Weekend Picks 1/16–1/18

Instant Grit

Matt Woods and Rachel Kate. Image by HagCult.

Looking to make some weekend plans? Here's our roundup of events happening in Charleston this weekend. Go, have fun, and post pictures—if you post using the hashtag #chsgrit, your photos could be published on the site!


Coast Records 1st Annual Winter Jam

Music Farm

January 16 | 7:30 p.m. | $10

Roots rock and country label Coast Records is throwing their first annual winter jam, showcasing Opry-eyed artists like The Dunder Chiefs, Tyler Boone, Chris Wilcox, Tom Mackell, and more. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.



Lara Hope & The Ark-Tones | Sky Paige

The Sparrow

January 16 | 9:00 p.m. | $5

Rockabilly swingers Lara Hope & The Ark-Tones stop in Park Circle to wail, jive, and juke your Friday night with local favorite Sky Paige. Don’t forget your dancing shoes!



Rachel Kate | Matt Woods | She Returns From War | Red Mouth

Royal American

January 16 | 9:00 p.m. | $7

Charleston misses their hard-touring folk songbird Rachel Kate since she moved to her hometown of Nashville, Tennessee, last year. She is stopping in town say “hello” on her Loud Mouth Lookers Tour, along with her tour mate, Knoxville's Matt Woods, local folkers She Returns From War, and missonaries of blues Red Mouth.



The Fix Presents Punks & Snakes | Dumb Doctors | DJ Cool Hand J

Tin Roof

January 16 | 9:00 p.m. | $10

The Fix.fm presents a night of local rock-n-roll from Charleston vets Punks & Snakes and Dumb Doctors, with DJ Cool Hand J spinning the jams until closing time. 



Stand Up Competition Winners Showcase

Woolfe Street Playhouse

January 16 | 10:00 p.m. | $12.50

In need of a laugh? Get your weekend started with the Charleston Comedy Fest’s Stand Up Winners Showcase, featuring Charleston’s Jeremy McLellan and Mike Brocki, plus Atlanta's Anthony Driver. Former Charlestonian Dusty Slay will host the event and, no doubt, bring a couple of jokes with him.



BBQ Bingo Night

The Barbeque Joint

January 17 | 6:00—8:00 p.m. | Free

Speaking of Jeremy McLellan, the mayoral hopeful will be hosting bingo all night long with local funnyman Jason Coker. Get some 'cue and win prizes, including bar gift certificates, PBR gear, scratch cards, and other mysterious pork-related prizes.



Shovels & Rope

North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center

January 17 | 8:00 p.m. | $25 and up

Fresh off of an appearance on Late NIght with David Letterman, Charleston’s own Shovels & Rope bring their homemade, heart-melting harmonies to PAC’s stage in support of their most recent album, Swimmin' Time



GNäRDS, Legggs, Southern Femisphere

Tin Roof

January 17 | 9:00 p.m. | $5

Southern Femisphere promises to answer the questions that have been plaguing you all week like “Are aliens real?” or “Shouldn’t you encounter more sea monsters in Charleston?” They will also bring touring bands funky punks Gnards from Worcester, Massachusetts, and weirdo rockers Legggs from Rock Hill, South Carolina.



Ed Roland & The Sweet Tea Project | Avi Jacob | Brian Robert

Royal American

January 17 | 9:00 p.m. | $10

Ed Roland from 90s hit makers Collective Soul will be bringing his current band, The Sweet Tea Project, to Charleston to benefit CHARM (Charleston Healthcare Alliance for Regional Musicians). Locals singer-songwriters Avi Jacob and Brian Robert will open the show.



ET Anderson | Susto | Dear Blanca

Royal American

January 18 | 9:00 p.m. | $5

Columbia’s ET Anderson and Dear Blanca drive the hour and a half to bring you some angular guitar rock and roomy indie folkness, respectively. Local country rocker Susto will round out the show with his three-chord honky tonks and Southern ghost stories.