Vibes And Vocals
The dunes are alive with the sound of music. You’ll find some big talent on our small islands. Local musician Marci Shore takes a tour through Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island live music hotspots to bring you the lowdown on the scene and sounds to be found on the sea islands this season. Photo by Steve Rosamillia.
the windjammer.com, 1008 Ocean Blvd., IOP, SC 29451, 843.886.8596
It’s always a “jam good time” at this Isle of Palms institution. A favorite with locals and tourists alike, the Windjammer has withstood the test of time and elements since 1972. Tis no frills, casual oceanfront bar is known for its friendly bartenders and reasonably priced and simply delicious cheeseburgers. Happy Hour Monday through Friday, 4 -7 p.m. Beach volleyball court, pool tables, a back deck overlooking the ocean, 5 web cams, Bikini Bash every Sunday from May 24 through August 9.
Acts scheduled for this summer include: Medicated Sunfish, Slippery When Wet, The Ultimate Bon Jovi Tribute Band, Cody Purvis, Sister Hazel and Cowboy Mouth.
MORGAN CREEK GRILL
morgancreekgrill.com, 80 41st Ave., IOP, SC 29451, 843.886.8980 Vibe
The only island location where you can eat, watch the sunset, listen to music and see a variety of boats as they travel the Intracoastal Waterway all at the same time. Upper deck views, outdoor bar, outdoor stage and oyster roasts every Saturday afternoon October through December. Happy Hour Tuesday through Friday, 4 -7 p.m. Sunday brunch 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Only the best local talent plays at Morgan Creek catch them on Fridays, Saturdays, and some Sundays usually starting at 5 p.m.
coconutjoes.biz, 1120 Ocean Blvd., IOP, SC 29451, 843.886.0046
On Isle of Palms, Coconut Joe’s features a rooftop tiki bar with a panorama of the Atlantic. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Under the same ownership, Island Joe’s, in front of Coconut Joe’s, serves up fun foods like ice cream, coffee drinks, funnel cakes and hot dogs. Happy Hour Monday through Friday, 4 -7 p.m.
For their 14th season, Mystic Vibrations perform on the rooftop bar on Sundays for “Reggae on The Roof,” 1:30–5 p.m. Music on the roof Tuesday and Wednesday evenings as well.
thebananacabanasc.com, 1130 Ocean Blvd., IOP, SC 29451, 843.886.4360
A casual, beachfront establishment on Isle of Palms’ main strip, the Banana Cabana is hopping for lunch and dinner with a wide variety of food, from pizza to quesadillas. Happy Hour Monday through Friday, 4-7 p.m.
Daily music outside on the back patio, just steps away from the beach.
dinghyiop.com, 8 J C Long Blvd., IOP, SC 29451, 843.242.8310
Across the street from the Windjammer, The Dinghy has established itself as a hot spot. Tough only in its second season, the Dinghy has an unassuming Key West vibe and a variety of unique beers on tap, plus appetizers, salads, and sandwiches. Martini Mondays and Moscow Mules are specialties. Happy Hour Monday through Friday 4- 7 p.m.
With live music most nights of the week, this little dive bar gets crowded with fun.
HOME TEAM BBQ
hometeambbq.com, 2209 Middle St., Sullivan’s Island, SC 29482, 843.883.3131
Nationally acclaimed BBQ, the frozen concoction The Game Changer and an always stellar music line up make Home Team BBQ a hub of young energy on Sullivan’s Island. Home Team recently opened its third area location, in downtown Charleston. Happy Hour Monday through Friday 4- 7 p.m. Tuesday night is Team Trivia night.
Music starts late, 10 p.m. most Friday and Saturday nights. Check the online schedule. You’ll likely hear blues, bluegrass or Americana/ rock/country by national, regional and local touring talent. Shane Pruitt, Jeff Jenson Band, Voo Davis, Kenny George Band, Eric Culberson, and the Outervention are among the lineup for this summer.
DUNLEAVY’S IRISH PUB
dunleavysonsullivans.com 2213 Middle St., Sullivan’s Island, SC 29482, 843.883.9646
Situated on the corner of Sullivan’s Island, the pub has been family operated for over 20 years and has a loyal following of locals. Daily specials, highly sought-after cheeseburgers and wings. Happy Hour Monday through Friday 4 -7 p.m.
In season, there will likely be music Friday and Saturday nights, and some Tuesdays, featuring local acoustic and blues musicians.
therefugeiop.com, 1517 Palms Blvd., IOP, SC 29451, 843.242.8934
On Isle Palms at the Harris Teeter shopping center, The Refuge is an elegant coffee bar with bagels and pastries in the morning, gourmet sandwiches by day, with an upscale menu and cocktails at night. Happy Hour Monday through Friday, 4-7 p.m.
Live music for Sunday brunch and some evenings Wednesday through Saturday.