The PopCulteer
September 14, 2012  

Yes Virginia, It’s One of Those Weekends

We’re heading into the last weekend of summer and Charleston is having one of its “you must be high if you think nothing ever happens here” weekends. There’s so much going on here in town that we have to devote the entire PopCulteer to a run down of weekend events. In order to make things more interesting, we’re not going to cover them in chronological order; instead, jumping around at random. Your PopCulteer has to do something to stay awake while he’s writing this.

East End Bazaar Grand Opening

This Saturday morning it’s time for the Grand Opening of the East End Bazaar, at the corner of Washington St., E. and Ruffner Ave. The Bazaar will feature a variety of local artists and artisans, food and drinks by Frütcake, produce and CSA info from Fish Hawk Acres, and music by Comparsa (TWO SETS). The market opens at 9 AM, and there will be a short ceremony at 11 AM, Comparsa’s hot Latin music starts at 11:15 AM

A partial list of artists and vendors includes: Charly Hamilton, Mark Wolfe, Mel Bradbury, Ian Bode, Kelly Bryant , Karen Garnes of the Capitol Clay Arts Company, and many, many more. You can find more information at

Watching The Web

Some folks will want to spend the weekend just watching TV shows on the internet. For those folks, you can watch the three-part Tribute To The Troops II special of Radio Free Charleston all smooshed together right here…


Friday night, it’s “A Serenade For You,” starting at 7:30 PM at the WVSU Capitol Center Theater. $10 buys your way into an evening of crooning by Joe and Shirley Romagnoli, including standards like “Strangers In The Night,” “I Left My Heart In San Francisco,” among others.The backing band includes Bobby Hodges, Phil Washington, Mike Fitzwater and Mark Scarpelli.Plus we have this cool poster by Gerry Enrico.

Dr. Sketchy’s Steampunk Sequel

Sunday night at Kanawha Players Theater, Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School returns after a one month hiatus with their second steampunk extravaganza. Artists of all skill levels are invited to draw. You can get advance tickets at

This event is 18+ and you bring your own art supplies. 21+ BYOB. $8 in advance online. $10 at the door.

Sarkany and Penny Maple from last year’s Steampunk Edition of Dr. Sketchy’s at CharCon

Fan Mail For Some Flounder

Saturday night, Flounder and Stychntime return to The Empty Glass at 11:00 PM. It’ll be a night of rockin’ tunes, with a $7 cover, but you can save two bucks if you get there before 11:00 PM.

Great Music for Free

There’s a ton of music available for your listening pleasure all around town this weekend with no cover charge. Here’s a quick rundown:

Friday night, you can catch Ron Ireland at Taylor Books starting at 7:30 PM. At 8 PM, the Boland Brothers Band, with Bobby Rucker, will bring their oldies dance music to the Kawayan on Chesterfield Avenue in Kanawha City. At 9 PM, Marshall Petty, the master of the jazz-blues saxophone brings his soulful sounds to

Spencr Elliott

the upstairs lounge at Little India. Also at 9 PM, Blue Million, one of Charleston’s legendary original rock bands, takes the stage at Bruno’s on Leon Sullivan Way.

Saturday night, Spencer Elliott, the frontman for Mother Nang, brings his percussive finger-style acoustic guitar sounds to the Bluegrass Kitchen, starting at 7 PM. At 7:30, Bridge Road Bistro plays host to the acoustic rock of Revolution. Also at 7:30, Hominy Falls lights up the coffeehouse at Taylor Books.

Sunday afternoon, it’s time for the drum circle at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation from 4:30 to 6:30 PM.

Living In Sin at The Empty Glass

Charleston stalwarts 600 Lbs of Sin take the stage at The Empty Glass at 11 PM Friday night with a $7 cover, or $5 if you show up before 11 PM.

A Couple of Cool Things To Do Outside of Charleston

Original Twister Sister and Mountain Stage Band expatriate Deni Bonet will be performing a couple of sets at Huntington’s ChilliFest, taking the stage at Pullman Square at 2:45 and 4:30 PM Saturday. A free event.

Just on the other side of the weekend, Monday night in Parkersburg Water Liars with special guest Mike Lutz will be the featured guests at the Quincy Hill House Concerts. These are intimate shows, staged at the home of RFC fave, John Radcliff. For more details, check out their Facebook page:

The Return of The King

Unknown Hinson on Radio Free Charleston

This one snuck up on me, but “The King of Country Western Troubadours,” Unknown Hinson, is performing Saturday night at the V-Club in Huntington.
Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 the day of the show. Doors open at 8 PM and the show starts at 10 PM sharp.

That’s it for this week’s PopCulteer. Check back for our regular features, and if you don’t know what those are, check back obsessively every five minutes for the next week to find out what you’ve been missing.