Roots, rock, Brandi
For a long time, Brandi Carlile was known as a singer-songwriter who could cut to your core with honest lyrics and sorrowful crooning that kicked up into beautiful melodies, and the next thing you know, her songs would be stuck in your head all day. She’s still doing that. But on her latest effort, “The Firewatcher’s Daughter” — her debut on the indie label, ATO Records — she’s hugged longtime collaborators and twin brothers Tim and Phil Hanseroth a little bit closer to her creative process, achieving melodic collaborations that often feel like one long campfire session. And that’s no accident: The three cut the album live with very little rehearsal at Seattle’s Bear Creek Studio. While still performing like a singer-songwriter, there’s a whole new energy about her with a full band, especially on more rock ‘n’ roll tunes such as “Mainstream Kid” and “Wherever is Your Heart.” See this new era of Carlile live at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center while she’s on tour promoting the new album.
When: 7 p.m. Tuesday
Where: 5001 Coliseum Drive, North Charleston
More info: www.northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com
Right on time
By now, we all know Hootie & the Blowfish got their start in Columbia, where you’ll find a monument dedicated to the ’90s rock band. But they’re not the only forceful gust of talent to come out of the state’s capital. Toro y Moi, moniker for Columbia native Chaz Bundick, first emerged as a so-called chillwave artist with his debut record, “Causers of This,” in January 2010, after graduating from the University of South Carolina. He was a breakout star for sure, and caught the wave just in time for the easy-going, indie-pop trend. Then he veered toward electronic dance music, which was infused with soulful R&B hooks, another successful experiment that was met with mostly positive reviews from major music media outlets. And now, with his latest release, appropriately titled “What Now?” Bundick has blended the two styles with some heavy guitar licks that put a righteous rock ‘n’ roll spin on his dance-worthy sound. And that makes sense, too, given the rise of gritty indie rockers like Tame Impala and White Denim. The on-trend, exceedingly diverse South Carolina-bred star will perform at the Music Farm this week with opening act Astronauts, etc., of Oakland, Calif.
When: Doors at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m. Tuesday
Where: 32 Ann St.