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Art Garfunkel

Category / Venue: Charleston Music Hall
Date and Time: 5 Feb 2018 8:00 PM

TAlthough it has been over 40 years since Bridge Over Troubled Water was recorded, Art Garfunkel's image and signature vocal remain among the most instantly recognizable in popular music. His "beautiful countertenor," as Neil Strauss described Art's voice in The New York Times, is clear and resonant, surely one of the finest instruments in all of popular music, and a time-honored friend to a world of listeners. The dialogue began for Art at age four, when his father brought home one of the first wire recorders. "That got me into music more than anything else," he recalls, "singing and being able to record it." Seven years later he was singing Everly Brothers songs at school talent shows with a partner, Paul Simon, from his Forest Hills neighborhood in Queens, New York. "Then rhythm 'n blues, rock 'n roll came along." He and Paul set their sights on the Brill Building. "We practiced in the basement so much that we got professional sounding. We made demos in Manhattan and knocked on all the doors of the record companies with our hearts in our throats." In 1957, 'Tom and Jerry' (as they were called then) landed a recording contract. Their first 45, "Hey, Schoolgirl" (which they wrote together) scored a moderate hit and they appeared on "American Bandstand" as high school seniors. "We got a quick education in the record business," Art recounts.

The Del McCoury Band

Category / Venue: Charleston Music Hall
Date and Time: 26 Jan 2018 8:00 PM

TFor fifty years, Del’s music has defined authenticity for hard core bluegrass fans. His fans count him among the best, even among a growing number those fans only vaguely familiar with the genre. While the box set Celebrating 50 Years of Del McCoury, like its distilled companion, provides an opportunity to look back on a unique legacy, it's also provides some of the best music hes ever made.

“Del epitomizes the bluegrass musician from the previous era, and also this one,” says acclaimed resonator guitarist Jerry Douglas, a member of Alison Krauss + Union Station and producer of several of McCoury’s 90s albums. “You can finally make a living playing bluegrass, and a large part of it is because of Del McCoury; he became like the new Bill Monroe. For him to have come along this far is testament to his will to stick it out-but at the same time, when he saw that he was going to be able to do it, he started really, really enjoying it, and that’s when he started making the best music of his career.”

Mike Allen & Friends Present "Why, Why, Why"

Category / Venue: Charleston Music Hall
Date and Time: 27 Jan 2018 7:30 PM

Michael Allen (Mike) is a graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology and a Registered Professional Engineer with a 32-year-old consulting practice in Charleston, South Carolina. He has always loved music and learned guitar as a teenager playing Beatles songs.
    Mike began writing original songs in 1991 and recording his arrangements in his home studio, conceiving and playing all instrumental parts and vocals. His predominant genre has been faith/inspirational, but has also written a number of Americana story ballads, and even some country-rock numbers.
    On September 11, 2001, Mike teamed with a friend and composed a ballad titled “United Through It All”, a song of hope and resolve for America in the wake of the terrorist attack. The original recording produced by Mike charted in the top 10 on Country/Christian radio charts and was reported to be a favorite on International Armed Services Radio. The lyric was entered into the Congressional Record in the Library of Congress on November 15, 2001.
    The piece was quickly adapted by the U.S. Army Band and Soldiers Chorus, the prestigious touring band for the Army out of Washington DC, and made a centerpiece in their next four nationwide tours including performances at Constitution Hall in DC. Many other “base” bands made it a part of their repertoire. The “Pershing’s Own” U.S. Army Band, the ceremonial band based in DC, selected the piece as the title feature at a “United Through It All” concert at Avery Fischer Hall, Lincoln Center in NYC at on the band’s 80th anniversary.
    “United Through It All” was selected by President George W. Bush to be performed by the U.S. Navy Band at the televised re-opening ceremony of the Pentagon on September 11, 2012, the one year anniversary of the terrorist attack, as a lead-in to Bush’s keynote speech following Secty of Defense Rumsfeld’s speech.

The Black Jacket Symphony Presents Tom Pettys "Damn The Torpedoes"

Category / Venue: Charleston Music Hall
Date and Time: 1 Feb 2018 8:00 PM

The Black Jacket Symphony offers a unique concert experience through recreating classic albums in a live performance setting. A selected album is performed in its entirety by a group of handpicked musicians specifically selected for each album, with no sonic detail being overlooked--the musicians do whatever it takes to musically reproduce the album.
    The performance is separated into two sets. The first set features the album being recreated as a true symphonic piece. The second set, which features a selection of the album artist's "greatest hits," opens in full contrast to the first set with an incredible light display and the symphony being much more laid back. The tone is set very quickly that the show will feature the high level of musicianship of the act being covered and will also be accompanied by all the bells and whistles of a major rock and roll show.


Category / Venue: Charleston Music Hall
Date and Time: 3 Feb 2018 8:00 PM

The Charleston Music Hall and The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art are thrilled to team up once again for the sixth installment of The Groundhog Day Concert, February 3rd at 8pm. We all know Groundhog Day as the day in which the sleepy groundhog rises out of his hole, looks at his shadow, and thus decides if winter is almost over. Little did you know that Groundhog Day is also the un-official day for music celebration in Charleston, SC. Due to scheduling, we have to celebrate Groundhog Day one day late this year, but we shall celebrate with the fervor of 1,000 suns to keep the Groundhog from burrowing back into his hole thus promising an early Spring! Gil Shuler has returned to design another wonderful Groundhog Day poster this year. Gil has actually won two national design awards with his Groundhog Day poster designs over the years. We are thrilled to have The Sisters Matsuda (Hirona & Riki) back this year to create another fantastic original set design. Bill Carson will lead an amazing ensemble of musicians in a night of musical magic, fantasy, lore, and craftsmanship.


Category / Venue: Charleston Music Hall
Date and Time: 6 Feb 2018 8:00 PM

Groundbreaking banjoist/composer/bandleader Béla Fleck has reconvened the original 'Béla Fleck & The Flecktones', the extraordinary initial line-up of his incredible combo. Rocket Science marks the first recording by the first fab four Flecktones in almost two decades, with pianist/harmonica player Howard Levy back in the fold alongside Fleck, bassist Victor Wooten, and percussionist/ Drumitarist Roy “Futureman” Wooten. Far from being a wistful trip back in time, the album sees the Grammy Award-winning quartet creating some of the most forward thinking music of their long, storied career. While all manners of genres come into play – from classical and jazz to bluegrass and African music to electric blues and Eastern European folk dances – the result is an impossible to pigeonhole sound all their own, a meeting of musical minds that remains, as ever, utterly indescribable. Simply put, it is The Flecktones, the music made only when these four individuals come together.

Arlo Guthrie

Category / Venue: Charleston Music Hall
Date and Time: 7 Feb 2018 8:00 PM

Folk music icon Arlo Guthrie is a legendary artist who shares timeless stories and unforgettable classic songs as he carries on the Guthrie Family legacy. With enduring hits like "City of New Orleans" and "Alice's Restaurant," Guthrie is a singular voice as both a singer-songwriter and social commentator.