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Live music at Live Under the Oaks

Good news: you can listen to live music all month, not far from our Isle of Palms vacation rentals.

COVID has done a number on live music performances, and public events of any kind.  Live music festivals like Spoleto and High Water were completely cancelled this year.

Many music events went virtual, like the Lowcountry Listens series sponsored by the Gaillard Center, which I  covered in this blog.  You can listen in each Wednesday to musical performers on the Gaillard main stage.

But there’s nothing quite like listening to live music, in person.

Well, the good folks at Mount Pleasant Towne Centre have stepped up.

 

Live Under the Oaks

 

They have decided to bring back their popular Live Under the Oaks series of outdoor concerts, all during the month of October.  It’s put together in partnership with Awendaw Green, a huge booster of the local music scene.

The Oaks is a park-like setting within Mount Pleasant Towne Centre, an outdoor shopping mall.  It’s located just over the Connector from the Isle of Palms, at 1218 Belk Drive in Mount Pleasant.

Keep an eye peeled for Barnes & Noble.  The Oaks is just across the street.

You’re encouraged to bring chairs or a blanket.  Burton’s Grill will be on hand selling wine, beer and small bites  Social distancing and masks are a must.

 

Live Music Schedule for October 2020

 

Live Under the Oaks will be featuring some talented local musicians.  The concerts will take place each Thursday evening in October from 6:00 p.m. till 8:00 p.m.  They are absolutely free to attend.

Here are the artists who will be performing.

Read more about it in the Post & Courier.  You can also find out more at Towne Centre’s website, including detailed biographies of each performer.

Roper St. Francis Healthcare is generously sponsoring this live music series.

So check out some great live music once again, on Thursday nights during the month of October.  And if you’re ready to book an Isle of Palms beach house, just give us a call at EP.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

Charleston Restaurant Week fall 2020

It’s no surprise that COVID has affected Charleston Restaurant Week, the fall/September 2020 edition.

Charleston Restaurant Week has become a favorite Lowcountry tradition.  It takes place twice a year, in January and September, generally considered to be the slower times for restaurants.

Well over a hundred local restaurants usually take part, offering special prix fixe menus, for lunch, dinner, or both.  It’s become a nice way to try an array of great eating establishments in the area, at a relatively affordable price.  Restaurants from all over the Charleston area have participated  –  downtown, West Ashley, Mount Pleasant, Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island, Daniel Island, Kiawah, and North Charleston.

Then came COVID.  Officially, Charleston Restaurant Week September 2020 edition was cancelled, at least in the form we have come to expect.

But like many other areas of life, folks in charge have pivoted and gotten creative.

 

Charleston Restaurant Week becomes “Eat Local.  Dine or Dash”

 

Organizers at the Charleston Hospitality Group have come up with an alternative, to encourage people to eat out safely during the pandemic.

It’s called “Eat Local. Dine or Dash, and it’s going on now through September 30th.  Basically, certain restaurants have stepped up and are offering three or four-course prix fixe menus.  As the name suggests, you can either eat in the restaurant or get your food to go.

Sam Mustafa, CEO of Charleston Hospitality Group, had this to say: “Restaurant Week has been a tradition for as long as I can remember.  Upon hearing the news of the recent cancellation, we decided to adopt a new way of celebrating and focus not just on the traditional dine-in experience, but the myriad of ways that people can enjoy a local meal while limiting exposure and observing health and safety measures.”

Even though things look different this time around, you are encouraged to support those restaurants taking part.  As Charleston Hospitality Group’s Director of Operations Jeff Diehl said about Eat Local. Dine or Dash, “This year’s specialty Restaurant Week-Style offers are varied and diverse throughout our locations. We’re excited to continue a tradition and provide our patrons with a slew of unique course offerings, from BBQ favorites to Lowcountry staples.”

