A medley of music styles at ARTworks this weekend

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ARTworks kicks of a weekend full of music on Friday night with a concert by singer/songwriter Rebecca Folsom. A relative of Davis and Kathy Folsom of Beaufort, Rebecca tours all over the U.S. but is sure to make at least an annual stop in Beaufort, where she frequently performs to sold out crowds.

Singer-songwriter Rebecca Folsom
Singer-songwriter Rebecca Folsom

Ms. Folsom has been described as a performer who is capable of taking audiences on a musical journey “from subtle ballads to knock-you-to-your-knees blues”. (KUNC Radio) A singer, songwriter, poet and painter, Rebecca’s work focuses on the themes of human heartbreak, redemption, freedom and hope. Possessing a nearly 4 octave range, in some songs her voice evokes “a cross between Joni Mitchell’s lush soul searching folk jazz and the Cranberries mystic pop” (Daily Camera). In other songs, her vocal power and raw emotion draw comparisons to Janis Joplin. Rebecca’s music has been in the top 40 on Roots/Americana and College radio programming. She has performed at such diverse venues as BBC Radio and TV studios in Northern Ireland, Opryland in Nashville, and the Rocky Mountain Folk Festival.

Although her music career has clearly taken her far, Rebecca says that her Beaufort shows are some of her favorite because “having family here and seeing some of the same faces every year makes [performing] a more personal experience.” Rebecca Folsom performs at ARTworks on Saturday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m.

As the comedians of Monty Python would say, “and now for something completely different…” In fact, about the only thing missing from Another Roadside Attraction’s zany shows are a comedy troupe. Performing as a husband and wife duo during their stop in Beaufort (they also perform as a multi-piece ensemble), Jordan Rivers and Lucy di los Rios play just about everything except the kitchen sink — but don’t be surprised if parts of that sink get put to musical use. Never at a loss for creativity and inspiration, the performers utilize an assortment of acoustic instruments for their shows, including the guitarron (mariachi bass guitar), ukuleles, kazoos, a musical

Roadside Attraction
Roadside Attraction

saw, and many quirky homemade instruments.

Another Roadside Attraction’s raucous sound and showmanship will draw audiences into a fantasy world which is best described as Tim Burton meets a Coney Island Side Show, meets a traveling carnival, with a dash of cabaret thrown in. The total effect is beautiful, bizarre and sometimes eerie, but always full of cheeky humor. Another Roadside Attraction perform a matinee show on Sunday, May 4 at 3 p.m.

Tickets for both shows are $17, with military and group discounts available. The shows will take place at the ARTworks space in Beaufort Town Center and tickets may be purchased online at www.beaufortcountyarts.com  or by calling the ARTworks box office at 843-379-2787.