Category Archives: Music

Myrtle Beach Jazz Festival

The Carver Street Economic Renaissance Corporation presents the Second Annual Myrtle Beach Jazz Festival, Friday through Sunday, September 29-October 1.  

The celebration takes place along Carver Street, between 18th Avenue North and 21st Avenue North.  The event features some of the area’s finest musical artists, including Marcus Anderson, Charlie Snuggs, Horry County School Jazz, James “Bull” Canty, West African Drummers, Painted Man, Gino Castillo, Ashley Aluv, Chocolate Chip and Company, Don Colton, Mike Frost Band, Special Blend, Shableek and T-Ray the Violinist.  

T-Ray is the festival’s headliner.  He is a passionate and resilient visionary with unwavering dedication to his musical craft. Effortlessly, he has taken the violin outside of its stereotypical arena beautifully lacing together 90s Rhythm and Blues, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Funk and Classical. The Louisiana native has taken audiences’ favorite genres and masterfully fused them to produce an experimental sound. The seasoned violin player has not only developed himself as a solo artist, but has also honed his skills as a producer and bandleader within his group D2R (Dreams2Reality).

During the festival,  enjoy food and merchandise vendors and a wine and beer garden.  Bring lawn chairs to relax in a fun and safe environment.  Free parking will be available the Pelicans Ballpark parking lot, 1251 21st Avenue North.  Free shuttle rides will be provided to and from the site.  Admission to the festival is free.

The festival commemorates the entertainment and businesses that existed on Carver Street in the 1950s and 1960s.  During that era, African-American performers displayed their talent on what was known as the “Chitlin Circuit,” which is where African-American musicians performed in the days before integration.   Stars such as Little Richard, Billie Holliday, Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Lena Horne, Count Basie, Muddy Water, Ray Charles and The Clovers performed on the “Chitlin Circuit.”

For more information about the Second Annual Jazz Festival, call 843-340-2018 or 301-537-4362.  Or visit http://myrtlebeachjazzfest.com/.  

 

Long Bay Symphony Orchestra Presents “Carmina Burana”

Maestro Charles Jones Evans will lead the Long Bay Symphony (LBS) in a performance of one of the most familiar and powerful vocal/orchestral masterpieces of all time. The concert takes place on Sunday, September 24, 2017, at 4 pm at the Myrtle Beach High School Music and Arts Center. 


German composer and educator Carl Orff created a compelling musical setting of verses from the Carmina Burana, a collection of bawdy, irreverent Medieval-era texts discovered in a Bavarian monastery in 1803.

In addition, the opening concert of the LBS’s “Year of the Symphony” features Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s sparkling Symphony No. 31 (“Paris”), written for the composer’s symphonic debut with the French audiences.

 

 

Tickets range from $25 to $50.  Student tickets (21 & under with student ID) are $10. For tickets call the box office 843-448-8379, purchase online at www.LongBaySymphony.com or visit us at 1107 48th Avenue N., Suite 310-E, Myrtle Beach.

 

Program Details
Dr. Charles Jones Evans, conductor

Louis Otey, baritone soloist

Amanda Horton, soprano soloist

Khary Wilson, tenor soloist
Carolina Master Chorale

Coastal Carolina University Concert Choir

Hartsville Community Chorus

A Gershwin Celebration

Philip Powell, pianist

Maestro Charles Jones Evans will lead the Long Bay Symphony (LBS) in a performance featuring music by one of the twentieth century’s most influential composers and the creator of “Symphonic Jazz”, George Gershwin. The concert takes place on Sunday, April 9, 2017 at 4 pm at the Myrtle Beach High School Music and Arts Center. 

Amanda Horton, soprano


This concert is a salute to the great American musical icon, George Gershwin, one of the twentieth century’s most influential composers and the creator of “Symphonic Jazz”. Featured are two of his greatest orchestral works, American in Paris and Cuban Overture; both the beloved Rhapsody in Blue and the Second Rhapsody (“Rhapsody in Rivets); and several of Gershwin’s greatest hit songs, making for a truly wonderful celebration!

Tickets range from $25 to $50.  Student tickets (21 & under with student ID) are $10. For tickets call the box office 843-448-8379, purchase online at www.LongBaySymphony.com or visit us at 1107 48th Avenue N., Suite 310-E, Myrtle Beach.

