The Monthly Encore | May

DJ Natty Heavy wins Charleston's Best DJ!

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For the 5th year straight, DJ Natty Heavy has won the title of Best DJ in Charleston City Paper's Best of Charleston awards. Congratulations! We're proud to represent the hardest working DJs in town. Whether it's a club show, a wedding, or private event, we know what they give to make sure every event they do for their clients is unforgettable. Well deserved!


10,000 Attend 2nd Annual High Water Festival

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High Water Festival was a massive success. Only in its second year, the event (curated by Charleston's own Shovels & Rope) featured Jason Isbell, Band of Horses, St. Paul and the Broken Bones and more. We've been proud to be a part of the festival's continued success by managing the venue, North Charleston's 15-acre Riverfront Park, setting up the stage and working on-site to help production. Next year's dates are already announced. Mark your calendars for April 13-14, 2019.


Tickets for Official Dickey Betts Band After Party with Jaimoe's Jasssz Band and Heather Gillis Band Still Available! 

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After the show at Macon City Auditorium, join us for the Official Dickey Betts After Party at the Hargray Capitol Theatre. Jaimoe (Jai Johanny Johanson) is a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band, one of the most influential groups of all time. A musician dear to the ABB Family, Heather Gillis, will join him. Gillis is a young guitarist/ vocalist, formerly of Butch Trucks and the Freight Train Band, who now fronts a talented group of her own that ABB fans won't want to miss! 

Event entry will be $10 per person (kids free 12 and under) and attendees can check-in at either entrance to Hutson Alley located at 39 John St. or 26 Hutson St.

Join the Event on Facebook here.


Widespread Panic Headlines 2-Day Trondossa Festival

Widespread Panice and Sturgill Simpson played two nights in a row at Riverfront Park's first Trondossa Music & Arts Festival. Along with a killer lineup that included Moon Taxi, Margo Price, Hiss Messenger, and Big Something, the festival featured up and coming Lowcountry artisans who could share their crafts with festivalgoers, as well as a full lineup of food and drink. 


Party at the Point Continues Every Friday

Party at the Point kicked off Friday, April 27th with The Departure: The Ultimate Journey Tribute Band. Visit charlestonpartyatthepoint.com for tickets and follow Party at the Point on Facebook and Instagram for updates.

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Arrested Development Crushed Show at The Alley

90s hip-hop group and two time GRAMMY award winners Arrested Development put on a show to remember at The Alley Friday, May 11th. It was an honor and a privilege to work with this fantastic group of artists. Looking forward to the next one!

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The Monthly Encore | April

Mex 1 Sessions with Sol Driven Train Raises $2,500 for Carolina Studios

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Sol Driven Train performed at Mex 1 Coastal Cantina on Sullivan's Island for the second installment of Mex 1 Sessions on Sunday, April 1st.

This show benefited Carolina Studios, a local organization that provides students a safe environment that fosters creative, educational, and career-focused initiatives through music, technology and media arts.


High Water Festival is This Weekend!

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High Water Festival is back at Riverfront Park in North Charleston this weekend, April 21 - 22nd. We love being a part of this epic show curated by Shovels & Rope. This weekend's lineup features Jason Isbell, Band of Horses, St. Paul and the Broken Bones and more. It's sold out, but join the Facebook Event here if you're still looking for tickets!


Tickets for Official Dickey Betts Band After Party with Jaimoe's Jasssz Band and Heather Gillis Band Still Available! 

After the show at Macon City Auditorium, join us for the Official Dickey Betts After Party at the Hargray Capitol Theatre. Jaimoe (Jai Johanny Johanson) is a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band, one of the most influential groups of all time. A musician dear to the ABB Family, Heather Gillis, will join him. Gillis is a young guitarist/ vocalist, formerly of Butch Trucks and the Freight Train Band, who now fronts a talented group of her own that ABB fans won't want to miss! 

Event entry will be $10 per person (kids free 12 and under) and attendees can check-in at either entrance to Hutson Alley located at 39 John St. or 26 Hutson St.

Join the Event on Facebook here.

 
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3 Tips for Finding the Perfect Entertainment for Your Wedding

1. Think about the atmosphere you'd like to create.

What energy and tone do you want your entertainment to create? Your making memories, so look for entertainers that can cater to your needs and are able to play the songs that mean something special to you.

2. Consult a professional.

There's a lot to worry about on your big day. Seek the advice and experience of those who do this all the time! When it comes to music, you want to work with someone that understands the big picture, but is flexible enough to include details like specific songs that will make your wedding unforgettable.

3. Don't forget about ceremony music!

When bride and grooms-to-be first think of entertainment, they think of the party. It's important to have the right music to entertain guests at the reception, but the ceremony is for you and those moments are what you'll remember first about your big day. Think about what kind of music should accompany those special moments and book them as far in advance as you do your party entertainment!


Party at the Point with The Departure: The Ultimate Journey Tribute Band

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Party at the Point kicks off Friday, April 27th with The Departure: The Ultimate Journey Tribute Band. Visit charlestonpartyatthepoint.com for tickets and follow Party at the Point on Facebook and Instagram for updates.

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The Monthly Encore | March

IrishFest in Savannah Starts Today!

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Savannah, GA's annual St. Patrick's Day Celebration starts today, and we've got a great lineup of artists playing at City Market in front of Wild Wing Cafe. 

