We arrived at the Music Farm on Saturday night expecting huge crowds and an excess of glitz and glamour — it was, of course, an after-party for the Charleston International Film Festival, and having spent the better part of last week perusing paparazzi shots from Cannes, we were ready for Hollywood-style antics. But that wasn’t exactly the case. Perhaps it was because of the Rapture that took place earlier in the day, but the party was relatively dead.
We made our way through the small crowd to the VIP area upstairs, where we drank Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum and enjoyed beers from Palmetto Brewery, including their newest pale ale, which benefits the Humane Society. Nick Soliday of California-based indie band Snow in Africa serenaded the crowd with his acoustic tunes, rocking the quintessential singer-songwriter beanie while performing between two beach umbrellas. We had heard that the evening would feature live tattooing, though we couldn’t figure out where the inking action was happening. Not that I would have gotten a tattoo — I suffer from a lifelong fear of both needles and commitment — but it would have been interesting to see who had the balls to get one that evening.
As it got closer to the Dubplates’ set time, the venue started filling up. Obviously, everyone was holding off on showing up until it came time for the reggae jams. That’s when we realized that, clearly, the party wasn’t a bust after all — we had just arrived too early.