“I love beach music. I always have and I always will.”
The Embers had it right ... there’s nothing like some good old-fashioned beach music to get your toes tappin’. It’s not required to have mastered the six-count, eight-step Carolina Shag that originated along the Grand Strand in order to attend this special event. The Beach Music and Shag Preservation Society of South Carolina will host the 11th annual Charleston Beach Music and Shag Festival, featuring Joe Pope & The Tams, The Summerdaze Band, DJ Juan Gualda out of Florida and MC/DJ Butch Halpin out of North Carolina, in celebration of Lil’ Redd’s 40 years on stage. Redd began performing with his father, Charles Pope, and uncle Joe Pope and The Tams when he was 6 years old. The family tradition continues as his son and two nephews now take the stage with them. To top it off, Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg has officially proclaimed July 31 as Charleston Beach Music and Shag Festival Day. There will be a full bar and food, shag shoe sales and additional vendors, so no need to bring a cooler. Get yourself out from under the boardwalk, grab yourself a Carolina girl and get ready to wiggle a little as you remember those Myrtle Beach days.
when: 2 p.m. Sunday
where: Citadel Alumni Center, 69 Hagood Ave., downtown Charleston
price: $20 advance; $20 at-the-door
more info: 843-814-0101, www.beachmusicparty.com/event/40-celebration-for-little-redd
Shake what yo’ mama gave ya’
“Get Up Offa That Thing” because “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag” and the Pour House is hosting an all-star tribute to the Godfather of Soul, James Brown. The James Brown Dance Party is a rotating group of musicians. The Charleston show will feature local singer-songwriter Elise Testone joining forces with The Chase Brothers and members of The Temptations, the Trey Anastasio Band, Robert Randolph Family Band, Jazz is Phish, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band and more. This group is going to bring the funk and bring the noise for what’s sure to make you feel so good, so nice, like sugar and spice.
when: 8:30 p.m. doors, 9:30 p.m. show today
where: Charleston Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway, James Island
more info: 843-571-4343, www.jamesbrowndanceparty.com, www.charlestonpourhouse.com/show/the-james-brown-dance-party
Variety is the spice of life
Charleston’s nonprofit and noncommercial station Ohm Radio will celebrate one year of local broadcasting with a variety show, which will be more of a live theater production, as opposed to a concert. Think “The Grand Ole Opry” or “A Prairie Home Companion.” The evening, hosted by Henry Riggs and Maari Suorsa of sketch comedy duo Nameless Numberhead, will include performances from Jordan Igoe (country folk multi-instrumentalist), Rock Out With Your Wiltrout (jazz quartet), Alan Fame (hip-hop mixed with a “punk rock philosophy”) and indie rockers Secret Guest. Also performing will be the “spontaneous” a capella choir LASSO, marionette Mr. Bonetangles, additional comedy skits, live vinyl from Soul Preservation Society and an interview and performance with Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg. All proceeds will benefit Ohm Radio and its upcoming 2016 broadcasts. It promises a little something for everybody and an opportunity to support the station’s mission of “providing local programming that promotes democracy, sustainability and a healthy community.”
when: 5 p.m. doors, 6-9 p.m. Sunday
where: Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St., Charleston
price: $10 advance; $12 day-of-show; $8 kids and students
more info: 843-853-2252, www.charlestonmusichall.com/event/air-ohm-radio-variety-show
Get ready to rock
The campers from Girls Rock Charleston are ready to melt your faces off with their original songs, developed during their week of instrument instruction and songwriting workshops, paired with social justice history and education. The Girls Rock organization uses music and positive role models as a means of empowerment among local girls and trans youth, with the intent of developing strong and inclusive feminist youth leaders. This concert will feature 12 camper bands and four junior counselor bands, ready to stand courageous and showcase their talent. Tap in to your inner Led Zeppelin: Get ready to wind on down the road with the lady we all know, “who shines white light and wants to show how everything still turns to gold.”
when: 2 p.m. doors, 3 p.m. show Saturday
where: Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St., downtown Charleston
price: $10-$20 sliding scale; free for children ages 11 years and younger
more info: 843-853-2252, www.charlestonmusichall.com/event/girls-rock-charleston-showcase
Tides Folly Beach movie night
What could be more intense than watching Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard combat a genetically mutated gigantic dinosaur that escapes its enclosure and goes on a wild tourist-attacking spree? Watching it on a huge screen on the beach. Tides Folly Beach is a little more than halfway through its Summer Movie Series and will show last summer’s blockbuster hit “Jurassic World” on Wednesday. The public is invited to spread out with blankets or chairs on the sand or grab a spot on the patio to watch the good guys battle the beast. Guests still have to follow the rules of the beach and the motto is whatever you bring, you’ve gotta take with you, but the Tiki Bar and the restaurant will be open with food and drinks for purchase. These screenings can get packed, so plan to arrive early to get a good sittin’ spot, but leave your sun umbrellas at home. Parking is for hotel guests only, but lots are within walking distance.
when: 7 p.m. Wednesday set-up; movie at sunset
where: Tides Folly Beach, 1 Center St.
more info: 843-588-6658, www.facebook.com/tidesfollybeachoceanfront