The third Extra Chill Fest is coming in hot Oct. 1 with a lineup of local and regional bands that will take over both the deck stage and indoor stage at The Charleston Pour House for a day of live music.
“My whole thing has been trying to book a bunch of artists that don’t normally play together and put them all on the same bill and make it like a fun party,” said Chris Huber, founder of the music blog Extra Chill.
“It’s just going to be like a normal day at the Pour House, except there’s going to be eight bands playing,” he told City Paper.
Huber started Extra Chill in his College of Charleston dorm room circa 2011, and it’s since become a staple in South Carolina’s burgeoning arts scene.
The first Extra Chill Fest took place in 2018 at Purple Buffalo, and the second time around in 2019 included two nights at The Royal American. After the two-year break in music’s space-time continuum due to Covid, the third Extra Chill Fest is pulling out all the stops.
Charleston acts Daddy’s Beemer, Slim Soul & Friends and Dawning will join Greenville-based Darby Wilcox & The Peep Show; Monsoon from Athens, Georgia; and Leone & The Ascension from Charlotte, North Carolina, for a musically encompassing lineup that spans experimental hip-hop, soulful folk, psychedelic rock and expansive alternative.
As part of the Oct. 1 festivities, local keyboardist/vocalist Ross Bogan of synthwave outfit Doom Flamingo will unveil his latest solo project drenched in synth driven acid pop, Wolf Mask.
Wolf Mask debuts as an ensemble consisting of vocalists Eliza Novella and Shannon Vogt, Dylan Dawkins of Persona La Ave on bass and synth, Doom guitarist Thomas Kenney, Human Resources’ drummer Matt Zutell and guitarist Dries Vandenberg (formerly of Susto).
The party ends with a late night funk set from The Chillionaires featuring Bogan and Kenney, plus bassist Ben Mossman of Little Bird, percussionist Demario Kitt of The Psycodelics and other special guests.
Darby Wilcox & The Peep Show will unveil some new tunes at Extra Chill Fest from the group’s yet-to-be-named EP slated to drop before the end of the year.
“It’s a little bit more electric than the 11:11 record that we released back in 2018,” Wilcox said of the new EP. “It’s got a little bit more sass to it, but at the same time, it’s got those emotional dynamics of being in your power and then also just feeling the highs and the lows of navigating what it is to love and to live.”
Find more info about the Oct. 1 Extra Chill Fest and purchase tickets at charlestonpourhouse.com.
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