The Charleston Music Hall is on a roll right now as it launches a locally focused concert series and embarks on a season of shows that celebrate the music and progressively powerful draw of the Holy City.
The venue announced yesterday the launch of a brand-new series, A Celebration of Charleston Music, which will showcase the hard work and talent of musicians and bands from around the region.
The first show of the series welcomes music from the Travelin’ Kine, HoneySmoke, and Dallas Baker & Friends on Sat. Sept 3 at 8 p.m. Each act will perform a half-hour show of cover songs that have inspired the artists in addition to three originals, all of which is designed to offer the audience a unique window into the evolution, influence, and stories of each featured act.
Comparing the format to the “Grand Ole Opry meets VH1’s Behind the Music,” the folks at the Hall plan to present the Celebration once every month.
That’s not all that’s going down at the Hall: Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ along with Patrick Davis & His Midnight Choir will perform for the taping of the next episode of Live at Charleston Music Hall on Thurs. Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. Created by Hootie & the Blowfish’s Mark Bryan, the half-hour ETV show features superb songwriters, award-winning artists, insightful interview segments, and recognizable Charleston scenes throughout each episode.
Modeled after PBS’s Austin City Limits, the program offers a glimpse into the invigorating growth of the Holy City. Look for the DNC episode on PBS sometime in 2017.
In addition to these uniquely curated shows, the Hall recently announced a string of high-profile concerts, including Todd Snider’s East Nashville Revue on Sun. Sept. 11, The James Brown Band on Wed. Sept. 14, Squirrel Nut Zippers on Wed. Sept. 21, Violent Femmes on Tues. Sept. 27, the Dandy Warhols on Thurs. Sept. 29, and Blues Traveler on Mon. Oct. 10.
Later this month, the venue will also co-host New Music Confab, a music-centric conference modeled after SXSW that hopes to give Charleston the extra boost it needs to really put the city on the map of America’s top music cities.
It’s all happening, guys — all of the above and much more. For more info and/or tickets, go to charlestonmusichall.com.
The 2nd Annual Chucktown Ball featuring Umphrey’s McGee at Riverfront Park in North Charleston will not only include a ton of music but a charity golf tournament as well.
The tourny takes place Sun. Sept 25 and will benefit MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital. The ball is set for Fri. Sept. 23 and Sat. Sept. 24 on the banks of the Cooper River and will feature Umphrey’s McGee both nights, plus music from Moon Taxi and the Dead 27s on Friday and The Floozies, Dangermuffin, and the Hip Abduction on Saturday.
The fest also entails plenty of food, booze, vendors, and VIP packages that include a pre-show barbecue, hotel accommodations, and transport to and from the show.
To play golf with Umphrey’s McGee, it’ll cost you $250 at least a pop.
Tickets for the Chucktown Ball are $77 for both nights and can be purchased on ticketfly.com.
Now in its second year, Charleston’s first music conference New Music Confab is back for more this summer with another weekend of showcases and panels that will run Thurs. Aug. 25 to Sat. Aug.27.
“My goal with New Music Confab is to re-create the feel of the early years of South By Southwest, bringing music-industry leaders together for a music discovery experience in an amazing town,” says founder Dave Stewart. “Three nights in Charleston — how bad can it be?”
Over 500 artists and music-industry professionals from around the country attended last year’s inaugural conference, which included 10 discussion panels and five showcases featuring 30 new country, alt, rock, and Americana acts.
This year, New Music Confab returns to the Charleston Music Hall and the Music Farm, and the Royal American has been added as a new venue.
The conference will accept applications for performers until Wed. June 1. Already, Stewart says he's received entries from over 1,500 artists both near and as far away as Denmark, Australia, and France. To apply, go here.
All-access badges for the weekend are $75-$125 ($50 for students).
To apply for a performance spot, purchase tickets, or get more info, go to newmusicconfab.com.