COLUMBIA — McKissick Museum at the University of South Carolina will hold its third annual FOLKFabulous festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 22 on USC’s historic Horseshoe in Columbia. The event is free and open to the public.
This year FOLKFabulous celebrates South Carolina’s rich musical heritage by highlighting musical performers, instrument makers, and community music advocates.
As a special treat, organizers have added a pickin’ tent to the day’s events. Attendees are encouraged to bring their acoustic instruments and join the jam sessions, regardless of skill level or genre preference.
Scheduled performing artists for FOLKFabulous include NEA National Heritage Fellow Drink Small, Mill Billy Blues, Minister Jarell Smalls, Palmetto Blue, John Thomas Fowler, El-Shaddai Ambassador’s Choir, and Grupo Frenesi Digital.
Demonstrating instrument makers include Appalachian Spirit Instruments, luthier Steve Reeves, Gullah Geechie cultural advocate Queen Quet, and Native American flute maker Chris Weik.
In addition, advocates from the hip-hop, traditional gospel, old-time music, and bluegrass music communities will be featured in interactive presentations. FOLKFabulous will also feature a Food Truck Rodeo. For more information on the day’s schedule, performers, and participating artisans, visit artsandsciences.sc.edu/mckissickmuseum.
FOLKFabulous will open McKissick’s newest exhibition, Heard at Every Turn: Traditional Music in South Carolina. This exhibit represents year three of McKissick’s Diverse Voices series, which celebrates the traditional arts and folkways of the Southeastern United States.
Heard at Every Turn will explore the diversity of traditional music in South Carolina from historical and contemporary perspectives, with a particular focus on the shared histories, geographies, and aesthetics among these varied musical expressions in the Palmetto State.
McKissick Museum is located on the University of South Carolina’s historic Horseshoe with available parking in the garage at the corner of Pendleton and Bull streets. All exhibits are free and open to the public. Museum hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. The museum is closed Sundays and state holidays.