 

Some of the restaurants taking part…

 

Toast of Charleston, Toast of Summerville, Toast of West Ashley, Toast of Mt. Pleasant:
5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Four for $25 (Four-course prix-fixe menu)

Eli’s Table:
5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Three for $30/Updated three for $40 (Three-course prix-fixe menu)

Queology:
10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Three for $20 (Three-course prix-fixe menu)

JohnKing Grill:
10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Three for $20 (Three-course prix-fixe menu)

Tabbuli Grill:
10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Four for $25 (Four-course prix-fixe menu)

Read more about it at ABC News 4.

It’s worth checking at your favorite restaurant, whether they are offering specials.  Burton’s Grill, a great restaurant in Towne Centre just over the IOP Connector, is taking part through this Sunday, September 27th.

Their food is “chef led, scratch made” and delicious.  You can mix and match courses from their special Charleston Restaurant Week menu.  You can get a two-course lunch for $20 or a three-course dinner for $35.  Click here to learn more about it and to see the special menu.

So check out the COVID incarnation of Charleston Restaurant Week.  And when you’re ready for a beach getaway, call us at EP for the best in beach rentals Charleston.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

 

Charleston Farmers Market essentials market

The Charleston Farmers Market is finally coming back home.

It’s no secret COVID has wreaked havoc with just about everything.  People are Zooming left and right.  Large scale gatherings are out.  Whole segments of the economy simply shut down, or practically so (cruise ships, airlines, hotels).

Sporting events – at least those that are taking place  – are being reimagined and reconfigured.  Restaurants are adding outdoor space wherever possible and spacing out diners, or just relying on takeout and delivery.  COVID has caused people to get creative in making a living and keeping things moving forward.  It’s the power of the pivot!

Movie theaters have been replaced by streaming, of course.  Bigger yet, they’re being replaced by drive-in movie theaters for folks itching to get out of the house.  Check out this blog for how drive-in theaters have popped up around the Lowcountry.

Normally, area farmers markets would have been fully cranked up and running all summer long.  They fall in a curious segment  –  although they sell food (essential goods in the midst of a pandemic), they also veer into the entertainment and public gathering arena.

 

Charleston Farmers Market Meets COVID

 

This is certainly the case with the Charleston Farmers Market, voted one of the top ten farmers markets in the country.  It’s also won the accolades “Best Outdoor Event” and “Best Attraction” in recent years.  Situated in Marion Square downtown Charleston, it traditionally operates on Saturday mornings and early afternoons most of the year (roughly April through the holiday season).  Yes, it sells essentials like vegetables and fresh food products from area farms.  But it’s also become a huge place to gather, shop for artisan crafts and gifts, grab a bite to eat or something refreshing to drink, people watch and hang out with friends.  Well, COVID threw a wrench into that.

Farmers markets had to pivot.  They became stripped-down versions of their former selves.  Many reopened as essentials only markets  –  vastly scaled down in the number of vendors, and with all forms of social distancing and safety measures in place.  The only vendors allowed were basically area farmers or growers selling food.  Mount Pleasant was the first to do this, rechristening itself as the Mount Pleasant Essential Farm Goods Market.

This was also the case with Charleston Farmers Market.  Organizers moved its location from Marion Square to the VIP parking lot of The Joe, the baseball park named after former mayor Joe Riley.  They also switched the day from Saturday mornings to Wednesday afternoons.  Basically the market consisted of four farmers from Johns Island selling their fresh produce and farm goods.

 

It’s Finally Back in Marion Square

 

Well, this coming Saturday, September 26th, Charleston Farmers Market is finally coming back home to Marion Square.  They are still limiting vendors  –  no artisans or prepared food yet  –  but they’re opening it back up to all farmers and growers.

They will continue to maintain safe social distancing practices.  They’ll have a one-way flow, and trucks will pull in to provide barriers between vendors.  Or course you are encouraged to keep six feet apart from others and wear a mask.

Read more about it in the Post and Courier and the Charleston City Paper.

