High Water Festival

Our latest trip to USA was based on attending the High Water musical festival in what turned out to be a lovely Riverfront Park in Nth Charleston. We were drawn by the hosts of the festival – Charlestonian locals Shovels and Rope – and one of our favourites – Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit.

We were not disappointed. Uber there and back was the mode of travel as we decided not to hire a car, even if Avis kept the sunglasses I had left behind in Charlotte NC last trip, let me know they had them, tried to ship them back which was too difficult, but managed to have them delivered to an agency a block away from where we were staying when I let them know we were coming back – now that is customer service.

The festival was a weekender but festivities started the night before as per my last post – great start to the weekend. Saturday we were up for a brunch called Pass the Peas. This was damn fine food from three of Charleston’s finest chefs. Started with some great oysters, shredded duck and egg plant starters. And cocktails. Then it was time to sit and meet some new friends and dine on courses of steak, crab cake, shrimp, beets, chicken, fish – too good. And matched wine, rounded off with Irish Coffee and chocolates. This was a great start to our weekend of libations, food and music.

Then off to the festival. Great setting, good watching spots, plenty of bars and eatery choices (although food lines were long). Friendly and everyone enjoyed themselves. Really enjoyed sets from the Old 97s, Jeff Tweedy, and Jason Isbell – although fan favorite seemed to be Brandi Carlisle. Enjoyed all this in great sunshine and cocktails of four roses bourbon and Red Bull. Getting home was a struggle with Uber but we managed to get one and because of the surge another couple jumped in and shared the ride for cash.

Next day we could grab some more rest as we did not have to be out for brunch. Another great day with sets from Shovels and Rope, Joshua Hedley, Tank and the Bangas, and Band of Horses. Less people meant we could eat without queuing for what seemed ages, and we enjoyed some beer instead of cocktails. Much easier to Uber back, ending a great weekend and one we’d love to come back for.

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