 

 

Long Bay Symphony Presents March Concert

Ken Olsen performs in Bennett Gordon Hall at Ravinia Festival. © Todd Rosenberg Photography 2013

Maestro Charles Jones Evans will lead the Long Bay Symphony (LBS) in a performance that will showcase iconic music examples from the Classical period through twentieth century modernism. The concert takes place on Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 4 pm at the Myrtle Beach High School Music and Arts Center. 


An exploration of the Classical Period style through two jovial masterpieces- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Impresario Overture and the Symphony No. 8 of Ludwig van Beethoven– and that style’s lasting influence into the twentieth century modernism, through the dark intensity and satirical humor of the Cello Concerto No. 1 by Dmitri Shostakovich and the tongue-in-cheek parody of Sergei Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1 (“Classical”).

 

Tickets range from $25 to $50.  Student tickets (21 & under with student ID) are $10. For tickets call the box office 843-448-8379, purchase online at www.LongBaySymphony.com or visit 1107 48th Avenue N., Suite 310-E, Myrtle Beach.

Winter Concert “More Inspirations from the Dance”

Maestro Charles Jones Evans will lead the Long Bay Youth Symphony (LBYS) in their Winter Concert February 15, 2017, at 7:30 pm at the Myrtle Beach High School Music and Arts Center. 


Following up on last season’s popular program theme, this concert includes familiar dance-based classics such as Johann Strauss’ Voices of Spring Waltzes, Slavonic Dances by Antonin Dvorak, excerpts from Georges Bizet’s Carmen, Orchestral Suite No. 1 by J.S. Bach, and even a melody of memorable tunes by Duke Ellington! Special guest artist for this performance is Steven Martinez, an alumnus and former student concerto competition winner with the LBYS who is an active musician with the Long Bay Symphony and many other groups in the area. Mr. Martinez is also on faculty at Coastal Carolina University. He will serve as soloist in the Concerto in F for Double Bass by Antonio Capuzzi.

Adult tickets are $10.  Student tickets (21 & under with student ID) are $5. For tickets call the box office 843-448-8379, purchase online at www.LongBaySymphony.com or visit 1107 48th Avenue N., Suite 310-E, Myrtle Beach.

Long Bay Symphony Orchestra Presents “Nationalistic Fervor”

Maestro Charles Jones Evans will lead the Long Bay Symphony (LBS) in a performance that will showcase iconic music examples of nationalism, from independent musical styles to bold political statements. The concert takes place on Sunday, January 22, 2017 at 4 pm at the Myrtle Beach High School Music and Arts Center.  Yoojin Jang, guest artist, is a powerful young violinist who has been praised for her “fiery virtuosity” and sensitive interpretation.  She has been performing with top Korean orchestras such as the KBS Symphony Orchestra and the Seoul Philharmonic orchestra since the age of nine.


Music can evoke strong nationalistic sentiments, whether through distinct stylistic features or merely by subject matter. Hear some of the most famous symphonic examples of nationalist musical styles: Jean Sibelius’ Finlandia, which became a rallying cry for Finnish independence; Bedrich Smetana’s Overture to The Bartered Bride, the first significant Czech opera; and solo violin pieces Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Tales) by Pablo de Sarasate and Havanaise (Habanera) by Camille Saint-Saëns. Also featured are some of the greatest descriptive musical essays in the repertory, “1812” Overture by Peter Tchaikovsky and Lincoln Portrait by Aaron Copland, portraying the glory of military victory and the challenges of political leadership in a time of national crisis.  Senator Luke Rankin will join the Symphony as the narrator for Lincoln Portrait.

 

Tickets range from $25 to $50.  Student tickets (21 & under with student ID) are $10. For tickets call the box office 843-448-8379, purchase online at www.LongBaySymphony.com or visit us at 1107 48th Avenue N., Suite 310-E, Myrtle Beach.

 

LONG BAY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PRESENTS “ENDLESS LOVE”

The Long Bay Symphony Orchestra Presents “Endless Love” on Sunday, September 25, 2016, featuring guest soloists Adrienne Danrich and Ann Benson, Actors from Atlantic Stage, and the Carolina Master Chorale.

Maestro Charles Jones Evans will lead the Long Bay Symphony (LBS) in a performance that will showcase popular symphonic classics expressing the eternal power of love. The concert takes place on Sunday, September 25, 2016 at 4 pm at the Myrtle Beach High School Music and Arts Center. 


