Jul 23 2009

Good music in your backyard

By Richard Brendel

That’s the idea behind local dentist Eddie White’s “Awendaw Green”. It all started in the barn on Dr. White’s small plot of land just past the Sewee Outpost on Highway 17 North. Over the past year it has blossomed into an incredible, but unlikely, music venue, playing host weekly to the Wednesday barn jam, where local musicians come out and play for the sake of playing.

This past July 11 and 12, Dr. White’s Awendaw Green hosted Grass on the Green, a music festival featuring thirty-two local and regional acts sharing two stages, with all of the proceeds going to benefit Pet Helpers and Windward Farms Home for Children. The headliners were Athens, Georgia, based high-energy bluegrass band Corduroy Road and Brevard, North Carolina, bluegrass goddess Shannon Whitworth. After the mayhem of the previous weekend holiday, the festival was a much welcome peaceful event.

“This kind of event is a really good thing for the Charleston music community,” said local insurance agent and banjo picker Reed Wilson.

We all hope that Grass on the Green becomes an annual event, but for those of you who cannot wait, Grass on the Green will be hosting their second annual Rocktober fest from October 10 – 12, and there’s always the weekly Wednesday night barn jam. Check out their Web site for more info at www.awendawgreen.com.

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