So check out the Charleston Farmers Market, finally back home where it belongs in Marion Square.  And when you’d like to book one of the best SC vacation rentals, be sure to give EP a call.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

Photo credit: Charleston Farmers Market/Charleston Essentials Market Facebook page
Free fitness classes, and Bridge Run poster

An area athletic wear spot has stepped up once again with free fitness classes, which you can take part in virtually.

Athleta is located in Mount Pleasant Towne Centre.  As I covered in this blog, they offered free fitness classes via Zoom during the summer months.

Well, summer classes were such a success, so they’ve decided to continue it on into the fall season.

 

Details on Athleta’s Free Fitness Classes

 

 

Mount Pleasant Towne Centre is located at 1218 Belk Drive, just over the Isle of Palms Connector.  Athleta’s at 1224 Belk Drive.  Although their free fitness classes are virtual, Towne Centre is a great outdoor shopping center that’s convenient to the island and has a slew of retailers, restaurants, and more.  Athleta also offers free curbside pickup.

 

Bridge Run Poster Update

 

The contest for the official Cooper River Bridge Run poster is on.

As I covered in this blog, folks were invited to vote for their favorite, to determine the 2021 People’s Choice Winner.

Organizers have tabulated the votes, and they’ve (er YOU’ve) determined the winner.  Check out the People’s Choice Poster Winner above.  It depicts a scene of the Ravenel Bridge, complete with prominent palm frond, sun, and the words “Cooper River.”  Congrats to Megan Kincaid, who designed the poster.

Now the Bridge Run committee will determine the overall winning design, which will become the official 2021 Cooper River Bridge Run poster.  They will unveil the winner at the end of September.

Read more about the design contest here.  Check out the official Bridge Run website for all the details for the 2021 race, which is scheduled to take place on Saturday, March 27, 2021.  Many are especially looking forward to it since the 2020 Bridge Run sadly got derailed by the pandemic.

So check out free fitness classes from the comfort of your own home, or even from your Charleston beach house.  Just give us a call when you’re ready to book one.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

Photo credit: Cooper River Bridge Run
JetBlue flying nonstop from Charleston to Los Angeles

Big news on the airport front  –  JetBlue will soon be flying nonstop from Charleston to Los Angeles.

This marks the first nonstop flight of any carrier between not just Charleston but anywhere in the state of South Carolina, and California.

Turns out, there’s been quite a pent-up desire for such a service.  Helen Hill heads up Explore Charleston and chairs the Charleston County Aviation Authority.  She says people from California are among the top folks who inquire about coming to the Lowcountry.   That’s been the case for a couple decades.

Elliott Summey, CEO of the Charleston County Aviation Authority, has this to say: “Los Angeles service from Charleston International Airport has been a key strategic objective for Team CHS.  JetBlue’s new service will allow both business and leisure travelers convenient access to and from one of the most important airport gateways to the world.  We are obviously delighted with this milestone addition of air service for the region.”

Hill had this to add:  “Being able to fly nonstop from LAX to Charleston will turn Californians’ interest into action.  There is no doubt that the new service will provide a timely boost as our visitor industry continues its economic rebound.  And since LAX is our largest market without direct service, we share JetBlue’s confidence in the long-term success of this exciting new route. Our work toward its success begins today.”

 

More about nonstop from Charleston to Los Angeles flights on JetBlue

 

 

JetBlue provides service to several of the main markets for the Lowcountry.  They fly from Charleston to JFK in New York, Newark in New Jersey, and Boston.  Their service to Fort Lauderdale will resume in October.

Scott Laurence, JetBlue’s Head of Revenue and Planning, added: “We are excited to expand our Charleston service with a new direct flight to LAX. Since beginning flights to Charleston, we’ve seen an extraordinary level of community support that has allowed us to continually expand.  This new addition furthers our commitment to our Charleston customers, and gives more customers our award-winning service, to more of the destinations we know they want to fly.”

