We don’t know about you, but at last night’s Best of Charleston Party we partied like rock stars. Unfortunately, we’re paying for it today. No matter what we do, we can’t get Poison’s “Nothin’ but a Good Time” out of our heads. Hell is C.C. Deville ripping through a solo in your noggin at six in the morning. Then again, every rose has its thorn, and in this case that thorn is a case of cottonmouth and brain pain. But before all of that, we had a mother-loving blast. Like holy smokes, we did.

This year’s bash was held at the TD Arena, and it was, without a doubt, the perfect environment to celebrate our heavy metal-themed Best of Charleston issue. While the concourse was packed with food vendors, down on the floor there was a very long bar — you never had more than two people in front of you at time — several spots to rest your bum, a number of tables to rest your drinks on, and a big ole stage where most of the night’s mayhem took place, courtesy of DJ NattyHeavy and the evening’s two big glam rock tribute bands, Glamnation and Iron Cherry. Judging by the crowd’s’ reaction — lots of screams, lots of dancing, and sadly, no breast-baring incidents like in the days of yore (or at least none that we knew about) — glam metal’s popularity is still strong.

As for the people, they came in a wide variety of outfits. We spotted several members of Kiss, at least two Slashes, and a number of Axl Rose-ish glam rock ruffians. We suspect that more than one can of Aquanet bit the dust on the drive to the arena. Needless to say, a good time was had by all. And if it wasn’t, then that was your own damn fault.


None of this, of course, could have taken place without the help of our party partners:

Presenting Sponsor: David Aylor Law Offices

Official Sponsor:
Patrick J. O’Neill, MD Plastic Surgery
Guilty Pleasures
Post No Bills

Supporting Sponsor:
Charleston Heating and Air
Harris Teeter
Consign Charleston
Broken Lantern
Carolina One Real Estate
Pure Barre
Ever Swoon

Other Sponsors:
Tag Your Pix
Green Taxi
Charleston Mix
Coca Cola

Coca Cola, Official Soft Drink Sponsor
Lee Distributors, Beer Sponsor
Holy City Brewing
Corona Light
La Merika Wines, Wine Sponsor

RNDC (Tito’s Vodka, Svedka Grapefruit Jalapeño Vodka, Don Q Cristal and Don Q Coconut Rum, Larceny Bourbon, Lunazul Tequila, Fireball, Dr. McGillicuddy’s Apple Pie, Deaths Door Gin, and Firefly Moonshine).

And thanks a lot to Tag Your Pix for the great photos.