Charleston loves Old Crow Medicine Show. The down-home Nashville-based band was the perfect capper to Sunday’s sunny, spring-like weather. The dark confines of the Performing Arts Center wasn’t the most natural setting for the boys, but they worked hard to transport us to a patch of shade under a live oak, with plenty of dancing room and a jug of whiskey to sip on. As leading man Ketch Secor said, Old Crow is a “rock ’n’ roll band, just with banjos and fiddles.” They played hard throughout a long set, swapping vocal duties and instruments, switching between old-time spirituals and originals about cocaine and methamphetamine. But they rocked hardest when they teamed up with opening act the Felice Brothers, a New York-based roots-rock act. Looking like a mix between a modern emo band and a traditional folk outfit, the Felice Brothers kept the energy sky-high, playing the accordion, fiddle, and even a washboard in ways rarely seen. Greg Farley deserves mention for being most enthusiastic band member. The band has improved exponentially since their unremarkable opening set with Bright Eyes at the Plex over a year ago. These days, they’re giving the main act a run for their money. Old Crow played all the favorites (except “Virginia Creeper”) and some new stuff, and everyone took the stage for the closing song, a rockin’ rendition of “Ziggy Stardust” — with banjos, fiddles, and all. Now my seats weren’t super close, and I’m by no means a professional photog, but here are a few shots from the night. —EJ
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