Scenes from NAC Wins at Awendaw Green

Hundreds of music fans, friends, family, and colleagues of local musician Nick Collins showed up at the big field at Awendaw Green on Sept. 23 for NAC Wins. Booked as an all-day outdoor concert, the benefit show featured craft beer, grilled hot dogs and sandwiches, a food truck from DIG, and live music from 13 Charleston bands, including Collins’ own group, Fowler’s Mustache.

Collins, a Mt. Pleasant native, was badly injured on August 3 in an auto accident on I-526. He’s making a slow but steady recovery. After spending weeks in an induced coma at MUSC, Collins is currently alert and able to communicate. He recently started physical therapy. Although he has a lengthy and complicated recovery process ahead of him, friends and family are encouraged by his remarkable progress.

At the NAC Wins event, Awendaw Green arranged two stages and sound systems side-by-side for the bands. The transitions between bands went smoothly. Country/Americana act Gracious Day kicked things off in front of a small crowd at 12:15 p.m. Punkish rock band the AfterEnglish and power-pop quartet A Fragile Tomorrow followed. The afternoon entertainment included set by roots-rock band Rik Cribb and the Problems, bluesy rock group Stained Glass Wall, vintage Charleston power trio the Killer Whales, and the soulful quartet Sara Cole and the Hawkes. Murrells Inlet Americana-rock group Ten Toes Up hit the stage around the time the sun started to set.

The late-evening sets featured Awendaw Green’s “artist-in-residence” Danielle Howle with backing from Bret Mosley and members of Firework Show followed by Fowler’s Mustache with guest players from Hibachi Heroes, Grateful Dead cover band the Reckoning, string trio AcousticMuffin (members of Dangermuffin unplugged). Reggae/funk-tinged groove-rock band Sol Driven Train closed the event in front of a lively crowd of fans (see clip below).

The event raised more than raised over $12,000. Proceeds benefited the Nick A. Collins III Medical Expense Trust.

“Awendaw Green was humbled by the outpouring of support from the community, and we want to thank the Sewee Outpost, Bobby Ross of the Windjammer, and the many other sponsors for making the event so memorable in all ways,” says Awendaw Green exec Eddie White. “NAC really won at Awendaw Green.”

Visit caringbridge.org/visit/nickcollins and nacwins.com for updates on Collins.

Photos and video by Ballard Lesemann.

 

 

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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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