The South Carolina Music Guide

April Festivals in South Carolina

It’s Festival season all around South Carolina, and we are bringing you some of the most exciting options for entertainment around the state. Whether you live in the Upstate or on the coast, you’re bound to find something fun to do this month. Here are some of our top picks.

Real South Rex Fest

Real South Records is hosting 4 days of original music from South Carolina bands in hot locations around Charleston. The fun begins on Thursday, April 6th at Royal American @8pm. Catch Whitehall (Columbia), Silvermane (Greenville), The Indoor Kids (Greenville), along with a surprise band for some rock and rollin’ good times. Friday’s shows will also begin @8pm at Tin Roof with Hybrid Mutants (Charleston) celebrating their 20th anniversary. Lewis Turn Out (Greenville) joins in this punkworthy jam session, with bands Sex Wax (Charleston) and Haunters (Charleston) joining them. Saturday continues with The Cherry Icees (Greenville) playing bubble gum rock at The Purple Buffalo @8pm. Mr Gold (Rock Hill) will rock their popular garage punk set, followed by Gomec (Clemson) firing up the venue with his individual alt-rat/psychedelic rap session. Sunday concludes the fun at Kudu @2pm. Darby Wilcox (Greenville) opens the indie folk set with Reuben Knights (Greenville) following up. Another surprise band is scheduled to end the event, so look for an exciting ending to this great festival! Tickets may be purchased online here:

Charleston Bluegrass Festival

The Charleston Bluegrass Festival runs over the weekend of April 7-8th with bluegrass bands descending on Middleton Place Woodlands, starting at 5pm on Friday. This new event offers a 2-day pass, along with camping options, and is a family friendly environment. Dogs are also allowed if on a leash. Bands playing over the weekend include headliners Band of Ruhks, The Grass is Dead, The Barefoot Movement, Forlorn Strangers, and Dallas Baker and Friends. Other acts are Flat City, Fireside Collective, Violet Bell, Red Cedar Review, Southbound 17, The Bushels, Triangle Bluegrass, Steady Hand String Band, Pinkerton and the Brinks, Daniel Patrick, Cane Creek String Band, Yeehaw Junction, The Pluff Mud String Band, The Black Iron Gathering, River Boy and Sauratown. You are guaranteed a lively weekend of dancing, hooping and hollering, and a jammin’ good time with this huge collection of talented bluegrass and string bands. Tickets are available here:

Clemson University’s Shark Week Music Festival

Shark Week swims into Clemson for a fundraising event held by the university’s radio station WSBF starting April 10th. Morgan Kern, general manager for WSBF, says the festival holds “something that appeals to everyone”. Concerts will be held at the South Carolina Botanical Gardens, TD in downtown Clemson, and also Barnes Center. Other activities throughout the week are blood donations, percentage nights at Chipotle, and music trivia. Electronic bands will kick off on Thursday, April 13th, at Barnes Center and include regional acts such as The Electric Sons (Atlanta), Contour (Charleston), and C()nvexity (Clemson). Head to the Botanical Gardens for another night of great music with folk bands Darby Wilcox and Timothy Ezekiel Bell (Greenville) and Dear Blanca (Columbia). The week concludes on Saturday at TD’s with rock and roll favorites from around the state. Kick off the party with Jaws the Girl (Charleston), My Brother My Sister (Columbia), Jackson Scott (Asheville), and headliner Stop Light Observations (Charleston). For more information and tickets, go here:


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