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You know it’s bound to be a good party when you can hear the evening’s festivities from a block away, as was the case with Society 1858’s Side B party. The fete was a celebration of the opening of the Gibbes’ Museum of Art Sound and Vision: Monumental Rock & Roll Photography exhibition, and partygoers were buzzing about the show and Side B’s two guests of honor: Guest Curator Chris Murray and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Donovan

The party was held at a gorgeous private home on Legare Street, and revelers filled both the first and second story scenic porches, their voices carrying out into the night. The crowd was young, hip, and well-dressed, and many of Charleston’s influential 30-something professionals were in attendance, and had traded their business attire for sequins, metallics, or rock ‘n roll accents. 

Everyone noshed on miniature steak sandwiches, sushi, and cheese-filled tarts while sipping red or white wine, or a signature Planter’s Punch. Strategically placed music photographs decked the house, but most partygoers were too involved in their conversation to make their way through the thick throngs of people and get a full tour. 

Both guest curator Chris Murray and Donovan were surrounded by music and art aficionados throughout the night, and the two graciously chatted with fans late into the night. 

Society 1858 is the Gibbes Museum of Art’s group of dynamic young professionals, who support the museum with social and educational programs tailored for up-and-coming art patrons.