Thursday, March 15th

Outside Stage

3:00pm-5:00pm: Thomas Claxton Duo

6:00pm-8:00pm: A Nickel Bag Of Funk

8:30pm-11:30am: Liquid Ginger

DJ Natty Heavy during changeovers

Inside Stage

10:00pm- Until- DJ Natty Heavy

FRIDAY, MARCH 16

Outside Stage

12:00pm Bucky & Barry

3:00pm The New High

5:30pm Broadcast 90

8:30pm  U-Phonik

DJ Natty Heavy during changeovers

Inside Stage

10:00pm- Until: DJ Natty Heavy

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 17

Outside Stage

11:00am Dave Landeo

12:30pm Tokyo Joe

3:00pm U-Phonik

5:30pm Whiskey Run

8:30pm  Individually Twisted

DJ Natty Heavy during changeovers

Inside Stage

10:00pm-Until: DJ Natty Heavy


Mex 1 Sessions with Sol Driven Train

4/1/18

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After successfully raising $2,500 at the first installment of Mex 1 Sessions with Drivin N Cryin to benefit Carolina Studios, Mex 1 and Ear for Music present the next installment with Sol Driven Train on Sunday, April 1. Tickets are limited, but still available here.


Post-Race Block Party on Hutson Alley

4/7/18

Ear for Music, Holy City Hospitality, and Charleston Music Hall are excited to host a Post-Race Block Party on Hutson Alley following the big race on April 7, 2018. The Block Party will take place from 9am-1pm with a portion of proceeds benefiting The MEDI Community Resource Center. Indoor and outdoor festivities will include raffle items from local vendors and live music from The Black Diamond Band, Dave Landeo, and Finnegan Bell. 

Event entry will be $10 per person (kids free 12 and under) and attendees can check-in at either entrance to Hutson Alley located at 39 John St. or 26 Hutson St.

Join the Event on Facebook here.

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Dickey Betts Band Returns to Macon, GA

5/17/18

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Dickey Betts, founding member of the Allman Brothers Band, is returning to Macon, GA for a hometown show with the Devon Allman Project and Duane Betts. This historic show at the Macon City Auditorium on Thursday, May 17th is not to be missed! 


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After Party | Jaimoe's Jasssz Band & Heather Gillis Band

After the show at Macon City Auditorium, join us for the Official Dickey Betts After Party at the Hargray Capitol Theatre. Jaimoe (Jai Johanny Johanson) is a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band, one of the most influential groups of all time. A musician dear to the ABB Family, Heather Gillis, will join him. Gillis is a young guitarist/ vocalist, formerly of Butch Trucks and the Freight Train Band, who now fronts a talented group of her own that ABB fans won't want to miss! 


Party at the Point 2018

Party at the Point is coming back to Patriot’s Point this April with a killer lineup! Visit charlestonpartyatthepoint.com for more information and follow Party at the Point on Facebook and Instagram for updates.

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February Blog

Welcome to the EFM Family, Zandrina!

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We’re proud to introduce Zandrina Dunning as EFM’s newest booking agent to join our team.

A singer/songwriter and vocal instructor originally from Boston, Zandrina’s called Charleston, South Carolina home since the 90s and has been on the music scene since the early 2000’s.

Her professional musical journey began while studying classical music at South Carolina State University in 2000. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Merchandising & Management in 2004.

In 2005, she temporarily relocated to Atlanta for a few years to pursue her music career full time. While residing there, she worked with a subsidiary of the Island Def Jam Music Group, assisting with the promotion and marketing of new artists, collaborating with local recording studios on new campaigns, and also making a name for herself as a session vocalist.

Upon returning to Charleston in 2007, Zandrina has performed with local and national recording artists to include Multi-Grammy Award winner George Benson, Darius Rucker, and American Idol Season 11 finalist, Elise Testone. She has graced the stages of the legendary Ryman Auditorium in Nashville TN, the Lincoln Theater in New York City, and many other noted venues throughout the US and internationally.

Zandrina is no stranger to either side of the business. From the east to the west coasts she has had experience performing in all facets of the industry; from weddings and other special events to the bar scene, Zandrina has been a part of it all. We’re happy to have her!


The Love Funk Tour is This Weekend! 

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The Love Funk Tour featuring Cory Wong & Mr. Talkbox from Bruno Mars’ song 24k Magic is this weekend! Join us at the Charleston Music Hall this Sunday, February 18th at 8PM. You’ll recognize Cory Wong from Vulfpeck, known for his guitar skills and collaborations with Questlove, Ben Rector, Gene Simmons, and Blake Shelton whom he met on NBC’s “The Voice”. Mr. Talkbox is an internet sensation known for his chart-topping covers videos and more recently, original material. You’ll know his voice from Bruno Mars and Kendrick Lamar’s songs, or Avery Sunshine’s 2018 Grammy Nominated Song “Heaven Is Right Here”. Tickets are still available. Get them here.


ROCKET MAN SHOW ON 2/23

 

Tokyo Joe’s Rocket Man Tribute conforms to the model of a real Elton John concert. While going to great lengths to wear costumes that are exact replicas of those worn by Elton himself, and to entertain visually with state of the art lighting, Rocket Man is ultimately about the songs that are like a soundtrack to the lives of so many people.

Performed by the Columbia, SC based rock quartet Tokyo Joe at Charleston Music Hall on February 23rd, Rocket Man is sure to leave every Elton John fan feeling as though they have experienced a tribute performance worthy of the original. Anyone who loves Elton John and his music will love this show!

Get Tickets Here!

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Vote for DJ Natty Heavy!

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We are thrilled that DJ Natty Heavy has been nominated for Best DJ (he’s won since 2013!)  in Charleston City Paper’s Best of Charleston Awards. Help him keep his title of the best in the biz by voting here through February 23rd.

