First Art in the Parks Installation Displayed in Hampton Park

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CHARLESTON, S.C. – Sculptures engraved with local children’s drawings, maps of Charleston and images of plant life have been installed in Hampton Park, part of a new Art in the Parks program created by the Charleston Parks Conservancy in collaboration with Redux Contemporary Art Center and the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs.
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The four large-scale pieces are made from colorful wood and transparent cast acrylic – the result of almost a year of work by Georgia-based artist Joseph Dreher (known as JOEKINGATL) and the Conservancy. Dreher received the Conservancy’s first ArtFields exhibition prize in April 2017. The annual award kicked off the Art in the Parks initiative, an effort to install temporary public art displays in Charleston city parks through collaborations with artists and arts organizations, including ArtFields.
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The installation – called “Plant Vitae” – located on the southern edge of Hampton Park along Mary Murray Drive represents Charleston residents in a way that celebrates the people and the community. Dreher worked with children from schools near Hampton Park and the local Boys and Girls Club to create the portraits showcased in the final art pieces.
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Using a “portrait partner” technique Dreher developed, the children created portraits of each other that become the basis of the sculptures. Dreher used colorful painted wood and transparent cast acrylic engraved with the children’s drawings, maps of Charleston and images of plant life.
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“People are my primary interest and it is my appreciation for people that informs so much of my creative work,” Dreher says. “My work is always multidimensional because I see a world where people are not flat. They are not obstacles, or heroes, or rogues, or saints. They are people – dimensional and deep.? There are no strangers in your world when you meet people fully prepared to accept who they are.”
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Through a public-private partnership model, the Conservancy works with the city’s Parks Department as well as community leaders, neighborhoods and engaged citizens to transform and activate the city’s parks and green spaces.?
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The Conservancy also will be working on a public art project along the West Ashley Greenway and Bikeway, thanks to a $50,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The Conservancy is partnering with the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs and local community groups on a creative placemaking effort, including a public art master plan and selection of artists to create public art and arts programming along the Greenway and Bikeway.?
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“We believe in connecting people to their parks, and art is a powerful tool to connect people to their environment and to each other,” says Harry Lesesne, the Conservancy’s executive director. “In the same ways public parks and green spaces are accessible to the entire community, we want public art projects to function in the same way – drawing people out into the parks and deepening their connection to their community and their neighbors.”?
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This Art in the Parks program is supported by contributions from The Speedwell Foundation, The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, the Employees Community Fund of The Boeing Company, The Joanna Foundation, the City of Charleston and the Henry and Sylvia Yaschik Foundation.
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Follow the Charleston Parks Conservancy at www.CharlestonParksConservancy.org and on social media @CharlestonParks for updates on upcoming Art in the Park events and programs in Hampton Park.
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About the Charleston Parks Conservancy
The Charleston Parks Conservancy is a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring the people of Charleston to connect with their parks and together create stunning public places and a strong community. The Conservancy opens doors to individuals and organizations in Charleston wanting to engage with their parks and green spaces in a kaleidoscope of positive ways. With the help of its Park Angels, the Conservancy improves, enhances, and invigorates these spaces, making Charleston even better, stronger, and more successful. For more information about or to support the Charleston Parks Conservancy, please visit www.charlestonparksconservancy.org.
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Puccini’s Tosca comes to the Gaillard

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Star-studded production of Puccini’s Tosca comes to the Gaillard
A gala performance to benefit Charleston arts organizations

