The Old City Jail has got to be one of the coolest venues for an art and music show in Charleston (although perhaps not for serious art buyers. There’s no telling how different a piece will look in your home when you’ve only seen it in the musty, cold, and dare we say ghost-filled, environs of the jail). There’s something satisfying about wandering through the maze-like building, thinking you’ve seen everything, only to stumble upon a room full of art that you’d previously overlooked.

Following on the heels of the highly successful Jail Breaks 1 and 2, Jail Break 3 brought out some of Charleston’s best local artists, artisans, and musicians together for a nice long party that, despite the venue’s brooding atmosphere, felt positively carefree. The beautiful weather drew most attendees outside to the yard, where bands including Slow Runner, Heyrocco, and French Camp with Owen Beverly performed to an appreciative, mainly recumbent crowd.

King of Pops’ unique and delicious popsicles were especially popular. At least, we think that’s why we saw so many people licking their hands. In addition to food and music, the yard offered an artisan market featuring wares by local designers including Artisan Tees, Scarlet Poppy, and Polyesterella. Inside, the jail’s old cells and alcoves offered a huge variety of art, from prints and ink drawings to mixed media and installations. There was something to please every palate, whether your tastes run to lovely nature-inspired pieces or edgier abstract creations. With this kind of wide appeal, we don’t see this event going away any time soon. Bring it on, Jail Break 4!

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