Sol Driven Train’s 5th Annual Music Festival
July 31 + August 1, 2015
The Windjammer, 1008 Ocean Blvd, Isle of Palms, SC
Beachside, Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean
- FULL LINEUP/SCHEDULE
- LODGING DISCOUNT
- FAMILY FRIENDLY
- PADDLEBOARD DEMOS
- THE ARTISTS
Sol Slam is a family-oriented day fest led by a night of jams from some of Charleston’s finest and their friends to friends across the country (Carolinas to California). Music starts at 9pm Friday night and 1pm Saturday afternoon.
9:00pm Doors open
10:00pm Sol Driven Train
Day – Both Stages
12:30pm Doors open
1:00-1:30pm Sol Driven Train Kids Show (Outside Stage)
2:00-3:00pm Sunflowers & Sin (Outside Stage)
3:00-4:00pm Marcus King Band (Inside Stage)
Night – Both Stages
4:00-5:10pm Gaslight Street (Outside Stage)
5:10-5:40pm WOSE African Drum & Dance
5:40-6:40pm Danielle Howle & Jordan Igoe (Outside Stage)
6:40-7:00 WOSE African Drum & Dance
7:00-8:00pm Josh Roberts & The Hinges (Outside Stage)
8:00-9:30pm Rushad Eggleston (Inside Stage)
10:00-11:30pm Sol Driven Train (Inside Stage)
12:00-1:30am The Broadcast (Inside Stage)
- $30 Weekend Pass – includes both days, 10% off of your bar tab
Limited # of Weekend Passes available
- $15 Friday Night – An Evening w/ Sol Driven Train
- $20 Saturday Full Festival
$5 for Saturday Day only (til 8pm)
$15 for Saturday night only
Saturday, August 1, 2015 is a day filled with beach fun! Bring the kids for a day on the beach and live music on the deck of The Windjammer. Kids show, sandcastle building, and stand up paddleboarding demonstrations.
Free transportation to and/ or from Sol Slam with Uber! Download the Uber app and enter promo code SOLSLAM for your first ride free (up to $20).
Seaside Inn, located right next to The Windjammer and directly on the beach! http://
Call 843.886.7000 and mention that you are attending Sol Slam when reserving for a discounted rate of $199/ night.
Nonprofit: Music & Memory
We are collecting donations and iPods and iTunes giftcards for Music & Memory, a nonprofit that helps elders in care facilities suffering from a wide range of cognitive and physical challenges find renewed meaning and connection.
MUSIC & MEMORY℠ is a non-profit organization that brings personalized music into the lives of the elderly or infirm through digital music technology, vastly improving quality of life. We train nursing home staff and other elder care professionals, as well as family caregivers, how to create and provide personalized playlists using iPods and related digital audio systems that enable those struggling with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other cognitive and physical challenges to reconnect with the world through music-triggered memories. By providing access and education, and by creating a network of MUSIC & MEMORY℠ Certified elder care facilities, we aim to make this form of personalized therapeutic music a standard of care throughout the health care industry.
Sol Driven Train
Sol Driven Train’s music weaves through genres like images in a Tom Robbins paragraph. The band’s sonic schizophrenia absorbs songwriting influences like John Prine and Paul Simon, afrocaribbean rhythmic explorations, and funky New Orleans-style brass into earnest songs of life, love, loss, and long johns. The versatile 5-piece band, based in Charleston, SC, features rotating lead vocalists, and multi-instrumental talent spread across horns, strings, and percussion. Combining rich varieties of American pop and folk music into their own port-town sound, Sol Driven Train has carved out a unique musical identity within the burgeoning roots music scene.
Rushad Eggleston (“Rushadicus”) is a revolutionary cellist, composer, poet-philosopher, and entertainer whose unforgettable performances captivate and inspire all generations and types. With an intimate knowledge of classical music, jazz, and bluegrass under his fingers, coupled with an infamously infectious sense of rhythm, Rushad is a whole futuristic wonder-band expressed through just one person. Using his cello (and occasionally a guitar) as the steering wheel, Rushadicus will take you on a rocket-fueled melodic journey through space and time, and from the ridiculous to the sublime. Hopping nimbly around the stage with his cello strapped to his body while passionately singing songs that range from stuck-in-your-head-for-weeks to elaborate yet compelling miniature operas in his own language of Sneth, Eggleston is an incomparable soulful jester of modern times. A fearless improviser, Eggleston spontaneously navigates through his seemingly endless repertoire of instrumentals and vocals, only pausing briefly to set the stage for a battle between him and Bach, or rattling off with incredible speed a 3 page poem of self-fashioned words*.
If this sounds a bit far-fetched or incoherent, make no mistake: Rushad Eggleston is a world-class entertainer, with credentials. He won a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston and was nominated for a Grammy award while still studying there, a feat which no other member of its laundry list of legendary alumni have pulled off. Eggleston singlehandedly invented bluegrass cello and spawned a huge revival of cello in roots music. Now it seems every other band you see has some transformed cellist jamming along. In addition to acting in television commercials for the likes of Mazda, appearing on movie soundtracks and hundreds of studio recordings, Rushad was also a founding member of the popular alt-bluegrass outfit Crooked Still, legendary stringband Fiddlers 4, and explosive rock trio Tornado Rider. He has performed at renowned venues (including Carnegie Hall) in 45 states and 13 countries, and taught hundreds of youngsters worldwide how to let loose their musical imaginations and rock on the cello.
Danielle Howle & Jordan Igoe
Considered by many to be South Carolina’s best kept musical secret, Danielle Howle is a punk rock girl with the voice of a honkeytonk angel. Opening for such diverse acts as Bob Dylan, Ani Difranco, Fugazi, and Indigo Girls, she has garnered worldwide acclaim while somehow remaining under the radar of mainstream America. Now is the time for South Carolina to share it’s secret with the rest of America.