Good luck, Natty Heavy!


Drivin N Cryin at Mex 1 is SOLD OUT!

Drivin N Cryin’s recently announced Unplugged Pop Up Show sold out in 24 hours, but if you managed to get a ticket to the intimate experience at Mex 1 Coastal Cantina, thank you for helping to support Carolina Studios. Carolina Studios is a local non profit that provides students a safe environment that fosters creative, educational, and career-focused initiatives through music, technology and media arts. Learn more about them here.

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National Margarita Day is February 22nd!

National Margarita Day is Thursday, February 22nd. Celebrate at SOL Southwest Kitchen and Tequila Bar. They’re featuring live music at all 4 locations from 6-9pm.

SOL Downtown Charleston - Dave Landeo

SOL Mt. Pleasant - Lauren Hall Trio

SOL Summerville - Ellen Drive Duo

SOL Charlotte - The Bearded Buddhas


Party at the Point 2018

Party at the Point is coming back to Patriot’s Point this April with a killer lineup! Look out for more details coming soon. Check out the lineup!

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2018 LINEUP

4/27/18- Departure- "The Ultimate Journey Tribute"

5/4/18- The Dead At The Point w/The Reckoning

5/11/18- The Dave Matthews Tribute Band

5/18/18- Sadler Vaden Band & Tom Petty Tribute

5/25/18- Idlewild Revival- A musical tribute to the Allman Brothers

6/1/18-  90's night w/Broadcast 90

6/8/18- The Bridge Homegrown Night w/Guilt Ridden Troubadour & Sideshow Americans

6/15/18- Reggae Night w/The Dubplates

6/22/18- 20 Ride- Zac Brown Tribute

6/29/18- Sol Driven Train w/Sally & George


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January Blog

Blue Dogs Raise Over $189,000 at Homecoming Show! 

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The Blue Dogs hosted their 5th Annual Homecoming and 29th Reunion show Friday, December 29th at Charleston Music Hall. Each year, this show is put on in concert with The Blue Dogs' friends and fellow musicians to benefit the MUC Shawn Jenkins Children's Hospital. This year's event, presented by O&O Hooch and Darius Rucker's Backstage Whiskey, featured artists like The Connells, The Killer Whales, Travis Allison Band, Don Merckle & The Blacksmiths, Peyton Tochterman, Leisure McCorkle, Holland Teed, and more. Read more about the show here


JUST ANNOUNCED: Rocket Man Elton John Tribute With Tokyo Joe

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Tokyo Joe’s Rocket Man Tribute conforms to the model of a real Elton John concert. While going to great lengths to wear costumes that are exact replicas of those worn by Elton himself, and to entertain visually with state of the art lighting, Rocket Man is ultimately about the songs that are like a soundtrack to the lives of so many people.

Performed by the Columbia, SC based rock quartet Tokyo Joe at Charleston Music Hall on February 23rd, Rocket Man is sure to leave every Elton John fan feeling as though they have experienced a tribute performance worthy of the original. Anyone who loves Elton John and his music will love this show!

Get Tickets Here!


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Mr. Talkbox (24k Magic) & Cory Wong from Vulfpeck 2/18/18

A former keyboardist for NSYNC, Mr. Talkbox is now making waves on social media with over 12 million views on his videos. His success has put him on the radar for artists like Bruno Mars, Kendrick Lamar, and Rihanna, landing him a spot as The Voice on “24k Magic” and “Loyalty”, as well as R&B diva Avery Sunshine’s 2018 Grammy Nominated Song “Heaven Is Right Here”. He’s got 5 #1 singles in Japan and a Grammy nomination for his collaboration with TobyMac on the track “Feel It”, and now he’s coming to Charleston as part of the Love Funk Tour with Vulfpeck’s Cory Wong. Wong, a renaissance man and “the most famous Minnesota musician you’ve probably never heard of”, is slowly making his way towards the spotlight after a career producing, arranging, composing, and collaborating on shows like NBC’s “The Voice”, with artists like Blake Shelton, Questlove, and Gene Simmons.

Tickets are $18 in advance at CharlestonMusicHall.com. Join and share the Facebook event here.

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December Blog

JUST ANNOUNCED: Mr. Talkbox (24k Magic) & Cory Wong from Vulfpeck 2/18/18

A former keyboardist for NSYNC, Mr. Talkbox is now making waves on social media with over 12 million views on his videos. His success has put him on the radar for artists like Bruno Mars, Kendrick Lamar, and Rihanna, landing him a spot as The Voice on “24k Magic” and “Loyalty”, as well as R&B diva Avery Sunshine’s 2018 Grammy Nominated Song “Heaven Is Right Here”. He’s got 5 #1 singles in Japan and a Grammy nomination for his collaboration with TobyMac on the track “Feel It”, and now he’s coming to Charleston as part of the Love Funk Tour with Vulfpeck’s Cory Wong. Wong, a renaissance man and “the most famous Minnesota musician you’ve probably never heard of”, is slowly making his way towards the spotlight after a career producing, arranging, composing, and collaborating on shows like NBC’s “The Voice”, with artists like Blake Shelton, Questlove, and Gene Simmons.

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Tickets are $18 in advance at CharlestonMusicHall.com. Join and share the Facebook event here.


EFM Highlights in 2017

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5. Party at the Point

2017 was our 17th year of this concert series at Patriot's Point.

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4. Radney Foster

11/16 with Bobby Houck and Finnegan Bell at Woolfe Street Playhouse

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3. Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real

9/21 at The Music Farm

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2. Salute to Service Concert

May 29th - Lee Brice, A Thousand Horses, more...

