In the past couple of years, a large group of independent musicians who share houses, rehearsal spaces and players have emerged as a force to be reckoned with in the local music scene. Several of them are playing around town this weekend, so here’s you’re chance to get familiar with Charleston’s next crop of promising artists.
First up is a co-bill performance at the Pour House on Friday featuring Josh Roberts & The Hinges, a Columbia-based group that’s been around for about a decade, and two relatively new local groups, SUSTO and Jordan Igoe. If you’ve never heard their music, expect all three to give you their unique takes on Americana, rock and alternative country.
When: 8 p.m. Friday
Where: The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway
Price: $10 in advance, $12 at the door
More info: www.charlestonpourhouse.com/schedule/
Later this weekend you can catch Johnny Delaware’s set at The Royal American. He’s the guitarist for SUSTO, but his solo work has a much different sound. He’s more of an indie rocker, with a unique voice that sounds like Franz Ferdinand’s. His debut album came out in 2013, and he’s been in the studio recently working on a follow-up, so this show could be a chance to hear his latest music.
When: 9 p.m. Sunday
Where: The Royal American, 970 Morrison Drive
More info: theroyalamerican.com/schedule
Let it grow
In Charleston, it almost seems like beards have become contagious among the younger population of men. But that’s not a complaint. They’re like jeans. They look good with everything, and they fit practically anybody: burly frame, skinny, short, tall, long hair, no hair. However, there is a secret art that goes into growing and maintaining the perfect beard-moustache combo. Those with head-turning facial hair put thought into the shape, length and style of their ‘staches and stubble. Thus, the Southeastern Beard and Mustache Championship was born. Now in its sixth year, the competition held by the Holy City Beard and Moustache Society judges men’s facial follicles in three classes: full beard, partial beard and moustache, with a total of 13 categories including “salty dogs” for graying bears, college students’ beards, styled and natural facial hair. There are even two categories for women to sport their own artificial beards and moustaches, which are judged for creativity. All proceeds from the event benefit the Center for Women’s Lowcountry Women With Wings, a program dedicated to women’s health awareness.
When: 7 p.m. Saturday
Where: The Music Farm, 32 Ann St.
More info: www.holycitybeards.org/comp.php
“Glee” may have aired its final episode this year, but there’s hope for the show’s fans that have since fallen in love with the art of a capella groups. This weekend, the Charlestones, a local men’s vocal quartet will make its Piccolo Spoleto debut with an a capella performance at the St. John’s Lutheran Church. The group that makes appearances around town at events such as Second Sunday on King Street often performs all-vocal arrangements of traditional spirituals, pop classics by artists such as Jason Mraz and The Beatles, and a variety of other songs from popular films and Broadway musicals. Bottom line: although Charleston has no shortage of talented singers and musicians, it’s not every day that we get to experience the magic of a four-part harmonized concert in a venue with crystal-clear acoustics.
When: 3 p.m. Sunday
Where: 5 Clifford St.
More info: www.piccolospoleto.com
Bohemian Bull will host the second annual bikini fashion show presented by McKevlin’s Surf Shop, a longtime beach retailer on Folly Beach. In addition to the swimsuit showcase in the restaurant’s expansive backyard, there will be live music, drink specials and a silent auction and raffle featuring items such as a special edition Sweetwater Brewery kayak. Proceeds benefit the Charleston Waterkeeper.
When: Party at 3 p.m., runway show at 5:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Bohemian Bull, 1531 Folly Road
Price: Free to attend
More info: www.facebook.com/events/994418217242760
Party in pink
The local organization Share Our Suzy, which works with Roper Hospital to fund medical expenses that are not covered by insurance for breast cancer patients, will host its 11th Memorial Weekend Party this weekend. There will be live music by Indecision, Five Way Friday and The Archetypes. Food, beer and wine are included with admission, and cocktails will be available for purchase. As one of the charity’s largest fundraising events of the year, the Memorial Weekend Party has helped the organization provide thousands of dollars to support breast cancer patients and programs that support them.
When: 5 p.m. Saturday
Where: The Grove at Patriots Point
Price: $45 in advance, $60 day-of
More info: www.shareoursuzy.org
Back in the mix
The Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission’s summer shagging series is back on the Folly Beach pier this weekend. The Moonlight Mixer, an all-ages event, happens on a handful of Fridays each summer, for locals and tourists to enjoy dancing and beach music by DJ Jim Bowers. Beverages will be sold on site, but first you can grab a bite to eat at Locklear’s Beach City Grill or Gangplank Gift & Tackle Shop, both located at the entrance of the pier.
When: 7-11 p.m. Friday
Where: 101 E. Arctic Ave., Folly Beach
Price: $8 for Charleston County residents with advance ticket purchase, $10 for nonresidents
More info: 795-4386, CharlestonCountyParks.com