by Lacey Young
Things kick off at 4 p.m. with an oyster roast on the deck lasting until 9 p.m. Music continues through the night. Rusty Cole, the bassist of local band Sol Driven Train, turns a year older, offering yet another opportunity to get local musicians together.
“It isn’t the same as a paid gig,” says event organizer Alfred Garrett. “It’s a chance for a bunch of different musicians to come together, play, and have a good time.”
Admission is $6 for the events on the back deck and $10 for the full day and main stage show. For the third year running, all proceeds from the night will benefit the Jef Jel Project, a nonprofit organization aimed to assist struggling communities in the Senegalese village of Ndangane in West Africa. Last year’s event financed the construction of a new maternity center in the heart of Ndangane. This year, efforts are focused on building restrooms in local schools of the village.