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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.


World-Class Classical Guitarist to Perform in Spartanburg, SC

Paul Bowman

Classical guitarist Paul Bowman will perform a free live concert Sunday, May 8, 2-4 p.m. at Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC, as part of the venue’s Sundays Unplugged program.

Bowman has more than 25 years of performance experience and is considered to be one of today’s most passionate avatars of new music for the guitar. More than 50 works have been written for him by master composers such as John Eaton, Ursula Mamlok, and Charles Norman Mason. Recent new works for either solo or in-chamber settings have been written by composers Aaron Gervais Nicholas Deyoe, Paolo Cavallone, and several others. His work has been worldwide, with a concentration on the Southeast and includes The Charlotte New Music Festival. He won first prize at the Vlth (sic) International Competition for Classical Guitar in San Juan, and he was a finalist at the Guitar Foundation of America Competition in Milwaukee. As a world-class musician and performer, Bowman has produced a 13-compact disc set of studio recordings. His performances usually include pop tunes, light rock ‘n’ roll, light jazz, Broadway standards, and ethnic music. He and his wife live in the rural mountains near Lake Lure, NC. To sample Bowman’s music, please visit online Paul-ClassicalGuitarist.com.

Every Sunday afternoon, 1-5 p.m., Chapman Cultural Center is open, providing a no-stress and free opportunity to enjoy local art and culture. In addition to the free concert, Spartanburg Art Museum, Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg Gallery, Spartanburg Regional History Museum, and the Student Galleries are all open and free. For more information about Sundays Unplugged, please call 864.542.ARTS.

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/.

Long Bay Symphony Orchestra Presents “Some Enchanted Evening”

Maestro Charles Jones Evans will lead the Long Bay Symphony (LBS) in a performance of a selection of classic songs from “The Great American Songbook.” The concert takes place on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 7 pm at the Myrtle Beach High School Music and Arts Center. 

Never out of style, these songs from well-known composers such as George Gershwin, Cole Porter, and Irving Berlin, have been recorded by artists from Bing Crosby to Bette Midler.  This toe-tapping performance will have you singing along.


Guest artist Anne Runolfsson recently completed a 2 year run on Broadway as the tempestuous diva, Carlotta Giudacelli in Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Phantom of the Opera, the longest running show in Broadway history.  Sal Viviano has appeared with over 120 Symphony Orchestras in Pops concerts around the world, with current bookings up to 2 years in advance.


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.


Music Laser Shows at Ingram Planetarium

Come to Ingram Planetarium on March 18 and 19 to experience music from classic rock albums set to mesmerizing laser graphics. Complete playlists are available at www.museumplanetarium.org.

Mar. 18            6 pm — Laser Vinyl – Enjoy rock classics from AC/DC, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Van Halen, Queen, Kansas, Kiss, Aerosmith, Boston, Journey, and Pink Floyd.

Mar. 18            7 pm – Laser Opolis – This eclectic soundtrack features artists from the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s such as Nirvana, Creed, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, the B-52’s, Prodigy, Oasis, and others.

Mar. 19            6 pm – Laser Magic – This amazing laser music show showcases a variety of musical artists that include Yanni, Blue Oyster Cult, Celine Dion, Will Smith, Elton John, Joan Jett, Pink Floyd, and more.

Mar. 19            7 pm – Pink Floyd’s The Wall – This show has been described as “the mother of all laser-light shows” and “a cult favorite.” Pink Floyd’s The Wall is considered by many to be one of the best classic rock albums of all time. This show is not recommended for young children.

Ingram Planetarium is located at 7625 High Market Street in Sunset Beach, NC. Consider becoming a planetarium member; admission is free for members. Non-member admission (including NC sales tax) is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors (62+), $7 for children (3-12), and free for age 2 and under. For more information, call 910-575-0033 or visit www.museumplanetarium.org.

Long Bay Symphony Orchestra Presents “Beethoven & Blue Jeans” in Myrtle Beach, SC

Long Bay Symphony Orchestra Presents “Beethoven & Blue Jeans” on Sunday, March 6, 2016, featuring Hye-Jin Kim, an award winning violinist.

Maestro Charles Jones Evans will lead the Long Bay Symphony (LBS) in a performance of popular masterpieces by three great composers. The concert takes place on Sunday, March 6, 2016 at 4 pm at the Myrtle Beach High School Music and Arts Center. 

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The audience will experience Handel’s Overture to Music for the Royal Fireworks and Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, one of the most famous violin concertos of all time.  Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 will complete this dazzling evening.  Hye-Jin Kim, an award winning violinist, will be a guest artist.  Born in Seoul, Korea, she began her violin studies at age 8.  She has performed as a soloist with several renowned orchestras and appeared in numerous major venues around the world.  At the invitation of Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Hye-Jin performed at the U.N. Headquarters in both Geneva and New York.


Wear your favorite pair of blue jeans if you like!


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.

Jazz Ensemble Wraps Up Spartanburg SC Winter Jazz Series 2016

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The third and last concert of Chapman Cultural Center’s Winter Jazz Series 2016 will be Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, starting at 7:30 p.m. and featuring the Spartanburg Jazz Ensemble.

“This is has been a great jazz series for Spartanburg,” Marketing Director Steve Wong said. “We started off with the Greenville Jazz Collective playing Big Band-style music. That was followed by the premiere performance of the Mill Town Brass Band, playing tunes you might hear in the streets of New Orleans. And now we’ll wrap up the season with our hometown favorite, the Spartanburg Jazz Ensemble. Yes, Spartanburg most definitely has jazz.” This is Chapman’s third season of presenting a Winter Jazz Series. It is sponsored by JM Smith Corp.

