Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Charleston Music Hall highlights local music with new series, but that's not all

It's All Happening

Posted by Kelly Rae Smith on Wed, Aug 10, 2016 at 12:56 PM

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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.

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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.


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