Read more about it from Live 5 News and the Post & Courier.

So get ready to travel nonstop from Charleston to Los Angeles on JetBlue.  And when you’re here on the east coast, be sure to call EP for a luxury house on Isle of Palms.

All best,

Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

Butterfly Bash at Magnolia

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens is playing host to another fun nature-based event tomorrow  –  the Butterfly Bash.

It’s a celebration of butterflies, bumblebees, wildflowers and other crucial (and cute) participants in the pollination process of the garden.

Magnolia also hosts the ever-popular Ladybug Release each year, when they let guests let thousands of the cute little bugs free on the garden grounds.  They recently hosted their seventh annual one August 1st.  Read all about it in this blog.

The butterfly bash is something they just started last year.  It proved so popular that they’re bringing it back for the second annual installment, albeit with pandemic precautions in place, like social distancing to keep both staff and guests safe.

It’ll be happening Saturday, September 12, 2020, from 9:00 a.m. till 3:30 p.m.

 

What’s on tap for the Butterfly Bash?

 

 

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens is located at 3550 Ashley River Road in Charleston, west of the Ashley River.  Magnolia dates all the way back to 1676 and is Charleston’s most visited plantation.  It opened to the public in 1870 and boasts the oldest public gardens in America.

The Romantic-style gardens are lush and gorgeous at all times of the year.  Its extensive collection of camellias is one of the best on the planet.

You can find out more about the Butterfly Bash and Magnolia Plantation at their official website or on Facebook.

So celebrate pollinators at a Butterfly Bash in America’s oldest (and many would say loveliest) gardens.  And when you’d like to book a Charleston beach house, just give us a call at Exclusive Properties.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

Photo credit: Magnolia Plantation and Gardens Facebook page
Best takeout on IOP

Takeout has taken over America.

It’s always been a popular option.  But now more than ever, it’s a great way to dine and feed your family.

On the Isle of Palms, you don’t even need to leave the island for a great meal, to go.  Depending on what you’re in the mood for, and which meal you’re after, you have some great options.

Here are the top five places to grab some takeout on the IOP.

 

  1. Saltworks Dockside Deli at the Marina – Best quick bite to go

Saltworks Dockside Deli has fast become a stalwart island classic, staying open during bad weather and pandemics alike.  They’re located right at the Isle of Palms Marina, where 41st Avenue meets the Intracoastal Waterway (in other words, on the non-ocean side of the island).  Owner Mark Welker has years in the restaurant and catering business and he runs a tight ship.

Saltworks’ menu changes daily.  You can check them out on Facebook for that day’s offerings, or just show up and look at the sandwich board out front.  Here’s a glimpse at a recent lunch menu:  Fish & Chips (with fried cod, coleslaw and French fries), Lobster Grilled Cheese (with lobster and mozzarella on panini bread), Bacon Double Cheeseburger (with lettuce, tomato, American cheese on a brioche bun), Shrimp Salad Wrap (with lettuce and tomato), and a Gyro Wrap (beef and lamb, with lettuce, tomatoes, onions and tzatziki sauce).

They’re open from 7:00 a.m. till 3:00 p.m. and can be reached at (843) 242-8745.

You can take your takeout to your home or the beach.  They also have spaced out outdoor seating overlooking the water and the marina, if you’d rather stay nearby and eat with a view.

 

  1. Papi’s Taqueria –  Mexican

 

Papi’s Taqueria is right on the Front Beach on the Isle of Palms.  Although it hasn’t been around as long as some island spots (they opened in 2018), it’s fast become a go-to favorite.

Some out-of-town friends were visiting recently, and we ordered a big spread from Papi’s.  Everything was delicious and fresh, and the servings were generous.