CHARLESTON, March 1, 2018 – Daniel Island Performing Arts Center- Daniel Island Performing Arts Center announces that it is partnering with the City of Charleston and Charleston Symphony Orchestra to present a gala benefit performance of Puccini’s heart-pounding thriller Tosca, one of the world’s most popular and frequently performed operas. Boasting a powerhouse leading cast that has appeared in their respective roles on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera, the production promises a “not to be missed” event on the Charleston arts calendar.
A special collaboration
The gala benefit performance of Tosca will serve to support area arts organizations including the Daniel Island Performing Arts Center, its contributing organizations and Charleston Symphony Orchestra. A unique collaborative effort, this performance of Tosca represents a partnering of Charleston’s considerable artistic and musical resources with visiting artists of international renown. Mayor John Tecklenburg, commenting on the enormous potential of the collaboration added, “We are thrilled to be a partner in this exceptional event. Charleston is home to a vibrant arts community, and I look forward to the opportunity for our citizens to enjoy the sounds of Tosca while contributing to a great cause.”Producing Director Scott Flaherty, the artistic force behind Charleston’s acclaimed, sold-out performances of Bizet’s Carmen featuring Metropolitan Opera star Denyce Graves has assembled the production and will stage direct. Musical direction falls to maestro Michael Recchiuti, one of the notably gifted American conductors of his generation. The duo will lead more than 125 artists in bringing to life one of Puccini’s most magnificent and enduring scores. Said Flaherty, “We have put together a truly first-rate cast, one that could be heard on the great opera stages of the world on a given evening. Charleston is in for a real treat!”

Nigel Redden, Executive Director of Spoleto Festival USA, offered enthusiastic support for the compelling production declaring, “Charleston deserves to have opera productions throughout the year. I applaud the team mounting Tosca.”

A star-studded cast
Heading a star-studded cast of principal artists is internationally acclaimed Metropolitan Opera soprano, Elizabeth Blancke-Biggs, who came to renown in the title role of Tosca with an international broadcast from the stage of the Metropolitan Opera for Sirius Satellite Radio. The villainous Baron Scarpia is baritone Mark Delevan, who has made a touchstone of the role with major opera companies around the world including the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera and a national PBS telecast of Live from Lincoln Center.The opera
At the heart of Puccini’s epic dramatic struggle of political power is a love triangle involving a fiery prima donna, her political rebel lover and a chief of police whose treachery is limitless in his lustful pursuit of Tosca. Set against the backdrop of Napoleon’s invasion of Italy, Puccini’s beloved masterpiece is chock-full of soaring melodies and some of the most beautiful arias to be heard in all of opera. Tosca will be presented Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 7:30 pm at Charleston Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC. Purchase tickets at the Gaillard Center Box Office, GaillardCenter.org or by calling (843) 242-3099.
About Daniel Island Performing Arts Center
The Daniel Island Performing Arts Center will serve as a vibrant gathering space in the heart of the growing metro Charleston community. A center of artistic innovation, DIPAC will offer sponsored programs featuring visiting artists of international stature while serving as an incubator for the development of innovative new works in music, theater and dance that will make the DIPAC a destination location for the arts. A non-profit 501(c)(3), DIPAC will be at the forefront of reforming traditional arts education with its in-residence entities and bold educational outreach initiatives. DIPAC will feature a 600-seat proscenium theater, exhibition/event spaces, meeting areas, rehearsal/classroom spaces and multi-purpose rooms. The facility will support a variety of businesses, community organizations, restaurants, shops and hotels in the central business district of Daniel Island.
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Contact:
Betsy Brabham, Director of Advancement
Daniel Island Performing Arts Center
Phone: 843-284-1106
betsy.brabham@danielislandpac.com
danielislandpac.com

 

Bank of America Offers Card Holders Free Admission to Gibbes Museum of Art – First Weekend of Every Month

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Bank of America card holders are offered a unique opportunity to bring more culture into their lives for free the first weekend of every month.

“Museums are a source of education, emotion and creative inspiration. Now in its 21st year, this distinctive program offers Bank of America, Merrill Lynch and U.S. Trust credit and debit card holders the opportunity to visit more than 200 of the most popular cultural institutions in the United States free of charge on the first full weekend of every month.” – Bank of America Website

Of the more than 200 participating museums, Charleston, South Carolina is proud to include the Gibbes Museum of Art as a participating member.

Normal admission is $15.00 (adult), $13.00 Seniors (62+), $10.00 College Students, $6.00 Youth, so this is a wonderful opportunity to bring the family and experience a level of history like no other at no cost.

