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Published on April 11th, 2014 | by Ballard Lesemann


Todd Snider and Friends at the ‘What the Folk Music Festival’

Acclaimed Americana/rock songwriter Todd Snider will be in Awendaw all weekend, hosting the inaugural ”What the Folk Music Festival” at the festival grounds behind the Sewee Outpost (at (at 4853 North Highway 17).

Presented by Ford Productions and the busy team at Awendaw Green, the two-day music festival will feature performances by a vibrant mix of local and visiting acts along with savory fare from local food trucks (Lowcountry Creole, Roti Rolls, and Palmetto Party Wagon) and hometown craft brews from Palmetto Brewery and other Lowcountry micros.

Snider regularly performs in the Charleston area, bringing a twangy mix of soul, folk, and rock ‘n’ roll originals and reworkings. As a fan of the Lowcountry music scene and the rustic digs at Awendaw Green and Sewee Outpost, he brainstormed and designed the What the Folk Music Festival earlier this year.

“The What the Folk Festival was formed through a friendship with Todd Snider and his love of playing in this area,” says organizer Brett Ford in a recent release. “The lineup includes musicians that come close to emulating what Todd does as a singer/songwriter. As we plan to make this an annual event, my goal is to continue to have Americana type groups play and get recognized for what they do, since the majority of them don’t receive the radio play or media recognition that they deserve.”


The stage set-ups will resemble other major music festivals at Awendaw Green. Here is the official music schedule for the weekend:


6 p.m. — Danielle Howle
6:30 p.m. — Megan Jean and the KFB
7:15 p.m. — HalleyAnna Finlay
8 p.m. — Kevn Kinney (of Drivin’ ‘N Drivin’)
9:15 p.m.  — Todd Snider


Noon — Ryan Bonner
1 p.m. — Vinegar Creek Constituency
2 p.m. — Doug Jones
3 p.m. — Sierra Elizabeth Ferrell
3:45 p.m. — Swamp Candy
4:40 p.m. — Caroline Glaser & Liz Longley
6 p.m. — Pierce Edens and the Dirty Work
7:10 p.m. — Charlie Mars
8:30 p.m. — The Bottle Rockets
9:15 p.m. — Todd Snider

Advance tickets are available for $25 for Friday and $35 for Saturday. Camping sites for RVs and tents will be available as well. A portion of the proceeds from festival will benefit Carolina Studios, a local nonprofit organization headed up by musician/educator Mark Bryan (of Hootie and the Blowfish).

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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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