Charleston Tea Plantation announced Wednesday that bluegrass/Americana band Old Crown Medicine Show will headline the 7th annual First Flush FesTEAval on May 18 at the plantation on Wadmalaw Island.

Before OCMS takes the main stage, festival-goers will hear from Oregon-based blues songstress ZZ Ward as well as local acts The Luke Cunningham Band, Gaslight Street, Soul Driven Train, Hey Rocco, Southwood, Tyler Boone, plus Fort Mill-based Sun Dried Vibes. Organizers also promise a “surprise special guest” in an email announcement sent this afternoon.

  • Stratton Lawrence file photo
  • Hoopin at First Flush 2010

First Flush is a unique outdoor event for music fans at the working Wadmalaw Island tea plantation, with plenty of shade and sunshine across two stages with local vendors, food trucks, and activities spread out in between. Old Crow Medicine Show will be the festival’s biggest top-of-the-bill act in the past few years, coming off headliners Long Miles, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, and Robert Randolph and the Family Band over the past few events.

Most recently seen in these parts backing up Darius Rucker covering their “Wagon Wheel” at the Grand Ole Opry in October, Old Crow will visit Charleston in between stops in support of the Avett Brothers and before they head to Maryland to play Del McCroury’s Delfest.

Early bird tix to the event go on sale this Friday at 10am at $20 a pop at or the Music Farm box office.