I got back to my roots this week with a trip to James Island on Wednesday night. A few of the volleyball players in town for the AVP Charleston Open were at J. Paulz for a promotion. I don’t drink martinis often, but I wanted one that night — and was told they were only for the women. To feel worthy of such a sophisticated establishment, I busted out my Red Man tobacco, scratched my crotch, and ordered a Budweiser.

On Thursday I hit Cumberland’s and saw The Lasso Gospel Choir and A Decent Animal. Cumberland’s never disappoints, and the crème de le crème of local musical talent came out for a fun night. I was a little nervous Friday; it poured rain all day, and I hoped the AVP Open wasn’t cancelled. It wasn’t, and an undercover volleyball enthusiast and I went to the Family Circle Tennis Center on Daniel Island for the Tournament. It was so awesome! I had zero knowledge of the volleyball world, but by the end of the night I was talking with two professional players and totally holding my own (as far as I knew). I was very impressed with the event as a whole. It’s certainly something that Charleston should support and foster. The afterparty at Lana, just a few blocks from the venue, was a lot of fun, and my willpower was sorely tested with at least 1,000 taquitos on a buffet table within 10 feet of where I was sitting.

On Saturday, after a great day on Folly Beach, I went to a house on the Battery and enjoyed the company of some great folks on a terrace overlooking the harbor. This is just one of the reasons I love Charleston so much. After that, a friend and I drove instead of taking CARTA to West Ashley to see Jesse Janes, a great collection of some of my favorite local female musicians. Cary Ann Hearst was in rare ‘shoot ’em up’ form and made it not only a great performance instrumentally and vocally, but it was entertaining and funny as well. Where do you want to go next?

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