Ryan Cargile made lots of friends in Charleston's music scene as a member of Kapone and In Reverie. And now those friends are coming together to help the late musician's daughter, Clover. This weekend's Cloverfest was created in memory of Cargile, and it will raise money for his three-year-old daughter's education and future.
"Ryan was a personal friend to many people in this town," says Amy Hutto of local music podcast The Charleston Buzz (thecharlestonbuzz.com), the event's main promoter.
Kally Knight of Knight Booking, who helped gather the bands, has been close with the Cargile family for years.
"Everyone that's playing was friends with Ryan in some way, shape, or form," he says.
Those friendships have helped put nearly 20 local and national acts on the festival's line-up. Take a close-knit community of musicians and friends — a family even — and add music as a tribute, and you've got Cloverfest.
Cargile's brother, Brad, originally came up with the idea. But Cloverfest is a result of the efforts of many close to the family, including Hutto and Knight. "We're all good friends, and we've supported each other for several years," Hutto says.
The three-day event kicks off at the Music Farm and continues through the weekend at the Oasis Bar & Grill. Many artists have reunited for the festival, including Quench, Kapone, Double 0, Near Fatal Fall, and In Reverie.
"Some of these bands haven't played together in 12 years," says Knight, who sang for Quench a few years ago. "It's great they've gotten back together for the cause."
Hutto, Knight, and the Cloverfest crew hope these reunions will draw a crowd. "It will be a very historic moment for music in Charleston, not only having these reunions but having them all together for this cause," says Hutto. "It's going to be a rock show all the way around."
From heavy metal by local headbangers Children's Choir to the mustached indie rockers The Channels, Cloverfest has plenty to like. Cargile's former bands will also play the Farm for Friday's kick-off.
For many fans and friends, this may be a chance to relive the heydays of bands that were staples of the Charleston music scene not so long ago.
"Some of these bands would sell out venues when they used to play. It's a great chance to see bands you loved five or 10 years ago," says Knight.
"The cause alone is a good reason for people to come out," Hutto adds. "It's much bigger than just the music."
Attendees who buy a ticket for the first night at the Music Farm will receive a copy of Cloverfest,: Volume 1, and can get in to the next two nights at the Oasis for free.
Everyone involved can be proud they have provided a forum for good memories and high spirits.