Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” crescendos and you find yourself getting lost. Simultaneously, fingers and head start to snap in keeping with the beat. You feel compelled to rap and, out of nowhere, you...
The Lowcountry’s most acclaimed pack of misfits and party animals readies for their shot at the small screen
Everyone loves a white wedding. We all want to believe in everlasting love. Marriage was a lifetime promise in the not-so-distant past. Newer generations treat the concept like an impulse Amazon...
Music, food, and a good time for the binyas (natives) and comyas (non-natives)
The Dad Life: Jevon Daly’s “You Kiss My Daughter” gets a re-release, with a video that’s every bit as goofy as you’re expecting.
There are certain expectations that come with fatherhood. There are the mundane ones: when a drain needs snaked, you’re going to be the one to do it; when the grass gets too long, you’re going to...
Musicians in Bathrooms featuring Tim Reynolds: Hilton Head Choral Society Conductor/Artistic Director
What’s your sign? Aries Most underrated song that, in your opinion, should be a classic? There’s an old Noël Coward tune entitled “Sail Away” that I have always found very appealing, and a lot of...
John O’Gorman (Johnny O), Savannah Edwards (Savannah E), and Uncle Mike
On a Wing and Prayer: 25th annual (well, mostly annual) WingFest flies to new nest at Lowcountry Celebration Park
Those of you with long memories will recall one of the greatest celebrations we used to enjoy back in the before times. Back when masks were a Halloween-only accessory, hand sanitizer was only for...
What’s your sign? Taurus Most underrated song that, in your opinion, should be a classic? Neil Young’s (Buffalo Springfield’s) “Expecting To Fly” Biggest compliment you’ve ever gotten from a fan?...
When Creativity and Consistency Meet: Local artist Monica Tovar preserves magic, holds beauty, expresses truth
Local artist Monica Tovar doesn’t know how she became interested in art because it happened so early in her life. “As long as I remember, my family always told me I am an artist,” Tovar said. “I...
What’s your sign? Aries Most underrated song that, in your opinion, should be a classic? Any Nick Drake song Biggest compliment you’ve ever gotten from a fan? Kenny Roger’s wife said the way I...
There isn’t a more festive time in the Lowcountry than right now. Immediately after Halloween, Hilton Head Island and Bluffton explode with festivals, parades and holiday happenings that are sure to melt even the coldest Grinch heart. On the following pages, we share a few of our favorite things to do this time of year and tip our hats to the people behind the festivities.
Hilton Head Island chef Amanda Russ Cifaldi is ready for her closeup. Get ready, world.
Bluffton’s biggest little performance troupe, May River Theatre, announces its triumphant comeback with All Together Now!
Musicians: Liam Cronin & Candice Rae
Arts + Music Last October, we put out our first Arts + Music issue, and it was such a big hit that we decided to keep it running—perhaps in perpetuity, like the Pet issue every February. Since last...
What’s your sign? Sagittarius Most underrated song that, in your opinion, should be a classic? “Honey Come Over,” by Rocky Block Biggest compliment you’ve ever gotten from a fan? That I sound like...
A local jazz phenomenon that began more than three decades ago has not surprisingly evolved in size and impact into what is now known nationally and internationally as the John Brackett Quintet.
Festival organizers, like the rest of the Lowcountry and the world, have faced overwhelming challenges over the past 19 months. Trying to keep events like Zinfest and the Italian Heritage Festival...
Fashion by Copper Penny Hilton Head, Hair by: Madyson Mardon and Makeup by: Erica Horton, Salon Karma
It’s a Friday morning in the state of mind, at a rehearsal space inside Bluffton School of Dance. Outside in the hallway, squealing voices greet each other as a mommy and me music class gets ready...
You can stop with the drummer jokes now. They’ve heard them all. “How can you tell that the drum riser is level? Because the drool is coming out...
What’s your sign? Greg Ross: A peace sign, but then I was around in the ’70s. Robin Ross: “Detour Ahead” Most underrated song that, in your opinion, should be a classic? GR: “Vienna,” by Billy Joel...
What’s your sign?
Ben Jones: Libra
Ellie Lentz: Taurus
Tommy Prine Has Something to Say: The son of a singer-songwriter legend is kicking off his first-ever tour on Hilton Head Island.
This is a moment years in the making. It’s a lifestyle Tommy Prine was born into, but a spotlight he had to earn his own way.
Were it not for the cameras, it could be mistaken for any other night on Hilton Head Island. While locals and tourists milled about the long dock at the end of Simmons Road, drinks from Up the Creek Pub in hand, the first tendrils of sunset streaked pink against the sky’s lustrous orange tint. Broad Creek sparkled in its brilliance. A heron warily eyed the outgoing tide, preying on the minnows that darted between waves.
Musicians: Gary Pratt & Jevon Daly
It is a three-decade-long-and-running tradition, the most popular multi-week summer event on Hilton Head Island. Named a “Top 20 Event” by the Southeastern Tourism Society and a “Best of Southern Fests” by South Magazine, generations of families continue to plan vacations around it.
Hunter and I ran into Lori Smith, a former CH2 Bachelorette nominee, at Target last week. After some quick chit-chat, our conversation turned to how liberated we all felt walking into Target without masks. I commented that perhaps tough things needed to happen every now and again to make everyone appreciate how fortunate we really are.