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Charleston Artist Spotlight: The Oil Paintings of Tim Matthews

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The Story of Tim Matthews

I was born and raised in Rock Hill, South. I have had an interest in art for as long as I can remember. I first started doodling as a little boy, often getting in trouble for doing this on the walls at home. As I got older, I discovered the classic Walt Disney animated features and started learning to draw by sketching my favorite characters. At the age of 12, I started taking formal art lessons from a successful artist in my hometown, learning to work with a variety of drawing and painting mediums. I continued to study art throughout my teen years.

For me, a painting is not just something you see, but something you experience. There is so much beauty in the world around us that is often missed as we hustle and bustle through life. I try to showcase that beauty in my work.

I have been painting in oil for several years now and it is my predominate medium. I find the richness of oil perfect for rendering my interpretations of the world around me.

About the Business

I have been selling my art for the last six years. I started showing not long after I graduated high school. I consider my art to be my life’s work. I want to share the beauty I find in the world around me with everyone I can. I take satisfaction from seeing a client overjoyed when they first see a commissioned painting, or when someone finds deep meaning and a personal connection to one of my prints.

I sell reproductions of my art on my website, www.artoftimmatthews.com

Original paintings are also available and I take commissions for custom work. You can also follow me on Facebook and Instagram.

Tim Matthews Facebook Page

Tim Matthews Instagram Page

Tim Matthews Official Website

Photo Credit:? Tim Matthews

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Two Charleston Photographers Featured in International Photography Magazine, ‘Shadows and Light’

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Shadows and Light Magazine, a global celebration of photography and imagery is published out of Colorado by internationally recognized fashion photographer Christine Szeredy.? Christine, over the years, has surrounded herself with some of the best talent around the world and believes the world is a better place when its beauty is captured and realized.? She also focuses her efforts on recognizing and rewarding young up and coming talent with contests in her quarterly publication.

Today, the Fall 2017 Issue has been released and two Charleston area photographers are featured in this edition, Wendy Mogul and Kimberly Krauk.? Both bring a remarkable eye combining stunning imagery and fashion to the elegant backdrop of Charleston.? Their ability to penetrate human emotion and capture the stillness of life is breathtaking.? They are two gifts to our community.

We are honored to have both outstanding talents represent Charleston, South Carolina.

Let us all take a moment to celebrate their work and all those that help capture the beauty of Charleston.

You can purchase a digital or hard copy of the Fall 2017 Edition of Shadows and Light Magazine by clicking here

Learn more about publisher:? Christine Szeredy: Fashion Photographer Interview by Richard Schneider

Charleston Parks Conservancy to Receive $50,000 NEA Grant to Fund Art along West Ashley Greenway, Bikeway

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CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Charleston Parks Conservancy has been recommended to receive a $50,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for a project that would add public art activities along the West Ashley Greenway and Bikeway.

The Conservancy is partnering with the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs and local community groups on a creative placemaking effort, including selection of artists to create public art and arts programming along the Greenway and Bikeway. The Conservancy is partnering with the City of Charleston to lead the master planning and design of a series of projects to transform the existing Greenway and Bikeway paths into connected linear parks. Temporary public art and arts programming will further the design of high-priority sites from the master plan.

The NEA announced 89 awards totaling $6.89 million supporting projects across the nation through the NEA’s Our Town program. Our Town is the NEA’s signature creative placemaking program that supports partnerships of artists, arts organizations and municipal government that work to revitalize neighborhoods. This practice places arts at the table with land-use, transportation, economic development, education, housing, infrastructure and public safety strategies to address a community’s challenges. Creative placemaking highlights the distinctiveness of a place, encouraging residents to identify and build upon their local creative assets.

“This is an exciting opportunity to be part of transforming a significant public space that connects so many neighborhoods in the City of Charleston,” said Harry Lesesne, executive director of the Charleston Parks Conservancy. “Improving the West Ashley Greenway and Bikeway will be a great benefit to all of the city’s residents, and the addition of public art will make it an even more engaging public space.”

