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Graffiti Magazine Volume 2 Issue 19
November 3, 2009, 8:50 pm
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Graffiti - Chazzfest 1Graffiti - Chazzfest 2ChazzFest Feature Article


The Charleston Music & Heritage Festival’s second year looks as though it’s going to be even more successful than in its debut year.  ChazzFest, as it’s better known in the Lowcountry, celebrates the evolution of music in our area, reflecting upon Charleston’s past and commemorating the opportunities that we have available for our future by featuring some of the area’s best new musicians.

As Riddick Lynch of Shoreline Productions (the main force behind ChazzFest) explains, “While New Orleans is generally assumed to be the birthplace of jazz, Charleston’s Jenkins Orphanage Bands of the 1890s may have actually been the first to play an evolving, experimental style of music that would later be called jazz.”  ChazzFest seeks to honor the roots of jazz in Charleston.  One new way that ChazzFest will give credit to the roots of jazz is by creating the ChazzFest Hall of Fame.  The inaugural inductee is Dizzy Gillespie, a native of Cheraw, South Carolina.  Lynch says that ChazzFest “will honor him at this year’s festival with a multi-media tribute featuring local trumpeter Charlton Singleton.”  Jazz isn’t the only music that will be highly celebrated at ChazzFest.  Beach music, that genre that was so popular in the LowCountry during the 1950s and 1960s, is going to be heavily represented by bands such as The Embers and Chairmen of the Board.

ChazzFest provides our community with a dose of culture suitable for all ages.  Headliners Kool & the Gang and Brandford Marsalis are just two of the amazing performers that will be featured on four stages at the beautiful Family Circle Tennis Center on September 22.  Other musical talents include the unique Sacred Steel group The Lee Boys, the contemporary JJ Grey & Mofro, and the legendary Toots & the Maytals.  Dottie Peoples, a killer gospel singer, will also perform.  Lynch adds that Peoples has “performed and recorded with Widespread Panic, and Panic fans will remember her smokin’ back up vocals on ‘All Time Low’ from ‘Til the Medicine Takes.”

Lynch explains, “Our objective is to make ChazzFest a little bigger and better each year.”  So far, I’d say they’re off to a fantastic start.  I have a feeling that last year’s success, which included BB King and local natives Hootie & the Blowfish, is going to be trumped by this year’s even more diverse lineup.  Where else can you go to enjoy reggae, jazz, rock and R&B all in one day?  What makes it all the more sweet is that every song is sure to be performed with plenty of soul.  If you plan on attending ChazzFest, Lynch advises, “Expect to have a blast and see a ton of great music.  We’re encouraging everyone to rest up beforehand . . . It will be eleven hours of continuous music on four stages, so it makes for a long day.”  A long, awesome, fantastic day.

If you were unlucky enough to miss out on last year’s legendary ChazzFest, don’t make the same mistake again.  This all-day and evening event is certain to leave you counting down the days until the next ChazzFest.


Graffiti - Tie One OnTie One On



Fashion has really always been a woman’s world.  Women have dresses, shoes, handbags, and more to express their personalities and fashion taste.  Men have suits, shirts, pants . . . and, on more casual days, the t-shirt.  Ties, that little accent piece of a nice suit or blazer and pant combo, give men the much-needed opportunity to express themselves through their clothing.

This fall, tie fashion is going insane.  Rick Robinson of Tom James Co. in Mount Pleasant explains that in the past, “burgundies and reds were the go-to tie, but that has changed drastically in the past year and a half.”

Now, it seems as though brighter colors are making waves, especially greens and purples, which have been typically seen as spring hues.  Chip Ervin of Grady Ervin & Co. agrees with Robinson, adding that “bright colors are popular year round for suits and sport coats alike.  Orange, lime green, and all shades of pink still seem to bring a pop to any outfit.”  Fall 2007 also shows a favoring towards earth tones and terra cottas, Robinson elaborates.

So, boys, it seems as though this fall, you’ve been given a chance to dress up your wardrobe with exciting colors.  Keep your old, traditional red and blue striped ties, but liven up your tie rack with some vibrant shades that will have the ladies checking you out . . . even if they’re looking just because of your wardrobe.

Grady Ervin & Co.

Chip Ervin states that “wovens still lead the way for business attire and dressy looks,” and his selection of ties reflect this statement.  Woven ties do seem to be of better quality, and they give a suit texture and a pop that other ties can’t seem to achieve.  All of the above ties can be found at Grady Ervin & Co., 313 King Street, Downtown Charleston.  They are all made of 100% silk.  (From left to right: Atelier F & B, Made in France, $95.  Robert Talbott, Best of Class, $120.  Robert Talbott, $85.  Hugh Parsons, $98. www.gradyervin.com)

Gwynn’s

For a high-quality tie, it’s “all about the lining and prints,” Marshall Simon explains.  And the finer silk doesn’t need a lining.  This is the case for the Robert Talbott Seven Fold tie series.  The tie consists of a full meter of fabric that is folded onto itself to create this fine tie—hence, the name Seven Fold.  What makes this piece even more exclusive is that the designer only manufactured forty of these ties, so they are severely limited.  The ties are hand-sewn with the finest silk and woven in Italy.  Seven Fold ties can be found at Gwynn’s in Mount Pleasant.  (Robert Talbott, Seven Fold, $225. www.gwynns.com)

Tom James Co.

In the world of ties, you’ll “always have traditional stripes and other patterns that are conservative,” Rick Robinson says.  However, this fall, it looks as though polka dots are making a comeback.  We’re all going to see a lot of small multi-colored stripes, geometric patterns, and the “rooster tie,” which is the term for a wool knit tie.  In other words:  things are livening up a bit.  Out with the boring, in with the exciting!  Tom James Co. is located in Mount Pleasant and 150 other offices throughout the world, and all of their ties are manufactured by Brown & Church Ties, a company based in North Carolina.  (All ties: Holland & Sherry by Brown & Church, 100% silk, $135.  www.tomjamesco.com)

M. Dumas & Sons

Jordan Lash agrees that ties are getting “funkier” this year.  We’ll be seeing crazier paisley patterns and conversational ties out the yin-yang.  M. Dumas & Sons, located at 294 King Street in Downtown Charleston, features Vineyard Vines ties.  These are their best-selling ties and feature fun patterns such as anchors, golf tees, and even pigs and eggs.  These are the ties that people will scrutinize for an hour and then finally comment on with smiles on their faces.  The store’s best selling pattern, however, is the Palmetto tree and crescent moon, the tribute to South Carolina.  (Vineyard Vines, 100% imported silk, $65.  www.locountry.com/dumas/default.htm)


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