The Michael Martin Band had a busy weekend planned for them. It was Memorial Day Weekend, three shows had been booked, and friends were driving from Indiana, Tennessee, and Florida to see them play and spend the weekend with them. The gigs were booked all over the lowcountry of South Carolina, from Summerville to Folly Beach to downtown Charleston.
Friday night started with a show at the Coosaw Creek Crab Shack in Summerville, SC. The band and their friends took the long drive from downtown to Summerville with expectations of good seafood, cold beverages, awesome music, and a great time. The Michael Martin Band played long in to the night on the screened in patio with the sun setting to their backs. As the evening turned to night, a special guest, Scott Martin, showed up to drum in the last set for the band and helped end the show with a bang!
The Michael Martin Band and their friends went back to the FM Studio that night to party and celebrate a successful beginning of Memorial weekend.
The partying lasted long in to the night, but the group had no trouble getting up and moving the next morning. It was now off to Folly Beach to enjoy the sunshine, water, and paradise. The group spent hours on the beach, in the waves, and a few even tried their hands (unsuccessfully) at surfing.
The group wandered off the beach to a patio bar, Chico Feo, to refuel and to rehydrate. We were gifted with a surprise acoustic set from the Michael Martin Band as they were asked to play in the shade for everyone at the patio bar.
The gig that night was booked at Follywood, right off the main Folly Road. The venue was small, but the atmosphere was just right for a party, as everyone in the joint was ready and willing to let loose and listen to the music. Josh Hatfield even found himself baby sitting a dog at one point in the night.
Saturday was a little bit rougher on the gang in the morning, but after a tour of Downtown Charleston, and stepping in to Tommy Condon’s Irish Pub, the group seemed to regain their composure and will to party and finish out the weekend on a high note.
The set consisted of a mix of Michael Martin Band’s traditional cowpunk style with Irish punk to please the bar owners and patrons. It was a rowdy time that featured the musical talents of Barry Banks and Tim Sutkis. The night wore on, the drinks were flowing, and the group was not ready to call it quits when the set was over, so they all ventured to Big John’s Tavern for a night cap.
The partying again lasted long in to the night, and that next morning saw the departure of most of the friends that had come to spend Memorial weekend with the Michael Martin Band. The weekend was over, but the memories will last a lifetime.
Don’t miss out on the next FM Music blowout in Charleston. 4th of July? Labor Day? We’ll get back to you on that.
Thank you for reading and vicariously enjoying a weekend with the Michael Martin Band!
Want to see the Michael Martin Band live for yourself?! Stop by Big John’s Tavern on Sunday nights or Tommy Condon’s Irish Pub on Tuesday nights, both in downtown Charleston, SC. If you need a different night of the week, leave a message in the comment section with the dates that you will be in town and I will tell you where they will be playing that night.