It looks as if Charles Carmody and Eddie White's little bluegrass experiment, their regular Grass in the Hall series at the Charleston Music Hall, is working out well, and we couldn't be happier. So far the pair has booked eight bands for three different shows in the series, and they have more lined up. "The Charleston Music Hall has been severely underutilized in the past decade, and we thought this series could be a great grassroots movement to help grow the Music Hall as a living, breathing theater," Carmody says.
Bluegrass bands like Town Mountain, the Black Iron Gathering, Cumberland River, Barefoot, the Bushels, Nu Blu, Flatt City, the Barefoot Movement, and Underhill Rose have all performed for Grass in the Hall. The series has been a hit thus far with up to 400 guests attending each of the shows.
The event was inspired by White's weekly Barn Jams at Awendaw Green. "The two things Eddie and I love the most are music and community, and we really wanted to create a series where people could come out six to 12 times a year, see familiar faces, enjoy some amazing bands, and have a great time," Carmody says. "We wanted to take the communal feel of the Barn Jams, and put them into one of the best sounding rooms on the East Coast."
Each show includes three bands that play 30-45 minute sets that gives it a Grand Ole Opry feel. Carmody says that they hope Grass in the Hall will become a monthly event by 2014, but planning is still in the works. Upcoming performances includes Angel Snow, the S.C. Broadcasters, and Mandolin Orange on Sept. 13, and Cranford and Sons, Blue Billy Grit, and the Grascals on Oct. 11. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 the day of the show.