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The Edisto Blackwater Boogie - Celebrating Edisto

Press Release – The 3rd Annual Edisto Blackwater Boogie Festival is an outdoor festival that takes place at Givhans Ferry State Park from October 7-9, 2022. Edisto Blackwater Boogie aims to celebrate Edisto, the longest free-flowing black water river in North America, people together around love Music and the outdoors. Funds raised from the festival will support capital improvements at Givhans Ferry State Park to help improve accessibility for people with disabilities. In 2021, the event raised $8000.00 to achieve this goal.

The festival will include a variety of outdoor activities as well as performances from local musicians, food and drink trailers, kid-friendly activities, yoga, and more. Activities include camping, jam sessions, open poetry mic, guided tours, and musical performances by local musicians. The Summerville Public Art Center will be on site with art projects for people of all ages to participate in. Food and beverage trucks will be on site as well as artisanal vendors.

The Boogie also prides itself on being the largest gathering of local musicians in the Charleston area! With over forty shows of all original music, this festival is a true music lover’s paradise and showcases a variety of musical talents, you’ll find throughout the Low-Country. Long weekend camping is also encouraged! Immerse yourself in the experience by camping under the stars. Tent and camper sites are available through the ticket site now! You can visit for more information.

A new outdoor festival is taking place on the Edisto River this fall

This fall, the largest music festival in the modern history of Dorchester County is set to take place at Givhans Ferry State Park under the full moon. Hundreds of people are expected to gather along the Edisto River for the third annual Edisto Blackwater Boogie Party. Over forty different acts committed to performing American Roots music from October 7-9, 2022 along with a variety of outdoor activities for families including kayaking, canoeing, fire jam sessions, guided tours, food and beverage trucks, and artisan vendors.

Local musician Dan Riley dreamed up the idea for the Edisto Blackwater Boogie over three years ago while kayaking in the free-flowing Blackwater River. There is a small bluegrass jam set up at Givhans Ferry but not a big festival that spans the weekend, Riley, owner of Capital Service Group, a construction services and custodian company, said. One of the most important aspects of the festival, he said, is planning it during the full moon. Riley gets goosebumps when he only talks about the live music being performed under the moonlight, along with Blackwater, and he’s not the only one who can imagine such a scene.

“The amount of support that was put together to put this event on an amazing level,” Riley said.

The county’s Department of Parks and Recreation is on board, along with two groups of conservationists; Friends of the Edisto River and the Guardian of the Edisto River. Many community members have already pledged their support for the event, but the more support we get, the better able we’ll be to make improvements to Givhans Ferry State Park and fund better future festivals. The three-stage setup provided by Awendaw Green will allow for a smooth flow of music between the main stage and the side stage. A third stage will be created in front of River Front Hall within the park, allowing state park visitors to enjoy live music.

“The most important thing I’ve been trying to do with my music is to encourage a sense of community by bringing people together and sharing the live music experience,” Riley said. “At a live event or a concert, there is an exchange of energy between the musician and the crowd – it’s a beautiful thing. You don’t get that much experience in life.”

Tent and trolley sites are available from Givhans Ferry State Park, and on-site parking is available for participants. Tickets are now on sale at The event is rainy or sunny. In the event of a forced eviction, the festival will be canceled and all tickets will be refunded. Edisto Blackwater Boogie aims to “celebrate Edisto”. Funds raised from the festival will support park improvements and the future of Edisto Blackwater Boogies.