Every year, the Wells Fargo Festival Finale serves as the bittersweet climax of the Festival—marking the end of another season but doing so in a celebratory blaze of glory. Friends and families pack picnics and spread blankets on the grounds of Middleton Place for a full day of live music, historic garden walks, and fireworks. This year is no different! Grab your favorite people, food, and drinks, and listen to these local and regional bands as they take the stage throughout the day.
Charleston-based Becca Leigh and her band kick off the Wells Fargo Festival Finale at 4:00pm with original folk songs that evoke vivid imagery and emotion from her Doxologies EP album released in 2015. Expect to be whisked away by her introspective melodies that simultaneously ruminate on the beautiful and the painful.
She Returns From War takes the stage next. Fronted by Charleston’s own Hunter Park—recipient of Charleston City Paper’s 2016 singer-songwriter of the year award—her sound has grown from softer traditional folk to multi-layered Americana. Expect poignant lyrics and a presence that makes you feel like you’re in the company of an old friend. If you enjoyed Emmylou Harris in 2015, or Susto from last year’s Finale, then you’ll love She Returns From War.
If you liked 2015’s Johnny Delaware or last year’s The High Divers, don’t miss Charleston’s indie quintet with a rock ‘n roll backbone and catchy pop-rock elements, Brave Baby, at 6:30pm. With just two albums under their belt—2013’s Forty Bells and 2015’s Electric Friends—they have already carved out a defined identity as a band. Be sure to catch them at the Finale so you can tell your friends you saw them “before they were really big.”
The night will end on a high note when the energetic New Orleans-based rock group The Revivalists take the stage with their soulful and earnest songwriting. If you couldn’t keep yourself from singing and dancing along to St. Paul & The Broken Bones during the 2015 Finale, then rest assured The Revivalists are sure to stir up the same impulses. Expect an infectiously groovy live performance with hits you probably already know like “Which I Knew You” and “Monster.”
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Photo at top courtesy of The Revivalists