The 45th Annual Irmo Okra Strut Festival
is excited to announce
feat. members of The Band, Levon Helm Band, & Rick Danko Group
As the headlining performance for Americana Rock Night at the Okra Strut! Saturday September 29th, opening acts will begin around 6pm, and there will be ice cold beer, great food, sticky sweets, amusement rides and more so make sure to strut on by...
The Weight Band originated in 2013 inside the famed Woodstock, New York barn of Levon Helm when Jim Weider and Randy Ciarlante — both former members of The Band — performed “Songs of The Band” with Band founder, Garth Hudson, alongside Jimmy Vivino and Byron Isaacs.
Inspired to carry on the legacy of the unforgettable rock group, Weider (guitar, mandolin, vocals), Ciarlante and Isaacs began performing fan favorites from The Band catalog to audiences across the country, inviting Marty Grebb (keyboards, organ, horns, vocals) and Brian Mitchell (keyboards, organ, accordion, vocals) to complete their sound. The Weight Band later added Albert Rogers (bass, vocals) and Michael Bram (drums, vocals) to make up their current lineup with Weider, Mitchell and Grebb. Together, after four years of touring, The Weight Band has recorded a new album of original material, capturing The Band’s musical tradition and packaged for today’s vibrant Americana base.
The Weight Band’s musical connections to The Band run deep. Replacing Robbie Robertson as a member of The Band in 1985, Weider toured internationally with Levon Helm, Garth Hudson and Rick Danko. His tenure included writing for and recording three studio albums with The Band. Weider and Brian Mitchell are also members of Levon Helm's Midnight Ramble Band. Five time Grammy-award winner Brian Mitchell is highly regarded in the music industry. Marty Grebb, formerly with The Buckinghams and who has per-formed with Leon Russell, Bonnie Raitt, and countless others, contributed to both The Band’s Jericho and Jubilation albums. Albert Rogers shared the stage with Helm and Hudson in The Jim Weider Band. Michael Bram joined The Weight Band after seven years touring with Jason Mraz. The group released their first full-length studio album in February 2018. World Gone Mad is an Americana/Roots Rock masterpiece of the Woodstock sound.
Opening for The Weight Band is South Carolina local, Rob Crosby. Rob Crosby began his musical career in his home state of South Carolina and built a regional following. After moving to Nashville he achieved national success by writing a #1 song for Lee Greenwood, “Holding a Good Hand”. He was signed by Arista Records and his first three singles reached #7, #8, and #11 on the country charts. One of those songs, “She's a Natural" was later recorded by the legendary Don Williams. Rob went on to chart 8 songs in the national top 40 as a recording artist. As a songwriter he wrote the #1 for Andy Griggs, “She's More", the #5 “Concrete Angel" for Martina Mcbride, the #1 “Friday Night" for Eric Paslay, and #1 hits in Europe for Ilse De Lange and the Common Linnets. His songs have been recorded by Luke Combs, Lady Antebellum, Brooks and Dunn, Restless Heart, Blackhawk, Lee Brice, Carl Perkins, The Wilkinsons, Boy Howdy, Whispering Bill Anderson, The Oak Ridge Boys, Tracy Lawrence, Craig Morgan, Ty Herndon and many others.
Friday we are excited to bring back a local favorite the Root Doctors, the funkiest band this side of the Mississippi. (Who are we kidding, they are the funkiest band anywhere!) They will be doing the Okra Strut on stage with you Friday night right after the opening act, The Blackwater Rhythm and Blues Band. The Blackwater Rhythm and blue band is dedicated to the live performance of Beach Music, along with Blues and Funk. With our band members diverse backgrounds, we guarantee our patrons quality entertainment up and down the Carolina coast. Check out their groovy tunes here.
Visiting from out of town?
The Irmo Okra Strut Festival is a great event for that end of summer fun. Whether you grew up eating Okra or have never tried it, our festival is always a blast and full of many southern specialties. Located in the heart of Irmo, South Carolina, during your stay you will enjoy the quite comfort of suburban southern living; homemade food, welcoming hospitality and never ending sweet tea. Our community welcomes you and your family to join us for a stay.