Based on the ten-season JAIL BREAK event series, Charleston Arts Festival's FINALE is a bigger and better reincarnation of the popular celebration. With curated rooms, live performances and mind-bending installations, the Finale will represent the best of all things creative in Charleston.
"Producing JAIL BREAK for years made me realize how hungry audiences were for a diversity of creative arts presented in a really exciting, unexpected venue," said Artistic Director Andrew Walker. "Keeping the spirit of that event, but building it up even more was important to us now that we've expanded our offerings. We take our role seriously in bringing everyone together for an evening that celebrates all things creative, for both performers and audiences."
A live music lineup put together by Hearts & Plugs and Charleston Music Hall and presented on the Palmetto Brewery Loading Dock Stage at the Old City Jail features headliners Futurebirds, along with The High Divers, Jordan Igoe, and Charleston's own Matadero. Local dance companies, studios and independent choreographers will treat audiences to a variety of athletic efforts and poetic movements. Jenny Broe of Dance Lab will act as Director of Dance and coordinate efforts between Dance Lab's Lab Rats and Guinea Pigs, The Lab Bad Girls Club, Creative Edge Dance Center, Peace, Love, Hip-Hop, The Movement Union, Buen Ache and Holy City Salsa.
"Inside the jail, rooms will be dedicated to particular genres of art and curated by those leading community efforts. A comedy room will be hosted by Henry Riggs of Rip City and feature experimental and stand-up shows by Jeremy McLellan, Jon Antoine, and Jessica Mickey, plus sketch comedy by Nameless Numberhead, a live taping of the Joseph Coker Podcast, and the debut of I AM DAR," Kevin Hanley's highly anticipated musical loosely based on the 1982 film Beastmaster. To top it all off, the night closes out with Charleston favorite cult classic variety show, Rip City CHS which will feature Tim Hoeckel, Jason Groce, Camille Lowman, Hunter Gardner, Deshawn Mason, Andy Livengood, Scott Frank, and more.
Charleston's Poet Laureate Marcus Amaker will also host a room that will feature fellow poets and authors including Matthew Foley, Derek Berry and Mariah Artigues. The reading will be recorded for OHM Radio, 96.3 FM. Books, CDs and vinyl will be for sale from the authors, as well as unique poetry written on-site by the poets for audience members.
Visual arts will be on display through cutting-edge integration on the interior and exterior spaces at the jail, which will become a veritable museum and gallery with next-level decor by Ooh! Events. Curated and directed by Terry Fox, artists from Redux Contemporary Arts Center, Show & Tell, Artist & Craftsman, Fabulon Art, Enough Pie, and other fine arts and community-building entities will be represented with work by local photographers, painters, weavers, fabric artists, and creators from other disciplines arrayed throughout the jails. Work by both gallery-represented and independent artists will be on display.
Bars will be on-site and themed, including Hi-Wire Brewing in the Big Top, an installation that celebrates Hi-Wire Brewing's circus vibes and will feature original label artwork by Charlotte Oden. Charleston's favorite food trucks will be on-site too. Confirmed so far are Outta My Huevos, BKeD, and Short Grain, just named one of America's best new restaurants by Bon Appetit.
Charleston Arts Festival FINALE takes place Saturday, October 8 from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Old City Jail. Tickets are $20 in advance and can be purchased at charlestonartsfestival.com. The Old City Jail is located at 21 Magazine St., Charleston, SC 29401.
About Charleston Arts Festival
The inaugural Charleston Arts Festival seeks to bridge the gap between artist intention and audience expectation by leveraging creative collaboration across artistic disciplines. Over four days, the Charleston Arts Festival will foster creative energy in venues across the city—celebrating all things creative. A reincarnation of Charleston’s famed JAIL BREAK event, Charleston Arts Festival will similarly challenge both artists and attendees to reconsider pre-conceived ideas of art, creativity and community. With centerpiece events each day of the festival, attendees will be able to immerse themselves in singular experiences that draw from a variety of artistic fields.
Old City Jail
21 Magazine St,
Charleston, SC 29401
October 22, 2016
4pm to 11pm
Rescheduled from October 8, 2016