They source local products whenever possible.  Some recent menu highlights – Carnitas Tacos (with braised pork, grilled pineapple salsa, cotija cheese and cilantro on a Mitla corn tortilla), Fried Fish Taco with Flounder, BBQ Chicken Taco (pulled chicken, BBQ sauce, bacon, jalapenos, shredded jack & cheddar, cilantro on a Mitla tortilla), Buttermilk Fried Chicken Taco, Nachos with Grilled Shrimp, Street Corn (with chili lime dust, buttermilk Mexican crema, cilantro and cotija), refreshing frozen margaritas (the Papi-Rita) and their take on the mojito, the Pap-Jito.

Although their menu skews toward lunch and dinner, you can add a fried egg to any taco for a yummy brunch option on weekends.

Papi’s Taqueria is located at 1012 Ocean Boulevard and can be reached at (843) 926-7274.  They’re open from 11:00 a.m. till 10:00 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays, and 4:00 p.m. till 10:00 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays.

 

  1. Sweet T’s Island Kitchen –  Southern

 

Sweet T’s Island Kitchen is an IOP secret that’s starting to get out.  Joseph and Sally have deep southern roots and come from a family of great cooks.

They started Sweet T’s as a catering company for all kinds of events.  Demand grew, and they now have pickup times on Thursdays through Saturdays, from 11:00 am till 6:00 p.m. for some of their clients’ favorite dishes.  Ask the locals  –  their fried chicken is some of the very best around.  It’s a great way to feed a crowd.

Some menu highlights  –  Baby Back Ribs by the Full Rack, Pulled Pork BBQ by the pound, Southern Fried Chicken (16 pieces), Baked Mac & Cheese, Dirty Rice, Seasoned Green Beans, Cole Slaw, Pasta Salad, Lemon Bars and Mini Cheesecake Bites.

If you time it right, you can also buy some of their terrific boiled peanuts.

Sweet T’s is located at 1028 Carolina Boulevard on the Isle of Palms (behind the Post Office).  You can find them on Facebook or give them a call at (843) 303-0207.

 

  1. Luke & Ollie’s –  Pizza

 

If you’re on the IOP and crave pizza, Luke & Ollie’s Pizzeria is the locals’ favorite.  It’s also run by some really nice folks who genuinely care about the community.  Fun fact: Ollie was their beloved cat.  He would have been 26 years old on August 26th, so they ran a special in honor of him.

They’ve got a bunch of takeout specialty pizzas to choose from, like Mediterranean, Al Fresco, Luke’s Favorite (pepperoni, Italian sausage, bacon and ham), and Ollie’s Favorite (pepperoni, onions, green peppers, mushrooms, and Italian sausage).  They also serve sliders and subs, burgers, salads (Greek, house, Caesar, Cobb), wraps, pasta, wings and have a full bar.

They’re open from noon till 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, and till 9:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.  Luke & Ollie’s is located across the street from Front Beach, at 1101 Ocean Boulevard.  Call them at (843) 242-8121.

 

  1. Long Island Café –  Seafood

 

While you’re at the beach, you’ve got to eat some seafood.   It’s the law.

There are several options for seafood on the Isle of Palms.  But one place has become a local standard, having been around for almost three and a half decades.  That’s a long time in island years!  Folks who visit the Isle of Palms regularly, make an annual pilgrimage here to get their Long Island Café seafood fix.

It’s true, their seafood is particularly delicious.  It has something to do with the cracker meal breading, which makes their fried seafood light and crispy.  You can also get their shrimp, scallops, oysters or flounder prepared in other ways.  They serve local ingredients whenever possible, like oyster mushrooms from Mepkin Abbey, Breach Inlet clams and McClellanville shrimp.  They also serve Lowcountry classics like she-crab soup, shrimp & grits and jumbo lump crab cakes, for takeout.

Long Island Café is located at 1515 Palm Boulevard, to the right of Harris-Teeter in the Island Center.  Just turn left as you come off the Isle of Palms Connector.  Reach them at (843) 886-8809.

