FESTIVAL | Chazz hands


Sat. Sept. 22

10 a.m.-10 p.m.


Family Circle Tennis Center

161 Seven Farms Dr.

Daniel Island

(843) 849-5300


The Charleston Music and Heritage Festival returns for its second year this weekend, and with so many different bands playing on five different stages, you might find it difficult to choose. Kool and the Gang and Branford Marsalis and his quartet headline the event, and 14 other bands will be playing throughout the day, with styles ranging from bluegrass to reggae to jazz to blues, and so on. Americana rock band Son Volt, Atlanta-based gospel singer Dottie Peoples, and “sacred pedal steel” group The Lee Boys fill out the main stage, while New Orleans funk/jam band Galactic, reggae vets Toots and the Maytals, and Virginia bluegrass band Seldom Scene are just some of the bands playing on other stages. There’ll also be a Kids’ Stage, featuring Gullah storyteller Aunt Pearlie-Sue and kazoo player Rick Hubbard armed with enough free kazoos for all the kids in the audience. All that dancing is sure to make you hungry, and there will be plenty of Lowcountry favorites to whet your appetite, including cooking contests and demonstrations featuring some of the city’s best chefs. You’ll also get a chance to sample the official Chazzfest cocktail, along with beer, wine, and spirits from a number of vendors. For more visual stimulation, head to the Heritage Artisans’ Expo, highlighting various regional artists and artisans. See the program guide in this week’s issue for a full line-up of events. —Erica Jackson SATURDAY


BOOKS | Carolinas unite in verse

Kakalak Release Party

Sat. Sept. 22

5 p.m.


Blue Bicycle Books

420 King St.

(843) 722-2666


The poem/ now left alone, turns into a bird, lights on a high branch/ performs a dance, causes the bare autumn tree to bloom. —Allan Wolf’s “The Poet, Not Content with the Ballet of Raking Leaves”

Word nerds can meet the who’s who of local poets, discuss the region’s latest poetry, and buy a copy of Kakalak: An Anthology of Carolina Poets at the book’s release party hosted by Blue Bicycle Books Saturday. Local poets Donna Levine Gershon and Jim Lundy contributed to this year’s edition of the annual anthology, and artists and writers like Gilbert Allen will come from both Carolinas to read their work or discuss their visual art. More than 120 well-crafted poems selected from over 800 submissions make up the latest installment, named for the folksy slang for Carolina favored by ex-Carolinians. The thoughtful and textured selection serves up a sampling of the best and newest Carolina-related poetry by natives and residents with a sprinkling of local artwork. A wine and cheese reception and book signing will spill over to the French Hare Gallery next door for a poetry reading at 6 p.m. Bookstore owner Jonathan Sanchez will read his contribution, “For the Violinist Whose Mother Died in August.” The poetic affair also provides an opportunity to check out the Blue Bike’s month-long tribute to the 50th anniversary of On the Road, the legendary 1957 novel Jack Kerouac typed on a 120-foot-long paper scroll in three weeks. A roll of register tape of the same length extends through the store, and local writers collaborate in the creation of a story. —Rachel Ward SATURDAY


SPORTS | Tennis, anyone?

Legends of Tennis

Sun. Sept. 23

3 p.m.

$25, $45, $75

North Charleston Coliseum

(843) 529-5000


Two tennis greats have teamed up to raise money for the Miracle Match Foundation and MUSC Children’s Hospital, and they’ll be making the first stop of their nationwide tour in Charleston. Fourteen-time grand slam champion Pete Sampras and Jim Courier, holder of four grand slam titles, will battle it out in two out of three sets at the event. A special celebrity mixed doubles match will feature both Sampras and Courier paired with College of Charleston Head Basketball Coach Bobby Cremins and Gov. Mark Sanford in an eight-game pro set. Bill Przybysz, founder of the Miracle Match Foundation, will make an appearance as well. The former tennis pro established the foundation in 1997, following the diagnosis of his Acute Monocytic Leukemia. After undergoing treatment, he was determined to ensure that others coping with similar challenges would have a network of support, inspiring him to develop the idea of miracle matches. (Check out www.miraclematchfoundation.com for more details). Tickets on sale through the Coliseum Ticket Office and all Ticketmaster Outlets. —Erica Jackson SUNDAY


PARTY | Go loco!

Buy Local Be Local Bash

Sat. Sept. 22

7-11 p.m.

