Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art 2014 Poster

The second annual Seaside Palette kicked off Pawleys Island Festival of Music & Art’s 24th year. This year’s event was held exclusively in downtown Georgetown, and ended with a Wet Paint Sale and reception on the lawn of the Kaminski House Museum. The Chalk Walk was again held in Huntington Beach State Park, in conjunction with Atalya Arts and Crafts Festival, with a huge crowd attending. The 15th Annual Pawleys Island Wine Gala, held under the big tent at The Reserve Golf Club of Pawleys Island, offered hors d’oeuvres and over 100 wines to wine enthusiasts, connoisseurs, and guests and this year’s Reverse Drawing was a hit with guests. The The Manhattan Transfer headlined this year’s festival and the sold out crowd was not disappointed. The Rodney Mack Philadelphia Big Brass Band provided audiences with an evocative musical look back through American music spanning pre-Civil War through the Civil Rights Movement. On Sunday afternoon, the talented dancers of North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble kept audiences on their toes with their spirited performance. The second week kicked off with the amazing talent of Ken Lavigne. His show, “The Road to Carnegie Hall,” was a highlight of this year’s festival. Coming all the way from England, the Swingle Singers gave an a cappella performance that wowed all in attendance. Their song with the students of Waccamaw High School chorus brought a standing ovation. On the last Friday, audiences were treated to the beautiful “Rhapsody in Bluegrass” show by Annie Moses Band, a Julliard-trained group that had many dancing in the aisles. The Bronx Wanderers’ incredible renditions of songs we all know by heart set the tone for a wonderful sold-out tabled event. To close this year’s festival, the Sunday Seaside Showcase featured six local bands and all funds raised were donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.


Festival 2013 Poster

This year’s event was kicked off with the 14th Annual Pawleys Island Wine Gala, held under the big tent at The Reserve Golf Club of Pawleys Island, offering hors d’oeuvres and over 100 wines to wine enthusiasts, connoisseurs, and guests. The first Seaside Palette, En Plein Air, was held in locations in downtown Georgetown and Pawleys Island, with much success. The very popular Chalk Under the Oaks event was moved to Huntington Beach State Park, in conjunction with Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival with a record number of artists participating. Headliners Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr. rocked a sold out crowd with an electrifying performance of songs we all know by heart. Local musician and American Idol finalist, Elise Testone, gave the crowds a rocking Sunday afternoon performance. Her song with the children of Teach My People brought a standing ovation. Pianist Emile Pandolfi’s lush arrangements of time-honored popular standards and Broadway hits had concert-goers singing along and tapping their toes. The next night, the pop-classical singers, Vivace, wowed audiences with the beauty and skill of their performance. A fun Friday night was had by all who attended the blue great Mac Arnold’s concert. Along with his band, A Plate Full O’ Blue, this concert was a night to remember. Closing the 2013 Pawleys Island Festival of Music & Art, The Movin’ Out Band performed at the annual tabled event. A sold out crowd enjoyed elegant picnic dinners while this band’s rendition of Billy Joel tunes soon had them dancing in the aisles.


Pawleys Island Festival of Music & Art 2012 Poster

This year’s event was again kicked off with The Wearable Art Luncheon held at Tommy Bahama Restaurant at the Market Common. A silent auction displayed jewelry, hats, scarves, and artwork made by local artists, with proceeds benefiting the Kathryn Bryan Metts Scholarship and PIFMA. The Gallery Crawl featured several art galleries from Murrells Inlet to Georgetown, displaying the visual arts treasures of the Lowcountry and its artists. The 3rd annual independent film series graced the screens of Tara Theatre at Litchfield Golf & Beach Resort over a two-night, four-film display, featuring explorations of the Hobcaw Barony, an aerial circus and the life of Jack Kerouac. The 13th Annual Pawleys Island Wine Gala took over the lawns of The Reserve Golf Club of Pawleys Island, offering hors d’oeuvres and over 100 wines to wine enthusiasts, connoisseurs, and guests. Headliner Steve Tyrell was a hit with audiences, offering soulful renditions of classic jazz favorites. The following afternoon Mac Arnold performed his electric blues tunes at the Reserve Golf Club as well. All Saints Church hosted a concert by Taylor Johnson, Soprano, with an opening number by a Young Treasures Scholars, celebrating our area’s talented young artists and musicians. Fireworks Ensemble, an amplified chamber band, hosted a workshop at Waccamaw High School, and performed at the new Waccamaw High School Auditorium. Blues singer Deborah Silver crooned to audiences at The Reserve Golf Club, and the next night, Legends of Motown, starring Horizon, sang to dining guests during the tabled event, with complimentary desserts catered by Croissants Bistro & Bakery. The last day of the Festival was Family Day, with Terralynn Lake leading the artists during the 3rd Annual Chalk Walk, and the Children’s Theatre group performing Once Upon a Time.


