Pop star Pharrell Williams is set to perform with the Emanuel AME gospel choir this Sunday as part of a special program called Shining a Light: Conversations on Race in America, according to News 2. The "Happy" singer will reportedly practice with the choir on Saturday and attend the worship service on Sunday.
Inspired by the tragic events in Charleston, the A+E Network and iHeartMedia will air Shining a Light: Conversations on Race in America on Fri. Nov. 20 at 8 p.m.
During the program, national artists, including Williams and John Legend, will conduct solution-centered conversations with varying perspectives from family members of victims, community leaders, law enforcement officials, and clergy from Charleston, Baltimore, Chicago, and Ferguson.
The goal of the presentation is to empower communities like Charleston by fostering understanding, eliminating bias, and addressing inequalities that break along the racial lines.
The two-hour program will also feature performances from some of the biggest names in music, including Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Zac Brown Band, Jamie Foxx, and more.
Last night we received the unfortunate news that tomorrow's Hogs for the Cause event featuring Dr. Dog, Nikki Lane, Fly Golden Eagle, Lucero, and the People's Blues of Richmond had to be canceled due to Charleston's incessant rain and flooding.
The press release says, "As the bad weather approaches, we regret that we have made the difficult decision to cancel Hogs for the Cause Charleston, which was set for this Saturday, October 3rd at Patriot’s Point. As difficult as this decision is, when considering current and future predicted weather putting this event on has become an impossibility. We are very disappointed that this year’s event will not take place, but we must take all precautions for the safety of our attendees, competitors, vendors and musicians."
Did you buy a ticket? "Hogs for the Cause is a 501c(3) organization providing aid and relief of those variable expenses and economic burdens which families face while their child is being treated for pediatric brain cancer. Please feel free to consider your pre-sale ticket price a donation to the Cause or we are happy to offer a refund for pre-sale tickets (refund process being developed). We appreciate how the City of Charleston has embraced us and we look forward to future events here."
Charleston Music Hall announced today the venue will host Hi Harmony, a free unity concert featuring six local supergroups and various genres, on Aug. 16 at 6 p.m.
The idea behind the concert is to keep the feeling of unity flowing in the Charleston community while gathering listeners for a special show that explores hip-hop, soul, indie, gospel, folk, R&B, jazz, spoken word, and more.
Each group is led by a different musical director, including the Jazz Artists of Charleston led by Charlton Singleton, Hearts & Plugs with Dan McCurry, Shrimp Records with Bill Carson, the Whole Shebang led by Lindsay Holler, the Very Hypnotic Soul Band led by McKenzie Eddy and Elliott A. Smith, and the Praise Charleston Combined Gospel Choir led by Mrs. Shari Broomfield and Rev. Da’rrell Ravenell.
Between sets, local leaders will comment on the theme of community in Charleston. Speakers to include City Councilman Dudley Gregorie, JA Moore, KJ Kearney, and Mark Sloan.
Hogs for the Cause announced today its return to the Grove at Patriot's Point on Sat. Oct. 3 with a jaw-dropping lineup that will include Dr. Dog, Lucero, Nikki Lane, Fly Golden Eagle, and the People's Blues of Richmond.
The nation's premiere fundraiser for children with pediatric brain cancer, Hogs for the Cause began in New Orleans in 2008 when Becker Hall and Rene Louapre decided to recreate good ol' fashioned Southern pig roasts. Since then, the event has grown into a 20,000-person-plus event raising funds to help ease the financial burden families face when their child is being treated for brain cancer. So far, the organization has given over 200 grants directly to families in need and have partnered with hospitals all over the U.S., including MUSC Children's Hospital.
This is Hogs for the Cause's second annual Charleston event in which local pitmasters try their luck in a competition for the best barbecue in town.
Hogs Charleston is also looking for volunteers to work four-hour shifts in exchange for free admission. For more information or to buy tickets (they start at $20 and are tax-deductible), go to hogscharleston.org.
New 1770 Records' artist Great Yankee released “Man on Stilts” with the CofC student-run label last week. Tonight, Great Yankee will kick off 1770’s free music series Night at the Museum, Live Sessions at the Communications Museum (58 George Street) at 8 p.m.
Available on iTunes and Spotify, “Man on Stilts” is a tasty mix of indie, Southern rock, and pop. The track speaks metaphorically about an old man who’s stuck on stilts and can’t get down, making all aspects of life difficult. Brooker claims the inspiration for the song “stems from a tension we all have of living our lives comfortably instead of the way we think we should.”
Forming just last year, Great Yankee — Stuart Gilreath (drums), John Brooker (guitar), Joe Fusco (guitar), and Tom Fusco (bass) — met while attending the College of Charleston. Joe and Brooker immediately clicked and began collaborating musically. Together, the styles of the four very different members make for Great Yankee’s unique, eclectic sound. As Brooker puts it, “The music we create is both a compromise and a fight between each of our musical interests.”
Stories are often embedded in the songs of Great Yankee. “Pre-American,” for example, is sung from the perspective of the bodies buried around downtown Charleston, describing the contrast of colonial versus modern-day life. Brooker says the idea came from “seeing Charleston nightlife and thinking about the juxtaposition of this with the town’s historic past.”