Now in its sixth year, Rockabillaque — the bona fide best fest for old cars, pin-up girls, and live music — finally has its own mural. Local artist David Boatwright created a mural on the side of the Olde Village Market as a tribute to both Park Circle and the celebration of mid-century marvels that is Rockabillaque.
Boatwright used vintage photos of Park Circle as inspiration for the mural. In a press release director of the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department Kyle Lahm said, “The Cultural Arts Department enjoyed working with both the artist and the sponsor on this new mural. We fully support and encourage these types of partnerships between artists and local businesses, as it contributes to the expansion of public art throughout our city.”
Rockabillaque returns to Park Circle on Sat. Nov. 10 with an expected attendance of 10,000 people (which makes it one of the biggest events of its kind in the Carolinas). Attendees can look forward to a classic car and vintage bike show — over 300 cars and bikes — live music on at least four outdoor stages, and a wide variety of contests from pin-up pageant to beard and mustache.
After the conclusion of the festival, Boatwright’s mural will be updated to say, “Welcome to Park Circle,” remaining as a permanent tribute to the neighborhood.
Boatwright said, “This mural is a remembrance of the North Charleston community in the latter part of the 1950’s and how it may have felt to be there. Not only is it a nod to that time and place depicting the working men, women and Navy men of the neighborhood, it also serves double duty as a reminder of the Rockabillaque festival. Stylistically, this made sense since the culture of Rockabilly owes a lot to the look of the 1950’s decade. Painting the mural was a great way to get to know the neighborhood and its residents. I was really struck by the cohesiveness and friendly vibe in Park Circle.”
Learn more about Rockabillaque online at rockabillaque.com.
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