To showcase Beaufort musicians, the University of South Carolina Beaufort's Center for the Arts will host a two-day festival that exclusively caters to local talent.
This weekend, 16 bands will take the stage inside the art center and on its front lawn.
A stage will be built on the center's front lawn for daytime performances, between 1 and 6:30 p.m. Then the action moves inside to the main stage and ends at 10 p.m.
Check out the description of the bands below to know when and where to catch the best shows:
Front lawn 1-1:50 p.m., Eric Daubert: Guitarist Eric Daubert's song "Take a chill" is a three-word summation of what his music is all about. So grab a beer, relax and let Daubert's lilting tunes take you to a happy place. 2:10-3 p.m., Marine Corp Band Jazz Ensemble: This nine-piece military ensemble from Parris Island plays New Orleans-style jazz tunes. The band, made up of professional musicians and active-duty Marines, recently played a "flash parade" in Beaufort during Mardi Gras. 3:20-4:10 p.m., Maluwa: Malawian-American Maluwa creates a slow burn with her acoustic guitar and melancholy vocals. Maluwa's rich, lyrical voice is a genre-bending mix of world music and brooding folk-rock. 4:30-5:20 p.m., Katie McAllister: Songstress Katie McAllister, who replaces SWIG, has a mezzo-soprano voice that is rich, smooth and perfect for singing old classics. 5:40-6:30 p.m., Amber and The Fossils: Meet Amber Tedesco, a 24-year-old powerhouse singer, and the Fossils, her band of old-timers, er, experienced instrumentalists. This group's generation gap means the band plays covers from the '60s all the way up to today's Top 40. Bruno Mars? Led Zeppelin? They can do both.
Inside stage 6:40 p.m., Groovetones: This rockin' blues band came together after decades of musical experience. Lead guitarist Bill Luebke has been playing electric guitar for 45 years and drummer Greg Gresham has been drumming for more than 40 years, just to name two members. The Groovetones mostly play covers of little-known hits in the blues-rock genre. 7:40 p.m., The Brewer Band: Led by singer Amanda Brewer, this group is a little bit country, a little bit blues and a little bit rock 'n' roll. They play an array of old-school covers with enough pep to keep everyone entertained. 8:40 p.m. Bootless: There is nothing diluted about this Charleston-based country band, the type that sings about beer, beaches, and, you guessed it, boots (or lack thereof). Listen to "Hell on Firewater," and hear a relaxed twang akin to a Luke Bryan single.
Front Lawn 1-1:50 p.m., Irene Goodnight: Singer, songwriter and guitar player Irene Goodnight is a Beaufort native with a relaxed, beachy sound. After seven solo albums, she has recently partnered with local drummer Bob Guinn, whose Trinidad steel drum brings an even more tropical vibe to her songs. 2:10-3 p.m., Redemption House: Redemption House is contemporary Christian band from Beaufort that plays original music devoted to Jesus and performed with a blues rhythm. They recently played at the Beaufort Night of Worship and the March of Dimes tailgate event in Port Royal. 3:20-4:10 p.m., Rick Hubbard/Kazoobie Guy: Family entertainer Rick Hubbard's act is geared specifically toward the young members in the audience. During Hubbard's interactive show, every child in the audience receives a free kazoo and has a chance to perform on stage. 4:30-5:20 p.m., 2 Far Gone: We haven't heard much about new local band 2 Far Gone, but word on the street is they like to play a little bit of everything. Members Beth Brittman, John O'Neill and Tommy Cook are either retired or nearing retirement, and said they enjoy playing various styles of music. 5:40-6:30 p.m., Sometimes Later Band: This bluegrass jam band gets its name for occasionally playing longer than its scheduled set -- sometimes for as long as the band members have an audience. That's because Steve Danko, Richard Darby, Tom Cox and Dick Nalwasky simply love playing music.
Inside stage 6:40 p.m. Sweetgrass Angels: Since forming the Sweetgrass Angels in 2012, Velma Polk, Penney Lynn Smith and Elaine Lake have learned to match their voices as well as their outfits. Each woman in the trio has an extensive musical background, making them a popular act in Beaufort. With their three part harmonies, the ladies cover '40s hits, shag, country and gospel tunes. 7:40 p.m., Reckless Mercy: This contemporary Christian band brings rock and bluegrass styles to God-loving lyrics in a way that is accessible and not preachy. This is a group that enjoys putting on a high-energy rock show, which may or may not happen to take place after church. 8:40 p.m., The Bull Grapes: Like their namesake, The Bull Grapes resemble fresh fruit plucked off the side of an old country back road. The newly formed trio is already perking up ears in the Lowcountry with their bluesy take on Honky Tonk classics. Lead singer Kirk Dempsey, a Frogmore native now living in Beaufort, describes the band's sound as "saltwater soul."
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