First Friday for June features live music from Brushfire Stankgrass and BBQ from Big Boned BBQ! BBQ fires up around 5 with tunes kicking off at 6! Brushfire Stankgrass is an Asheville-based bluegrass fusion group featuring brothers Ben & Will Saylor (banjo/guitar/vocals), Micah Thomas (drums) and Daniel Iannucci (bass.) The band, now in their tenth year with its current lineup, has released four studio albums to date, and has two more albums currently underway, tracked at Asheville’s famed Echo Mountain Studios. Exciting live shows and cutting edge studio material is at the forefront of their musical product. “The Rich Cache” was released in 2021 and is just that, a collection of buried tunes that the band has performed on stages great and small for over a decade, and finally, lovingly, self produced into a full length album. Featuring fan favorites like “Appalachian Snow “ and “The Party Suite” the album evokes a true sense of the group’s history and evolution, and is a celebration of some of their most unique and lasting creations. From traditional acoustic mastery to deep space synth vibes, their entire range is on full display. Tracked at Echo Mountain Studios in 2018, “City of a Thousand Hills” is the culmination of countless hours of practice and collaboration, consternation and celebration. It is a rueful love letter to their mountain home, as well as a fervent call to action, continuing the band’s urgent message of preservation and conservancy in “Pretty Ass Blue Ridge Mountain Shit” that began with 2013’s Microclimates. With contributions from much loved local talents and the engineering mastery of the good folks at Echo Mountain, the album represents the groups greatest achievement to date, both creatively and technologically.
Summertime Jazz Series feat. Zandrina: The Summertime Jazz Series at New Realm Brewing Co. on Daniel Island features a 3-course dinner and the best jazz Charleston has to offer. Enjoy an incredible performance, locally crafted, award-winning beer from Brewmasters Mitch Steele and Geoff Belcher, and a locally sourced menu from Chef Andy McLeod. Zandrina Dunning is an accomplished vocalist and producer who performs a range of music, from soul to jazz. She can be seen performing with the Charleston Jazz Orchestra or her own band and has performed at the legendary Ryman Auditorium in Nashville TN, the Lincoln Theater in NYC, and other venues throughout the US and internationally with concerts that include tribute shows to Janet Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, and more. Dunning was honored as Jazz Artist of the Year by the Charleston City Paper in 2020. “Zandrina Dunning effortlessly offers her soulful touch and captivates audiences with her high- energy, infectious personality and stage presence.” - SC Music Guide
Annual Deputy Joe Matuskovic Memorial Hockey Game - On September 8, 2014, Charleston County Sheriff's Deputy Joe Matuskovic was killed in the line of duty. His memory continues to be honored with the 9th Annual Deputy Joe Matuskovic Memorial Hockey Game. The game is scheduled for Friday, June 2, at 7pm at Carolina Ice Palace. The evening will showcase two games involving first responders and the military: The Charleston Enforcers vs. Charleston Fire and Richland Blueliners vs. Myrtle Beach Fire. The game is free to attend, but donations are greatly appreciated. The funds raised will support the families of fallen first responders and those in need of assistance.
The 45th annual Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition presents the work of 60 fine art artists in a free open-air venue the entire family can enjoy. Marion Square is transformed into a beautiful open-air fine art market as South Carolina artists exhibit and personally sell their work. Visitors have a unique opportunity to watch daily painting demonstrations and to personally connect with the artists who are on site for the exhibition’s duration.
West Ashley Farmers Market - every Wednesday - The WAFM is dedicated to the support and advocacy of local farmers and growers and features fresh seasonal produce, as well as sweet and savory foods from area vendors who source ingredients from nearby farms. The WAFM will build upon the success of the CFM by expanding access to local fresh food, supporting the local economy and local agriculture, providing a civic gathering place and opportunities for community engagement. A curated program of live entertainment, rotating food trucks and family-friendly activities will enhance the farmers’ market experience. Addressing one of the key strategies in the City of Charleston’s 2014 West Ashley Strategic Plan, the WAFM will continue to help create community partnerships and reactivate civic spaces.
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