Feature Jailbreak lead 2013

Published on April 26th, 2013 | by Ballard Lesemann


Jail Break 5 Embraces Charleston’s Art, Music, and Comedy Scene

Presented by Entropy Arts and Ear For Music, the semi-annual Jail Break series will pop up once again on Sat. April 27 from at the historic Old City Jail on Magazine Street. Organizer Andrew Walker helped design Jail Break to be, as puts it, “an all-encompassing assault of the senses … the biggest night for local creatives to come out and represent their art and their community.” A variety of visual artists, local musicians, and dancers will be on hand across the courtyards and along the corridor and cells of the building on Saturday.


Jail Break 4 at the Old City Jail (photo by Ballard Lesemann)

Walker, an acclaimed pianist and professional events promoter, performs regularly with local musical combo Entropy Ensemble and songwriter Steven Fiore. Walker created Jail Break in the fall of 2010 after establishing the collaborative performing arts company Entropy Arts.

“This season, fashion designers will show their work and join the ranks inside the jailhouse, where new and veteran artists and comedians are reclaiming the cell walls with their masterpieces,” Walker states in a recent press release. “Outside in the courtyard, the Charleston Dance Alliance will deliver more spellbinding performances while artisans demonstrate their work in the re-imagined Artisans’ Market. Like a pocket full of never-ending scarves, the surprises will continue with hypnotizing performances by local talents of the musical stage.”

Charleston Dance Alliance will present four performances in the main courtyard between 4-9:30 p.m. “Dancers from all over Charleston, of wide-ranging styles, elevate the visual component of Jail Break with their innovative and noteworthy choreography,” Walker says. “The dance performances will include a variety of pop-up installations inside the jail, as well as scheduled stage performances outside.”


Brave Baby (photo by Apartment A / Hearts & Plugs)

The Jailbreak band lineup includes indie-pop band and Hearts & Plugs recording artist Brave Baby, rootsy pop-rock combo the Luke Cunningham Band (with special guests Ryan Bonner and Tyler Mecham), twangy/rockin’ ensemble the Royal Tinfoil, and soulful pop singer/songwriter Steven Fiore, who will celebrate the release of his long-awaited studio album Youth and Magic, is an elaborate production produced by Nashville-based engineer Taylor Bray.

Jail Break 5 Music Schedule:

Brave Baby — 5-6 p.m.
The Luke Cunningham Band — 6:30-7:30 p.m.
The Royal Tinfoil — 8-9:30 p.m.
Steven Fiore — 10-11 p.m.

Presented by downtown tavern Big Gun Burger Shop (home of comedian Dusty Slay’s weekly open mic events), the comedy portion of Jail Break with feature six stand-ups, most of whom are based in Charleston. Hosted by young comic Evan Berke, the lineup will feature a couple of Theatre 99’s company members and several veterans of Charleston’s bustling comedy circuit. The third-floor comedy room had limited seating and filled up quickly at the last Jail Break in November, so attendees should try to arrive early for each set.


Evan Berke (photo by JHC Photography)

Jail Break 5 Comedy Schedule:

Andy Rider — 5:45 p.m.
Jason Groce — 6:15 p.m.
Sam Jackel — 6:45 p.m.
Vince Fabra — 7:15 p.m.
Myles Armstrong Hutto — 8 p.m.
Dusty Slay — 8:45 p.m.

Jail Break 5 takes place on Sat. April 27 from 4-11 p.m. The Old City Jail is located at 21 Magazine Street. Tickets are available for $15 in advance and $20 at the gate ($15 with a student ID). Beer and wine will be available for purchase.

Visit jailbreakcharleston.com 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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