Music lovers flocked to the Isle of Palms this weekend to see the best live acts that the Southeast has to offer.
Now in its fourth year, the annual Sol Slam music festival returned to East Cooper's live music mecca, The Windjammer, and delivered two days full of great live performances overlooking the ocean. This year's Sol Slam featured nine electrifying musical acts beginning with the festival's opener, “American Idol” season 11 finalist and Mount Pleasant resident, Elise Testone. Testone was followed by festival organizers and hometown favorites, Sol Driven Train, who closed out both nights as well as performed a kids show early Saturday afternoon, which featured music from their critically acclaimed children's album, the two-volume “Tajar Tracks.” The five-piece has spent the first part of the year in the studio, working on the release of two upcoming full-length albums.
Other featured performers included The V-Tones, Megan Jean and The KFB, Holy City Hooligans, Ryan Montbleau, The Reckoning, Big Something, and Acoustic Syndicate. Keeping the spirit of Jerry Garcia alive, The Reckoning are a Charleston-based band whose sets consist entirely of classics from the Grateful Dead. Big Something brought their own brand of alternative rock with a heavy groove. These Burlington, North Carolina rockers were able to whip the dance floor into a frenzy as the sun set over the Isle of Palms. Saturday's festivities also featured live painting from local artist Leslie Caneda.
A portion of the ticket sales from this year's event went to Surfers Healing, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children with autism through the sport of surfing. Throughout the year, the organization offers surfing camps for children and families affected by autism. Through the efforts of events such as Sol Slam and other generous donors, Surfers Healing is able to provide these camps free of charge. One such camp will take place at Folly Beach, South Carolina on Aug. 20. For more information on Surfers Healing or to register for an upcoming camp, visit their website at www.surfershealing.org or call 877-966-SURF (7873).
Dustin Waters is one of our staff reporters and the staff copy editor. Follow Dustin on Twitter @MNreports for more news updates.