MAD Extravaganza

October 7
9:00 am
Multiple Times
9 am - 4 pm

An all-day celebration of the MAD Festival featuring an open house at the Arts Center, food trucks, an artist market, and live music.

About This Event

The MAD Festival's capstone celebration, join us at the Arts Center of Kershaw county for an artist market, open house, food trucks, and an all-day concert featuring Brighter Beginnings, Marcus Gullen, VillaNova, and The Terence Young Project!

Extravaganza Schedule

9:00am The MAD Hatter Parade

10:00am Arts Center Open House and Artist Market

10:30am Brighter Beginnings

12:00pm Marcus Gullen

1:15pm The Terence Young Project

2:45pm Villa*Nova

Purchase Tickets

This is a $5 ticketed event. Please note that the MAD Hatter Parade and the Arts Center Open House do not require a ticket. Tickets are required to access the Concert, Artist Market, and Food Trucks.

The MAD Hatter Parade

Join us at City Hall at 9am, where we'll be helping everyone make hats for the MAD Hatter Parade. Make a celebratory hat with us, or bring your most fun one!

At 9:45am, We'll be joined by Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford, and participants will be invited to to meet with the mayor before walking to the Arts Center to kick off the open house.

Arts Center Open House

Starting at 10am, the Arts Center opens its doors to the public for an open house tour where visitors will get an in-depth look at the Center's many educational programs, artists, and affiliates.

Kershaw County Quilt Guild

Quilters from Kershaw County will be showing their hand-made quilts and explaining various quilting techniques.

Kershaw County Music Association

Music Association members will have a musical playground for visitors to try out and will share information about the associations activities.

Dancin' On Broad

Join Dancin’ On Broad in the dance studio to learn some fun and energetic dance combinations, practice improv, and gain confidence in the dance floor!

Studio Demonstrations

Watch artists as they provide pottery, painting, and drawing demonstrations in the Clay and 2-D studios.

Artist Market

Alongside the Open House, over artists from across Kershaw County will be set up to sell arts, crafts, and more!

If you're an artist or craftsman and would like to participate in the Artist Market, download this form and submit it to Charleston Thompson at


Food will be available courtesy of Dupree Catering and events! Enjoy cheeseburgers, veggie wraps, BBQ and more! Guests will also enjoy a great selection of craft beer and wine from the Kombi Keg!

MAD Extravaganza Concert

A day-long concert featuring four musical acts, including Brighter Beginnings, Marcus Gullen, VillaNova, and the Terence Young Project. See the performance schedule below:

  • 10:30am: Brighter Beginnings
  • 12:00pm: Marcus Gullen
  • 1:15pm: The Terence Young Project
  • 2:45pm: VillaNova

10:30am Brighter Beginnings

Brighter Beginnings has roots in Southern Gospel, R&B, and Soul music. As the nieces and nephews of the late Brook Benton of Lugoff, SC, this group has music running in their veins. Brianna Grant, Brooke-Lynn Grant, Leyia Grant, and Nigel Grant grew up in a family who sang together and were later joined by Isaiah Woods when he joined in singing with them on the youth choir at their home church, Unity United Methodist Church of Lugoff, SC.

Over time Brighter Beginnings branched off from being solely a church choir, began incorporating music of different styles and genres, and performed on different stages and events across the state of South Carolina. Each member brings a unique perspective and influence that makes this group one to remember!

12:00pm Marcus Gullen

Marcus Gullen is a magnetic and energetic entertainer who strives to connect with the crowd; encouraging them to use his music to create memories. His influences include Dave Matthews Band, Kenny Logins, Chicago, and Hall & Oats. This makes his sounds flex across several genres enticing many listeners.

1:15pm The Terence Young Project

The Terence Young Project is a six member dance/party band from Columbia, SC that was founded by guitarist and CEO Terence Young. The band is composed of the top South Carolina musicians, with world class front singers and a strong complement of background vocalists. In addition to high energy dance music, they can also provide a tasteful and classy smooth jazz set when requested.

2:45pm Villa*Nova

A long-time favorite of the Midlands, Columbia-based VillaNova mixes 90's and 2000's alt-rock with hip-hop and nu metal influences to create a sound that's excited and captivated audiences for over a decade.

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