The Spartanburg Jazz Ensemble is made up of musicians from all walks of life, young and seasoned, amateur and professional, from Spartanburg and surrounding areas. Established in 1996 to provide an outlet for these community players, the Ensemble offers quality jazz performances to the public. Under the auspices of the Spartanburg Community Band, the Ensemble is nonprofit. It has played at Chapman several times, in addition to such events and venues as Spring Fling, Music on Main, Dickens of a Christmas, the Pan American Games for the Blind, and USC Upstate for its popular Ice Cream Sundays Summer Concert Series. It is led by Thomas Wright, Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Wofford College and professional saxophone and trumpet player.jazz Ensemble

The general admission (not assigned seating) tickets to the concert are $10 each and can be purchased online at ChapmanCulturalCenter.org or by calling (864) 542-ARTS during the afternoon MondayFriday.

Blues Legend Drink Small Birthday Concert at Hobcaw Barony


Drink Small photo by Doug Allen

“The Blues Doctor” is performing his guitar magic on the road at Hobcaw Barony near Pawleys Island, SC, on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016, 3-5 p.m. Drink Small, the elder statesman of blues and self-described “old guitar player,” is 82 and still performing enthusiastically with his trademark booming voice and boisterous personality. A 2015 winner of the National Endowment of the Arts National Heritage Award, Drink Small has been singing the blues for six decades.

According to Gail Wilson-Giarratano in her biography Drink Small: The Life and Music of South Carolina’s Blues Doctor, he was born in Bishopville, SC, in 1933 to sharecropper parents and actually named Drink Small. He was injured in a wagon accident at a young age and was unable to pick cotton, so he began to sing gospel, joined the Spiritualaires during the 1950s, and chose to sing secular music in the 80s. Despite blindness, Drink has played throughout America and chosen not to travel outside the States, due to his love of America and his dedication to South Carolina.

In Jordan Lawrence’s fall 2015 article in Columbia’s Free Times, Drink’s intricate picking and impressive lyrics are described as “Drinkisms,” statements made in rhyming wisdom and set to soulful blues (“I got a hundred quotes in my throat!”). McKissick Museum’s curator Saddler Taylor says, “Drink has influenced generations of musicians, especially blues guitarists.”

The intimate concert setting provides a chance to hear, see and interact with a blues legend, according to Lee G. Brockington, senior interpreter at Hobcaw Barony. “I learned of an opportunity to book Drink Small through Dale Alan Bailes, former nightclub owner and friend of Drink’s publicist Clair DeLune, who is also host of the WUSC radio program, Blues Moon Radio in Columbia. I first heard him play while a college student in Columbia and thought he was B.B. King! Later, when I heard him perform at Homecoming at the Penn Center on St. Helena Island, I was hooked on the one and only Drink Small! As a NEA Heritage Fellow, he joins the ranks of B.B. King, Mavis Staples and John Lee Hooker. People are so excited about his coming to the Pawleys Island area, and I’m personally looking forward to celebrating this moment in South Carolina history.”


Tickets are $25 and space is limited. Books, t-shirts and CDs will be available for purchase at the concert. To order tickets, visit CLASS (Community Learning About Special Subjects) at Art Works in the Litchfield Exchange, call 843-235-9600 or register online at ClassAtPawleys.com.

Barleycove to Perform in Spartanburg


Barleycove to Perform Free Concert at Chapman Sunday

The three-person alternative band Barleycove will perform a free concert at Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC Sunday, Jan. 3, 2-4 p.m. as part of the downtown venue’s weekly Sunday Unplugged program.

Barleycove is a folk-rock trio based in Greer. It is described as modern folk and Americana with tinges of classic rock in the vein of Fleetwood Mac. The members are Laura Clinton (founder, singer, songwriter, and keyboard), Jesse Thomas (guitar), and Tim Trammel (percussion). Others musicians are added to the group as the need arises. Barleycove seeks to merge the sounds of the ’70s with the influences of this age. Setting up to gain more listeners with its debut LP, Release, Barleycove believes in the power of music and the healing it can bring. For extensive details and to sample the band’s music, please visit online BarleyCoveBand.com.

As a point of interest, Barleycove is the name of a townland and beach in County Cork, on the south coast of Ireland. It is said to be one of the better beaches in West Cork, if not Ireland. The area surrounding Barleycove is one of natural beauty and is very popular during the summer months. The beach itself has been designated as a Special Area of Conservation by the European Union, due to the variety of wildlife and interesting habitats present in the sand dunes.

Sunday Unplugged is a longstanding program at Chapman Cultural Center that provides a casual, stress-free, and mostly free opportunity for people to enjoy the arts and cultural of Spartanburg. From 1 until 5 p.m., the venue is open, along with Spartanburg Art Museum, Spartanburg Science Center, Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg Galley, Spartanburg Regional History Museum, and Students Galleries.

All of the exhibits are free with the exception being the Science Center, which charges $4 per adult and $2.50 per student. In addition to free live music and exhibits, Chapman Cultural Center and the resident Partners often provide special programs on Sunday, such as one-time classes. For details, please visit online at ChapmanCulturalCenter.org or call (864) 542-ARTS.