So when you’re on the IOP, grab some great food to go.  You’ve got plenty of options.  And if you’re looking for one of our beach house rentals Charleston SC, just give us a call at EP.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

Photo credit: Papi’s Taqueria
Charleston Gaillard Center

Time flies when you’re having fun, and it’s time to wish the Charleston Gaillard Center a very happy 5th birthday!

It’s hard to believe it’s been half a decade since the Gaillard Center had its grand opening.  I guess I should say, grand reopening, since the Gaillard Center had been around for decades.

However, it had seen better days.  With Charleston attracting more and bigger events of all kinds, the Gaillard Center needed an upgrade.  Thankfully the City of Charleston, Mayor Riley, some high powered donors and dedicated visionaries stepped up, joining forces to bring about a radical transformation.

October 9th, 2015 was the official dedication and open house of the newly finished and downright magnificent Charleston Gaillard Center.  It opened as the main performing arts venue downtown, and the entire region.  The massive renovation transformed it into a truly world-class venue.

In the years since, they’ve hosted a constellation of the world’s brightest stars.  They’ve been the site of a presidential debate as well as a grand production of “Porgy and Bess” as a part of Spoleto.  The Gaillard was the locale for a profound evening of racial healing after the Mother Emanuel tragedy, cohosted by Henry Louis Gates and Ken Burns, who gave a world sneak preview of his program on Jackie Robinson.

The Gaillard Center is actually a nonprofit dedicated to the cultural enrichment of the Charleston area.  To this end, they offer a wonderful program where they will bring approximately 30,000 area school children from area schools in Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester Counties to see a live theater performance during the year.

 

Charleston Gaillard Center 5th Anniversary Celebration

 

In honor of its birthday/anniversary, they’re hosting a special celebration evening at 7:00 p.m. on October 18th, 2020.  They’re offering both in-person and virtual tickets, so you can take part wherever you are.

The evening will feature a string quartet from the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Artist-in-Residence and Charleston’s first Poet Laureate Marcus Amaker, along with the Artist-in-Residence Emeritus and Grammy Award-winning musician Charlton Singleton.  The celebration will take place in the Martha and John M. Rivers Performance Hall.  They’ll have numerous safety protocols in place.   They include socially distanced seating, face coverings, enhanced sanitation and cleaning procedures, and temperature checks.  Read more about the evening and performers here.

In person tickets are $25 (plus fees) while virtual tickets are just $10.  You can purchase them online or by contacting the box office at (843) 242-3099.

The Gaillard Center is located at 95 Calhoun Street on the downtown peninsula.

Also, be sure to check out their free virtual music series Lowcountry Listens, happening each Wednesday evening in September, which I covered in that last blog.

And when you are ready to book one of our Isle of Palms luxury rentals, just give us a call at EP.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

Free virtual music at the Gaillard

The pandemic has forced folks to get creative, and as a result we benefit from things like free virtual music.

Charleston Gaillard Center usually hosts in-person concerts and live music events all through the year.  As a result of COVID, however, they had to switch things up.  The result: Lowcountry Listens, their offering of free virtual music on Wednesday evenings.  They showcase local, emerging artists whose talent is through the roof.

The effort was so successful, they did a second round of Lowcountry Listens.  And since that went so well, they are officially kicking off a third set.

 

Free Virtual Music all September!

 

Lowcountry Listens, Take 3 kicks off this Wednesday evening and will go on for the next five weeks.  Concerts stream live each Wednesday evening at 6:00 p.m.  The first four are sponsored by First National Bank, and the last by Tito’s Handmade Vodka.

As a special bonus, they’re streaming a free compilation video of their last five artists.   Listen in to performances by Admiral Radio, Noah Jones, Swhitey + Emily Curtis, Marcus Amaker & Quentin E. Baxter, and Chaquis Maliq of The EccentroSoul 1 Woman Band.  Check it out on Facebook or on YouTube.