Pawleys Island Festival of Music & Art 2011 Poster

The 21st season of Pawleys Island Festival of Music & Art (PIFMA) was held at beautiful Brookgreen Gardens this year, but PIFMA also hosted several other events in various locations from Georgetown to Myrtle Beach. The first annual Wearable Art Luncheon kicked off the two-week long affair, featuring unique pieces crafted and donated by local artists to benefit the Kathy B. Metts Visual Arts Scholarship and the Pawleys Island Festival of Music & Art. The event included a strolling fashion show and was held at Tommy Bahama Restaurant at The Market Common. The Gallery Crawl was held that first Sunday afternoon, with various art galleries from Murrells Inlet to Georgetown showcasing their best pieces. Following success from last year, Tara Theatre was the location for PIFMA’s second independent film series. Four movies spanned two nights, ranging from an exploration of Gullah heritage to an appreciation of South Carolina artists. The 12th Annual Pawleys Island Wine Gala gathered at The Reserve Golf Club of Pawleys Island, presenting over 66 wines from a diverse group of wineries across the nation. Headliner Spyro Gyra, an American jazz fusion band, rocked audiences with funky instrumentals, and the next day’s audiences were captivated by bluegrass group Kickin Grass Band. Charleston Chamber Opera gave a performance at Holy Cross Faith Memorial Episcopal Church, offering a fresh approach to opera, with a theatrical fusion of music and art. A Capella group Ball in the House led show choir workshops at Waccamaw and Carolina Forest High Schools, and then performed with each choir at Brookgreen Gardens. David Osborne Trio graced Brookgreen Gardens as well with a range of piano tunes. The Hit Men rocked the tabled event, with guests decorating tables for the competition and enjoying complimentary dessert while being entertained by a blast from the past rendition of songs from Frankie Valli’s Original Four Seasons. Family Day was the final day of PIFMA, including the Chalk Walk featuring the talents of Lee Jones, and the Bits ‘N Pieces Puppet Theatre performing The Musical Tale of Peter Rabbit.


Festival 2010

This year’s sparkling event was primarily held under the dripping oaks of Litchfield Plantation, but the event started with PIFMA’s first independent film series, held at Tara Theatre, featuring four fascinating films. Our popular fundraiser, the Pawleys Island Wine Gala was well attended with over 145 wines available for tasting and, in addition, wine connoisseurs had a new opportunity this year with our Private Wine Tasting held the night before the Wine Gala. This new event was small and intimate, featuring high end wines and delicious pairings that made this a very special evening. Another new event, Chalk Under the Oaks, was fun for the entire family. It was led by nationally known chalk artist, Lee Jones. Headliner, Steve March Tormé, entertained audiences with renditions of his famous father’s songs and, the next day, blues fans had their day as Cool John Ferguson played under the oaks. Held at Holy Cross Faith Memorial Church, classical guitarist, Marco Sartor, amazed everyone attending with his incredible talent. The last Friday of PIFMA was a beautiful night, with even more beautiful music by jazz great, Judy Carmichael, who also spent that morning teaching local high school students about what it means to be a professional musician. The tabled event was also held that final weekend, and everyone wanted to get up and dance to the swing sound of the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra. Our last day saw a performance just for the little ones. “It’s Showtime,” by the Grand Strand Theatrical Youth Players was fun for both the actors and the audience. That same afternoon, PIFMA’s Gallery Crawl was held with five local art galleries participating.


The tenth annual Pawleys Island Wine Gala kicked off this year’s two-weekend event with record breaking attendance at the Carriage House in moss-draped Litchfield Plantation. The next night, a full house enjoyed Grammy Award-winning vocalist Steve Tyrell’s entertaining performance under the big tent in Brookgreen Gardens. The smooth jazz sounds of Ann Caldwell and Enrique Haneine at Jazz Under the Oaks in Litchfield Plantation on Sunday afternoon brought the first weekend to a successful conclusion. The second weekend began with the much-loved table event, featuring Long Bay Chamber Orchestra, led by Dr. Charles Evans Jones. Dallas Brass captured the hearts of the audience on Saturday night with a fun-filled mix of Dixieland, swing, Broadway, Hollywood and patriotic music. The audience gave a standing ovation to our own Georgetown High School Band, who skillfully performed a number with this entertaining musical ensemble. A treat for the little ones closed the 2009 Pawleys Island Festival of Music & Art. Bits ‘N’ Pieces Puppet Theatre’s brought squeals of delight from the crowd during their performance of Alice in Wonderland on Sunday afternoon; a perfect ending to another successful year.


The year’s event opened with the newgrass sound of Sam Bush, followed by an encore performance by Barrage, who were brought back this year by popular demand. A well-attended performance by the Waccamaw High School Chorus was followed by the Hallalujah Singers on Sunday afternoon. The next weekend brought us back to our classical roots with performances by Phillip Powell, Agnes Kael-Nagy and Erin Althoff. On Saturday, audiences enjoyed the comedy and improv of Chicago City Limits, and Sunday afternoon, our own Ilka Doubek choreographed and directed an original dance theatre event, “Fairy Tale & Fantasy Figures.” The Long Bay Chamber Orchestra gave a rousing performance at the tabled event this year, followed by another delightful afternoon of Jazz Under the Oaks, bringing another successful Festival to a close.


