Rob Gronkowski Hangs out for our first bikini Bash of 2015

Charleston Social: Rob Gronkowski judges Isle of Palms bikini contest
Posted: May 23, 2015 9:18 PM EDT
Updated: May 25, 2015 2:27 PM EDT
Rob Gronkowski of the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots has been living it up in Charleston and the beaches this weekend.

Gronkoswksi, affectionately known as Gronk, has left quite a trail on Charleston-area social media, popping up on Folly Beach, downtown Charleston, Sullivan’s Island and Isle of Palms. He even agreed to be a judge during a bikini contest at the Windjammer on Isle of Palms.

The Word was Robert Randolph’s gospel jams at the New Orleans Jazz Fest

It’s rare that Mississippi slide guitar ace Luther Dickinson finds himself playing second fiddle – or second guitar – to anyone. Especially someone whose picking hand is wearing a cast.

Robert Randolph and the Family Band June 8th here at The Windjammer

2015 (Special Olympics) Polar Plunge

February 28TH, 2015

Registration –10:30 AM
Plunge Party–10:30-1PM
Polar Plunge –1 PM

Take a chilling plunge into the Atlantic Ocean to benefit Special Olympics South Carolina.

In South Carolina, thousands of people with intellectual disabilities benefit from the opportunity to participate in Special Olympics. The organization receives no federal funding and relies on private and corporate support as well as the efforts of hundreds of volunteers to provide services at no cost to the athletes and their families.

Come join the fun individually or as a team of friends, family, or co-workers! Everyone who participates in the plunge ($50 donation minimum) earns a commemorative Plunge T-shirt, tickets for free food and drinks, and a chance to win door prizes. Other gifts awarded as well, based on the amount of your donation or the money you raise. Plunge party includes fun for all ages, plungers and spectators alike. Party includes food, music, games and door prizes. Plunge merchandise will be available. All proceeds will benefit Special Olympics South Carolina.

For more information contact Deputy Chief Stan Gragg of the Mount Pleasant Police Department at 843-884-4176 or
To register or to make a donation please visit:

It is Now Official “Nikki” is Charleston’s Hottest Bartender Voted by You!!!

Voting for Charleston’s Hottest Bartender is open through November 11! Votes are saved as soon as you make your pick, but you can change your vote until the polls close.

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20 years, 20 songs. Multiplatinum band SISTER HAZEL celebrates their anniversary with the special collection, 20 STAGES.

Comprised of live recordings and videos culled from 20 of the band’s favorite venues, 20 STAGES is released as a 2 CD set and limited edition double vinyl. The set includes hits and fan-favorites such as “All For You,” “Champagne High,” “Change Your Mind” and “Mandolin Moon” as well as 3 brand new, never released tracks. Additionally, the DVD release features the live performance of each track from stages as diverse as the Georgia Theatre in Athens, GA, The 9:30 Club in DC, The Windjammer in Isle of Palms, SC, and the main stage on Sister Hazel’s Rock Boat cruise in the Caribbean. Grab your copy now on Amazon!

Sol Driven Train celebrates sun, fun and more at fourth annual Sol Slam at The Windjammer

With a warm personality, sunny positivity and soulful musical vibe, Charleston-based quintet Sol Driven Train truly lives up to its name.

Specializing in a groove-heavy mix of reggae, soul, Americana and funk, they’ve earned a loyal following in town and around the Southeast over the past 12 years or so.

Sister Hazel hangs hard with fans at the Isle of Palms

T. Ballard Lesemann Special to The Post and Courier
May 28 2014 9:00 am


Florida-based rock band Sister Hazel values its fan base. Since bursting onto the Southeastern alternative rock scene in the mid-1990s, the melodic, hook-laden quintet from the college town of Gainesville has developed a healthy and mutually supportive relationship with longtime fans known as the “HazelNuts.”

This weekend at the Isle of Palms venue the Windjammer, all five members of Sister Hazel – singer/guitarist Ken Block, bassist Jett Beres, drummer Mark Trojanowski, and guitarists Drew Copeland and Ryan Newell – will welcome old friends, hardcore supporters and a few newcomers to the ninth annual HazelNut Hang, a three-day residency at the club which will run from May 30 through June 1.

Since its earliest days on the road, Sister Hazel has considered the Isle of Palms a home away from home, and they particularly enjoy the beach setting and vibes at the Windjammer. Keeping with tradition, this weekend’s HazelNut Hang will includes door prizes, competitions, acoustic and plugged-in jam sessions, special guests and VIP packages.
“It’s a laid-back hang where we get to do fun activities, games, contests and barbecues all weekend, and with a limited amount of tickets,” says Sister Hazel bassist Beres, speaking this week from Nashville where he and the band have been writing and working on new demos for their forthcoming album.

“Just hanging out on the back deck with everyone is a blast. The same HazelNuts get in on it every year. It’s been an institution for us and the fans.”

‘Jammer affair
Sister Hazel landed on the national stage shortly after forming in Gainesville in 1996. The smash success of the major label debut, 1996’s “Somewhere More Familiar,” came after the release of the catchy single “All For You.”

