The newly-renovated Music Farm opens its doors on Sun. Oct. 28 with a performance from the Avett Brothers (see story at left). According to new general manager Kristen Thompson, the new owners — John Ellison and Marshall Lowe — have already made major renovations to the backstage area, bathroom facilities, bar, sound system, and main room. “We’ve pressure-washed the entire building, sanded all the wood surfaces, polished all the chrome and stainless steel, remodeled the bathrooms, and redone the floors,” she says. “There’s twice as much balcony space, a completely new P.A. system, five working stations at the main bar, and several additional portable bar stations around the room.” According to the new team, longtime Farm manager Jimbo Webb is no longer on the staff.


The Coastal Carolina Fair celebrates its 51st anniversary this year at the Exchange Park in Ladson (on Highway 78, off the I-26 exits 205-A and 203) from Oct. 25 through Nov. 3. Owned and operated by the Exchange Club of Charleston, the fair features 11 concerts at the Lakefront Stage mini-amphitheater. This year’s series kicks off with a performance by contemporary country artist Blake Shelton at 7:30 p.m. on Thurs. Oct. 25. Additional acts include Kellie Pickler, B.J. Thomas & Billy Joe Royal, Jamie O’Neal, Marshall Tucker Band, comedian James Gregory, Percy Sledge Tracy Lawrence, Chairmen of the Board, and Emerson Drive. Check out the artists’ pages at


Many stand-out Halloween-related gigs take place precisely on Wed. Oct. 31: versatile Charleston groove/reggae/funk ensemble Sol Driven Train at Mellow Mushroom; They Might Be Giants return for a show at the Music Farm; local, organ-led funk/groove trio Black Eyed Susan get down at Bert’s Island Characters; The Brick celebrates with rock combo Dangermüffin; N.Y.C. hardcore band Agnostic Front rock Cumberland’s; local, lady-fronted classic rock quartet Cherry Bomb play a mix of guitar-heavy hits at The Map Room; Party Mouth plays the Halloween Lingerie Ball at the Trio Club; Chronicles of the Landsquid, Eymarel, and DJ Pericles kick out the jams at the Pour House; the Wicked Little Halloween Party goes down at downtown Vickery’s Bar & Grill with Electric Company and DJ Moo Moo; and hard-rock trio Blanco Diablo (from Charlotte) do their thing at The Village Tavern. —T. Ballard Lesemann

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