Mark McIver will perform with his band Remedy during The Windjammer’s 50th anniversary party | Photos provided

Charleston singer Mark McIver has performed in numerous bands since the 1970s, but the common thread through each? All of the bands played The Windjammer on Isle of Palms constantly.

In the early ’70s, he played in a band called Free Mountain Standstill. He was 14 years old at the time. Then in the ’80s, with largely the same lineup of friends, he was part of High Stakes, which then morphed into RU. Around 2003, he became part of his current band Remedy, a classic rock cover group.

On July 10, The Windjammer will celebrate its 50th anniversary, and it makes sense that Remedy will be there.

“Well, we did the 40th anniversary as well,” McIver said. “We got Free Mountain Standstill back together. So to be asked to participate again, it’s an honor. The Windjammer, it’s a first-class outfit. You walk into the ’Jammer, they make you sound good and that’s important. They have a reputation for taking care of their people, taking care of their customers and taking care of their bands.”

Though Remedy will be taking the stage this time, McIver’s many groups have been fixtures on The Windjammer’s calendar for decades.

“The first time that I played in The Windjammer was about 1973 or so,” McIver said. “And I remember it vividly because we set up where they played shuffleboard. Malcolm (Burgis, The Windjammer’s co-owner) took us under his wing and took care of us.

“As far as the ’Jammer goes, that was our playground, so to speak.” McIver said. “We played outside on Saturdays, and we played Fridays and Saturdays inside for years and years.”

In fact, without McIver’s bands, it’s a pretty good bet that other bands would’ve had a hard time being heard at The Windjammer.

“We were also the sound company for the ’Jammer back in the day,” McIver said. “We would come in and set up. Bands like the Swimming Pool Qs from Georgia we ran sound for and provided the PA.”

For nearly two decades now, Remedy has been banging out the classic rock hits, playing everything from Zeppelin to Paul McCartney and beyond. McIver’s favorite tunes to sing are The Allman Brothers’ “Ramblin’ Man” and Led Zeppelin’s “What Is And What Should Never Be,” but in general, he’s just happy to be up onstage playing music. 

“I used to say that [when] I was onstage with my bandmates, everything else went away,” he said. “If you have problems in your life or at work, all that goes away while y’all are focusing and kicking butt.”

So what’s the secret to keeping a band together for nearly 20 years? You’ve got to love the music and you’ve got to be able to put up with the people you’re playing it with.

“It’s the ability to deal with people and their eccentricities,” McIver said. “Everybody has them, and there’s always gonna be something that sets you off, but it’s about the music. We take the tunes and make them our tunes. We found the right musical combination. We have commonality in music.”

In fact, Remedy (formerly known as All Purpose Remedy) is so close that they’re more than friends or bandmates.

“We’ve lived in each other’s lives for so long, when the bass player wanted to get married, he asked my permission,” McIver said with a laugh. “We’re more family than anything else. And that family allows us to deal with any internal conflicts, and the music is what keeps us together.”

Suffice it to say that Remedy is happiest when they’re up onstage together playing classic rock for people at The Windjammer.

“It gave us a chance to grow and to hone our craft and to become familiar with other musicians,” McIver says. “The Windjammer, we’ve seen everything come through there, we’ve provided audio for it, it’s put money in our pockets and made us feel good.”

Remedy will play with Rob Crosby at The Windjammer July 10, 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. For more information, visit the-windjammer.com.


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