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Music Farm reopens Friday with two nights of Susto, and in honor of all the face melting moments that have gone down on or in the vicinity of the stage in this iconic concert venue, City Paper asked readers to share memories.  

“I played on this stage sometime between 2008 and 2011 for an ‘F U Valentine’s Day’ party,” said Music Farm market director Charles Carmody. “I was in a comedy band called Introducing Fish Taco. There were a bunch of liquor luges I remember — anyway it turned into a really weird evening.”

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Here are some other weird-evening memories CP readers shared on Facebook: 

“BoDeans, Urge Overkill, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Matthew Sweet. I am also old enough to remember old Music Farm… and Disco Hell! Being in my 20s in the ’90s as a College of Charleston student was the BEST.” -Amy Fugate Bain

Devin Grant responded to this comment with, “Sheryl Crow opened for the BoDeans that night. It was the week that Tuesday Night Music Club was released and nobody knew who she was.” 


“I saw the Bad Brains. That was the last show I went to there. HR (the lead singer) didn’t sing one word. He just sat there strumming an acoustic guitar — obviously not plugged in — with sunglasses on. I threw a beer at him” – Raiford King


“I spent a few days a week at the MF in the ’90s. The old metal shows with Children’s Choir, C3P0 and Shaman Mary were the best.” -Karen Biggs Easterby


“There is not enough room on this page to fit the bands here. I was fortunate enough to have been involved with Acme Downtown back in the mid ‘90s. Lots of great live music. Music Farm is a Charleston Icon.” -Eric Geiger


“I once watched a couple have full blown ‘relations’ in the middle of the crowd at a Seven Mary Three show. That was amusing.” -Pamela Brown


“I was there 3-4 nights a week in the ‘90s while working in radio and going to college. Hootie played the first Saturday night. This was before Cracked Rear View had been released. There was a line around the block of people waiting to get into the place, with some trying to jimmy the windows.

Other great memories include David Byrne’s first visit to Charleston; Pavement blowing the roof off the place; Cracker and Counting Crows on a double bill; John Popper from Blues Traveler tossing a harmonica to a woman on her friend’s shoulders who had removed her shirt while he played a song; Iggy Pop playing the loudest show I’ve ever attended; Angelo Moore from Fishbone and Fred LeBlanc from Cowboy Mouth climbing up on the speakers and beyond at separate shows; Paul Westerberg drunkenly falling off the stage then going into the ladies restroom to serenade a small but captive audience on the loos, Evan Dando from The Lemonheads cutting an encore short after an audience member shouted something to him about heroin.

The Misfits playing a show in the summer when the air conditioning was out and everyone was dressed in black (I nearly passed out from the heat), and Peter Murphy throwing an absolute tantrum onstage when things weren’t just to his liking. There have been so many amazing shows in that building.” -Devin Grant


“First concert ever, Papa Roach 😂 ” -Peter Burrous Jr.

In response, Andrew Carnicom said, “That was my first date with my wife. We were in the pit when Hed PE opened. It got crazy real fast down there.”


“I worked the door at the original Farm and the shows were incredible. Uncle Mingo and Hootie were always a blast. Colonel Bruce and the ARU. Jupiter Coyote. The Grapes. It was a launching pad in the early ’90s.” -Tom Carroll


“Jump, Little Children; Everclear; Better Than Ezra; Flogging Molly; Gaelic Storm; The Dead Milkmen and about a zillion other shows! Disco Inferno nights! Metal shows! Punk shows!” -Kerri Kennedy


“Mid-’90s … Kevin Kinney (KK) was playing at Cumberland’s on a week night and Government Mule was playing at the Farm. KK cut it short at Cumberland’s. About 30 minutes later, in the Farm KK was standing next to me watching GM. Good old days. 😂” -David F. Mulkey


“Attending the Cracker show and standing next to actor Tim Roth and I believe he bought me a Bud Light because I was celebrating my birthday.” 


“Quench, Souls Harbor, Kapone, Wormbelly, Skwzbxx, 007, The Blue Dogs, JLC,  Shinedown, Beam, just to name a few. I was a huge supporter of local rock back in the ‘90s and early 2000s. It was such a cool time back then!”



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