Boogieman Festival 2022 at The Royal American in downtown Charleston was definitely one for the books. Boogieman’s epic debut last October morphed into a two-day event this year, with music lovers and musicians alike disguised in Halloween costumes and ready for a good time.

Charleston’s synthwave phenomena Doom Flamingo and electro-rock outfit Stop Light Observations headlined a stacked lineup, including Philadelphia alt-rockers Mo Lowda & the Humble and Nashville Country rockers The Vegabonds.

The Royal American’s stage behind the bar sat vacant and the front parking lot was transformed into an outdoor venue where all the musical mayhem took place. Boogieman-goers got a little bit of everything along the genre spectrum from diverse local and regional acts — from experimental hip-hop, soul and rhythm and blues to retro indie rock, eclectic pop, funk and Southern rock.

Even though the festival went by way too fast, one feeling will stick around for a while: “Take me back to Boogieman.”

Check out the photo gallery below for a much-needed recap of the festivities.

Photos by Steve Aycock Photography


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