Homegrown in Charleston, SC, Jordan Igoe is a singer-songwriter, whose songs are as Southern and soulful as she is. The multi-instrumentalist has been playing professionally for over ten years as a solo performer, and with a rotating lineup of backup musicians around Charleston and regionally in the Southeast.
Josh Roberts & The Hinges
Josh Roberts and the Hinges love to do the Rock and Roll Thing! They live in Charleston, SC. They are touring their bottom dollars off, and are hard at work on a brand new album with producer Ryan Monroe (Band of Horses), which will be ready very soon.
“I want to cross folk mystery with country and blues emotion and electric guitar power,” says Josh Roberts. “We want to make melting pot American music, real rock and roll music with the roots showing.”
Josh Roberts and the Hinges have shared stages with artists as diverse as George Clinton and Parliament/Funkadelic, Band of Horses, Drive by Truckers, Shovels and Rope, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Leon Russell, Drivin n Cryin, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Billy Joe Shaver, Robert Randolph, The Whiskey Gentry, Danielle Howle, Dead Confederate, Robert Earle Keen, moe., Mutemath, The Futurebirds, The Jompson Brothers (Chris Stapleton), JGB, SUSTO, Moonshine Still, Patrick Davis, Stockholm Syndrome, Jordan Igoe, Have Gun Will Travel, Radiolucent, Angie Aparo, Sevendust, Acoustic Syndicate, 7 Mary 3, Five Eight, and many more.
“Soul music will never go out of style. Born in the musical bastion of Charleston, SC, Gaslight Street’s regional presence has grown behind their relentless tours throughout the Southeast and beyond. Featuring the unmistakably soulful lyrics and vocal duo of Campbell Brown and Whitt Algar, the band strongly stakes it’s place as worthy inheritors of the Southern soul tradition.
“Gaslight Street have crafted a signature sound that is equal parts honey and moonshine, with Brown the catalyst for the soul-infused swagger.”
~ Jamie Lee of Honest Tune and Hittin’ the Note magazines
Marcus King Band
Call him the next Duane Allman or Jimi Hendrix, but whatever you do, don’t call Marcus King a child prodigy. Sure, the 18-year-old guitar shredder’s talent shimmers with the same resonance as his heroes, but he’s been wielding an axe since he learned to talk – he started playing when he was 2.
Marcus was born into music, gifted with steel-string DNA and two generations of men before him who nurtured the boy’s musical nature. Marcus’s dad, the slyly talented Marvin King, has been a force in Upstate South Carolina’s music heritage for as long as anyone can remember. Marvin’s father and Marcus’s granddad, Bill, played a big part, too.
It was only natural, then, that the boy who got his first guitar (a Squier Strat) at age 7 would land his first paying gig a year later. When he was 11, he joined his father’s Marvin King & The Blues Revival to open for Muddy Waters’s onetime bassist Mac Arnold at The Handlebar, the storied venue in their Greenville, S.C., hometown. Around that time, he also played on his dad’s critically acclaimed album, Huge in Europe. And when he was 15, the Marcus King Band opened for the legendary Johnny Winter.
MKB’s most recent achievement came with the September 2014 release of Soul InSight. The album’s 12 original tunes, including three instrumentals, showcase a literal lifetime of virtuosity, along with vocals as clear and as soulful as Marvin Gaye’s and as nuanced as Amy Winehouse ’s.
Adding to all that, Marcus knows jazz. That’s because he built on his Southern-rock foundation with lessons from one of the best instrumentalists around: Steve Watson, the formidable guitarist renowned for his performance on TV’s seminal Hill Street Blues theme song.
Marcus still continues to grow, to experiment, to share his passions, although he’s not much of a talker. He lets his guitar do that, using it to tell the same story we all tell, to share emotions we all feel.
“I can say more truthfully in song what I can say in words,” he says. “Music breaks down the awkward barrier.” (For the record, whenever he hears the shopworn “teen angst,” Marcus recoils with the same allergic reaction that he has to “child prodigy.”)
Still, Marcus is the youngest member of his own band. Jack Ryan, 21, plays drums with a musicianship that brings to mind Ginger Baker and Charlie Watts. Bassist Stephen Campbell’s the old man of the trio, a 24-year-old who drives MKB the same way that Garry W. Tallent keeps Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band on course. Through it all, Marcus gives his mates plenty of breathing room to jam.
The result is a fusion of wildly eclectic genres, offering a live experience as mesmerizing as it is dance-inducing.
Marcus himself lists an intriguing roster of favorites and influences: Duane Allman, of course, as well as Warren Haynes, Little Feat and Aretha Franklin, to name a few, and his band on any given night plays covers from Bob Marley to Lauryn Hill and from Les McCann to Black Sabbath.
That’s Marcus – an engaged and engaging young man with a lifetime of experience, still coming into his own, still carrying his guitar with him, and promising us all a promising future.
Sunflowers & Sin
Sweet Harmonies & Party Liquor!
Sunflowers & Sin draws on classic americana and modern singer-songwriter music to turn the country-folk paradigm on its head. With Kaitlin Casteel on lead vocals, Lorra Amos on vocals and guitar, and Makenna Perry on percussion and ukelele, this female trio brings the music of the mountains to the islands of the lowcountry with their unique songs and instrumentation. Inspired by a wide range of Americana musicians, their tunes will fill your ears with a unique fusion of sweet harmonies and sinful melodies. These ladies promise to leave you with a little extra pep in your stumbling step.