Arts Fest Expo – Day 1
Saturday, May 6 • 11:00am-5:00pm
FREE PARKING and FREE ADMISSION
Charleston Area Convention Center Complex
5001 Coliseum Drive, North Charleston, SC 29418
Enjoy a variety of performances on 4 stages, roving entertainers, art/craft/antique vendors, exhibitions, a gem and mineral show, children’s activities, and more!
ARTS FEST EXPO – DAY 1
EXHIBIT HALL C STAGE 1 & 2 • Variety & Cultural Heritage
11:00am – 11:30am • Experience a West African sinte (celebratory rhythm) with Deninufay African Drum & Dance Company, featuring traditional Guinean music and dance choreographed by master dance instructor Sinclair Jamison.
11:30am – 12:00pm • Hiyas-Min Philippine Cultural Society of Charleston presents folk dances of the Philippines, including the high-energy “bamboo dance” known as tinikling.
12:00pm – 1:00pm • The Hungry Monks will perform traditional Celtic and American folk music ranging from Appalachian fiddle tunes to Irish ballads, as well as American blues and standards.
1:00pm – 2:00pm • Palmetto Oasis Dance Troupe presents belly dances from around the world with shimmering costumes and dazzling props in Silk Road Caravan.
2:00pm – 3:00pm • Comunidad Cultural Sur Andes presents indigenous music from the Bolivian Andes with native instruments such as quenas, zampoñas, pinquillos, and more.
3:00pm – 3:30pm • Charleston Scottish Country Dancers will demonstrate social dances of Scotland, including jigs, reels, and strathspeys.
3:30pm – 4:00pm • India Association of Greater Charleston presents folk, classical, and Bollywood dances of India.
4:00pm – 5:00pm • The Charleston School of the Arts Sinfonietta is a string orchestra consisting of an elite group of high school students performing works from the Baroque to Modern era. Selections will include Overture by Handel, Shostakovich String Symphony, a medley of popular movie themes, and Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings, Movement 1.
COURTYARD STAGE • Band Showcase
11:00am – 12:00pm • Pea Pickin’ Hearts combine the storytelling of traditional folk with the over-the-top energy of rockabilly, authentic harmony of bluegrass, and sexy swagger of western swing. This husband-and-wife duo’s quirky Americana mashup of roots sounds pay homage to 1940s & 50s Appalachia.
12:15pm – 1:15pm • New Galaxy is a local sextet with a seemingly limitless repertoire of covers from all genres that’ll get you movin’ and groovin’.
1:30pm – 2:30pm • The Lauren Hall Band will perform country and pop covers, as well as original songs from Lauren’s debut EP, Our Time, and forthcoming full length album. The rising country artist and singer/songwriter was nominated for 2016 Country Artist/Band of the Year in the Independent Tone Awards and has been inducted into the Lone Star Bluegrass and Country Music Hall of Fame.
2:45pm – 3:45pm • Sgt. Submarine is Charleston’s premier Beatles Tribute Band, performing a wide range of Beatles songs from the early mop top days to the later mustache period.
4:00pm – 5:00pm • The Yonrico Scott Band pushes jazz, soul and funk to the limit! Longtime Derek Trucks Band drummer and Grammy Award winner Yonrico Scott is the bandleader of this ensemble, which also features Atlanta greats Kofi Burbridge and Todd Smallie.
EXHIBIT HALL LOBBY STAGE • Youth Entertainment
11:00am – 12:00pm • Atlantic Coast Theatre For Youth presents Casey At the Bat, a stage adaptation of Ernest L. Thayer’s classic poem about the early days of America’s favorite past-time: baseball. Step up to the plate as the Mudville 9 take the field. The entire crowd expects Casey to knock in a home run, but has he practiced enough? The audience will learn about the birth of radio, the challenges of the Women’s Suffrage movement, and about being a good sport.
12:15pm – 1:00pm • Charleston Pirate Tours presents Pirates of Charleston, featuring Pirate Captain Sabrina Lavender and her trusty parrot companion, Doozer. Hear surprising and true stories about the pirates who made Charleston a port-o-call during the Golden Age of Piracy. Captain Sabrina will even have treasure to share!
1:15pm – 1:45pm • The Pea Ditties present Farm Fresh, a musical program for the littlest ears. With influences ranging from folk to jazz and western swing, the duo strives to delight young audiences with fresh versions of the old standards.
2:00pm – 3:00pm • Curious Moon Puppets presents The Princess and the Frog, a traditional hand puppet show. A princess, a prince, a frog, a magic fishing hole, and a whole lot of sneezing – all the ingredients for a hilarious take on The Frog Prince.
3:15pm – 4:15pm • Rock out with Mr. Rocky in his multi-instrumental, interactive, sing-along style music program.
4:30pm – 5:00pm • Step right up for the Soap Bubble Circus, featuring soap bubble tricks and bubble sculpting by “professional bubbleologist” and Guinness World Record holder Steve Langley.
Becky Becker • puppet free play with Becky Becker and her assortment of puppet friends (Exhibit Hall B)
Will Shaw • strolling mime
Magic by Chaz • roving, close-up magic
Soap Bubble Circus • soap bubble tricks and bubble sculpting