By Damion Smalls
Multimedia and community consortium Exquisite Enterprises Inc. and rapper Ray DeeZy are inviting the public to join them Saturday, December 8 for the “When It All Boils Down” Oyster Roast & Pop Up Shop at the Shave & Fade Barbershop (1931 North Main Street) in Summerville. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased on Eventbrite.
Merchandise and music from DeeZy will be on sale, as well as raffle tickets for $1 each. Additionally, products from several local businesses such as Always Gift Baskets & Natural Essentials and the Just for You Day Resort will be raffled off.
A portion of the proceeds will go to Exquisite Kids, a non-profit summer camp and after school program that empowers, emotionally supports, and educates local youth. The pop up shop and oyster roast will be held from 4pm to 7pm.
The musician released the “When It All Boils Down” EP album November 2 across digital platforms. As a special treat for the holidays, DeeZy’s Christmas EP, “Christmas Trees,” will be given away for free and provide the evening’s soundtrack.
The holiday get-together aims to spread positive vibes, kinship, charity and compassion for our youth in the spirit of the season. “I have so many memories, good and bad, that I feel like need to be shared with the world,” explains DeeZy. “We all don’t get a white Christmas; some of us don’t get anything! I think this EP will still keep that holiday spirit, and is my way of telling people going through it this time of year [that] ‘you aren’t alone’.”
Attendees can indulge in an all-you-can-eat spread that includes red rice, fried fish, oysters, and top shelf alcohol. The motif of Gullah Geechee cuisine and seafood that set the tone for “When It All Boils Down” and the artist’s YouTube series “From the Sea to the Table” continues with this event. Members of DeeZy’s family are handling the cooking.
“Ray DeeZy is an artist that has been through a lot, and seen a lot, and unlike many musicians, he uses his music to pass the baton to other people in similar circumstances to show them that things are possible,” says Exquisite Enterprises Inc. founder Kimberly Bowman. “Through our work in Charleston, through our various initiatives and programs, we aim to show the children we help the same.”