•Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina Heritage Stage
•NOON - 1 p.m.
The ornately-dressed Plantation Singers are well known among historians and music aficionados in Charleston. Working as a professional a cappella singing group, the Singers have been performing American popular songs, renditions from Porgy and Bess, the gospel music of the Southern African-American church, and traditional negro spirituals for years. They kick off the showcase at the Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina Heritage Stage at noon.
"We believe that the Plantation Singers were chosen for this event because our music reflects a Lowcountry musical heritage that goes back for hundreds of years and appeals to a wide audience of all ages," says group manager David Archer.
Led by vocalist and musical director Lynnette White, who puts her degree in music and theatre to great use in their approach to performing, the Plantation Singers always strive to present "a positive and uplifting entertainment experience."
"We will have a blended group of singers pulled from all the groups I direct," White says of their Chazzfest set. "We'll kick off with our signature tune, 'This Little Light of Mine.'"
The singers include Deborah Carew, Betty Jackson, and her daughter, Shaquinda Jackson (all of Plantation Singers), Randal Lee and Willie King, Jr. (of The Righteous Blends), and Robert Fowler and Martin Siciliano (of The Rainbow Gospel Singers).
The award-winning ensemble performs in and around the Lowcountry at historical sites, cultural events and social gatherings, country clubs, plantations, and gardens. In 1999, they received the prestigious Three Sisters Award, given by the Committee To Save The City, in recognition of their contribution to the special character of Charleston. The group is also featured by the local artist Rhett Thurman in an art series, which is on display at the local Wells Gallery.
"We are excited about performing for a local event that is open to the public, since almost all of our engagements are at private events where our fans are not able to attend," says Archer. –T. Ballard Lesemann