The Wells Fargo Festival Finale is upon us at last! As one of the Festival’s longest standing traditions, Middleton Place has become the ideal location to celebrate the culmination of the past 17 days of Spoleto Festival USA. Enjoy music, food, drinks, scenery, and fireworks TOMORROW (Sunday, June 7) as the Festival’s 39th season in Charleston comes to a close.
Use this helpful list of DO’s and DON’Ts when planning your day at Middleton Place:
DO bring all of your picnic essentials. Coolers are permitted. The Beer Garden will also be serving food and beverages on-site until 8pm.
DON’T bring your grill or plan to start an open flame.
DO bring your own chairs, tables, blankets, pillows, towels, etc…
DON’T bring tents, beach umbrellas, campers, or TARPS.
DO enjoy the wandering animals and majestic trees…from afar. (Climbing and petting not permitted.)
DON’T bring pets*.
DO enjoy the fresh air and beautiful grounds of Middleton Place. Gates open at 3:30pm and your ticket grants you access to the grounds so take advantage of the opportunity to wander.
DON’T smoke anywhere on the grounds and definitely DON’T litter!
*Legitimate service animals are permitted.
Why you should attend the Wells Fargo Festival Finale according to Media Relations Apprentice Connor Fox:
“I was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama and couldn’t be happier to see the Magic City’s own St. Paul & The Broken Bones make their Spoleto Festival USA debut. From performing on The Late Show with David Letterman, taking Europe by storm, and most recently, becoming an opening act for a few of The Rolling Stones tour dates, the band has become widely regarded in such a short amount of time and for all the right reasons. The solid seven-piece band plays as if they’ve been together for years and with a timeless, retro sound that’s contagiously energetic. Paul Janeway’s passion and boundless, soulful voice will carry you to an indescribable place and into a state of harmony from the moment he grabs the microphone. The expansive venue of Middleton Place is the perfect backdrop for their powerful sound. This experience will undoubtedly get you moving on your feet and leave you wanting so much more.”
CLICK HERE to purchase your ticket to the Wells Fargo Festival Finale. Today is the LAST DAY to purchase a $35 adult ticket/$15 child ticket. Admission increases to $40 tomorrow (Sunday). Children aged 5 and under are admitted free of charge.
Tickets may be purchased online at spoletousa.org or over the phone at 843.579.3100 until 11am on Sunday. In-person sales at the Charleston Visitor Center (375 Meeting Street) will be open until 2pm. Tickets will be available at the gate at Middleton Place starting at 3:30pm.
Avoid the lines! Will Call at the Charleston Visitor Center will be open until 2pm on Sunday.
FINALE BAND SCHEDULE:
4:15pm – 5pm | Johnny Delaware
5:15pm – 6pm | Steven Fiore
6:15pm – 7pm | The Tarlatans
St. Paul & The Broken Bones will take the stage at 8:30pm, and no Finale would be complete without a spectacular display of post-concert fireworks to bring the Festival to its celebratory close.
Johnny Delaware is a charming, laid-back, singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who settled in Charleston after traveling around the United States in search of a place to feel at home. While in school he spent much of his time in his dorm room perfecting his guitar chops and eventually moved to Nashville to begin a career in music. Since then he has relocated many times—Black Hills, South Dakota, to Nashville, to Albuquerque, to Austin, and eventually to Charleston in 2013 where he recorded Secret Wave with Wolfgang Zimmerman while slinging pizzas at D’Allesandro’s on St. Philip Street. Delaware describes his music as “just pop rock, honestly” with some country and indie influences thrown in.
“If we follow our intuition, we’re going to take risks, and doors are going to open that we never really expected” — Johnny Delaware.
Steven Fiore, a former Charleston resident, has been playing the guitar and singing since he was 14 years old. In his early 20’s he bounced back and forth between Boston and Charleston busking on city streets and playing shows wherever he could. Fiore’s songs include original creations as well as covers. His music is stripped down and honest. Using just his voice and a guitar as his vehicles of expression, you believe Fiore is feeling what he’s singing.
“In his own right, Fiore…is a gifted writer with a voice made for heartbreak and confession. ” — Charleston City Paper
The Tarlatans are a Charleston based indie/alternative trio band, comprised of guitarist & vocalist Taylor McCleskey, bassist Eric Mixon, and drummer Blake Shorter. Their music is perfect for the Spoleto finale: optimistic and reminiscent of lazy summer days and road trips. The Tarlatans have collaborated on albums with G.Love and Jay Clifford.
“We want to be the best at what we do. If you’re a banker, you want to be the best. We make music, and we’re going to go all out” — The Tarlatans.
ST. PAUL & THE BROKEN BONES
The headliner, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, is a seven piece soul band that hails from Birmingham, Alabama. Not only do they play soul music, they radiate the wholesome, emotional soul way of life. Originally intended as a “last hurrah” between vocalist Paul Janeway and bassist Jesse Phillips in 2012, the two quickly found their voice and their band grew rapidly, capturing the attention of managers and labels. This summer St. Paul and the Broken Bones will open for The Rolling Stones, and a song of theirs was featured in the blockbuster movie Fifty Shades of Grey. Whether it’s their sound that simultaneously makes you want to laugh, cry, and dance or their contagious, energetic stage presence, this show is guaranteed to be unforgettable. (Photo by David McClister.)
“A lot of it comes from having this moment that’s an out-of-body experience — having this moment where you connect with something beyond yourself” — Paul Janeway on what music means to him.
St. Paul & The Broken Bones perform live on The Late Show with David Letterman:
“Janeway’s charisma and energy achieves volcanic levels as soon as he steps out on stage, especially with the support of his exuberant, drumhead-tight backing band.” —TimesFreePress
Images provided by the artists.