Four themed weekends brought musical pleasure to thousands during the 2007 Festival. The Charleston Symphony Orchestra highlighted the Classical weekend, with the College of Charleston Choir and Cellist, Colin Carr performed with Pianist, Thomas Sauer. The Pops and Dance Music weekend was dominated by the amazing, high-energy performance of Barrage, and the well-loved music of The Kadillacs. A special performance of Peter and the Wolf was a special treat for our younger art lovers. Bélla Fleck and The Flecktones kicked off the Jazz and Blues weekend with a sold out Friday night performance. The melodic sounds of Tinsley Ellis and Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience and an afternoon of Jazz Under the Oaks rounded out the weekend. Our Tribute Weekend began with Jim Witter performing the music of Lennon and McCartney. A Tribute to the Piano, played by local favorite, Rocky Fretz, delighted the audience and brought the Festival to a successful close.


The 2006 Festival was a great success, with artists’ performances including the great jazz pianist Ramsey Lewis, who performed a riveting performance to a sold-out crowd! The audience couldn’t stay in their seats! Other highlights of the Festival included a Gershwin On Broadway evening, the Nashville Mandolin Ensemble, BlueRidge, and another starlit performance by the Long Bay Chamber Orchestra. Bill Pinkney & The Gospel Drifters kicked off the series, with another children’s performance (Cinderella) by the Enchantment Theatre Company. Dr. Lorin Mason was inducted into the Festival of Fame, and thousands enjoyed the many great concerts at Brookgreen!


This year marked two significant changes in the Festival: a new location and new dates. We moved to beautiful Brookgreen Gardens for the month of October, which worked well on both fronts. Many say it was the most successful Festival yet, with Music of the Generations as our theme, highlighting the music from the 40’s (In the Mood Live), the 50’s (Let the Good Times Roll – Dance Sounds from the 50’s) and the 70’s (The Piano Men). World-renowned jazz with Branford Marsalis, the Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana Spanish Dance Company, Bluegrass at Brookgreen, the Long Bay Chamber Orchestra, our first Children’s Theater featuring Pinocchio, the Miami String Quartet, and our annual Pawleys Island Wine Festival rounded out Festival 2005.


Art, stage plays, literature, dance, and of course, wonderful music all combined for a remarkable fourteenth season of the Festival. September 2004 will be long remembered, not only for its weather challenges, but for the sell-out performances of headliner Delbert McClinton and Rocky Fretz playing Andrew Lloyd Webber.


The 2003 festival was a landmark season with the festival moving to its 11,000 square foot performance venue. A sell-out performance by Grammy award-winning jazz legend Chuck Mangione headlined the year, along with Grammy award-winner, The Nashville Bluegrass Band. The nationally acclaimed Richmond Ballet and the Long Bay Chamber Orchestra added dramatic classical programs to the month-long festival.


The 2002 festival featured a new and expanded look at the visual arts in the area by joining with six wonderful galleries in the Trolley Art Crawl. Dance returned to the line up as well. The music selections covered chorale, beach music, jazz, symphony, bluegrass, gospel and spiritual.


The Sound of Music: With the debut of our own Pops Orchestra, a Caberet, a Choral performance, a diverse African-American program and Musical Theatre, we launch the second program of the new millennium.


In the year 2000, the Festival of Music & Art celebrated its tenth anniversary with “Horizons 2002.” Six musical programs were offered, as well as two visual arts programs and a theatre performance.


The 1999 Festival, “Celebrating the Century,” offered eight musical programs that provided a retrospective look at the top musicians of the twentieth century.


The 1998 Festival of Music & Art’s theme was “An American in Pawleys,” programs dedicated to the American way of music. Seven musical programs explored this theme.


1997 saw the beginning of Pawleys Island Pizazz, a series of free musical programs. Overall, seven programs were offered during the 1997 Festival, two of which were held at Brookgreen Gardens.


The 1996 Festival of Music & Art at Pawleys Island was comprised of four musical programs, ranging from classical to African American spirituals. The spring of 1996 saw the first Youth Musicfest.


1995s Festival offered five musical programs, and the spring of 1995 saw the beginnings of Youth Musicfest.


The 1994 Festival of Music & Art at Pawleys Island offered three musical programs, an art exhibit, a theatrical performance, and a second viewing of the documentary of Miss Ruby Forsythe.


In 1993 the event became known as The Festival of Music & Art at Pawleys Island. 1993’s Festival included six musical programs, an art exhibit, a theatrical performance, and the premiere of a documentary film.


In 1992 the event became known as the Autumn Music Festival and consisted of two programs: “Eine Kleine Nachtmusick” and “Moravian Church Music.”


“Eine Kleine Nachtmusick,” a Mozart Bicentennial Celebration, is the beginning of what will be known as the Festival of Music & Art at Pawleys Island.

  • Jackson Family Donor Advised Fund of Waccamaw Community Foundation
  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • South Carolina Arts Commission
  • South Carolina's Hammock Coast

The Pawleys Island Festival of Music & Art is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and South Carolina Arts Commission.