This is getting exhausting. Read this article in its context, people. The Royal American is an awesome local venue. But ... THIS IS A STUDENT GUIDE. A short one at that, because we're not a blog with unlimited space - we're a costly print publication. And while Royal is great, they have no all-ages shows. And while the Music Hall is also one of my faves, underagers are more likely to be drawn to dives. This was written by a college student for college students, listing "some" not "all" venues. Anyone who thinks we don't support the Royal American and a ton of other great venues doesn't read our paper anyway. We recommend shows everywhere every single week. And yes we could have done nothing but list downtown venues, but then we'd do a disservice to places like the Hive that do all-ages shows all the time and are huge supporters of the underground, underage scene. If you're not a cheap dive bar that does all-ages shows, you should not expect to see yourself in a student guide.
It seems like this is an article aimed at incoming CofC freshmen, mostly <21. The Royal American as far as I know is 21+, as are most of the bar venues in the city. Still, JWB's comment is gold.
I will say, though, that the advice to just talk to musicians is solid. I've been in a lot of bands and it feels good to connect to people, and musicians connect with other musicians so you'll get good intel on bands you haven't otherwise heard of.
Charleston Music Hall does a few music things.
No Royal American??? What is this a list for ants
You're missing SO MANY VENUES! But I'm glad this article is a thing.
Exactly, Ima. Music venues in bars are businesses that sell drinks and sometimes have cover charges. Bands are a means to get the cover charges paid and drinks sold.
If the "music community" can support each other enough to show up at each others' shows and buy enough drinks to make a profit for the bars, then great. If not, it's all just wanking into the wind.
Really great article. The author defines some ways to seek solutions rather than just complaining, like previous articles on this subject have. Wishing him good luck in his endeavors.
This is the second local artist in recent months to write a column about local support for local music. This one is a lot more articulate than the last one, but it also highlights a disconnect by young artists, and it's a disconnect that affected me years and years ago when I was in a struggling band. We spend a couple of years building a following big enough so that we could be booked into our area's version of the Music Farm as a headliner. We pulled a good rowdy crowd, the night ended and it was time to settle up with the owner and he said the words we had no idea we needed to know. He said,"boys I'll keep on hiring you as long as you keep selling beer" He explained that it cost him $200 to open his doors on any given night (this was a long time ago) and it took a lot of 25c draft beers and 50c bottles just to break even. As long as we could draw a crowd that would cover his expenses and give him a little profit we had a job. Today, I'm sure we're talking a thousand or more in expenses a night. If you can provide a product that will cause people to cover his expenses, you'll work. If not, you won't. I don't know of any local venues that work as a charity. Is this selling out? No, it's entertaining. You made be God's greatest poet, but if nobody else agrees you're going to be God's greatest broke poet. And by the way, After I got married and had a couple of kids I got a job and left the band. The rest of the guys? 40 years later, they're still playing Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights at regional clubs and every one of them has put a couple of kids through college. Are they famous? Not unless you live within a hundred mile radius of them, but they still sell a shit-load of beer.
Just got back from the show, local artists need to pay respect if they are taking more than just beats from current artists (definition of a rap flow). The locals were ok (terrible sound) but for "old school" the DJ kept playing lil scrappy and DSGB, if 2000s are old school I dont know where the hell I am. 5 old school songs (cliche straight outta compton, make em say uuugh, push it, big poppa) were the only songs from the 90s (or before) that I heard from 1030pm-1am
I make music that would be labled ganster rap. I only made music like this only because this is what i lived. This is what ive seen. Music is my diary. I listen to alot of music outside ganster rap such as "tool" "sade" " chance the rapper" and the list goes on. I want to make music that means something. I want to make real music with positive people who loves it as much as i do. I need to be connected to the hip hop circles in charleston s.c because i am born and raised here on JAMES ISLAND. if your serious about unity. IAM IN !!! CONTACT ME ON FACEBOOK " MARQUISE BOWENS
TWITTER - 843TRAGEDY
Reading this article makes me extremely hyped. Not only does the author touch on the importance of supporting local music, but he also reveals that the key to success is unity throughout Charleston.
"Can we do this Charleston?" HELL YEAH, WE CAN!
The whole notion that Rap only needs "something meaningful to say" is a little bit regressive. The reason young thug has blown up the way he has is because he's pushed the boundaries of rap music by creating a different sound, the same thing Big Boi and Andre 3000 did. That has been the key for anyone wanting to become successful and put their city on the map. Lyrical consciousness is fine but it doesn't define rap. If Charleston wants to make waves and be a mecca for hip hop we need to start pushing boundaries and stop focusing only on lyrics
Saw Sam in Tennessee last month at the Grand Ole Opry. One of my new favorite musicians. Love the Storyman c.d.
Sometimes Straight to Hell is Reggae.
Tab is an awesome guy. He and his band always put on a great show. He is very comical and interacts so well with his fans. I have seen him MANY times and plan on seeing him everytime he comes to the NY/NJ/PA areas. In fact I am going out to Vegas to the Big Blues Bender to see him play. I truly enjoy his music. One of the best out there.
fantastic interview!!!!! great pictures!!!!
"Any mention of big local music support should probably include WYLA FM 87.5, which plays almost entirely local music 24/7."
Actually, any mention of big local music support should probably include WYLA FM >97.5<
which is what my fat fingers meant to type originally.
This article is hilarious because it inadvertently exposes EXACTLY what is wrong with the "Charleston Music Scene": Popularity should not be a driving force for creativity.
Don't argue with someone born in the 90's who paid $5 to get into house shows in the 70's.
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