R and B Musician Performs in Spartanburg, SC

Travis Smith

Rhythm and blues musician Travis Smith will be the guest artist at Chapman Cultural Center June 12, 2-4 p.m., presenting a free concert as part of the venue’s weekly Sundays Unplugged program.

Smith has been featured on TV’s Your Carolina morning show and taken to the stage throughout South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia, including at Fall for Greenville, Bele Chere (Ashville, NC), and The Cherry Blossom Festival (Macon, GA). Growing up in Woodruff, he was introduced to music at 3 years old, inspired by Stevie Wonder and other Motown artists. By the time he was 6 years old, he was playing piano and singing at his church. In school, he became a drum major for the Woodruff High School Marching Cadets, winning three trophies of Best Drum Major. His velvety voice won him an award for Best Male Vocalist at the L. Water’s Talent Show in 2005. He was the opener for six-time Stellar Award-winner and Grammy Award Winner gospel recording artist Vashawn at Spring Fling 2013. In college, he was cast in plays and performed with choral groups. Smith’s first album Childhood was released in 2009, and his latest release, Thinking of You, was released 2013. He is currently working on his Self-Tilted album, expected to be released later this year.

To sample his music, please visit TheTravisSmithProject.com.

 

Abbey Elmore Band to Play Free Concert in Spartanburg, SC

Abbey Elmore BandThe Abbey Elmore Band, a popular pop/rock band of Spartanburg, will be the musical guest at Chapman Cultural Center Sunday, June 5, for the venue’s weekly Sundays Unplugged event. This free live concert will start at 2 p.m. and end at 4 p.m.

Fronted by Abbey Elmore, the band strives to deliver a memorable experience, from live shows to listening on your iPhone. The band and its original music are a cross between modern day pop and old school rock ‘n’ roll, producing a very unique alternative sound. Its members are Elmore, Tyler Tullis, Nick Wells, and Donnie Elmore. To sample the band’s music, please visit online: ReverbNation.com/TheAbbeyElmoreBand.

Every Sunday afternoon, 1-5 p.m., Chapman Cultural Center hosts Sundays Unplugged, an event where patrons can enjoy local arts and culture in a no-stress and no-cost environment. In addition to the free concert, Spartanburg Art Museum, Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg Gallery, and The John F. Green Spartanburg Science Center are all open.

South Carolina singer/songwriter Jeremy Willis in concert

Spartanburg, SC, singer/songwriter Jeremy Willis will be in concert at Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg Sunday, May 29, 2-4 p.m. as part of the venue’s weekly Sundays Unplugged program. The public is invited to enjoy the live music at no cost.

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Willis started his music career in church performing at the age of 8. By 15, he had performed on the stage at the Carolina Opry. As a teenager, he was a self-proclaimed band geek. After graduating high school, Willis enlisted in the Navy, where he was in the Triple Threat Company and director of the Naval Band. Since then, he has continued to write his own music and perform publicly. His more recent accomplishments include performances at many local restaurants, entertainment venues, and television shows. He has played at Chapman many times. His music is often said to resemble that of James Taylor, Rob Thomas, Matchbox Twenty, and Chris Cornell. For details about Willis and to sample his music, please visit ReverbNation.com/JeremyWillis.

Jeremy Willis

Lowcountry Jazz Band presents wide variety of pop pieces at spring concert

The Lowcountry Jazz Band, conducted by Director David Hershey, and sponsored by the University of South Carolina’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), hosts its spring concert Sunday, June 5 at 3 pm at the USCB Center for the Arts in downtown Beaufort. The band is a sub-group of OLLI’s Lowcountry Community Concert Band.
The program’s theme – cross currents – pays tribute to pop tunes adapted for the big band setting and genre. Selections span more than 70 years, from 1938 (A Tisket A Tasket- Ella Fitzgerald/ Chick Webb) to 2012 (Skyfall- Adele) illustrating the range of styles a big band performs.
            Additional offerings include pieces as diverse as Get Happy, Walk Don’t Run, Don’t Know Why and Here Comes the Sun.
            The Lowcountry Jazz Band is primarily an academic group that promotes and curates jazz in the context of a large ensemble dynamic or big band. The Jazz Band’s members recreate the sounds and styles of the many famous bands of the Big Band era.
            For more information, see the band’s website: www.ollilccb.com.

Artist and Flutist Elise Wood Exhibits in South Carolina

Elise Wood

Elise Wood, the daughter of two writers and niece of a fine arts painter, has always lived in an artistic environment.  Both her talent in music and art were recognized at an early age, and she was selected to be in exhibits and perform throughout her education.  She has attended classes at the Art Students League and the City College of New York and continues to expand her knowledge of mediums and availing herself of live models and museum trips with professors and students.    She has exhibited nationally including Blue Skies Gallery in Hampton, VA; Cornelia Street Café, Theater for the New City and Jadite Gallery, in New York; and North End Trilogy Gallery in New Jersey. Currently her paintings in acrylic or oil on canvas are on exhibit at Salt Gallery in Beaufort, SC.