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1. High Water Festival

April 22 - Shovels & Rope, The Avett Brothers, The Shins, more...


Blue Dogs Perform at MUSC Children's Hospital New Site  

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Each year, The Blue Dogs rally together close friends and musicians for a 2-night event to benefit MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital. This year, we got to join them on a tour of the hospital’s new site in Downtown Charleston and see them perform for the construction team, put on by WEZL 103.5’s Crews-aide for Kindness with Crews Chevy. That morning, the Blue Dogs played a special show in the Atrium of the hospital’s current site, caroling and singing songs with patients. Last year alone, with help from the Press On Fund, the Blue Dogs homecoming show raised over $130,000 to benefit pediatric cancer research at MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital. This year’s show will be on Friday, December 29th at Charleston Music Hall.

To see how you can give through sponsorship and get tickets the show, go to bit.ly/BlueDogsHomecoming

 


EFM Featured Artist: 5 Questions with DJ Natty Heavy

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Get to know our exclusive artists a little better with our 5 questions!

Favorite Song  “Jump Around” by House of Pain (l know it like l know my ABCs) or “You Got Me” by the Roots. My song of the moment is “Attention” by Charlie Puth.

Most Memorable Gig First time in Savannah for St Pats in the City Market. There were thousands of people in just a sea of green -  and they were partying!

If You Weren't a DJ, What Would You Do For A Living? I would be editing audio, video or websites. I do that on the side now so that’s an easy question.

Best Part About Being a DJ  The feeling after you rock a great gig. You feel like the king of the world. l live for that.

Where To See You Next Download the FREE “NattyHeavy” app in your app store to hear music and find out about the next show.


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November Blog

Radney Foster Returns to Charleston With New Music / Book Combo "For You To See The Stars"

Veteran Nashville songwriter Radney Foster returned to Charleston this month with a brand new project. For You To See the Stars is not only the name of his new album, but also a collection of short stories influenced by his upbringing in Del Rio, TX and his experiences as a musician. Radney made an appearance at Buxton Books the night before the show to sign autographs, play some music, and sample some bourbon with an intimate audience. His show at the Woolfe Street Playhouse featured Finnegan Bell and The Blue Dogs' Bobby Houck, with whom he cowrote on of his biggest hits, "Half of My Mistakes". Read More Here

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The Blue Dogs Super Goo Pre-Jam Lineup Announced  

Each year, before the Blue Dogs' annual Homecoming and Anniversary Celebration, they host a more intimate gathering of friends, family, and musicians at The Music Farm. Partial proceeds from both shows will benefit the MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children's Hospital. This year's Super Goo Pre-Jam lineup will feature headliner The Killer Whales, as well as Travis Allison Band, The Don Merkle Band, and more to be announced. Admission to The Super Goo Pre-Jam is FREE with a VIP ticket to the Blue Dogs 5th Homecoming & 29th Anniversary Show the following night at Charleston Music Hall.  Get tickets here


The Clauses are For Hire!

While we haven’t directly asked him about his musical talents, even Santa needs help booking his gigs when the holidays roll around. So, when he and Mrs. Claus asked us to be their exclusive booking agent, we were thrilled! Along with providing the entertainment for your Christmas party, Ear For Music is now able to add to the experience by scheduling a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Whether it’s to entertain kids with a storytelling of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” and getting them excited for the holiday, or hosting your corporate function with a dramatic reading of the “naughty list”, Santa and Mrs. Claus will make your holiday party an evening to remember!

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EFM Featured Artist: 5 Questions with DJ R Dot

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Get to know our exclusive artists a little better with our 5 questions!

Favorite Song  I have sooooo many! But if I have to pick one, J. Cole - Love Yourz

Most Memorable Gig Definitely St Patty's Day on River Street in Savannah 2016. We probably played for 10+ hours a day for 4 days straight, but played for maybe 200,000+ people at a time! To see a couple thousand people vibe and party with you is an experience you cannot put into words. 

If You Weren't a DJ, What Would You Do For A Living? I would probably get into some type of engineering job. I love fixing things, I fix all of the equipment for the Clubbullies when something goes down.

Best Part About Being a DJ  Being able to help someone escape their problems of the day.  We are kind of like therapists.  People come out to dance, have fun, and get away from the issues of the world, and I make sure to help them in anyway I can, whether it be a wedding or a birthday party.

Where To See You Next  11/17 - NV Lounge  |  11/18 - Trio Club |  11/20 - Silver Dollar


Our Music Community Bands Together to Organize Celebration of Life for Nathan Salley to Benefit Note 4 A Note Foundation.

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Last month, our Charleston music community lost a talented, professional, and well-respected musician. We always enjoyed working with Nathan Salley, and would love your support in donating to a newly established foundation in his honor - Note 4 Note. Note 4 Note aims to help musicians battling with depression, and will be hosting a Celebration of Life in his honor on Sunday, November 26th at The Washout on Folly Beach. This benefit show will feature local musicians like Ward Buckheister, Emily Curtis, Presley Beacham, Charles Cannon, Ben Fagan and The Holy City Hooligans, Jamisun, and more. Join and share the event on Facebook here. 


The Return of Plane Jane at Wild Wing Cafe Mt. Pleasant!

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Plane Jane is back at Wild Wing Cafe on Coleman Boulevard for a throwback Pre-Thanksgiving Turkey Day Jam on Wednesday, November 22nd. Music starts at 9pm. Wild Wing Cafe's North Charleston location will also have a Pre-Turkey Day Bash on Big Wednesday, with live music from The Secrets at 10:30pm. 


