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Last Friday, Charleston Waterkeeper and Partisan Records teamed up to host an exclusive listening party for Deer Tick‘s newest, unreleased album.

We had originally intended to host a live performance with Deer Tick’s lead singer, John McCauley.  Unfortunately, John was stranded in Colorado and subsequently couldn’t make it to town in time.  To make it up to us, however, John invited Charleston Waterkeeper and its supporters to be the first to listen to Deer Tick’s newest album.  He even took it one step further by recording a video where he performed three songs for us.  If you missed the event, you’ll have to wait until the album comes out to hear it, but you can enjoy John’s virtual performance in the meantime…

Deer Tick’s John McCauley Plays for Charleston Waterkeeper from Charleston Waterkeeper on Vimeo.

(To watch the full, “un-edited” version of John’s video, visit Partisan’s YouTube page here.  Disclaimer: some language used in the video may not be suitable for all.  Watch at your own risk, but know that John is a huge supporter of Charleston Waterkeeper and our mission.  Thanks for the support, John!  Charleston and its waterways really appreciate it.)

We had a great turnout and thoroughly enjoyed watching’s John’s exclusive performance.  Without revealing too much information, we’ll just say that the new album is absolutely amazing; we were incredibly honored to be able to play it in public for the first time!

Click here to view more pictures from the listening party.

The event also marked the official announcement of a new partnership we’ve been working on between Patagonia Music, Partisan Records, and Middle Brother (less of an indie-rock super-group and more of an “exotic band” that consists of Deer Tick’s John McCauley, Delta Spirit’s Matt Vasquez, and Dawes’ Taylor Goldsmith).

Patagonia Music is an exciting initiative created to benefit the environment.

Patagonia has teamed up with a diverse group of world-class musicians to help protect and restore our natural environment.  The musicians provide an exclusive song, you buy some great music on iTunes and non-profit environmental groups receive much-needed funds.

We’re excited to announce that Middle Brother will be making available an exclusive track on Patagonia Music later this summer.  Proceeds from the sale of the track will benefit our work at Charleston Waterkeeper.  Stay tuned, and we’ll announce its release as soon as its live.

A special thanks to John McCauley, Partisan Records, and Palmetto Brewing Company for helping to make this event a huge success!  Also, a big thanks to all those who made it out.


Unfortunately, John McCauley of Deer Tick is having to cancel this Friday’s solo concert at Half-Moon Outfitters (see below). John feels awful, and despite his being stranded in Colorado, he’s committed to make it up to us! In the meantime, he’s going above and beyond and has offered Charleston Waterkeeper the exclusive opportunity to host a listening party for Deer Tick’s new album (not yet released). And so, in lieu of the benefit concert, we will be hosting an event at our office to invite you all to be the very first to hear Deer Tick’s new album.

We will be beaming John into the room (virtually, of course) and will be announcing some exciting news that has to do with a partnership we’ve been working on with our friends at Partisan Records and Patagonia. We hope you will join us this Friday at our new office for this exciting opportunity. RSVP on Facebook.



Charleston Waterkeeper and Half-Moon Outfitters are excited to bring you John McCauley (lead singer of Deer Tick and member of Middle Brother) for a free concert benefiting Charleston Waterkeeper’s fight for clean water and strong communities. This concert serves as a soft-launch for an exciting new partnership we’re working on with our friends at Partisan Records and Patagonia. More details to come!

Holy City Brewing will be providing drinks at the event, so be sure to bring your ID, and know that donations are encouraged.

Click here to RSVP to our Facebook event.

Help support our friends at the South Carolina Aquarium by attending Shark, Rattle & Roll on Friday, July 29th!

The event will feature music by Emily HearnOccasional MilkshakeTen Toes Up and DJ Mike Bills. Food will be provided by Smokey Oak Taproom. Tickets start at $20 and all proceeds go toward the care of the aquarium’s over 7,000 animals.

For more information and to purchase tickets click here.

Click here to RSVP to their Facebook event and share with friends.


Our friends at Michael Mitchell Gallery are hosting their second annual Art for Charity event this summer. Art for Charity features various mediums of original work from more than 30 regional artists with proceeds from sold artwork benefiting six local non-profit organizations.

Guess what?! We’re one of those charities! On June 16th (next Thursday), Charleston Waterkeeper will be hosting our very own Art for Charity event.  All funds raised at the door (a suggested $10 donation to attend) will benefit our operations, while 12% of funds raised through the sale of artwork will also be donated to Charleston Waterkeeper.

So, whether you stop in before heading to dinner or you make an evening out of it, we would love to have you there!  The event starts at 5:30 at 438 King Street (Michael Mitchell Gallery) and will go until the music stops.

Wine will be provided by Ice Box, food by Home Team BBQ, and tunes by Spaced Invaders.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Last month, amidst an afternoon thunderstorm that drenched the majority of our vendors and volunteers, Charleston Waterkeeper held the second annual Water Ball. Charlestonians of all ages and backgrounds arrived at the South Carolina Aquarium to help celebrate our fundamental right to clean water.

Guests at the second annual Water Ball: (left to right) Keith Sauls, Cyrus Buffum, Whit Smith.

Entropy Ensemble’s dynamic jazz trio welcomed guests as they arrived, while sangria and specialty cocktails flowed and attendees perused silent auction items. JeffET kept guests dancing until late in the evening, while they noshed on raw oysters on the half shell from Clammer Dave, tasty bites from Cru Catering and other decadent treats courtesy of WildFlour Pastry.

Guests gather at the second annual Water Ball to celebrate their fundamental right to clean water. Photo by King Street Studios.

In total, more than 300 guests attended in support of Charleston Waterkeeper and over $15,000.00 was raised to benefit the organization and its efforts to protect and preserve the Charleston Harbor Watershed. These funds will be used to support the organization’s two newest initiatives: the industrial polluter review program and the water quality monitoring program.

Just as last year, our friends at Olive Productions set up an interactive photo booth, allowing guests to feel as though they were actually on the water.

Jose Daniel Hernandez, Karalee Nielsen, and Harriett Lee take a ride in OlivePro's photo booth.

The message of the evening was a simple one:

As citizens of the Lowcountry, we
our fundamental right to clean water with every rod we cast, every wave we ride and every sip of water we drink.
It is our responsibility to
each generation to stand accountable for their impact on our most precious natural resource and
for fishable, swimmable, drinkable waterways. We are all defenders of this right.

Founder Cyrus Buffum with Water Ball guests: (left to right) Mr. and Mrs. Creighton Barrett and Mr. and Mrs. Ben Bridwell. Photo by King Street Studios.

This year’s Water Ball was made possible through the partnership of amazing local businesses and individuals including Event DRS, ICEBOX, Cru Catering, Sideshow Press, Limelight Custom Sign Company, Roots Ice Cream, Clammer Dave, WildFlour Pastry, PDA, Entropy Ensemble, JeffET and many more. We give our sincerest thanks to those who helped make this year’s event a complete success.  For a full list of our sponsors, click here.

Also, a special thanks to our guests and volunteers!  You guys made it all happen!

With help from social media and all those in attendance, the event was well documented as it unfolded.  Check out the evening’s social media timeline here >

Whether or not you were able to make the Water Ball, I hope that the evening’s mantra resonates with each of you – that you will carry this with you every time that you are out on the water, reach to turn on the faucet, or reel a fish out of a creek. Water is a resource that we can’t afford to jeopardize.  It is our responsibility to see that it is protected.

For complete albums of event photos, please visit the following links:

King Street Studios (official photo sponsor)

CHARLIE Magazine

Olive Photo Booth

Charleston Magazine and the City Paper also published great reviews from the event.