Presented by Entropy Arts and The College of Building Arts, the second Jail Break Arts and Music Festival was held last Saturday, November 12th in downtown Charleston. It was a killer combination of art, dance, multimedia and music at one the most interesting historical buildings in town, the Old City Jail. The event organizer Andrew Walker thought of everything in planning the 11 hour extravaganza that offered something for everyone.
The scene was family friendly during the day with kids twirling hula hoops in front of the musicians playing on stage and watching a talented artist live spray paint on a huge canvas.
There were some very talented art, jewelry, photography, apparel and design vendors outside selling some really cool products.
Sponsor Charleston Art Mag assisted in presenting a a diverse mix of various mediums of art displayed throughout the walls and cells of the jail. Additionally, there were on site demonstrations from the American College of the Building Arts’ students that really drew a crowd.
Even from outside patrons could hear the music and applause for Dancefx Charleston, Elite Dance and Annex Dance Company as well as Jon-Michael Perry, Jonathan Brilliant and Nick Jenkins’s performances. The room was packed for each showcase of talent. In addition to the scheduled performances festival goers were quite surprised and impressed by the Flash Mob.
Then as the sun set and the moon rose, the talented musical acts continued to kick into high gear. Weigh Station, Elise Testone, Shovels and Rope, and Entropy Ensemble were some of the rockin’ highlights of the evening sets. The setting was very intimate and allowed for great views of the stage.
The day wouldn’t be complete without food and cocktails. Home Team BBQ served up their nachos (recently seen on the Food Network) as well pork platters, tacos and their superb Southern sides while Ice Box Innovative Beverage Services kept the crowds happy with plenty of beer, wine and cocktails!
The party didn’t end there as there was an After Party with live music from Ryan Bonner at Leaf Cafe & Bar. Overall, it was a perfect day and evening for music and art appreciation. A not to miss cultural event for 2012!