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October Blog

Patrick Davis & His Midnight Choir Return to Charleston Music Hall

Nashville songwriter Patrick Davis is returning to his home state of South Carolina to celebrate the release of his new EP, Where Does It Go, on Friday, October 27th at Charleston Music Hall. This venue's intimate space is perfect for this event - Patrick Davis is known for his storytelling abilities, and coupled with his 11-piece band featuring horns and his own family members, this night is going to be unforgettable. We had the opportunity to get a sneak peek of the new music, and love the relatable lyrics, particularly in his new song "Million Miles Away", which gives a nod to our hometown of Charleston. Check out and purchase the EP on iTunes or patrickdavismusic.com when it's released October 20th, and join us to help them celebrate it at the Charleston Music Hall Friday, October 27th!  Get tickets here.

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Radney Foster at Woolfe Street Playhouse

Legendary Nashville artist Radney Foster will be hosting special guests Bobby Houck of The Blue Dogs and Finnegan Bell at an intimate acoustic evening at the Woolfe Street Playhouse on November 16th. Foster has written eight number one hit singles, including his own "Nobody Wins," and "Crazy Over You" with duo Foster & Lloyd. His discography contains countless cuts by artists ranging anywhere from country (Keith Urban, The Dixie Chicks, Luke Bryan, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) to contemporary (Marc Broussard, Hootie & The Blowfish, Kenny Loggins, Los Lonely Boys). Foster's most recent project is a CD/book combo titled For You To See The Stars, a collection of stories and music inspired by his home state of Texas. Part of the proceeds benefit RebuildTexas.org to support ongoing flood relief. He'll be reading excerpts from his book and performing a song at Buxton Books prior to his show on November 16th. Get tickets for the show here.


The Clauses are For Hire!

While we haven’t directly asked him about his musical talents, even Santa needs help booking his gigs when the holidays roll around. So, when he and Mrs. Claus asked us to be their exclusive booking agent, we were thrilled! Along with providing the entertainment for your Christmas party, Ear For Music is now able to add to the experience by scheduling a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Whether it’s to entertain kids with a storytelling of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” and getting them excited for the holiday, or hosting your corporate function with a dramatic reading of the “naughty list”, Santa and Mrs. Claus will make your holiday party an evening to remember!

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EFM Featured Artist: DJ R Dot

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Born and raised here in Charleston, SC as Robie Howell, DJ R Dot has made a name for himself in the Lowcountry's music scene since he started spinning in 2005. With over 40,000 songs in his repertoire and over 25,000 hours of experience, he's become a top choice for weddings throughout the Southeast, corporate events, and clubs for his ability to play to whatever crowd he's entertaining. DJ R Dot has DJ'd many of the Southeast's top events, like the Charleston Wine & Food Festival Finale Party, Charleston Fashion Week, Snyder Grand Ball, and countless others. Catch him every Saturday on 95SX spinning during The Clubbullies Takeover from 9pm-midnight, and book him for your next event to make it an unforgettable one! 


Blue Dogs 5th Annual Homecoming & 29th Anniversary Celebration on 12/29

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The Blue Dogs are returning to Charleston Music Hall this December to celebrate 29 years of making music. This annual homecoming is not just a celebration, but also a benefit for MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children's Hospital. For years, The Blue Dogs have invited many of their close friends on stage with them at this show, including Edwin McCain, Darius Rucker, Hootie and the Blowfish, Radney Foster, Drivin n Cryin, Doug Jones, Danielle Howle, Pat McGee, Jupiter Coyote, Shawn Camp, Cary Hudson, Wallace Mullinax, Sadler Vaden and a host of other talented musicians. Stay tuned for upcoming announcements on special guests, and get your tickets early to join the celebration! Get tickets here.


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September Blog

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real’s Charleston Debut

The first thing we heard was his voice and it stopped us in our tracks. It was familiar, but original, and at the same time, it was a voice we felt we hadn’t heard in decades. We were at the Targhee Music Festival in Wyoming this past July when we first heard Willie Nelson’s son Lukas and his band Promise of the Real. We knew we had to bring them to Charleston, but Lukas doesn't need his last name's help. Since 2007, he and his band have been quietly making waves, and most recently became Neil Young's choice for his studio and touring band. Last month, they released their most recent, eponymous studio album, and on September 21st, they’ll be making their Lowcountry debut at the Music Farm with The Travelin’ Kine opening for them. We’re stoked for this show, and hope to see you there! Get tickets here.

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Little Bird Back at The Commodore on October 5th

Little Bird is bringing their surf rock/jazz/Americana vibe back to The Commodore this October 5th for another killer show! Originally from Annapolis, MD, these guys have called Charleston home for the past two years and gained a loyal following in the Southeast. They’ve toured with G Love & Special Sauce, Pressing Strings, Long Miles, and Fortunate Youth and played on the big stage, but we’re looking forward to seeing them in a more intimate setting here in downtown Charleston. Show is 21+ and tickets are $10 at the door. Join + Share the Facebook Event here.


Falling into the Holidays

While we haven’t directly asked him about his musical talents, even Santa needs help booking his gigs when the holidays roll around. So, when he and Mrs. Claus asked us to be their exclusive booking agent, we were thrilled! Along with providing the entertainment for your Christmas party, Ear For Music is now able to add to the experience by scheduling a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Whether it’s to entertain kids with a storytelling of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” and getting them excited for the holiday, or hosting your corporate function with a dramatic reading of the “naughty list”, Santa and Mrs. Claus will make your holiday party an evening to remember!

