Presented by Charleston Scene and The Post and Courier, the biannual Food Truck Rodeo will lasso up a selection of food offerings, live music, exhibitors and more for a day full of fun in the newspaper’s parking lot. Featuring locally owned food trucks with specialties that run the gamut of cuisine, the lineup includes Cast Iron Food Truck, Dulce Truck, Geechee Island Food, King of Pops, Korki’s Kafe, Mooses’ Mobile BBQ, Refueler’s Mobile Cafe, Tokyo Crepes, Outta My Huevos, Baja Burritos and Fat Ninja. Wine and beer will be available for purchase, as well; no coolers are allowed. Live music will be provided throughout the day by Annalise Morelli, Brady Smith, The Red Top Ramblers, Whiskey Diablo, Tidal Jive and South Street. A number of local vendors will be set up, and events will include a costume contest and pumpkin decorating. Attendees are welcome to bring well-behaved, leashed pets, and it’s recommended that folks looking to hang out for a while bring lawn chairs as seating won’t be provided.
When: 3-10 p.m. Saturday
Where: The Post and Courier parking lot, 134 Columbus St.
more info: www.charlestonfoodtruckrodeo.com
One of the longest standing and most respected artists in American electronic dance music, Bassnectar will be bringing his array of source material to North Charleston. With dubstep, metal, punk rock, hip-hop and EDM influences combined with an “unparalleled” light show, the long-haired Bassnectar aims to “evoke all human senses” with his live performances. Lorin Ashton, the man behind Bassnectar, has performed at such high-profile festivals as Burning Man, Shambala, Coachella, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza. Currently on his Immersive Music Tour with Koan Sound and ill-esha, Bassnectar is one of the highest-selling EDM artists and has sold-out many of his more than 10,000 non-festival solo shows. One dollar of each ticket sold to each of Bassnectar’s shows goes to nonprofit organizations “in an effort to encourage giving, and to promote a strong, informed, empowered community.”
When: 7 p.m. Thursday
Where: North Charleston Coliseum, 5001 Coliseum Drive
“And the party never ends!” Those five words are from Robert Earl Keen’s calling-card anthem and pretty succinctly sum up his career and life’s ambition. Keen, who has been performing for more than three decades and has more than a dozen albums to his name, wants nothing more than to keep the good times rolling. “I always thought that I wanted to play music, and I always knew that you had to get some recognition in order to continue to play music,” Keen says. “But I never thought of it in terms of getting to be a big star. I thought of it in terms of having a really, really good career and writing some good songs, and getting on stage and having a really good time.” Keen, along with The Danberrys, will bring that good time to local fans this weekend.
When: Friday, doors open at 7 p.m. with the show starting at 8 p.m.
Where: Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St.
more info: charlestonmusichall.com
Edisto Island is jumping on the bluegrass/Americana bandwagon in a big way this weekend by holding the inaugural Edisto Island Bluegrass Festival. With a full day of live music performances, food and beer, they’ve got the makings of a good event. Food from Po Pig Bo-B-Q, Flowers Seafood Company and McConkey’s Jungle Shack will be available for purchase, as will soft drinks, sweet tea, water and beer. Recent Americana Music Honors & Awards winners Shovels & Rope will perform, as will The Lonesome River Band, Frank Solivan and the Dirty Kitchen Band, Southern Flavor Bluegrass, Bluestone Ramblers, Flatt City and Blue Plantation. The family-friendly event will be held rain or shine.
When: 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday
Where: Point of Pines Plantation, Point of Pines Road, Edisto Island
Price: $30 in advance, $35 at the gate
more info: www.edistoislandbluegrass.com
Hosted by the Limehouse family, this fundraiser will benefit The Colleton Center and the continued preservation and restoration of the 700-seat performing arts auditorium. In addition to the polo match, Polo for the Point will include best tailgate and best hat contests, a children’s chukker and other kids’ activities, a foxhunting demonstration by the Lowcountry Hunt and the traditional stomping of the divots.
When: Sunday; gates open at noon with pre-game activities beginning at 1 p.m. and the match at 2 p.m.
Where: Limehouse Polo Grounds, 2701 Jefferies Highway, Walterboro
Price: $10, kids under 12 get in for $5
more info: 549-8360, www.thecolletoncenter.org
Local nonprofit Possibilities Without Borders and students at the College of Charleston School of Business, Medical University of South Carolina and The Citadel are taking on the world’s water crisis, which “claims the lives of more people each day than war, natural disasters, AIDS or even hunger.” The fifth annual A Global Affair will raise funds to support their cause, Project Okurase, which is focused on a village in Ghana, West Africa. The gala and silent auction includes some pretty amazing items up for grabs, including travel packages to the Emmy Prime Time Awards, NCAA Final Four Championship, U.S. Open Golf Tournament and a trip to Paris. There will be catering and live entertainment.
When: 7-10 p.m. Thursday
Where: Alhambra Hall, 131 Middle St., Mount Pleasant
Price: $60 in advance, $75 at the door
more info: www.possibilitieswithoutborders.org
What girl hasn’t wanted to dress as a princess at one point or another? Creative Spark, a nonprofit creative arts school, is offering all ages the chance to dress in their royal fairy-tale best as they host the family-friendly Royal Fairytale Ball. The “magical evening” will include dining with fairytale characters, dancing, arts and crafts, a Princess of Tides boutique, entertainment courtesy of jesters, fortune tellers and fairy face painters, and more. Hors d’ oeuvres and desserts will be served, as will beer and wine for adults and special “sparkly royal beverages for each prince and princess.” The best dressed royal family will be awarded with a grand prize.
When: 6-8 p.m. Sunday
Where: Creative Spark Arts Center, 757 Long Point Road, Mount Pleasant
More info: 881-3780, www.creativespark.org