Experience music’s ability to convey the enduring power of love from the great comedic and tragic elements of Shakespearean romance in Felix Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream and the Overture to West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein to the ardent yearning for love’s eternal union in Richard Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde Prelude and Debussy’s The Blessed Damozel. The original version of Johann Strauss, Jr.’s On the Beautiful Blue Danube Waltzes, with men’s chorus, wonderfully portrays a nostalgic love of homeland. You will also hear melodies from Alexander Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances which were incorporated into the Broadway musical Kismet, in songs such as “Stranger in Paradise”.

Tickets range from $25 to $50.  Student tickets (21 & under with student ID) are $10. For tickets call the box office 843-448-8379, purchase online at www.LongBaySymphony.com or visit 1107 48th Avenue N., Suite 310-E, Myrtle Beach.

 

CLASS Productions presents Clay Brown

CLASS Productions presents “Clay Brown Salutes the Greats of Soul and Motown” in concert at Kimbel Lodge, Hobcaw Barony, on Saturday, September 10, 3-5 p.m.

Clay Brown

From his childhood gospel roots in Florence, South Carolina, where he sang harmony with his brother and older cousins, Clay Brown went on to harmonize with groups like the Soul Stirrers and the Dixie Hummingbirds. The evolution to rhythm and blues was natural and, in 1967, Clay Brown and the Invaders formed with Clay as lead vocalist. In addition to recording, the group performed up and down the East coast before Clay made the decision to move to the Big Apple. In New York, he was a vocalist with the Al Brown Orchestra, famous for entertaining at the Waldorf Astoria.

Back in South Carolina since the late ‘70s, Clay has performed with Bill Pinkney and the Original Drifters, Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs, Sonny Turner of the Platters, The Lettermen, Ruth Brown, Billy Scott and the Sugarbees. Now backed impressively by the Legends Band, the group is known for performing ’60s soul music across the Carolinas.

He also teaches and performs ‘50s and ‘60s music as part of a program on music history, along with Donald Ceasar and music historian Harry Turner, at public schools and venues throughout the region.

Clay Brown’s song list for the Kimbel concert will include “My Girl,” “Stand by Me,” “You Send Me,” “Georgia on my Mind,” “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” “Moon River,” and “Ooh Baby Baby.” His CD (“Old School”), which pays tribute to some of the era’s greatest musicians, including Sam Cooke and Jerry Butler, will be available at the concert.

 

Tickets are $25. Space is limited. For reservations, call 843-235-9600 or www.ClassAtPawleys.com.

 

The Long Bay Symphony Orchestra Guild hosts Beethoven, Blue Jeans & BBQ

The Long Bay Symphony Guild will host Beethoven, Blue Jeans & BBQ from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.  Sunday, April 17, 2016, at Inlet Affairs in Murrells Inlet, SC.

BBQ_flyerThe menu includes pulled pork BBQ with rolls, chicken bog, mac and cheese, coleslaw, baked beans, banana pudding and sweet tea.  There is a cash bar and a raffle for gift baskets.  Music and dancing by DJ Legendary Dave O.

Proceeds will benefit the Long Bay Symphony and the Long Bay Symphony Youth Orchestra.

Tickets are $50 per person. For reservations call the box office 843-448-8379, purchase online at www.LongBaySymphony.com or visit  1107 48th Avenue N., Suite 310-E, Myrtle Beach.

 

California Roots presents The Carolina Sessions Reggae Music Festival

Join the reggae music fun at the inaugural California Roots presents The Carolina Sessions Reggae Music Festival from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., Saturday, April 9, at the Pavilion site, Ninth Avenue North and Ocean Boulevard.  The best reggae bands travel to Myrtle Beach to play tropical jams for the crowd, so bring a large blanket to sit on and simply enjoy the happy vibes. Food, beer, wine and gift vendors will be on site, and food vendors will offer vegetarian and vegan options, too!  The music festival is a family friendly event.  Security will be at the front gate, near stages and roaming throughout the festival grounds.  Children, ages 10 and under, get in free with a paying adult ticketholder.  Tickets from the previously cancelled festival (October 3, 2015) will be accepted for the April 9 show.  For more information, visit http://californiarootscarolina.com/.