Thanks largely to a $100,000 donation from The Speedwell Foundation, the Conservancy is seeking to develop a master plan for a combined 10.5-mile stretch of the Greenway and Bikeway. In coordination with the master plan and community engagement, the Conservancy will facilitate a series of public art projects and activities in several locations along the Greenway and Bikeway.

Site selection will be guided by priorities outlined in the master plan and the works of art will speak to the unique characteristics of each site and neighborhood. Programming around each public art display will engage community members of all ages.

Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg said, “We very much look forward to working with the Charleston Parks Conservancy, other local arts organizations, artists, and community members to re-imagine the West Ashley Greenway and Bikeway as centers of recreation, vitality and connectivity in Charleston.”

This project is part of the Conservancy’s new Art in the Parks initiative, a program of adding temporary, contemporary public art in Charleston’s city parks through collaborations with local and regional artists, arts organizations and community members. The Art in the Parks program also will offer educational opportunities and programming for all ages.

In April, the Conservancy awarded its first Charleston Parks Conservancy exhibition prize to Georgia artist Joseph Dreher, who participated in the the annual ArtFields competition showcasing the work of artists around the Southeast. Dreher will create a work of art to be displayed at a City of Charleston park later this year.

Founded in 2007 by philanthropist Darla Moore, the Conservancy is celebrating a decade of connecting people to their parks and creating stunning public spaces and strong communities throughout the City of Charleston.

Through a public-private partnership, the Conservancy works with the City and community organizations, neighborhoods and engaged citizens to transform and activate the city’s parks and green spaces. The Conservancy is currently working in 25 parks, including Colonial Lake, Allan Park, Wragg Square, McMahon Playground at Hampton Park, Magnolia Park and Community Garden, Marion Square, and Medway Park.

About the Charleston Parks Conservancy

The Charleston Parks Conservancy is a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring the people of Charleston to connect with their parks and together create stunning public places and a strong community. The Conservancy opens doors to individuals and organizations in Charleston wanting to engage with their parks and green spaces in a kaleidoscope of positive ways. With the help of its Park Angels, the Conservancy improves, enhances, and invigorates these spaces, making Charleston even better, stronger, and more successful. For more information about or to support the Charleston Parks Conservancy, please visit www.charlestonparksconservancy.org.

Charleston Parks Conservancy on social media:

Twitter / Instagram @charlestonparks

Facebook www.facebook.com/CharlestonParksConservancy

NEA hashtag: #NEASpring17

West Ashley Greenway Official Website

“Frederick Douglass…No Turning Back” Presented by Actor’s Theatre of South Carolina

In a one-man play, “Frederick Douglass – No Turning Back” starring Kyle Taylor, Douglass’ has been invited to speak in a church and recount his journey from slavery to be one of the greatest orators and philosophers in history. It reveals his tremendous gifts of observation of humanity, passion for freedom, horrific struggles, relationships with friends, engaging humor and decades as a free American writer, newspaper editor and public leader. Includes incidental Gospel music. Produced by the award-winning Actors’ Theatre of South Carolina.

Director:

Chris Weatherhead

Playwright/Composer/Lyricist:

Frederick Douglass compiled by Chris Weatherhead

Ticket Prices: Adult: $21

Ticket Prices: Senior: $16

Ticket Price: Student: $16

Call Piccolo Spoleto Box Office or visit: www.actorstheatreofsc.org

BOX OFFICE – (843) 724-7305
http://www.PiccoloSpoleto.com

Official Event Website

Kyle Taylor – Starring

Charleston, SC vs. New York, NY – Are We Really That Different?

By Mark A. Leon

I spent most of my youth and young adult life just outside of New York City or “The City” as we knew it.? I worked there and gathered a number of memorable stories over the years.? Now I call Charleston home for a good part of the last eight years.? To most, the differences between Charleston and New York are very simple.? New York bore itself into an industrial haven of opportunity, prosperity, diversity and financial strength.? From intellectuals to capitalists, NY has defined itself in fashion, finance, architecture, arts and small business opportunity.? It is the land of opportunity with the Statue of Liberty as the cornerstone of entrance.

