We usually skip the opening acts at the Music Farm, but when the bands are local, we like to show our support and arrive when the doors open. Thursday’s line-up included Co., Heyrocco, and Florida band Surfer Blood. The early crowd skewed a bit older than many of the shows we’ve seen at the Farm, and most everyone seemed content to drink a few beers and catch up with friends as Co. took the stage. Local boys Heyrocco played next and invigorated the crowd with their youthful energy and fun songs, including a Flock of Seagulls cover. By the time Surfer Blood went on, the venue was completely packed. Barely anyone was familiar with the band when they came to Charleston last year on the Pixies tour, but this time, the crowd was dancing and singing along.

Craving more local music, we attended the Shark, Rattle, and Roll event at the S.C. Aquarium the following night in the hopes of seeing one of our favorite Charleston performers, Emily Hearn. We arrived as the staff was moving the stage and equipment inside before an impending thunderstorm, then waited patiently in line to enter the venue. A few of us passed the time by modeling foam shark fin hats.

We cheered as we were granted entrance to the Aquarium, but the excitement faded as we realized we had just moved to another line for drink tickets. Not caring much for a Landshark beer, we went in search of the Madagascar exhibit. The lemurs were adorable and we might have actually learned something about the rainforest, but word got out that there were pork tacos being served in another room. Smoky Oak Taproom provided the food for the event and everyone seemed to enjoy their meals, but we didn’t have the patience to wait in the line that was stretching to the front door to get a taste. Sober and starving, we had to seek solace at the nearest restaurant. The Occasional Milkshake was still rocking out as we made our exit.

Feeling a bit let down and perhaps still hungry from our time at the Aquarium, we covered an event where we knew we could stuff our faces. HoM, the King Street burger and ping-pong joint, celebrated their first anniversary on Sunday with food and drink specials as a thank you to their fans. We showed up for brunch, expecting all-day revelry, but it seemed like business as usual. BLT bloody mary in hand, we joined in a game of ping-pong to work up our appetites. The burger special for the day included a chocolate chip brioche bun, cocoa rubbed patty, and bacon, complete with a birthday candle. Our server explained that the party would pick up later that evening, and they even ordered a giant hamburger-shaped cake from Ashley Bakery to serve to guests.