Apr 10 2015

Sea and Sand Festival 2015

The Sea and Sand Festival opens today, at the time of this post actually, with the 2nd Annual Miss Sea and Sand Pageant kicking off at the Folly River Park. This family friendly event is celebrating its 25th year with fun activities for the kids, live music, art vendors, food and drink specials from participating restaurants, and other entertainment at one of the biggest street parties of the year. Come out tomorrow to see musical artists, such as Kevin West, and the local favorite folk band, Dangermuffin. They are just a couple of the bands who will be jamming on two stages, Broadstone and Corona, located on opposite ends of Center Street.

Kevin West is traveling from Los Angeles to his hometown of Folly Beach for a reunion show with brothers Jesse (bass) and Karl (drums) Anderson for the festival. After collaborating on his fourth album, Meaning of Life, with Daniel Crider (drummer for the Dead 27s) and Andy Master, he moved to LA to explore his talents and hasn’t had a chance to revisit his family’s home since 2011. Since then, he has found love with future wife and co-musician, Shawn Pipkin. “I play(ed) the chords for ‘Smile’ for my girlfriend Shawn and told her I was gonna call it ‘One Last Thing’, and she said what, like one last thing before you die? She said it with a big smile on her face. So, I said yeah that is kinda dark. I’m going to call this song ‘Smile”. Inspired by her beautiful smile,” he says. Kevin is looking forward to making the trip back to the east coast and eager to catch up with friends and family while he’s here. You can catch him at Sea and Sand on Saturday at 1pm on the Broadstone Stage and again at Mex 1 Coastal Cantina on St Andrews Blvd in West Ashley on Sunday at 7pm.

The band, Dangermuffin, is bringing their local flavor to the festival as well. Dan Lotti, lead singer and songwriter for the group, spent an extraordinary amount of time meditating and writing songs around Charleston, specifically on Folly Beach. The waves and local vibe gave songs their voice. “The melodies – I can’t take credit for them. They come into my head and are just there. I have to decide what to do with them. The spirituality of the beach is a conduit for the music,” Lotti explains. “Listen to the waves” is his mantra, and it shows in the band’s style.

Dangermuffin got their legs at the Surf Bar (who recently won the 3rd Charleston City Paper’s Best Of series for the Best Folly Beach Bar in a row). Since then, the earthy band has scattered and moved, with Lotti landing in the hills of North Carolina just outside of Asheville. He and his wife are enjoying hiking woodsy trails, growing an organic garden, and studying herbal medicine. Their life is simple, shamanic, without alcohol, and based on a solid ground of meditation and stretching. While the mountain life has opened doors and brought the band closer in proximity to a variety of gigs, the band’s devotion to Folly Beach is clear. “We can’t wait to get back and jam at Sea and Sand. The ocean represents an untouched ecosystem that we miss,” Lotti said.

We miss you too, Dangermuffin. We can’t wait to see you and all the other bands play at the 2015 Sea and Sand Festival tomorrow.

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