Charleston took a different path.? Its foundations were laid on the principles of farming, historic preservation, hospitality and small intimate community with generations of wealthy land owners donning the streets and buildings of this quiet city of cobblestone roads and church steeples.

Times are now changing.? New York continues to reinvent itself in a slow mature sustainable manner.? Charleston, on the other hand, is converting to what some are calling the East Coast Silicon Valley, homes and hotels are the forefront of development, the culinary arts have taken on a life of their own and growth has hit record numbers.

Two weeks ago, Bill Murray was a guest bartender in Brooklyn, NY.? For those that remember, Bill Murray made his start on the humble streets of New York along with Belushi, Curtain, Aykroyd, Murphy, Sandler and more.? After each live performance the cast would go to a small club in the West Village.? The club is still there with Christmas lights around the entrance situated on an unassuming street block.? That club still stands as well as the reminder that New York and Charleston both stand for acceptance and love, but show it in different ways.

Now that these two cities are moving in different directions, are they all that different?? Let’s take a look

  • Hospitality – Charleston is known for friendliness and hospitality.? Saying hello to strangers and neighbors is a way of life.? Servers not only take your order, but converse and get to know you.? It is a happy and humble culture.? In New York, pedestrians are glued to their headsets, eye contact is few and far between, cashiers rush you through the line and horns honk like a symphony.? Maybe we have to look deeper to understand.? I was in a small stationary store purchasing postcards.? When I walked to the counter, the shop owner stopped what he was doing and took my money.? He was quiet, but polite and very courteous.? He didn’t smile or try to get to know me, but he showed all the respect I needed with excellent customer service.? Sometimes a perception and a reality are very different.
  • Deep Roots of Acceptance – The country and world stood proud as Charleston retaliated from the devastating events at Mother Emmanuel with a show of solidarity and non-violent measures.? Even today, in the wake of Charlotte, NC, comparisons are being made to Charleston’s peaceful approach.? As I walked through the campus of NYU and sat on the grass in Washington Square Park, I was surrounded by diversity and individualism.? NY1Homeless playing chess with students, acrobatics and yoga, musicians playing Jazz, diverse couples laying on the grass and an overall feeling of unification.? New York is a melting pot and one that has found a place of balance and unity. ?Later that afternoon, I stumbled on a pick-up basketball game.? As the players cursed over fouls, businessmen looked on and enjoyed the free entertainment.? No matter what the score was at the end, all the players exchanged hugs and handshakes.
  • Festivals – Charleston is a festival haven.? We thrive, unite and rejoice in our festivals.? New York does as well.? The difference is that New York is so expansive, it is difficult to find them as easily as our small community.? The 92nd Street Festival extends 16 blocks on Lexington Avenue on the Upper East Side, while at the same time the famed San Gennaro Italian Festival is filled with song, dance and food on Mulberry Street in Little Italy over four miles away.? Though the set up and themes may differ, the common front of community and celebration remains.
  • Natural esthetics – We are not here to compare acres or quality of natural land between Charleston and New York.? The land allocation will not allow for apples to apples comparison.? New York and Charleston both embrace the need to recharge and public parks both are a vital part of the make-up of each region.? Whether it is Marion Square or Central Park, the need to grass and flowers in the center of concrete jungles is critical to life balance.
