The Edisto Blackwater Boogie is all about celebrating the Edisto, and what would a celebration of the Edisto be without river activities?
In between musical performances and other festival events, be sure to make time to participate in some of the river activities that will be going on during the weekend!
All the equipment you need to have fun on the water will be available for rent.
Kick back and relax by enjoying a float down the Edisto—for just $20 per tube, you can drift along for 2 miles until you reach Edisto River Adventures, after which a shuttle will take you back to Givhans Ferry State Park. Paddleboards ($25), Single Kayaks ($25), and Tandem Kayaks ($35) will all also be available for rental. It’s everything you’d need for a self-guided paddle, and it includes a shuttle back to the park.
If you would like to pre-register or have any questions, call Edisto River Adventures at (843) 695-8146.
Montana Dishong is an up and coming artist from Charleston South Carolina!! He brings an awesome twisted sound of old but new style country music.
Born in Houston, TX in 1981, Ben Somewhere grew up in Terrebonne Parish, in the heart of Cajun country. His first instrument was saxophone in the school band which later got traded in for PA gear. After singing in various punk and hardcore bands as a teenager at 17 he picked up bass guitar. He later joined the Navy at 21 and went some years without performing. He began learning and writing on acoustic guitar while stationed aboard the U.S.S. Louisiana, a nuclear powered submarine. At the end of his final tour in the Navy he settled in Charleston and began performing at local venues.
Jeep White was born and raised in the mountains of West Virginia. The great grandson of Valentine “Judge Wall” Hatfield, Jeep grew up on mountain music and a heritage filled with tales and stories of the Hatfield McCoy Feud. The ups and downs of coal mining in Appalachia gave him the incentive to relocate to the musically rich shores of South Carolina. He has played in Country, Hillbilly, Rock & Roll, Top 40 and Blues Bands throughout the years. The music scene in Charleston, South Carolina, has allowed him to resurrect a lifetimes worth of writing. A cross between Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Neil Young and BB King, his original songs move from country to blues, serious to amusing, covering the spectrum of the struggles and triumphs of the lives we live. Full of emotion, his songs are sure to touch you, make you think, make you laugh and make you cry.
Edisto Sunset Paddle, Friday, October 11
Meet at Givhans Ferry State Park at the sandbar behind Riverfront Hall at 5:30 pm for sign up, paperwork, payment, and kayak fitting. The paddle starts at 6 p.m. Paddle 2 miles down to Edisto River Adventures and take a free shuttle back to the park after. The trip time is approximately 1 hour. The cost is $25 for a Single Kayak or Paddleboard and $35 for Tandem Kayaks. Those with their own equipment are welcome to join the paddle for $20. This includes all equipment necessary to paddle.
If you would like to pre-register or have any questions, call Edisto River Adventures at (843) 695-8146.
MIKE FREUND (pronounced “friend”) a native of the South Jersey, never made it to his first paying gig. He instead, spent the night in the ER, suffering a concussion and receiving stitches to his head after suffering a car wreck. Once recovered, he persisted, making a name for himself. He performed with, MUNGER N FLORENCE, followed by PIMPHAT. Both bands performed in several local showcases, appearing on local TV 12 Late Night and a small local tour ending at THE HARD ROCK CAFE in Philadelphia. Later, Mike began working as a session player in, The Essence Recording Studio. He would often work in trade for time he could spend on his own recordings. In the early morning hours, after a late night session, all of his music equipment was stolen in a burglary. Once again, he persisted and with the help of his soon to be wife Jenn, together they were able to purchase the equipment needed to continue on. Mike quickly learned he’d need to find a way to finance his music aspirations and his growing family. Now married with a daughter, Mike began to subsidize his income by becoming a completely self employed, solo proprietor of his own business, separate of music. Eventually, The Freund Family, relocated to Charleston, SC. Mike quickly immersed himself into the music scene that is deeply rooted in the history of Charleston. He then met neighbor and now conga player, Jeff Leftenant. Building on his craft, performing on the touristy streets of Charleston, he became the frontman of the NORTH BY SOUTH BAND. Still continuing to write and record his own music, Mike took his original works to MANTIS RECORDS, where a budding friendship began between he and sound engineer, MITCH WEBB. With the support of his wife, Jenn, and the guidance of Mitch Webb, Mike recorded and released his first full length solo album titled “TOE THE LINE”. The up beat single “ HAIR’S ON FIRE” first aired on Charleston’s 105.5 The Bridge in September of 2016. The albums second track “THE HEAT” continues to gain popularity, thanks to 105.5’s radio show “ THE JAM”. After the release of his album, Mike was invited to perform at the South Carolina STATE FAIR. He hired a band for the performance only to be stood up by the drummer. Mike turned to social media and quickly found a replacement. A new loyal and professional friendship was forged with now drummer, MIKE BROWN. Originally from Atlanta, Mike Brown graduated from Morehouse College, schooled in jazz percussion. Mike Brown has work with Cee Lo green, Keri Wilson and many more and was now living in Charleston.
