This spring Awendaw Green will host the What the Folk Music Festival, a roving showcase that’s the brainchild of organizer Brett Ford and troubadour Todd Snider.
Snider, a Nashvillian who’s released 16 albums in the past 20 years, is a funny, folksy singer-songwriter who got his big break with the 1994 hit “Talkin’ Seattle Grunge Rock Blues” and has since taken a turn toward Randy Newman-style piano pop. His latest album is Agnostic Hymns and Stoner Fables, and he just released his first book, I Never Met a Story I Didn’t Like: Mostly True Tall Tales. The singer-songwriter has also joined forces with Dave Schools and others to form Hard Working Americans, a classic rock combo who recently released their self-titled debut.
Ford and Snider developed the two-day festival in order to showcase Americana and alt-country bands in an easygoing atmosphere. Charleston’s lineup includes Snider, who headlines both nights, plus Pierce Edens and the Dirty Work, the Bottle Rockets, Ryan Bonner, Megan Jean and the KFB, Swamp Candy, and more as-yet-to-be-announced acts.
And because no music festival — especially one at a down-home venue like Awendaw Green — would be complete with food trucks or microbrews, music lovers will be able to munch on regionally inspired eats from the Big Southern and Lowcountry Creole trucks while guzzling local beer from Palmetto Brewery.
The April 11-12 show takes place rain or shine. Tickets are $25 for Friday and $35 for Saturday, with a limited number of $50 two-day passes. Camping passes are available for an additional $20. For more information, whatthefolkfest.org.