The weather is getting warm, and the music scene is heating up too, with a weekend full of live music events, including fan-favorite Motown.
Looking at the events calendar, there’s something every day to get your live music fix. I’ll cover them in chronological order.
Friday (tonight, May 3rd) – Party at the Point
Recently I covered the Shaggin’ on the Cooper summer dance series, which kicked off last weekend at Waterfront Park in Mount Pleasant.
Well, another fun summer live music series has also started its run, just up the street from that venue.
It’s the 19th annual Party at the Point, a fun outdoor, happy hour live music series that has grown in popularity with each year. Point Parties take place each Friday night from now through July 5th.
It’s all about the music, and they have some super bands coming down the pike.
Here’s who’ll be part of their live music lineup this summer:
- The Ol’ 55’s;
- Planet Janet & The Majestics (with all former members of Plane Jane);
- Sol Driven Train;
- Idlewild Revival (Allman Brothers tribute);
- Rock The 90’s;
- The Dave Matthews Tribute Band;
- The Randall Fowler Project & Lauren Hall;
- The Distinguished Gentlemen;
- Departure (a Journey Tribute);
- Homegrown Night finale (acts to be announced later).
The party takes place at the Lookout Pavilion at the Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina – 20 Patriot’s Point Road in Mount Pleasant. From our Isle of Palms luxury rentals, head over Sullivan’s to Coleman Boulevard in Mount Pleasant, and turn left right before the base of the Ravenel Bridge.
Gates open at 5:30, and the music cranks up at 6:30. Admission is $8, free for ages 12 and under. It’s family friendly and appropriate for all ages. Parking is free if you park along the road leading up to the event. There will also be Uber and Lyft pickup and drop-off stations near the main entrance.
Here’s the official website with all the details.
Saturday – Music in the Park
Tomorrow afternoon, May 4th, is the latest installment of a relatively new open air live music event taking place right here on the Isle of Palms.
It’s called Music in the Park, and here’s the scoop:
- Saturday, May 4th from 1:00 p.m. till 4:00 p.m.
- Live music by local bluegrass bands Blue Plantation and Admiral Radio.
- Conveniently located in the middle of the island under the pavilion at the Recreation Center – #24 – 28th Avenue, IOP;
- Just hop on a golf cart or ride a bike there;
- Local food trucks like Mazyck’s Grill will be on hand to provide refreshment and vittles, along with popcorn, lemonade and Italian ice vendors;
- You’re encouraged to bring a blanket or beach chairs to enjoy the afternoon.
- In case on inclement weather, the event will move inside the Rec Center, though the weather this weekend looks to be quite nice.
- Here’s the full scoop from the official IOP website.
Saturday night – Motown in the Moonlight
Then, tomorrow night, get set for some of the most danceable music ever written. In fact, It’s been called “the sound that changed America.”
It’s a celebration of all things Motown, on the Mount Pleasant Pier right at Waterfront Park in Mount Pleasant. That venue really has been hoppin’ with events lately, like last weekend’s Shaggin’ on the Cooper and The Blessing of the Fleet.
The fun lasts from 7:00 p.m. rill 11:00 and is sponsored by Charleston County Parks. Live music by Bobby Alvarez and the Supernaturals. Tickets are $10, or $8 in advance online, children 3 and under are free.
They’ll also have one in September, with live music by The Majestics.
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo, all weekend long!
Today through Sunday you can celebrate all things Hispanic and latino. Think: plenty of margaritas, guac, tacos and tequila in general. Mex 1 Coastal Cantina is hosting the weekend long party…. Specifically Friday and Saturday night from 9:00 p.m. till midnight, and Sunday from 6:00 till 9:00 p.m.
They have three locations, including one on nearby Sullivan’s Island. There’ll be plenty of live music and drink/food specials. If you feel like crossing some bridges, their West Ashley Location will also host their giant annual Cinco de Mayo Block Party.
Check out their website for details and live music lineup.
Saturday night – A Mambo Cinco de Mayo party
Tomorrow night, the day before actual Cinco, is the 14th annual Charleston Cinco party. It’s downtown at the Visitor’s Center Bus Shed, 375 Meeting Street, from 7:00 p.m. till 11:00. They have a HUGE live music lineup, plus plenty of great food and bevs.
Live music by: Mala Fe, Bachata Flow, Gino Castillo & The Cuban Cowboys, Freily El F, Danza Azteca, Ixtli Yolotl, and more, plus DJ Luigi with Latin Groove, pinatas and jump castles for the kids.
Get tickets and more info and the official Charleston Cinco website.
Whew – that’s a lot of live music going on this weekend. Hopefully you can take at least a little of it in. And be sure to call EP when you’ll like to rent the very best places at the beach near Charleston.
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Photo credit: Charleston County Parks