Charleston-based Artists to Open the Wells Fargo Festival Finale featuring Curtis Harding

The Artisanals and Benny Starr perform on the main stage beginning at 6:00pm
Sunday, June 9, Riverfront Park | Gates open at 5:00pm
1061 Everglades Ave., North Charleston
May 21, 2019 (Charleston, South Carolina) — Special musical guests The Artisanals and Benny Starr will perform on the main stage during Spoleto Festival USA’s Wells Fargo Finale on Sunday, June 9, at Riverfront Park in North Charleston, overlooking the scenic Cooper River. The Artisanals—Johnny Delaware, Clay Houle, Josh Hoover, and Eric Mixon, whose sound is “a blend of Americana charm and southern rock swagger” (Billboard)—first take the stage at 6:00pm. Hip-hop artist and activist Benny Starr, who “feels things deeply…voices his thoughts with a razor-sharp clarity” (Charleston City Paper), performs at 7:00pm. Headliner Curtis Harding follows at 8:30pm, and the evening culminates with the Festival’s signature celebratory fireworks display.

Gates at Riverfront Park open at 5:00pm. Attendees are welcome to bring blankets, chairs, and picnics to the event; outside alcohol is prohibited. Beverages, including wine and beer, will be available for purchase; downtown restaurant and bar Vintage Lounge is providing Vigneti del Sole Pinot Grigio, Rosé de Printemps, and Vigneti Del Sole Montepulciano d'Abruzzo (all by the glass or bottle $8/$26), as well as two offerings from Edmund’s Oast: Something Cold American Blonde Ale and Bound by Time American IPA (both $8). Food trucks, including Roti Rolls and First Name Basis, will also be onsite.

Tickets to the Wells Fargo Festival Finale may be purchased online at spoletousa.org, over the phone at 843.579.3100, or in person at the Charleston Gaillard Center. Tickets are $35 for adults and $15 for children ages 6 to 12. Children ages 5 and under are admitted for free, though tickets will be required and can be reserved by calling the box office. Onsite parking is $10; ride-sharing to and from the event is encouraged. The event is rain or shine.

The Artisanals 

Fronted by Johnny Delaware, who grew up in a small town in South Dakota and now resides in Charleston, South Carolina, The Artisanals features guitarist Clay Houle, drummer Josh Hoover, and bassist Eric Mixon. The band formed in late 2016 following Delaware’s departure from SUSTO, and soon after the group dropped its first EP Literally, Anywhere. Their self-titled full-length debut album was released in September 2018, produced by Wolfgang Zimmerman and recorded at the Magic Barn, an Iowa-based studio that houses recording gear from the famed Magic Shop Studio in New York City. With sonic influences ranging from heartland rock neo-psychedelia to dream-pop, The Artisanals’ 10-track LP showcases Delaware and Houle’s knack for writing hooks as well as their ear for quality production. The album features such wide-ranging instrumentation as a gong, organ, piano, sitar, French horn, trombone, koto, and a string section sourced from the nearby University of Iowa.

Spoleto Festival USA

Founded in 1977, Spoleto Festival USA is an annual 17-day performing arts festival in Charleston, South Carolina, that presents leading artists in classical and popular music, opera, jazz, dance, and theater. With a mission of showcasing programs of the highest artistic caliber, the Festival also maintains a dedication to young artists, a passion for contemporary innovation, and an enthusiasm for providing unusual performance opportunities for established artists. In the more than four decades since its inception, the Festival has established itself as one of the world’s leading festivals, presenting more than 200 world or American premiere productions.

The 2019 season takes place May 24 – June 9 in various locations on the downtown peninsula, including the Dock Street Theatre, College of Charleston Cistern Yard, and the Charleston Gaillard Center.

Spoleto Festival USA is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.