University of South Carolina’s McKissick Museum in Columbia, SC, Offer FOLKFabulous – Aug. 22, 2015


The University of South Carolina’s McKissick Museum will present the 3rd annual FOLKFabulous festival on August 22, 2015, from 11am-5pm in front of the Museum on USC’s historic Horseshoe in Columbia, SC. This event is free and open to the public.

FOLKFabulous brings together the best of South Carolina’s traditional musical performers, instrument makers, and community music advocates for a day of education, music making, and fun. Scheduled performing artists 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. Attendees are encouraged to bring their acoustic instruments and participate in our “picking tent,” regardless of their skill level or genre preference.  FOLKFabulous will also feature a Food Truck Rodeo.  For more information on the day’s schedule, performers, and participating artisans, visit: (

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.

FOLKFabulous is funded with support from the South Carolina Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts. Community partners include OneColumbia for History and Arts and the South Carolina Bluegrass and Traditional Music Association.

McKissick Museum tells the story of Southern life: community, culture, and environment. It 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 8:30am-5pm, Monday thru Friday and 11am-3pm, Saturdays. The museum is closed Sundays and State holidays.

For more information, call Ja-Nae Epps at 803/777-2876.


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