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Published on February 14th, 2014 | by Ballard Lesemann


Follywood Productions Celebrates Five Years with a Pour House Bash

Charleston’s Follywood Productions, a booking and event promotion agency headed by Ben Bounds, will host its fifth annual all-day Follywood Productions Anniversary Party and Oyster Roast at the Pour House on Sat. Feb. 15. Seven local and touring acts will perform on the deck stage and on the main stage from noon to last-call.

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Bounds and his Follywood Productions team regularly book and promote shows and special events at several local venues, including the Pour House. They’ve worked with more than 200 bands over the past five years. Bounds first started dealing with bands while he was based in Oxford, Miss. in the early 2000s. He moved to Charleston in 2010 and established Follywood Productions as an event coordinating service.

It’ll be an eclectic mix of roots-rock, blues, Americana, and grooves at the Pour House on Saturday. Early in the afternoon, Oxford, Miss.-based songsmith Cary Hudson (of Blue Mountain) will share the deck stage with slide guitarist/singer Davis Coen, a familiar player in the Lowcountry blues scene. Greenville-based country-rockers the Piedmont Boys hit the stage at 2 p.m. Songwriter Mac Leaphart — a longtime Charleston artists currently based in Nashville — will reunite with his local band My Ragged Company and perform at 4 p.m. Twangy Americana-rockers Guilt Ridden Troubadour are set to play at 6 p.m., and local soul-rock ensemble Gaslight Street will close the deck show with a set at 8 p.m.

Inside the club, the late sets will feature singer/guitarist Jimbo Mathus and his band the Tri-State Coalition at 9:30 p.m. Toubab Krewe (pictured above) will headline at 11:30 p.m.

Back in the late ’90s, Mathus was perhaps best known as member of the swingin’ North Carolina ensemble Squirrel Nut Zippers. In recent years, based out of the Mississippi Delta region where he grew up, he’s re-established himself as a blues-rock champ with a raw, electric style. This week, he released his brand-new studio album Dark Night of the Soul on the Fat Possum label.


Jimbo Mathus and the Tri-State Coalition at the Pour House, 2013 (photo by Ballard Lesemann)

Asheville, N.C.-based instrumental band Toubab Krewe, a Pour House favorite over the years, specializes in a clever blend of funky world-music styles and beats. Justin Perkins (kora, kamelngoni, guitar, percussion), Vic Stafford (drums, percussion), Drew Heller (guitar, piano, fiddle), David Pransky (bass, guitar), and Luke Quaranta (djembe, percussion) formed the band in 2005. They dug deeply into African rhythms and exotic styles. Their latest release is titled TK2.

Tickets for the Follywood Productions Anniversary Party and Oyster Roast are available for the deck sets, the main stage sets, and both. Prices range from $10-$22.

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Top photo of Toubab Krewe by Kyoko Takenaka.



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Ballard Lesemann

is a musician and writer. Born and raised in Charleston, S.C., he spent years playing in bands and working for Flagpole Magazine in the bustling music town of Athens, Ga. He returned to his hometown and served more than seven years as the Charleston City Paper's music editor. He's better at drumming than he is at playing guitar.

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