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An accomplished flutist, she is an active member of the New York Jazz Flutet, a six-flute jazz ensemble that includes an instrumentation from contra-bass flute to piccolo with drums. She recorded frequently with her late partner John Hicks on HiWood Records, among others.

Artist Statement

As an artist I try to surround my work with an aura – despite the subject matter and to draw out the subtleties of light and shadow and the colors therefore produced.   Texture inspires the flow of the paint that holds together the form.  My subject matter is parallel with my fantasy of isolating a moment of beauty in time and space.

Contact us for more information about her art or her performances.

Meet Elvis, Sinatra and More!

Aug2014 024Krispy KremeJCACRockinSinging Telegrams’ for a discount this month, especially the “Patriotic Singing Telegram” for Veteran’s Day, and the “Thank ya! Thank ya very much!” for Thanksgiving, and the Anniversary and Birthday Telegrams with 3 songs plus “HAPPY _____ DAY,” usually $75, now $60, including jumpsuit (Elvis), costuming (Motown, Sinatra, etc.) with portable PA system, background, and great photo opps too.

Available at your location! Ask us for details about these and more talented performers.

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Gullah Celebration on St. Helena Island

In keeping with history and tradition the Corner Community on St. Helena Island, SC is gearing up to celebrate Memorial Day weekend. The businesses at the Corner are planning an array of activities to recognize Memorial Day, a holiday the people of St. Helena Island have always celebrated as part of their American heritage.

Sea Island Breezes by Diane Britton Dunham

“Sea Island Breezes” by Diane Britton Dunham

The Red Piano Too Art Gallery is hosting a special art exhibit on May 24, 2014, featuring the work of well-known lowcountry artist Diane Britton Dunham. The theme of this show is “The Gullah Creole Caribbean Connection.” Gullah Creole is the term coined by Dunham because it best describes her artwork blending elements of her colorful Louisiana Creole roots with the rich historical Gullah culture of the Sea Islands. She will discuss the Gullah Creole Caribbean art connection and related history during the exhibit.

Noted Beaufort musician and Dunham’s husband, Phil Griffin, will provide music for the Gullah side of the event from 12 Noon until 2 pm, playing classic Southern Blues and traditional Gullah music.

A collection of Gullah themed needlework hangings by Bridget Murray will also be exhibited. These pieces emphasize the detail Murray incorporates in her work.

The Red Piano Too Art Gallery presents the East of the River Steel band from Washington D.C. This band is made up of young people ages 6 to 19, in a program which enhances lives, builds confidence and fosters resiliency as it also develops a love and appreciation of the arts. The band will present a special concert from 2 pm to 3 pm. This is a must see performance according to long time Caribbean resident, Elayne Scott, who said “These young people literally transported me to the Caribbean when I heard their mastery of the steel pans. The pans are not easy to play, yet this band performs as well as any pan band from the islands of the Caribbean. What a treat to hear the beautiful rhythms.”

An additional exhibit of Lauren DeLoach‘s lowcountry paintings celebrating regional natural beauty will be presented at Bella Vita and Octopuses which are across the street and next door to the Red Piano Too Art Gallery.

All activities are free and open to the public throughout the Corner. For additional information contact the Red Piano Too Art Gallery, 870 Sea Island Parkway, St. Helena Island S.C. 29920, phone (843) 838-2241.

Dr. Deforia Lane

Music as Medicine is Dr. Lane’s specialty which she discusses in keynotes especially suitable for caregivers and professional medical meetings.

Ask for details or to schedule a program at your location.

Early Bird Artist and Food Vendor Fee Offered for Labor Day Music & Art Festival

Special discounted rate of $250 is offered for vendors who register by July 15.

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by Hank D. Herring

The Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce and the Native Island Business & Community Affairs Association are jointly producing the new event September 1 on Hilton Head Island. Both organizations have a long history of events celebrating the culture and lifestyle of the South Carolina Lowcountry and frequently focusing on the Gullah culture unique to the coastal area.

Food vendors and artists are asked to apply now for participation. Vendor space is $350 each after the early bird deadline, and space is available only by advance reservation. Vendors should provide their own tent, table, chairs or any equipment needed.

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“Looking Toward Beaufort” painting on glass by Hank D. Herring

For details and application, food vendors may contact Native Island Business & Community Affairs Association at 843-255-7303 or email nibcaa@aol.com. Artists may contact BeaufortBlack@gmail.com, download application at www.bcbcc.org or call 843-902-4799.

The first Labor Day Music & Art Festival is scheduled for Sunday, September 1, from Noon until 7 pm in Shelter Cove Park. Music will be announced.

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