Every guy deserves a dedicated space at home to be himself, relax, entertain his buddies with billiards or TV, or pursue some other passion. Plus, it seems that when it comes to stress recovery, men benefit from withdrawing a bit more than women do. A recent university study found that men’s cortisol levels dropped significantly when they had more solo leisure time in their own homes. Also, a poll conducted by houzz.com revealed that more than one-third of homes have a dedicated man cave, so it seems to be a sound investment of space and money.
Musicians: Matthew Spruill, guitarist/vocals; Cohner McCurry, bass; Chris Glick, drummer; Kent Woods, guitar/vocals
Special thanks to Ken Wareham for hosting our shoot.
Last summer, in the middle of a pandemic, artist Pam White was looking for a way to bring her art and that of her Sea Pines neighbors back to the attention of Lowcountry art lovers. “Local artists...
Musicians: Jay Morelock, Lalie Mole, Jada Mole What’s your sign? Jay Morelock: Gemini Lalie Mole: I pick hippie flower child because I have a huge heart. According to astrology, it’s Cancer ... but...
Sound, in and of itself, is a miraculous thing. Taken at its simplest, most granular level, it is merely a vibration, a rippling of the air molecules all around us that generates a sympathetic vibration in everything it touches. Sound can shatter glass, or it can heal emotional wounds. It can move the soul, or it can start an avalanche. Sometimes, it does all those things at once.
Before they were the Traveling Wilburys, they were just Jeff, Bob, Roy, George and Tom—five guys who had already changed the world of music. When they came together to form the legendary supergroup, it wasn’t because of each individual’s status in the pantheon of rock gods. It was because they just enjoyed hanging out with each other.
The Rockin’ Realtors: Dream sellers by day, melody makers by night: meet this quartet who achieve peak bliss at the intersection of music and real estate
They are two professions at the core of the growth and soul of Hilton Head Island. Yet, while there are more than 3,000 registered real estate agents in the Lowcountry, only a handful of those realtors are getting paid doing the musical side hustle.
A Q&A with Taime Downz, Billy C, Rob Foxx, and Jani St. James
We asked seven popular Lowcountry musicians to come up with seven questions for their musically- inclined peers. They opened up about everything from the importance of original songwriting and what songs make them cry to what local musicians they like to listen to and their least favorite part of the job.
In just a short time as part of the Lowcountry music scene, Kyle Wareham has become an icon among diehard fans and fellow musicians. He melts crowds with his piercing crooner vocals and lyrics as part of bands like Pretty Darn and Soundboy and has elevated the sounds of some of the island’s best singers as an increasingly trusted album producer—all in about six years on Hilton Head Island.
A Q&A featuring artists, Sammy Lee Passaloukas, Dallas Ackerman, Billy Martini, Derrick Ludaway, Brian Eason, and Frank Weber
It’s the odd couple meets 2020. it works, but it’s weird. You’ll definitely laugh a lot and you’ll for sure be confused, but so are we. at the same time you’ll also kinda love it and be craving more. are you sure you’re ready?
The past few years have seen a surge of women worldwide making strides and breaking records in just about every industry imaginable. Although trending hashtags are #girlpower and #bosslady, sadly, a Google search for famous women musicians from South Carolina offers scarce results. However, three lovely Lowcountry ladies are on a mission to change that statistic by making waves on both sides of the river.
That is the magic of Mike Kavanaugh, the architect of the island’s most beloved band, JoJo Squirrell and the Home Pickles. He has played more than 6,000 shows in the Lowcountry and booked another 40,000 performances in the 25 years of his second stint on the island—our numbers, not Mike’s; his Buffalo-bred work ethic leaves little time for reflecting or self-promoting.
The middle-aged man with the dri-fit polo and five o’clock shadow looks me up and down. “You sound great, if only you would just smile for us more.” I grimace and reluctantly glance in his direction. “Thanks for the tip,” I tell him, trying not to roll my eyes. He nods and sips his beer, not catching my sarcasm. It isn’t the first time I’ve gotten this comment, and nine out of 10 times, it’s come from a man.
Despite the limitations of Covid-19, and with necessity birthing some much-needed online software tools (thank you Zoom, Audio Movers and ListenTo!), the summer and fall of 2020 ushers in the release of some brand new music projects, all produced at my studio, The Sound, located right here on Hilton Head Island.
An Eye for Music: Known for their imaginatively dazzling commercial videos, Harden Creative cuts its teeth on music videos, and the beat goes on
It’s around 9 a.m. on a Monday, and musician Jevon Daly is submerged up to his shoulders in the briny waters of the May River. He’s attempting to go completely under the waves, but the floppy hood of his shark costume refuses to cooperate, jeopardizing the entire video shoot for his song, “Sharks are our Homies.”
Campfire Tyler playing his new song “Snake” at our Ridgeland shoot.
Musicians: Carrie McDowell, Bernie Fee, Jim Schroeder, Wayne Altman, and Jeff Rigg
A Wedding Story: One beautiful day in November saw two people come together as man and wife. This is their story.
When it comes to telling the story of the day Kimberly Cardone and Matthew McNab became man and wife, the pictures you see here will do most of the heavy lifting. You need only glance at these pages...