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EFM Featured Artist: Seth G

If you haven’t seen Seth G play his violin around town yet, or seen his music videos that mashup current pop songs with his classically trained talent, you’re missing out. Seth Gilliard is a Charleston native and 2012 Furman University graduate that’s making waves in the local music scene with his originality and creativity. Since graduating and being featured as a soloist with the Furman Symphony Orchestra, the Southcoast Symphony Orchestra, the Anderson Symphony Orchestra and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, he’s performed for Oprah and garnered over a million views on YouTube for both his covers and original work. Seth is cultivating his very own style of music and entertainment, and redefines what it is to be a contemporary violinist. Perfect for any event, from wedding ceremonies to corporate functions to birthday parties, we’re happy to have him onboard as an exclusive Ear For Music artist. Follow Seth G on Instagram or YouTube, contact us for booking information and make your next event unforgettable!


Book Charleston's Best DJs 

You've heard them on the radio, you've seen them at the hottest parties, events and weddings all over town, and now, as they get more in demand every day for being Charleston's kings of entertainment, we're thrilled to represent each of these powerhouses as their booking agent. DJ RDot, DJ YNot, and DJ Natty Heavy are consistently recognized for their ability to feel the crowd and create a vibe that makes the event unforgettable. Book them here. 


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April Blog

Little Bird Live at The Commodore

Only a few days left until Little Bird Live at The Commodore. Little Bird hails from Annapolis, MD and have been calling Charleston, SC home for the past two years. This talented band has found the perfect equation to blend surf rock, jazz, and Americana into a high energy killer live show. They have travelled all along the east coast and have shared the stage with bands such as G. Love & Special Sauce, Pressing Strings, Long Miles, and Fortunate Youth. You can catch Little Bird at The Commodore on April 6, 2017. 

An Evening with Greg Humphreys Electric Trio, 5/11

After you see Little Bird at The Commodore on April 6th, you will have to come back to The Commodore for Greg Humphreys Electric Trio on May 11th. Greg Humphreys and his Electric Trio are ready to positively charge the dance floor and have their music resonate throughout the venue. So make sure you grab your friends and wear your dancing shoes because Greg Humphreys Electric Trio are ready to rock the night away on May 11th at The Commodore.

NEEDTOBREATHE - Production Management

Did you know that we also do production management here at Ear For Music? Our founder, Rob Lamble, has years of experience in this field and was recently the production manager for a needtobreathe event at The Cedar Room and Daniel Island Club. 

Party at the Point

Guess what! It's that time of year again for Party at the Point. Check out our schedule below for this season: 

4/28 - Banana Pancakes - A Tribute to Jack Johnson

5/5 - Cinco De Mayo Jam w/ Dead 27s & Trongone Band

5/12 - Sol Driven Train w/Sally & George

5/19 - The Reckoning - A Tribute to The Grateful Dead

5/26 - Dave Matthews Tribute Band

6/2 - Sgt. Submarine's 50th Anniversary Tribute to Sgt. Peppers & The Beatles

6/9 - Broadcast 90 - The Ultimate 90s Tribute Band

6/16 - The Blue Dogs w/Finnegan Bell

6/23 - Reggae Night w/The Dubplates CD Release Party

6/30 - Season Finale w/Departure - The Ultimate Journey Tribute Band

Party at the Point w/ Banana Pancakes

Kicking off the ultimate beach party this season is Banana Pancakes - A Tribute to Jack Johnson. They say if you can't see the actual Jack Johnson then check out Banana Pancakes - A Tribute to Jack Johnson because they are the next best thing. Also, what could possibly be more of a perfect pair than Banana Pancakes and the beach? It would be a crying shame if you missed this show! So, mark your calendars for our first Party at the Point of the season on April 28th with Banana Pancakes - A Tribute to Jack Johnson. 

DJ Natty Heavy at the Joe

We all know and love DJ Natty Heavy as our favorite wedding DJ. Now you can catch him as your favorite Thirsty Thursday DJ at The Joe, for The Charleston Riverdogs home baseball games, too! Bring your friends and head over to The Joe every Thursday for some great jams by DJ Natty Heavy, and don't forget to grab a refreshing beer for that 7th inning stretch. 

EFM Summer Interns

Calling all college students! Do you have a passion for music and live events? Are you a hard worker? Would you like to discover what really goes on behind the scenes in presenting a concert to the public? Are you looking for a college credited internship for the summer? If so, then contact us today at erika@earformusic.com for more information. 

March Blog

Ear For Music Moves Across The River

With the new year comes a new office; Ear For Music relocates to Mt. Pleasant, SC. It has been a fun and wild ride in the heart of Charleston, SC, but we are ready for a change in scenery. You will now be able to find us in the up and coming town of Mt. Pleasant at 1007 Johnnie Dodds Blvd, suite 100. Out team is over the moon with this new modern office space. The building itself is shared among plenty of new and unique start-up companies that we can't wait to possibly team up with for some exciting new projects. Our new office space also gives us access to shared conference rooms and huddle rooms. We can't wait for you to visit us at our new location and continue to work with us here at Ear For Music. 

Little Bird Live at The Commodore

If you were one of the lucky ones who caught Little Bird at Woolfe Street Playhouse a few months ago, then you know just how amazingly talented they are and you know just how unique the venue is at Woolfe Street Playhouse. However, if you missed them then here is your second chance to see Little Bird, check out a hip venue, and kill two birds with one stone. The first bird is Little Bird, they will be live at The Commodore on April 6, 2017. Little Bird hails from Annapolis, MD and has called Charleston, SC home for the past two years. They blend surf rock, jazz, and Americana into a high energy killer live show. In 2015 and 2016, the band played and headlined festivals such as Bayfunk, Pink Moon, Silopanna, Doah, EastPortaRockin' and more. Little Bird has also shared the stage with G. Love & Special Sauce, Pressing Strings, Long Miles, Fortunate Youth, and many more. Little Bird will continue their bird call at The Commodore on April 6, 2017.