South Carolina’s Hootie and the Blowfish had recently made waves with “Cracked Rear View,” their Grammy Award-winning debut containing the hits “Hold My Hand,” “Let Her Cry,” and “I Only Want to Be with You.”

Sister Hazel’s acoustic/electric Southern pop-rock style paired nicely with that of Hootie’s and other modern alt-rock bands of the time.

“We’ve always had a lot of musical influences between the five of us, but we’re each very much on the creative front,” Beres says. “The ’70s California sound is in there, the hometown Skynyrd/Tom Petty influence is there (both acts started out in the Gainesville area), and the college radio stuff from the 1990s that we grew up with is there, too. We’ve learned over the years how to embrace everyone’s differences while protecting a song. We have a strong idea of how a song should take shape and work.”

From the acoustic guitar intro through the richly textured arrangement, “All For You” bounced with a easy-going rhythm and a comfortable four-chord pattern with lead singer/guitarist Ken Block’s twangy, emotive delivery over the top.

The simple melody in the catchy chorus of “All For You” – “It’s hard to say what it is I see in you … words can’t say and I can’t do enough to prove/It’s all for you” – easily sticks in the listener’s head. It’s remains a fan favorite these days.

“We’ve learned to define our own sound without worrying about how we compare to other bands,” Beres says. “The more prolific we become, the better we can do that, keeping in mind that a good song is a good song.”

Sister Hazel’s weekend at the Windjammer will include door prizes, competitions, acoustic and plugged-in jam sessions, special guests and VIP packages. Sister Hazel’s weekend at the Windjammer will include door prizes, competitions, acoustic and plugged-in jam sessions, special guests and VIP packages.
Sister Hazel will perform May 30 through June 1 at the Windjammer on the Isle of Palms. Sister Hazel will perform May 30 through June 1 at the Windjammer on the Isle of Palms.
Sister Hazel will perform May 30 through June 1 at the Windjammer on the Isle of Palms. Sister Hazel will perform May 30 through June 1 at the Windjammer on the Isle of Palms.
“All For You” became the highest chart single of the band’s career. Through the late ’90s and early 2000s, they continued to record and release solid original material, and they toured heavily every year.

Beres says that he and his bandmates fell in love with the Windjammer and the Isle of Palms even before the success of their major label release.

“Club manager Bobby Ross gave us a chance early on,” he remembers. “We’d always wanted to play the Windjammer because it was one of those special places on the Southeast touring circuit that had a great reputation. It was a great stop, and it was right on the beach. A last-minute cancelation by another Gainesville band led to our first gig there, and they seemed to like us. The club became a home for us.”

“After we broke through with ‘All For You,’ we were able to draw more people and play at bigger venues, but always tried to go back to the ‘Jammer to do extra shows or just to visit,” Beres adds. “Bobby and the staff are like family to us. We started doing these extended three-day weekends around the same time we’d started doing the Rock Boat events. That’s when we decided to really design the HazelNut Hang as a cool, intimate, interactive event for the fans.”

In 2001, they designed a unique musical cruise/music festival event called “Rock Boat” as a fun and intensely interactive experience for their fans. Over the past 13 years, Sister Hazel has hosted the cruise ship bash with a variety of songwriters and up-and-coming acts as special guests.

“It’s remarkable to see and hear how some fans have come together, met, and even started families through the music and these annual events,” Beres says of the Rock Boat cruises and HazelNut Hangs. “There’s a great camaraderie and community spirit.”

Evolution of the Hang
This weekend’s VIP “HazelNut Case Package,” which includes admission to all of the concerts, copies of the band’s new concert DVD “20 Stages,” and private “hang-out” shows early in the afternoons, already is sold out. Tickets are still available for the individual shows.

“Last year, we did a Friday afternoon Mad-Lib karaoke on the back deck, which was hilarious, and then we had a special sunset meet-and-greet on that Saturday,” Beres says. “There are different levels of packaging available again this year.”

This weekend’s events include full-on “evening with” concerts at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights and a stripped-down, all-ages acoustic performance at noon Sunday.

“I think our music tends to stand up and cross those generation gaps, and I can see that at the HazelNut Hang every year,” Beres says. “I’ve recently heard a fan say, ‘Sister Hazel’s music is the one thing my daughter and I can agree on.’ At our shows now, you’ll see couple in their 40s standing next to a group of sorority girls and a group of parents with their kids, so that’s pretty cool.”

Fans can expect a healthy mix of Sister Hazel classics and new songs at every show this weekend from the deep cuts of “Somewhere More Familiar” to the anthems, ballads, and groovers from the band’s latest studio album, 2010’s “Heartland Highway.” They’ll likely share a few new tunes from the forthcoming studio project as well.

“We tour so much that we rarely need to practice,” Beres says with a laugh. “Most of the stuff is well worked out on the road. But for something like the HazelNut Hang or the Rock Boat events, we’ll plan a full-day of rehearsal to tighten up on any new material or really old material. We’ve been playing together so long, we’ve pretty much got it.”