Follywood Productions’ Ben Bounds has proven himself a player in the party planning, production, and talent agency world and he throws a party each year, the Follywood Productions Oyster Roast.
For Follywood Productions’ Ben Bounds, a guy who puts together events for a living, booking the bands, vendors, and venue for his company’s popular sixth-annual anniversary oyster roast was a breeze. And for Bounds, who has guided Follypalooza and other events to record turn-outs in recent years, holding his own event at the Brick House Kitchen this year just brought things all the closer to home.
“This is good here … I like the venue, I like the staff, it just feels great out here,” says Bounds. “And you can trust me,” he continues with a wry smile. After all, this ain’t my first rodeo it’s my fifth!”
The event was, like his production company, driven by quality local music. On Saturday, Daryl Hence of the punk act MOFRO, the well-known, well-traveled Piedmont Boys, and defending Charleston City Paper Artist of the Year the Travelin’ Kine took center-stage honors, laying down tunes that had all in the mood all the way to closing time, 11 pm. at the Brick House. BYOG and Sunflowers and Sin also took to the stage during set breaks ensuring the music just didn’t stop at Saturday’s event.
In addition to the quality tunes, art vendors, food trucks and full bar almost always offered at the Brick House, the day hand a day-in-the-park feel to it as well, with beer pong and corn hole games being offset by the simple pleasure of guys tossing around a football.
“After a wonderful five-year run at the Charleston Pour House, we’re happy to bring this festive event closer to our home base of Folly Beach this year,” said Bounds. “The Brick House is one of the most underrated outdoor venues in the greater Charleston area.”
Saturday’s Follywood Productions party had staying power, with the tunes insulating the bundled, beer-drinking crowd from the cut of the late afternoon. In the end, it was so very Brick House, so very Ben Bounds, and housed in the expansive venue close to Folly Beach, so very James Island.