Charleston Pour House Hosts Inaugural Into The Woods Music Festival (Photos + Recap)

Andy Frasco & The UN. Photo: Caroline Bell

The Charleston Pour House has pulled off their first music festival with grace. Just around the corner from their address at 1977 Maybank Highway, the Poho Family packed everything up and headed to the Charleston Woodlands for their first year of Into The Woods.

Usually, a festival recap entails entire set breakdowns of the music, mentions of every vendor for appreciation, alongside ample video and audio content. The thing that Into The Woods really boiled down to was togetherness and a family affair, so that’s what this recap is going to focus on.

If you’ve ever worked a tried and true music festival, you know there are a lot of moving parts. You’ll sit on some land and say “Alright, here’s the main stage”. Then the artists get booked, tickets go up for sale, the stage gets built, light towers erected, speakers hung, stage backlined, a green room built, and the campers camp.

With everything running smooth, the vendors will vend, music will play, and everyone gets down. It’s very rare that all these moving parts in a music festival know each other, but in this case, most everyone involved was already part of the Pour House family before going into the weekend. Which is really what made the inaugural Into The Woods Festival a true Pour House affair.

If you take a look at the photo gallery below you’ll see family, friends, coworkers, and more coming together to initiate a tradition with promise for years to come. The property’s atmosphere enveloped everything Planet Poho. From national and local acts, a dedicated group of staff & volunteers, local vendors and artists, as well as stellar festival management, Into The Woods made it happen.

The theme of the weekend between staff, volunteers, and General Admission, was family. Pour House regulars were at the helm of volunteers, while much of the Pour House staff were manning their usual posts as bartenders, managers, marketing, and security. It was one of the most comfortable things to have a staple of the Charleston music scene in command of a true party.

The growth of the Charleston Pour House has been real similar to a family in that regard. Families, as generations grow older and siblings and cousins mature, find their calling and one day bring it back to their roots. With so much heading forward for both Pour House and Charleston Woodlands, (Skinful Halloween & Umphrey’s McGee’s The Woodlands Fest) a good bit of the team involved in the inaugural edition of Into The Woods will hone their skills inside and outside the Pour House to make the next installation of the festival come alive.

Video, Audio, and more Photography will be released in the coming weeks, for now, give a follow to Into The Woods Music Festival (@chsintothewoods) and check out the experience as well as plans for next year.

See a photo gallery from the Charleston Pour House’s inaugural Into The Woods Music Festival below. All photos by Caroline Bell (@carolinebellphotography).

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