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The Windjammer on Isle of Palms is welcoming spring and the return of live music with big-name outdoor shows lined up in May featuring bluegrass legends Yonder Mountain String Band, the laid-back sounds of Futurebirds and folk rockers Mt. Joy. 

The Windjammer is booking shows about 50% capacity to ensure comfort and well-being for the musicians and crowds alike and is meeting all Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for COVID-19. 

“I love seeing the Charleston music scene as a whole safely and surely getting back to what it was,” said Scottie Frier, the venue’s talent buyer. “We are getting back to work and getting back to a steady schedule,” he said, complimenting social distancing efforts by other local venues such as Firefly Distillery’s Safe Sounds series every Saturday and the consistent shows on the deck outside at Pour House. 

Just after hitting No. 1 on the iTunes charts last June, Mt. Joy’s 2020 performance at Windjammer was rescheduled. Lead singer Matt Quinn is excited for the three shows lined up in May after so many shows went down the drain last year. “It’s been a strange year. It’s nice to feel like the world is healing a bit. Can’t wait to have people come together again. Fingers crossed,” Quinn said. “Charleston is just one of those cities that has its own unique vibe. It’s a great music town, and it’s a beautiful spot. What more can you ask for?” 

Yonder Mountain String Band will play May 14, Mt. Joy takes the stage May 16 (sold out), 18 and 19; and Futurebirds sets up shop May 27 and 28. For more information, visit the-windjammer.com.