Boone Hall Plantation is partnering with iHeartMedia Charleston and its local country station, 103.5 WEZL, for the first time to bring a Fourth of July weekend kick-off concert to the scenic back lawn of the plantation in Mount Pleasant. Headlining the iHeart America Festival is Easton Corbin, a pop country artists who broke out with two No. 1 hits in 2009, “A Little More Country Than That” and “Roll With It” from his self-titled debut album. Billboard dubbed Corbin “the Top New Country Artist of 2010” and ranked “Roll With It” as No. 6 on the list of Hot Country Songs of the Year. He released a sophomore album, “All Over the Road” in 2012, and was again praised by critics for his traditionalist approach to country that stayed above the tired story lines of cheating lovers and the like that tend to dominate the country airwaves. His third album, “About to Get Real” was released Tuesday, so his show in Charleston will be the first time the artist will perform most of the new songs in front of a live audience. Organizers of the event said they hope to turn it into an annual celebration ahead of the July 4th holiday with different performers every year. There will be festival food, beer and wine for sale. Coolers, pets, concealed weapons and tents will not be allowed at the venue.
When: Gates at 4:30 p.m., show at 6 p.m. Thursday
Where: Boone Hall Plantation, 1235 Long Point Road, Mount Pleasant
There’s an outdoor festival this weekend where you can listen to live music in a hammock under the trees, compete in a cornhole tournament and even walk on water. That last part isn’t a figure of speech, they actually have a special pool people can walk on — no miracles required. It’s called Solust, and its held on the Grand Lawn of the Family Circle Stadium on Daniel Island. The headliner is Love and Theft, a country band starring frontmen Eric Gunderson and Stephen Barker-Liles. They’re best known for hits such as “Angel Eyes” and “Runaway,” which have both topped country charts in recent years. Other artists on the bill for Solust include the Charleston-based southern rock group Atlas Road Crew, indie-folk group Volcanoes in the Kitchen and several others. There will be several food trucks on-site, a slip-n-slide and a dunk tank. You know, just the bare necessities.
When: 5-11 p.m. Friday
Where: 161 Seven Farms Drive, Daniel Island
More info: www.solust.com
After the U.S. Supreme Court ruled same-sex couples have the constitutional right to marry last week, there’s never been a better time to celebrate gay pride. Charleston Pride Week happens to be a few weeks away, but organizers must first appoint an emperor and empress to oversee the festivities. Find out who will take home the crowns at the Charleston Pride Pageant at Club Pantheon this weekend.
The theme, in keeping with the event’s locale, will be “Into the Pantheon: A Pride Pageant for the Gods.” The show will be hosted by Leslie Lain, and a panel of judges will select winners after a few rounds of performances from the contestants.
When: 10 p.m. Thursday
Where: 28 Ann St., Charleston
Price: $10 cover, $15 cover for those younger than 21.
In America, we don’t like to cram our celebrations into just one day. Why do you think we’ve added eves to two of our biggest holidays? And we all know those friends who like to stretch their birthday festivities across an entire week, sometimes longer. So it makes sense that Charleston would have a popular Fourth of July Kick-off party a full two days before the holiday. The inaugural event last year drew more than 1,300 people to the Visitor Center Bus Shed. This year, organizers are again expecting a big crowd for the party featuring live music by The Midnight City, classic American cook-out food like hamburgers and hotdogs, and beer provided by Bud Light. If you’re older than 21 and you’re looking for something to rev up your holiday weekend, look no further.
When: 7-10 p.m. Thursday
Where: 375 Meeting St., Charleston
More info: www.facebook.com/events/394847434049701/
Farm-fresh fun on Sundays
The Pour House on James Island has started hosting an outdoor farmers market and mini-food truck rodeo every Sunday in the venue’s spacious, tree-covered backyard. It offers live, intimate performances by local bands, and a quaint little market of artisan goods and locally sourced produce. Located just minutes from the agricultural haven of Johns Island, you can imagine the variety of fresh fruits and veggies they’re offering. This week, Kanika Moore and the Motown Throwdown will perform from 1-4 p.m., and Sunday brunch will be up for grabs at Elbo Truckin’, the new Cuban food truck, and The Lot restaurant next door.
When: 11 a.m. Sundays
Where: 1977 Maybank Highway, Charleston
More Info: www.Charlestonpourhouse.com/schedule