$25/advance, $30/door

V Fitness

Aquarium Wharf


(843) 276-6731


If you’re up with the foodie scene in Charleston, you’ve probably noticed a trend toward using local ingredients, with restaurants like FIG and McCrady’s focusing on homegrown fare. Lowcountry Local First hopes to extend the trend beyond temporary status, instead making it a permanent lifestyle choice for socially conscious people. The new nonprofit will hold its first Buy Local Week Sept. 24-29, a grassroots campaign aimed at promoting the uniqueness of the Lowcountry by encouraging locals and visitors to support independent and locally-owned businesses. There are three main reasons to buy local: It’s better for the city’s economy because it keeps money circulating within the community; it’s more environmentally friendly, as it reduces the amount of “carbon footprints” (in other words, less traffic in and out of the city); and it helps to maintain the character of the region, protecting us from becoming Anytown, U.S.A. To kick off the week, Lowcountry Local First hosts a bash at V Fitness featuring the best of local music, food, and drinks. Enjoy grub from Fish, Granville’s, Sprout, Sesame, and Five Loaves, as well as drinks from Firefly vodka, Charleston Coffee Roasters, and Palmetto Ale. Cary Ann Hearst and Eddie Bush will provide some down-home background music. Also check out (free) gatherings at Sublime/Home Grown Grocer in Avondale on Sept. 25, EVO Pizzeria in Old North Chuck on Sept. 26, and Plum Elements on Lower King on Sept. 27. —Erica Jackson SATURDAY


FESTIVAL | Last run for Earth-friendly fest

Bowenstock 2007

Sun. Sept. 23

1-7 p.m.

$20, $15/students

Bowen’s Island

(800) 732-9625


Zero waste festival Bowenstock is back for its eighth and final run. The Lowcountry Environmental Education Programs (LEEP) has decided to take their fundraising efforts in a different direction, so this is your last chance to experience the big ‘ol green event on Bowen’s Island. Take a right just before you get to Folly, and you’ll find yourself in a rustic patch of woods and marshland. The music of Henry’s Attic and Live Oak will fill the air throughout the afternoon, along with the smell of frogmore stew and other munchies. Beer and other bevs will be available for purchase. What makes this event stand out is its “whole system” approach to environmental stewardship — LEEP not only manages waste, they eliminate it through careful planning. All of the food will come in recyclable or reusable packaging, will not require utensils, and will be 100 percent compostable. The linens are donated, and the flyers printed on recycled paper. Don’t worry, this isn’t this last fun event LEEP is hosting (Look for their Costumes for a Cause Ball in October), but it is your last chance to check out Bowenstock, so don’t miss it. —Erica Jackson SUNDAY


MUSIC | How sweet the sound

African-American Sacred Songs

Sat. Sept. 22

7 p.m.


Christ Episcopal Church

2304 Hwy. 17 N.

Mount Pleasant

(843) 991-1035


It’s a new season for the Charleston Symphony Orchestra’s Gospel Choir, and with brand new director Glenn R. Nixon, they’re starting things off with a performance of African-American sacred songs at Christ Episcopal Church in Mt. Pleasant. The performance will include a good mix of songs ranging from down-home gospel to more calming spirituals, like “In Bright Mansions Above” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” Local storyteller Anita “Aunt Pearlie-Sue” Singleton-Prather will narrate the performance. This performance is Nixon’s first with the Choir. The Orlando native has quite the pedigree, with an undergraduate degree in music education and choral conducting and voice from Howard University in D.C., and a master’s in voice performance from Yale. A lyric baritone, he’s performed across the country with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony, and more. You might have also caught him at Spoleto. He’s currently choral director at Woodland High School and Harleyville-Ridgeville Elementary School in Dorchester. A week later on Sept. 29, the Gospel Choir along with the CSO will perform the ominous, percussive, and kind of scary (according to Music Editor Ballard Lesemann) Carmina Burana by Carl Orff. —Erica Jackson SATURDAY


RECITAL | Good vibrations

Jerry Tachoir

Monday Night Concert Series

Mon. Sept. 24

8 p.m.

$5 (free for CofC Students with ID)

Recital Hall, Simons Center for the Arts

54 St. Philip Street



When indie-rockers think of the vibraphone, they might imagine that guy from that cool Athens, Ga. band Macha. When country music fans think of the vibraphone, the goofy sight of Irlene Mandrell jamming on her sister Barbara’s variety show might come to mind. When jazz fans think of the vibraphone, the late-great Lionel Hampton, Dave Samuels, Gary Burton, and Milt Jackson come to mind. Serious followers of concert music recognize jazz/classical vibraphonist Jerry Tachoir as a top-tier performer as well. Tachoir (pronounced “Tash-wah”) is one of the most in-demand artist/clinicians for the Ludwig/Musser division of the Conn-Selmer company, with whom he’s been associated for 35 years. “I’m essentially a frustrated pianist, on a three-octave instrument,” he says. As part of the College of Charleston’s Monday Night Concert Series, the virtuosic player presents a jazz improvisation clinic on Mon. Sept. 24. to the students at the CofC. Tachoir earned a degree for Applied Music for Mallet Instruments at the Berklee College of Music in 1976 before going into teaching and collaborating with various symphonies and musicians. He’s performed at major concert halls and jazz festivals throughout North America and Europe. He’s also released numerous recordings with his band, Group Tachoir, and is the author of A Contemporary Mallet Method: An Approach to the Vibraphone and Marimba (Riohcat Music). It’s a rare treat to witness such a master of mallet side of the percussion family. —T. Ballard Lesemann MONDAY

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