Mike Brown has since become a permanent member of the bands line up and is a strong influence on the bands sound. The following spring, THE MIKE FREUND BAND was invited to perform at the North Charleston ATRS FEST. The band performed without a bass player but as luck would have it, MARK SCHLEIS was in the audience. Mark Schleis was actively performing in party bands and was well know in the blues music scene and could often be seen hosting the Low Country Blues Jam around town. After a phone call and a few laughs, Mark joined the band.
Sill Crow formed in the Summer of 2017 with founding members Chris Roberts, David MacIntire, and Trevor Van Ettan. Chris met David at a local open mic in 2015 where they made an instant musical connection on stage and continued doing so week after week. In search of a drummmer, Chris began phoning friends of friends to make the perfect fit. A mutual friend by the name of Eric Rickert suggested Trevor as the solution. Eric helped Chris and Trevor set up an initial meeting and live studio session at Ocean Industries to explore musical connections. Trevor showed immediate interest and they began rehearsals. Jack Rawley was soon added as the lead guitarist but left the band thereafter in hopes of expanding his own musical horizons.
In the summer of 2018 David Sink was added as the lead guitarist for the group and they are quickly picking up steam as they make their rounds in the Lowcountry of Charleston SC. They are a Delta Rock four piece that pulls influences from the humble beginnings of the Blues, R&B, Soul, and even Modern Pop. These influences and inspirations are apparent in their compositions.
Sill Crow is currently in the studio working on an EP with a projected release mid 2019.
Tar & Feather is a new female bluegrass hybrid guitar duo from South Carolina. Their unique sound and rich harmonies create an upbeat, nostalgic style of music reminiscent to those of the old school bluegrass and country music radio shows, except with a mountain metal twist. The duo is made up of two Lowcountry art teachers from rural schools in the Francis Marion Forest. They are sure to delight you with postmodern upbeat country, bluegrass versions of many favorite songs, spirituals and homegrown originals. Check out their Facebook and Instagram pages for all their latest, shows, media events and music @tfeatherduo
A stylistically unique country roots band from day one, the members of Saluda Shoals have been singing, performing, and playing in sync as if they’d been together their entire musical careers. Saluda Shoals began in the spring of 2015 as an acoustic project between Henri Gates (Southwood) and Cassie Verhaeghe (Brushfires). The duo began writing music and performing nightly, quickly making a name for themselves. In 2016 they recruited some of Charleston’s best musicians and the full band was born. With over 250 shows in 2016 alone, Saluda Shoals have won over the hearts of music lovers from all walks of life; performing at a multitute of venues, making loads of public appearances, all the while writing and recording new music. Learn more by exploring their website, and feel free to get in touch with any of your comments and questions.
Live Music Every Week, working on local duo’a & Trio’s. New Live and New Cover Music
The Sufferin’ Moses Blues Band plays a blend of soulful and funky-rocking blues, with tight vocal harmonies, skillful guitar work, and a high-energy stage presence. The band formed in Southeast Ohio in 2009, where the founding members met while studying and performing opera and other classical genres. But it is their mutual love for the blues that truly gives them their musical purpose. In 2012, the band took their talents to the beaches and salt marshes of the Charleston, South Carolina Lowcountry. Zach Quillen fronts the band with a powerful voice, sharing guitar duties with Bobby Withers. Brad Huffman, on bass and vocals, and Sean Harshaw on drums keep things steady in the rhythm section.
Dan and the Wildfire is a particularly potent cocktail comprised of 1 part old time mountain folk, 1 part classic rock and roll, and 3 parts bottom shelf bourbon. Mix it up and what you get is a musical experience that burns it’s way into your bones and lights up your soul with a crisp, rootsy sound that’ll leave you reeling for another taste of that Wildfire. This Boston based band was started by guitarist and singer-songwriter Dan HL in 2011 with trumpeter Thom Brennan and Keyboardist Matt Hines under the auspices of forging a softer, folk sound. Their sound grew beyond the folk boundary when bassist Sam Katz joined the band. To date, Dan and the Wildfire have played all over New England, Washington D.C., out to Chicago and burned down every place in between. Their third studio album ‘Bull Moose’, released in March of 2015, is the next chapter in the evolution of the folk, rock experience. Their well received second album ‘Smoke Signals’ is available worldwide and follows their debut album, ‘Nothing, Anything, Everything’ released under the moniker ‘Dan HL’ in 2011.