 

Lowcountry Listens Lineup

 

Here’s what’s on tap for the next five weeks, with their descriptions of artists who will be performing.  It’s free virtual music, although if you like what you hear, they provide links to a virtual tip jar for each artist.  I know they would appreciate it.

 

Little Bird | September 2

Born and raised in Annapolis, MD, Indie R&B/Soul outfit, Little Bird, now hails from Charleston, SC. They are currently touring their 2018 release, Familiar, which reflects the sonic alchemy of a broad range of musical influences, such as legendary artists, D’Angelo, and Erykah Badu, along with revered modern acts, Hiatus Kaiyote, Fat Freddy’s Drop, and Nick Hakim.  With the release of Familiar, Little Bird has received acclaim in the Holy City, being voted the 2018 Charleston City Paper “RnB/Soul Band of the Year.”

 

The High Divers | September 9

Formed in 2014, The High Divers hit the ground running playing shows regionally around South Carolina, recording their debut album, “Riverlust”, and building a fan base that quickly fell in love with their raucous live shows. The follow up album, Chicora, was released to much critical acclaim and found itself seated on many “Best Of” lists. Perhaps the band’s most well known work was 2019’s “Ride With You” EP produced by Jason Isbell guitarist, Sadler Vaden, who is credited with “Getting the band out of its comfort zone, and into some close to the vest songwriting”, according to bassist and singer, Kevin Early.

 

Nathan and Eva | September 16

Local sibling duo Nathan & Eva got their start performing covers online to their thriving YouTube fanbase before jumping into live performing in the Charleston area in 2016. Since then, they’ve released their self-titled EP in 2018 and are currently finishing up their first full-length album. When not performing, Eva is an Arts Management student at the College of Charleston, and Nathan is a local videographer. They are excited to bring their unique folk pop sound to the Gaillard stage.

 

Sideshow Americans | September 23

Sideshow Americans is a four-piece Americana Rock ’n Roll band from Johns Island, SC.  Years ago, Sideshow was four musicians trying to make a living playing music in Charleston, SC running into each other at late night parties and playing music together until morning. The sound and spirit of the group remains squarely where it began – in the raucous, late-night joy of picking up the closest instrument to you and singing songs with your friends.

Eventually they formed a band. After performing together live throughout 2015, Sideshow Americans recorded and released a house-show video for the song “Brokenhearted.” Later that year, the band released their debut EP Streetlights . With the title track composed by bassist Whitt Algar, the album was the band’s brief but honest five-song introduction. Additionally comprised of songs written by guitarist Ryan Bonner, Streetlights is steeped in Southeastern string band tradition, delivered in four-part harmony with multi-instrumentalist Cory Jarrett and more recent addition, guitarist Malin Wagnon.

 

Charlton Singleton and Contemporary Flow, September 30

A native of Awendaw, SC, Charlton Singleton began his musical studies at the age of three on the piano. He would then go on to study the organ, violin, cello, and the trumpet throughout elementary, middle and high school. In 1994, he received a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance from South Carolina State University. Since that time, he has taught music at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.  He’s also an adjunct faculty member at the College of Charleston.

As a performer, Charlton leads his own ensembles that vary in size and style. He helped found a new ensemble called Ranky Tanky. The group is a quintet that interprets the sounds of Gullah from the Southeast Coast of the United States. In 2017 Ranky Tanky reached the top of the Billboard, iTunes, and Amazon Contemporary Jazz charts with their self-titled debut recording. In 2019 they accomplished the same feat with the release of their sophomore effort, “Good Time.”  It recently won the 2020 Grammy Award for “Best Regional Roots Music Album”.

 

So check out great free virtual music all month long, from the comfort of your own home or Charleston beach house.  And if you’re not in one but would like to be, just give us a call at Exclusive Properties and we’ll put you in the perfect one.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger