Charleston, SC - August 25, 2015 - JAIL BREAK, an all-encompassing music & arts festival, has unveiled plans to celebrate the life, death and reincarnation of the 9 season event by throwing the festival-to-end-all-festivals this Fall. A procession of past participating and newcomer local artists will fill the cells of the old city jail, under the direction of local creative forces. Among them, visual arts will be curated by Art Mag; Hirona Matsuda of Artist & Craftsman and Stacy Huggins of Redux Contemporary Arts Center, improv by the family of comedians at Theatre 99, stand-up comedy programmed and hosted by David Lee Nelson, a poetry room by Marcus Amaker featuring local poets and their original pieces and stellar dance programing by Jenny Broe of Dance Lab. Other festival highlights making their encore include the outdoor artisans' market, performances on the Palmetto Brewery Music Stage by Brave Baby; ET Anderson; Beach Tiger (formerly The Tarlatans); & Hermit's Victory, and a mini beer garden by Hi-Wire Brewery paired with grub-worthy food from Cory’s Grilled Cheese, Zombie Bob’s Pizza and Kaylea’s Cupcakes.
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
Palmetto Brewery: palmettobrewery.com
Hi-Wire Brewery: hiwirebrewing.com
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
The good folks of Palmetto Brewery share our appreciation for great live music in unconventional spaces. They host their own "Palmetto Loading Dock Series" every Friday on the marsh-scaped docks outside of their main brew-quarters. Now, they're bringing the ultimate craft beer and concert experience to our corner of the city with the PALMETTO MUSIC STAGE. You can expect the biggest, baddest bands around paired with plenty of cold Palmetto beer to keep you happy through the remainder of your sentence. Enjoy with food and friends!
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".
3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Organized Chaos
4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Full Love Throttle
5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Mary Kay Has a Posse
6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. CLUTCH
7:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Doppelgänger
8:00pm The DL Stand Up Comedy Show
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.
The DL Stand Up Comedy Show
The DL is the weekly stand up show hosted and headlined by David Lee Nelson featuring some of the top stand up talent in the south east. The show is every Sunday night at the wine bar O'hara and Flynn, proving once and for all that the best way to get ready for Monday is to laugh and drink wine on Sunday. Featured Comics: Andy Ride, Jon Antoine, Tim Hoeckel, David Lee Nelson.
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.