Satchmo’s, the new jazz club with a cosmopolitan attitude, was the place to be last week. Located on the peninsula and off the beaten path at 28 Isabella St., this urban oasis offers the smooth sounds of Neo Soul on Wednesdays and live jazz on Thursdays, both of which are a wonderful alternative to mainstream happy hour. Also paying homage to the late, great Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong was The Lost Wandering Blues Band, whose impromptu performance on the corner of Calhoun and King streets last Wednesday afternoon attracted loads of attention.
Once considered the ride of choice by outlaws far and wide, motorcycles have become a mainstream obsession and the chosen way of life for many. On Sunday, members of ABATE (A Brotherhood Against Totalitarian Enactments) gathered at Richard’s Bar and Grill in Mt. Pleasant for their fifth annual oyster roast. The sound of approaching motorcycles howled throughout the blustery afternoon as more and more folks arrived, and the endless procession of polished chrome was blinding. The good-natured crowd, replete with leather chaps and insight on upcoming legislation with a bearing on the biker community, enjoyed freshly steamed oysters from Bulls Bay and live music courtesy of DJ Tom.
1. Tommy Gill, Kevin Hamilton, and Quentin Baxter make Satchmo’s the coolest place to be in Charleston on a Thursday night
2. Walter Boags, Carrie Budd, and Pam Martin hawk ABATE attire
3. Jamar Washington and Erica Alcox step out on the town
4. Mike Martin sports foxy headgear, a souvenir from a ride through Sturgis, S.D., home of the world famous Sturgis Rally, which is now celebrating its 66th anniversary.
5. Admiring fellow bikes
6. Neena Green, Adrian McNeil, and Tasha German
7. Hot, steaming oysters from Bulls Bay
8. Jamal Middleton celebrates his birthday with help from Erika Harrison
9. Bud Heavy
10. Members pass around a tip bucket for DJ Tom