Gallery: Rockabillaque Rocked, Rolled, and Rumbled in Park Circle

A diverse mix of Park Circle residents, Lowcountry musicians, rockabilly-loving families, and hot rod fanatics enjoyed a festive but laid-back afternoon of live rock ‘n’ roll, vintage fashions, cold beer, and hot barbecue on East Montague on Nov. 16. The inaugural Rockabillaque festival drew good crowds and delivered the goods.

Promotor Simon Cantlon (of Vive Le Rock Productions) teamed with Scott Cloud from Park Circle’s Barbeque Joint to put the event together. Holy City Tattooing Collective, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Nostalgia Garage, Creek Rats Kustoms, Exchange Factor, Ivy Mountain Distillery, and This Is Noteworthy (TIN) pitched in as well.

During the afternoon, three musical acts hit the flat-bed stage positioned in front of the Barbeque Joint, including singer/guitarist Pierce Edens, swampy blues/punk quartet Skunk Ruckus, and rockabilly power trio Sean K. Preston and the Loaded Pistols. DJ Greasy Gregg (a.k.a. Worship the Sky”) manipulated and mixed early-era rock, rock, blues, and country numbers between acts.

The lovely Sabrina Michelle, a Charleston-based stylist and clothing designer, presented a fashion show and a lively pin-up contest featuring 10 local contestants and a four-judge panel.

The team from Nostalgia Garage handed out six house-made trophies to the winners of the classic car show. John Cook won Best of Show with his 1966 Chevy 2.

Local blues-swing trio Whiskey Diablo handled two outdoor sets at Cork Bistro during and after the block party. Edens played an encore set in the patio area at Madra Rua.

Around the corner, the Sparrow welcomed Skunk Ruckus, swing duo Mad Tea, Preston and the Loaded Pistols, the Carnivalesque troupe, and Park Circle vets Jason and the Juggernauts to the stage. The Mill enjoyed late-night performances by the Defilers and the Bo-Stevens.

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All photos by Ballard Lesemann and Jessica Mickey.




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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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