The second bird is The Commodore, a local vintage bar and music venue. This posh venue has hosted many jazz and soul bands over the years. The Commodore building, formerly known as A Touch of Class, has occupied its spot on Meeting Street since the 1950s. These walls have witnessed the greats from the jazz, soul, and funk era such as James Brown and Marvin Gaye. On April 6, 2017, The Commodore is excited to have Little Bird imprint their music into its walls, too. 

Greg Humphreys Electric Trio at The Commodore

Who's ready to have an electric time with Greg Humphreys Electric Trio at The Commodore on Thursday, May 11th. Fresh off their debut of "Lucky Guy", Greg Humphrey and his Electric Trio are ready to positively charge the dance floor and have their music resonate throughout the venue. "Lucky Guy" is their debut album that finds the critically acclaimed artist creatively invigorated. Within this album, you will find your ears tickled with sweetly soulful Americana and raucous roots rock that showcases Humphreys' elegant virtuosity and his heartfelt songwriting. Greg Humphreys Electric Trio and The Commodore is a match made in heaven, and it would be sinful to miss them on Thursday, May 11th. 

Diner En Blanc - Charleston, 4/27

We are absolutely charmed by this exquisite event better known as Diner En Blanc. This elegant large-scale picnic that originated in Paris will be gracing the lovely town of Charleston, SC in a top secret location that will be revealed at the very last minute. The eloquent Le Diner en Blanc recalls elegance and glamour of French Court Society. Draped in all white with the comportment of the greatest decorum and etiquette, patrons gather for a mass "chic picnic" in a public space that is kept secret until just minutes before their arrival. Over the course of the evening, guests from different backgrounds engage one another, experiencing the beauty and value of their city's public space by participating in the unexpected. Beyond the spectacle and refined elegance of the dinner itself, guests are brought together from diverse backgrounds by a love of beauty and good taste. Feel free to glance at their Facebook page and website for more information. 

We Love Our Clients

We absolutely love receiving reviews like this from our clients! We love music and what we do and here is the proof. Great job DJ R Dot! 

February Blog

DJ TAKE OVER

DJ Natty Heavy and DJ R Dot are taking over the DJ scene in Charleston, SC. Don't believe me? Just watch the video below! From interviewing College of Charleston's Basketball Head Coach, introducing  Biz Markie to The Alley, to Budlight Bingo at Triangle Char + Bar for a chance to win Budlight VIP tickets to St. Patty's Day in Savannah, DJ Natty Heavy and DJ R Dot are definitely laying their tracks across the southeast. 

DJ NATTY HEAVY FOR BEST OF CHARLESTON!

Vote for DJ Natty Heavy as Best Club DJ as well as your other favorites for the City Paper's Best of Charleston 2017!  

Tavern & Table Sweetheart Brunch

With Valentine's Day just two weeks away, Tavern and Table has you covered with their Valentine's Day Brunch on February 12th! This love at first brunch will have a special Valentine's inspired brunch menu, a free chocolate fountain with strawberries and pretzels, and a Bloody Mary and mimosa bar, all while One Kool Blow serenades you and your honey. The Sweetheart Brunch is 11am-3pm, but the love will last forever! 

Patrick Davis & His Midnight Choir at CMH, 2/23

Patrick’s “Patrick Davis & Midnight Choir” is an 11-piece band featuring horns & background singers created by PD in early 2016 from both his own artistic vision & the soundscapes of his songwriting & performing heroes Van Morrison, Lyle Lovett & Bruce Springsteen. Davis borrowed the name “Midnight Choir” from a line in one of his favorite Leonard Cohen songs “Bird On a Wire” & since his eleven-piece outfit starting playing dates Davis & “His Midnight Choir” have witnessed growing congregations across the Southeast. Catch Patrick Davis and His Midnight Choir on February 23 at Charleston Music Hall for a night to remember! 

See Water at Music Farm Chas, 2/24

A world without Type 1 diabetes is a world worth living in. 1770 Records and See Water are teaming up to bring you See Water's Album Release show featuring TreeHouse, Of Good Nature, and Whitehall at Music Farm Charleston on February 24th. PBR has also decided to be a part of this concert that will benefit Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, JDRF, is a major non-profit leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes research. JDRF's goal is to progressively remove the impact of type 1 diabetes from people's lives until they achieve a world without type 1 diabetes. The show starts at 8:30pm and tickets are $10 ADV/$15 DOS. 

Rocketman- A Tribute to Sir Elton John, 2/25

We love the philanthropy among our friends! Dream Makers of GFWC presents Rocketman - A Tribute to Sir Elton John aka Tokyo Joe's, Columbia, SC based band, alter-ego on February 25th at Koger Center for the Arts in Columbia, SC. Rocketman will be joined by Charlie Morgan, Elton John's drummer for 13 years, on drums. Proceeds will benefit local children's shelters. Also, there will be various auction items at the show to raise money for the children's shelters, including the guitar in this photo, below, courtesy of Bobby Barry and Graph-Itty screen printing. The guitar will be played at the show and bids will be taken at the show. Tickets are available at www.capitoltickets.com.