  • Bridges – We are both proud to say we have some of the most iconic bridges in the United States.? Between the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, Brooklyn Bridge and George Washington, these two port cities have something very special to be proud of.
  • Staying Connected – Offering WIFI in the public spaces is one area that Charleston has taken the lead.? Offering free WIFI in the county parks is an innovative way to get the community to be outdoors and give back.? New York offers patches of free WIFI including Washington Square Park, but they are not quite there for the entire parks system.
  • Embracing History – Both New York and Charleston offer rich experiences including carriage rides and historic tours.? This country would not exist today if not for the brave settlers that took a tremendous risk for an unknown.? Through their courage, we have established a foundation of freedom.? Both the North and South along the Eastern seaboard played and continue to play a critical role in maintaining these freedoms and remembering how we got here.
  • Food – This debate can go on for hours and hours.? Who has more Michelin restaurants, who has more quality chefs, how has more eclectic food offerings? Who offers the most unique dining experience?? There is no reason to dive into this black hole, because there is no winner.? We retract.? The true winners are the guests who have embraced both cities for its culinary achievements.
  • Mass Transit – The edge must go to our friends in the North.? New York, though there is no time of day where there isn’t traffic, has created an above and below ground mass transit system that others around the world have emulated.? We can get there Charleston and we need to.
  • Affordability of Entrance – We are fortunate in Charleston to have no tolls.? Very fortunate.? Whether you travel between New Jersey and New York, Staten Island and New York, Long Island to New York through the Midtown tunnel, you will be paying between $8.00 – $16.00 to enter and in some cases leave Manhattan.? It is costly and we should be thankful we are not at that point.
  • Theater – Charleston has created a proud family of live performance art from Threshold to Charleston Stage, Footlight to Woolfe Street.? I have witnessed some of the most amazing theater I have ever seen.? The quality of acting in this area is overwhelming.? That message needs to get out more.? Patrons and community members need to know the quality of the arts here in Charleston.? The redesign of the Gaillard is a strong stepping stone in the right direction.? New York is Broadway and Broadway is world class live performance art.? We have potential to achieve.
  • Family – Believe it or not, I think this may be one of the strongest connections these two areas have.? New York and Charleston embrace family.? We have beautiful suburban communities in Mount Pleasant, West Ashley, Summerville, James Island, Daniel Island and John’s Island.? New York has Long Island and Staten Island.? Charleston peninsula is growing into a metro haven with a focus on safety.? Whether parents and children play in the park or run on the concrete streets, family is still a foundation of values and comfort.? This is one thing we should both be very proud of.
  • Beaches – Sullivan’s Island, Isle of Palms, Folly Beach – Our three coastal salvations.? Long Island Sound and Rockaway Beach.? Are ours easier to get to? Yes (though some may argue Folly Road and IOP Connector can be nightmares).? Do we offer more beachfront?? Yes.? Still, beaches are a big part of the culture of both.? Plus, New Yorkers can go to the Jersey shore and gamble in Atlantic City.
  • Day Trips – In this case, Charleston is a victim of land distribution.? We have opportunities to go to Beaufort, Santee, Columbia, Savannah and Myrtle Beach, but the proximity of available day trips is limited in comparison to New York.? The tight land formations of the New England and Mid-Atlantic states allow for daytrips to Boston, Providence, Mystic, CT, Hamptons, Jersey Shore, Washington, DC, Philadelphia, Kilington, VT and so much more.

