JAIL BREAK, Charleston’s annual integrated arts and music festival, has unveiled plans to celebrate the life, death and reincarnation of the nine-season event by throwing the festival-to-end-all-festivals on October 10, 2015 from 4 - 11 p.m. at historic downtown’s iconic Old City Jail venue.
The event’s theme, Requiem, reflects the festival’s growth and metamorphosis within Charleston’s creative scene, but also alludes to the finality of its current incarnation. A procession of past participants as well as new artists will exhibit within cells of the jail, under the direction of local creative forces. The exterior jail property will host larger performances and art installations.
“This isn’t the end of JAIL BREAK,” says Executive Director Andrew Walker. “But it does represent a pause to appreciate what we have built together, pay our respects and celebrate the expectation of an afterlife for JAIL BREAK that will honor a further phase of a locally driven arts festival.”
Visual arts will be curated by the staff of quarterly publication Art Mag, in partnership with Artist & Craftsman’s Hirona Matsuda and Redux Contemporary Arts Center’s Stacy Huggins. Comedy and improvisation presentations will be directed by resident comedians at Theatre 99. Local poet Marcus Amaker will handpick fellow poets who will read their original pieces in a dedicated poetry room. Throughout the evening, attendees will be treated to dramatic dance programming organized by Jenny Broe. Other festival highlights making their encore include the outdoor artisans' market, food trucks, and an all-night musical concert series produced by Hearts + Plug’s Dan McCurry with performances by Brave Baby, ET Anderson, Beach Tiger (formerly The Tarlatans), and Hermit's Victory.
A finale wouldn't be a finale without a few extras thrown in, including a March of the Inmates parade, a pop-up radio station run by the DJs at 96.3 Ohm Radio and the Art Mag fall issue release party, with the magazine’s featured artists and their works stationed throughout the festival.
"This is the celebration of a recurring dream that brought the coolest, most creative people in Charleston together under one roof with the possibility of creating everything in the spirit of collaboration,” says JAIL BREAK Executive Director Andrew Walker. "This city has been evolving more quickly than ever in the past five years and I believe the local arts community is an incredible resource that has been essential to the city’s spirit. Charleston’s talent becomes even more apparent when we create things together and push each other to play bigger parts. JAIL BREAK chooses to play our part in that growth by evolving as well.”
The end of the beginning takes place Saturday October 10, 2015 at the Old City Jail from 4 - 11 p.m., and is presented by Entropy Arts. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased in advance at jailbreakcharleston.com. Artwork will be on sale by local artists, artisans and vendors. Food trucks will be on-site and alcohol will be available for purchase.
The Old City Jail is located at 21 Magazine St., Charleston, SC 29401.
Community partners of JAIL BREAK: Requiem
Art Mag - theartmag.com
Redux Contemporary Art Center - reduxstudios.org
Artist & Craftsman Supply - artistcraftsman.com
Theatre 99 - theatre99.com
Hearts + Plugs - heartsandplugs.com
Marcus Amaker - marcusamaker.com
96.3 Ohm Radio - ohmradio963.org
Entropy Arts - entropyarts.com
Old City Jail / American College of the Building Arts - buildingartscollege.us
JAIL BREAK is excited to have local favorites, Brave Baby, carrying the headliner torch for an epic JAIL BREAK FINALE performance. Brave Baby burst onto the music scene in 2013 with their debut album Forty Bells. Mixing pop sensibility with influences from their hometown of Charleston, SC, the band has created a sound all their own. Brave Baby are currently in the final stages of completing their full-length follow up album, to be released in 2015.
ET Anderson is a man of many personalities—a practice in contradictions, fusing garage rock, psychedelic 60’s nostalgia, and r&b grooves.
All these collections blur and collide, pulling the listener into his wave of madness, always wondering what’s to come. ET
Anderson’s debut EP, “Et tu,?”, explores the dissonance between uncertainties and washed up arrogance. It’s honest, even if sarcastically so at times.
Beach Tiger is a rock band based out of Charleston, SC. The group consists of Taylor McCleskey (vocals / guitar), Eric Mixon (bass), Blake Shorter (drums), and Zac Crocker (keys / backing vocals). After a handful of years playing under the name The Tarlatans, McCleskey, Mixon, and Shorter have been quietly transitioning away from their Americana roots and more towards a groove based musical world swimming with synthesizers and ethereal guitar effects. This change was prompted earlier this year after a peaceful split with long time band mate, and co-founding member of The Tarlatans, Ryan Williams who has since moved on to pursue a solo project. Now with Crocker on board full time the band is set to release new music this fall and debut their first official Beach Tiger performance at Jail Break.
The name Hermit’s Victory rings true – the man behind the curtain, Tyler Bertges, spent over a year privately crafting the songs on his upcoming self-titled debut album in his bedroom in Charleston, South Carolina. To prepare these intimate evening recordings for release, Bertges teamed up with his roommate, local producer and drummer Wolfgang Zimmerman – the result being a sound that is uniquely ambient and yet cunningly catchy.
Tyler Bertges, the hermit himself, has been recording music under various monikers in his bedroom since the age of twelve. Plagued by anxiety, Bertges fancies himself predominantly a recording artist, reluctantly performing in public on rare occasion. A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, his interests beyond music include gorilla behavior, lucid dreaming, Carolina Panthers football, and spending time with his nieces.
The JAIL BREAK dance stage offers a blank canvas for Charleston's most entertaining and artistically striking dance visionaries, companies and crews to paint their sentiments of "FINALE" for all of Charleston to see. Each dance block will be filled with heart pounding music, jaw dropping excitement and inventive dance content that pushes progress and breaks bounds. The audience can expect to see hip hop crews flipping, popping and locking, professional modern dancers athletically making a statement and tap crews that bring in the noise and most definitely bring the funk. Multiple genres, multiple crews, exponential possibilities. The final dance block of the evening will act as a celebratory and trascendent conclusion honoring all 9 Jail Break Festivals. Curated by Jenny Broe, each dance entertainment act is hand selected with one goal - "let's give em something to write home about".
5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Organized Chaos
6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Full Love Throttle
7:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Big Dicktionary
8:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. CLUTCH
9:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Doppelgänger
Theatre 99 is proud to present the JAIL BREAK comedy room, hosted by comedian Evan Berke. The comedy room made its debut in 2012 under Berke's direction at JAIL BREAK 4, and has been a festival staple ever since. This year's lineup features some of the best improv the Lowcountry has to offer in Charleston's most unique haunted venue.
Scattering the walls inside the jail itself you will find all forms of mixed media and visual art including installations, original series and single piece statements from local artists. This element of the festival will cater to a multitude of art lovers and skeptics alike. In addition, Redux Contemporary Arts Center and Artists & Craftsman will curate specific rooms in the jail to showcase their spin on the theme "requiem". It's not your average museum gallery art viewing experience, however, as performing arts and dance movement installations may urge you to realize the motif as it is unfolding in real time.
Hosted by the one and only, Marcus Amaker, the intimate poetry room will feature local poets reading original work. Audiences will be encouraged to snap their fingers and show their enthusiasm as they get to know some of the most active members of Charleston's spoken word community. Featuring Liz Coralli, Derek Berry, Matthew Foley, Marcus Amaker, Saeed Jones and Charleston newcomer Stevie Edwards. Books and CDs will be available for sale.