MyCharleston Weekend

Ryan Adams

Ryan Adams gives something good

Ryan Adams’ upcoming show in North Charleston is one of four in his recent leg of tour dates that will include performances with special guest Jenny Lewis. The two alt-country stars have shared stages a few times since collaborating on Lewis’ latest album “The Voyager,” which was recorded at Adams’ studio at Pax Americana Recording Co., his record label better known as PAX-AM. Adams, now one of the most prolific singer-songwriters in the Americana scene, came up with the North Carolina-based band Whiskeytown until going solo in 1999. Since then, he’s performed and made music with folk legends such as Gillian Welch, Dave Rawlings, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson and the list goes on.

Not unlike Bob Dylan, poetry is the lifeblood of Adams’ music, and he even vowed to leave the industry to focus on his writing career after parting ways from his backing band, The Cardinals, in 2009. He returned in 2011 with the full-length “Ashes and Fire,” followed by his latest self-titled album released last year, which spawned the hit single “Gimme Something Good.”

If you plan to attend next week, you can expect the North Charleston Performing Arts Center to feel like an intimate listening room, no matter where your seats are.

When: 8 p.m. Tuesday

Where: North Charleston Performing Arts Center

Price: $42.50-$54.50, plus fees

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Music to our ears

Leo Kottke is an accomplished acoustic guitarist whose style is rooted in blues, folk and Americana. He’s released many albums, two of which have been well-received collaborations with Phish bassist Mike Gordon. His live performances are characterized as much by his masterful strumming of a 12-string guitar as they are by frequent pauses for humorous storytelling.

When: 8 p.m. Friday

Where: Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St.

Price: $29.50-$39.50

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Out with insiders

Being a travel critic, particularly in Charleston, seems like a pretty ideal job. These journalists are professional taste-makers, whose sole purpose is to immerse themselves in all the fine things the hospitality realm has to offer and then report back to the masses about what’s worthwhile. Surely the career path has its downsides, but it does seem like a fun role swap, at least for a day. A handful of national travel publications have teamed up to do just that, or at least the closest thing to it, for an entire weekend. Billed as Charleston Insider’s Weekend, the three-day event offers the public a number of experiences hand-picked and led by editors of Southern Living, Travel + Leisure, Departures, and Food & Wine magazines, as well as local chefs, musicians and other professionals in the community.

When: Various times, Friday-Sunday

Where: Various locations

Price: Each event sold separately

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Dragons in the river

Charleston Dragon Boat Festival returns to the Lowcountry for its eighth year to raise money for cancer survivor programs this weekend. Last year, the event raised more than $150,000. The dragon boat race, the event’s centerpiece event, is a festive competition of dozens of 20-member teams racing 48-foot paddle boats down a 250-meter stretch on the Ashley River. Many participants have survived cancer, others still battle it. But the common theme of the event is hope and celebration, with most teams dressing up in wacky costumes and mingling with the thousands of attendees after the race to enjoy live music, food and yard games. The registration deadline to participate has come and gone, but spectators are encouraged to attend.

When: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday

Where: Brittlebank Park

Price: Free to attend

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Kick back with the three Bs

Bluegrass, beer and bacon. What more could you want to help you unwind on a Friday night?

Frothy Beard Brewing Company will offer all three at an event under the umbrella of the North Charleston Arts Festival. Take a free tour of the brewery and savor sandwiches and sides brimming with bacon from Bac’n Me Crazy. Seasoned bluegrass band Blue Plantation will treat the crowd to a mix of bluegrass, folk, jazz and Irish tunes.

When: 7-9 p.m. Friday

Where: Frothy Beard Brewing Company, 7358 Peppermill Parkway, North Charleston

Price: Free admission, pints and flights of Frothy Beard’s flagship and seasonal drafts are $5, food available for purchase.

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Water park weekend

All three of the Lowcountry’s water parks open this weekend for the summer season, including Whirlin’ Waters Adventure Waterpark at North Charleston Wannamaker County Park, Splash Zone at James Island County Park and Splash Island at Mount Pleasant Palmetto Islands County Park. For now, the parks will be open only on weekends. Splash Zone will be open daily starting May 25, and the other two will open daily starting May 30.

When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday

Where: Whirlin’ Waters, 8888 University Blvd., North Charleston; Splash Zone, 871 Riverland Drive, James Island; Splash Island; 444 Needlerush Parkway, Mount Pleasant

Price: Varies

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