by Paul Bowers
Skinful Halloween, an annual party now in its 13th year, will be held at the Music Farm this year on Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. The event went through several venue changes due to local opposition and regulations before arriving at the downtown Charleston music venue. The ticket price will remain $100.
People who have already purchased tickets to Skinful will receive an e-mail from Stranger Tickets tonight informing them that they have 48 hours to get a refund on their tickets. Once any unwanted tickets are returned, event organizer David "Big Hair" Brisacher says those tickets will go on sale — and he expects they will sell out quickly. Skinful, traditionally an outdoor event, has had crowds of thousands in the past, but this year it will be restricted by the Music Farm's smaller capacity, which is under 1,000.
Event organizers Brisacher and Brian King say Flavor Flav will still host the event, and musical acts Ozomatli, Dirt Nasty, Blowlfly, Cee Know the Doodle Bug (of the Digable Planets), and local reggae band the Dubplates will play the Music Farm stage. Brisacher says he will reach out to other Charleston music venues to see if the other bands who had been slated to perform at Skinful can play a show elsewhere in town. The event will still feature art installations from Scott Debus and Patch Whisky.
The party was held in previous years at the Brick House Kitchen on James Island, but it was relocated to property in tiny Meggett, S.C., this year after noise ordinances forced the organizers to take the event out of the county. Brisacher says everything was ready to go in Meggett — including free shuttles, a camping site, a helicopter landing pad, and the hiring of 25 private security officers and 17 sheriff's deputies — when the town attorney called and said he was going to appeal the special event permit for Skinful. Locals there objected to the racy party, as did locals near a historic plantation on Edisto Island, a backup location where plans also fell through. Other potential venues that didn't work out included a marina on the Ashley River and property near Poplar Grove.
Brisacher says the event will have some private security in addition to the normal Saturday night police presence. Some shuttle and cab companies might still offer special Skinful rates, but, he says, "that is up to the individual companies." Skinful's website and Facebook page will be updated with the new event information tonight.