Gallery: Friends and Musicians Embrace Nick Collins in Awendaw

It was warm and festive scene in Awendaw on Sunday, May 26 as several hundred friends, musical colleagues and supporters of Mt. Pleasant musician Nick Collins congregated at Awendaw Green’s Barn Stage behind the Sewee Outpost. Collins greeted friends and family from his spot near the stage, and a genuine feeling of positivity and optimism permeated the atmosphere.

Collins was injured badly in a car accident last August, but he’s made an impressively rapid recovery. Billed as “NAC Wins: A Celebration of Life,” the showcase and fundraiser featured performances by an eclectic variety of local songwriters and groups including teen girl duo Katina Rose, singer/guitarist Jamisun Hodge, the soulful Hibachi Heroes, the twangy and power-poppy Ryan Bonner Band, the loud and shouty Fairy God Muthas, and the melodic Estee Gabay Band. Satellite Rodeo, Shatter Dog (with Becca Bessinger), Savage Tongues, and A Fragile Tomorrow performed late-afternoon sets while celebrated East Cooper up-and-comers Stop Light Observations and Collins’ own band, Fowler’s Mustache, closed the night.

Local photographer and Awendaw Green supporter Glyn Cowden helped organize and photograph the event. Proceeds benefitted the Nick A. Collins III Medical Expense Trust. Check out and for more.



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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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