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Behind the Scenes: High Water, boat show, The Fringe and a film fest

November 9, 2017

High Water Festival lineup is here

The High Water Festival, a successful outdoor music festival organized by husband and wife music duo Shovels & Rope last April, is returning this year with another stacked lineup.

High Water Festival 2018 will bring headlining acts Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit and Band of Horses along with Shovels and Rope, Brandi Carlile and more to the same location April 21-22.

Other acts include 2015 Spoleto Festival finale headliner St. Paul and the Broken Bones, She & Him and Monsters of Folk-known artist M. Ward, Americana heartthrob Shakey Graves, NPR Tiny Desk Concert winners Tank & The Bangas and hometown acts Susto and The Shrimp Records Family Band.

Last year’s festival, which featured headliners The Shins and The Avett Brothers, included two stages at North Charleston’s Riverfront Park with alternating acts for two full days of music. There were food and beer vendors as well, serving local fare and Charleston-based brews during the event.

In addition to the two-day festival, there will be a $55 Low Tide Social event the Friday before as an authentic Lowcountry party to kick off the weekend. It will include a Lowcountry boil prepared by The Smoking Pot, fresh oysters and specialty cocktails.

There will be a $150 Pass the Peas brunch add-on option featuring plates from local chefs paired with wine to begin each festival day.

Presale tickets went on sale at Wednesday, Nov. 8. General admission and VIP weekend passes, as well as Pass the Peas and Low Tide Social tickets, will be available at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 10.

A general admission weekend pass costs between $119.50 and $179.50, with applicable fees, while a VIP weekend pass will be $324.50 plus fees. The VIP option includes amenities such as a priority entrance lane into the festival, premium main stage viewing area, free reserved parking, exclusive restrooms, lounge and bar and a commemorative gift package.

For more information, visit highwaterfest.com/#tickets.

1770 Records hosts annual boat show

Set sail with the College of Charleston’s student-run record label, 1770 Records.

The label will host local artists See Water, Abstract and Wildisiak along with Atlanta-based band Baby Baby at its fourth annual boat show on Saturday, Nov. 11.

The music will take place aboard Charleston Harbor Tours’ Carolina Queen, which will depart from the Charleston City Marina at 6:30 p.m.

During the show, drinks and refreshments will be available for purchase along with raffle tickets for various items including gift cards from local businesses such as Kickin’ Chicken and Kaminsky’s.

Previously, 1770 Records has sold out three boat shows, showcasing other Charleston artists including Brave Baby, Mark Bryan, Susto, Long Miles and Little Stranger.

Tickets can be purchased through the 1770 Records Facebook page at facebook.com/events/2061023457459157 for $30, or $25 with a student ID. All proceeds from the event will benefit the College of Charleston’s Arts Management department.

The Fringe: hip-hop artist Benny Starr

On the first Fringe podcast of November, we dive into two sets of new music, featuring local artists Brave Baby, Butterfly, Zoe Child and Young Mister.

Transitioning from pop-rock to Americana, we then remember rock-‘n’-roll legend Fats Domino, discuss the financial losses of Yonder Field and give the inside scoop about an interview with Wavves’ bassist Stephen Pope.

After that, we still have more: Enjoy an enlightening interview with local hip-hop artist and political and social activist Benny Starr of the Very Hypnotic Soul Band.

Starr recently performed at the Charleston Arts Festival Finale with Beach Tiger and Brave Baby and has a new solo album coming out early next year.

Finally, we play the most successful local song of the week, “Ranky Tanky” by local Gullah band Ranky Tanky, whose October album made it into the top 10 of the iTunes and Amazon jazz charts.

You can access The Fringe biweekly at charlestonscene.com/the_fringe.

SCUFF supports local and global films

The South Carolina Underground Film Festival supports independent filmmakers from far and wide, including some artistic masterminds right here in the Lowcountry.

The festival, featuring genres ranging from comedy to horror to documentary, returns for a third year with 43 short and feature creations from across the United States and as far as Australia.

Some of the filmmakers featured will be in attendance for Q&As following their films, including first-time filmmaker Christopher Bickel, who is premiering his grindhouse feature film “The Theta Girl,” which was shot entirely in South Carolina.

A few Charleston filmmakers to be featured at the festival include Tony DiResta with “The Last Filmmaker,” Scott and John Johnson with “Die Panda Die!” and William Stancil with “Lonely Space.”

Winners in a variety of categories, including best South Carolina filmmaker, best feature, best short and best documentary, will receive trophies designed by special effects artist Tony Rosen. There also will be an audience choice award.

SCUFF was created by Tommy Faircloth and Robert Zobel, who also are the founders of the annual Crimson Screen Horror Film Fest.

“It is important for filmmakers to have a venue to show their work,” says festival director Faircloth. “There is nothing more depressing for an artist than to spend time and energy on a project and have no one see it. We want to be able to provide an outlet for these filmmakers to expose their projects to an audience that may otherwise never see these type films.”

For more information on all the films playing and for a full schedule, visit www.sc-uff.com or www.facebook.com/southcarolinauff.

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