There are fourteen comparisons between New York and Charleston; two cities built around different cultures and early country development moral and political values.? Today, those separation points are a little more blurred and it turns out we have more in common than we thought.

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Come for Weezer, Stay for Panic! At The Disco

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By, Minta Pavliscsak

The sleepy little town of Daniel Island, South Carolina was rocked to life Sunday evening when the sounds of Panic! At The Disco and Weezer came streaming from the rows of hanging speakers at the Volvo Car Stadium.

In unison, the crowd jumped to their feet with excitement as “Miserlou,” more notably known as the theme song from Pulp Fiction, suddenly started pumping through the speakers as the outline of a red car appeared, racing across the stage screen. Next entered 29 year old, Vegas grown Brendon Urie, and so it began.

I remember Panic! At The Disco when they first emerged onto the music scene. They showed promise, but then they seemed to fade only to return with what I though was a more mainstream sound, so honestly I lost interest. I am here to 20160619_203226-01 (2)tell you, Mr. Urie proved me completely wrong in every sense of the word this past Sunday night!

Between the bold sounds of the band, Brendon’s unbelievable vocal range -the kind of range that could only come from a deal with the Devil himself- and the energy coming from both the stage and the crowd, feeding off of one another, you had what made for a perfect opening set. I have never seen SO much pure, raw energy on stage, and Brendon even did a couple of -rather impressive- backflips!

The highlights of their set were definitely when Brendon took to his drum set, side of drummer Dan Pawlovich, for a dual drum solo/dueling drums/kick-ass this-is-what-we-do moment, and equally as kick-ass, their tribute to Queen with a crowd pleasing “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

Among the playlist was “Death of A Bachelor,” “Emperor’s New Clothes,” “Hallelujah,” “Girls/Girls/Boys,” “Miss Jackson,” “Crazy = Genius” and “Nine In The Afternoon.”

Thank you Panic! At The Disco for a fantastic performance!

The set change was a bit on the long side. However, it was well worth the wait, and sitting under an almost full moon on the eve of the first day of summer with a cool breeze, enjoying a tasty beverage, how could one complain?! Finally it happened –what we had all came there for– the lights went out and that was our cue to once again jump to our feet, scream as loudly as we could, and welcome to the stage the one, and only Weezer.

I feel that it is important to mention?20160619_222505here that Weezer is what we would refer to as an “old school”
band. That’s not a bad thing by any means! In a lot of ways, it is has its advantages, bonuses even. Their debut album, The Blue Album was released in May of 1994. I was in 5th grade at the time, and have been a fan ever since. {Thank you to my awesomely cool parents who never attempted to censor my musical choices!} I have been to many concerts of artists who fall under this same category – The Rolling Stones, Tom Petty, Green Day, just to name a few. When going to these shows, you are excited for whatever they give you, but you always hope to hear your favorite classics, the ones that made you fall in love with the band in the first pla20160619_213749ce. Weezer did not disappoint! They got straight to the point, opening with “Hash Pipe” then tossing out giant beach balls to the crowd with “My Name Is Jonas.”

It only got better from there!

Of course they played some of their new stuff which, holding true to Weezer form, was awesome, but it was peppered with their classics as well. A few we were graced with were “Beverly Hills,” “Pork and Beans,” “Everybody Get Dangerous,” “(If You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To,” “Say It Ain’t So,” “Buddy Holly,” and “Undone – The Sweater Song.” Weezer wasted no time with a bunch of talking, only doing what they do best, rocking out.

As they said goodnight and walked off stage, the entire stadium chanted their name “WEEZER, WEEZER, WEEZER,” begging for their return. Showing sincere appreciation for their fans, they complied and returned for a couple more jams. My longtime dream had come true. Truly a magical night of musical greatness.

Weezer, you rock.

 

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Charleston Guide for All Personality Types (Adrenaline, Creative, Foodie, Learner, Music)

By Mark A. Leon
By Mark A. Leon

What is your personality type Charleston?

Are you a:

  • Adrenaline Junkie
  • Creative Genius
  • Foodie
  • Lifelong Learner
  • Music Maniac

No matter which category you fall into, we have you covered.? Here are a few tips and links to help you feed your passion.? Because in Charleston, passion fuels excitement.? Let’s make your Lowcountry experience exciting, memorable and fruitful.

The adrenaline junkie is always on the go.? They love the outdoors, sports and keeping active.? It can be a jog or bike ride or kicking back a few beers at a sporting event.? What does Charleston offer for the adrenaline junkie?

The creative genius is a snob; a creative artsy snob.? Not a bad thing.? They appreciate all the creative talents in Charleston.

Foodie.? Oh, the foodie.? A true culinary connoisseur.

The lifelong learner has a constant thirst for knowledge and information.? We have a bit of that.

There is so much more, but since you are a knowledge sponge, we will leave some of the additional research to you.

The music maniac.? We love the true music aficionado.? They feel it, understand it and appreciate it.? Here are a few venues to light your fire.

There you have it.? Whether you are an adrenaline junkie, creative spirit, foodie, learner or music maniac, here is a taste for all the incredible options in Charleston, SC.? Bring an appetite for fun and excitement.