What You Should Expect For High Water Festival 2019

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High Water Festival 2019

What to expect for this year’s festival

Written By Abby Duran

Photos ©Taylor Czerwinski & 9 To 5 Magazine, LLC.

Beware winter! Water is coming. High Water Festival that is. Charleston natives Shovels & Rope are bringing in some of the world’s most adept singer/songwriters right here to the Lowcountry. Savor the cool breeze overlooking the Cooper River and come together for a concoction of community, culinary arts, and composition.  

Last year was an emotional weekend flooded with female emancipation including Nicole Atkins, Grammy-Award Winner Brandi Carlile, The Wild Reeds, and Valerie June. NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Series 2017 Winner, Tank & The Bangas, and Canada’s Weaves were the essence of fun in the sun. Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, Band of Horses, Susto, and St. Paul & The Broken Bones were additional highlights that made for one of the best new festivals in 2018.

Shovels & Rope

Shovels & Rope

Valery June

Valery June

The Wild Reeds

The Wild Reeds


2019 is no exception to expectation. Acoustic grit artists, The War & Treaty are a binding book of old soul blues and Americana for the modern listener. Charleston will also be getting a teaser of Jenny Lewis’ upcoming album, a rock n’ roll makeover from the all-girl group, Thelma & The Sleaze, and a vivid self-reflection from Ranky Tanky. Hailing from CofC class of the 1990s, Ranky Tanky combines Gullah songs with various instrumental backgrounds.


Beaming from Muscle Shoals, country-folk duo The Secret Sisters will be among the list not to miss! Pop/rock music producer, Butch Walker, J.Roddy Walston & The Business, and  Lily Hiatt, a friend of festival owners Shovels & Rope, will also be gracing the stage. Returning to Riverfront Park will be Shrimp Records Family Band, Charleston established since 2009. Masters of chilling vocals of folk and rock tales, Lera Lynn and Matthew Houck aka Phosphorescent will be an emotional addition.

Anticipation also awaits the majestic, Grammy-nominated, Leon Bridges, a literal bridge of R&B to the global stage. Moreover,  Durand Jones & The Indications are also bridging influences on universal styles.

Riverfront Park will also welcome Maryland’s  Michael Nau, Texas’ Hayes Carll, New Orleans Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Japanese-American singer/songwriter, Mitski; named one of the most influential artists of our time. Musical blenders Blitzen Trapper are an eclectic taste with your bourbon or beer. Helping to bring folk and songwriting into the Top 40 spotlight, Lord Huron, Dr. Dog, The Head & The Heart will be serenading us into the sunset.

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High Water Festival 2019

April 13 & 14

Riverfront Park in North Charleston, SC.







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