Blue Dogs 4th Annual Homecoming Show & 28th Anniversary Concert RECAP

We hope all of you had an amazing holiday season! We sure did. We had the pleasure of working with our good friends, Blue Dogs, again for their 4th Annual Homecoming Show and 28th Anniversary Concert. The two-night event began at an intimate affair at Music Farm Charleston on December 27, 2016 when talented artists and bands from Charleston, SC took to the stage and captivated their audience with their hauntingly beautiful voices, zealous playing, and all around compelling performances that kept half of their veiwers' eyes locked on them, unable to peel their eyes away, and the other half lost in the melody, dancing the night away. At the end of the first night, some of the Blue Dogs and their friends closed out the show on a howling note leaving their Dog People delightfully wagging their tails for the main event the following night. 

Blue Dogs 4th Annual Homecoming Show & 28th Anniversary Concert took place on December 28th at Charleston Music Hall. As the crowd shuffled into The Hall, all of the bands prepared themselves backstage for the event of the year; all while remembering the great reason for this event in the first place. Every year about 16,000 kids are diagnosed with cancer in the United States alone and cancer is the leading cause of death for kids in the United States. Many of these kids end up at MUSC for treatment. Although, these kids are always welcomed at MUSC for treatment, unfortunately, some are turned away due to not enough rooms or inadequate means to treat them. For this reason, Blue Dogs and friends, along with all of the sponsors who contributed, Press On Fund, and Ear For Music created this event to raise money to build the new MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children's Hospital equipped with more rooms and better technology to give the children who come through the doors a better chance at winning their fight with cancer, and to help fund pediatric cancer research. As the audience members anxiously sat in their seats awaiting for the show to begin, the house lights shut off and the stage lights flashed on as a huge cheer rang across the venue. The main event had officially begun. Throughout the night, bands scurried on and off the stage and the crowd cheered, danced, donated, and drank merrily. Towards the end of the night, backstage in a secret room, we received some amazing and shocking news from an anonymous donor that gave chills to many and even brought tears to a few. Following the jaw-dropping news, Press On Fund agreed to match what was donated, and at approximately 11pm on Wednesday, December 28, 2016, the official check was signed and given to MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children's Hospital for pediatric cancer research for a grand total of $151k plus the other donations that had yet to be counted. Everyone cheered, hugged, and cried! We officially raised 3x more than what we raised last year and we couldn't have done it without the help of all of the bands who performed, all of the sponsors who contributed, all of the donors who donated, Music Farm Charleston, Charleston Music Hall, Press On Fund, MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children's Hospital, 4 Good, Tito's, JEM Marketing/Taco Bell, Blue Dogs, and all of you who have supported us and the Blue Dogs over the years. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! 

January Blog

HAPPY NEW YEAR from all of us at Ear For Music! What a year it has been, from Party at the Point, Rockin' The River, Woolfe Street Playhouse gigs, weddings, private & corporate events, to closing out the year on a howling note with the Blue Dogs 4th Annual Homecoming Show & 28th Anniversary Concert. We raised more than three times as much as last year and a portion of the proceeds goes to building the new MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children's Hospital and funding for pediatric cancer research.

With the turn of the new year, we have some serious Bizness to announce in the upcoming months, but for now Markie your calendars for this kick off event...

Biz Markie at The Alley

You and your friend read that right. Biz Markie is coming to The Alley Charleston on January 21st, 2017. Biz Markie has been creating beats and dropping dope life lessons about trust and relationships since the '80s. Also, our very own DJ Natty Heavy will be DJing before Biz Markie takes the stage. So, if you're looking for some sage advice, something to do on a Saturday night, or you just simply love Biz Markie and DJ Natty Heavy, then Markie your calendars for January 21st and get your tickets now before it's sold out! 

Brought to you by The Alley, The Becket Agency, Ear For Music, Southern Eagle SC, David Aylor Law Offices & Breakthru Beverage Group.

 

28th Annual Blue Dogs Homecoming Show

Blue Dogs 4th Annual Homecoming & 28th Anniversary Concert and Super Goo Jam


Let the countdown begin! Just over a month away from the best two shows of the year, Super Goo Jam and Blue Dogs 4th Annual Homecoming & 28th Anniversary Concert. We are very excited to announce that Shawn Camp & Cary Hudson of Blue Mountain will be joining us at The Charleston Music Hall this year!! So, mark your calendars for December 27th and 28th and join us for a fun-filled, two-night stand full of talented bands, charity, and camaraderie. The Super Goo Jam will kick off the first night at Music Farm Charleston on December 27th at 8PM, doors will be at 7PM, tickets are $10, and some of the bands that will be making the night memorable are Guilt Ridden Troubadour, Sally & George (featuring Joel Timmons of Sol Driven Train), Ward Buckheister, Finnegan Bell, Doug Jones, Danielle Howle, The Kenny George Band, and many more artists to be announced. Also, Cary Hudson of Blue Mountain will be doing a head lining set at the Super Goo Jam with Guilt Ridden Troubadour for all you Blue Mountain fans!! 

On December 28th, Charleston's country-rock band the Blue Dogs will once again take over the Charleston Music Hall--along with some special guests and friends--this year to celebrate 28 years of making music! This show marks their fourth "homecoming” and to solidify it as an annual affair; the band brought in the Medical University of South Carolina's Children's Hospital as a charity partner. Proceeds will benefit both the campaign for the new MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital AND the Press On Fund for pediatric cancer research. We are thrilled to announce that Shawn Camp & Cary Hudson of Blue Mountain will be our very special guests at this years Homecoming show.
 


There will be more special guests announced for both shows, so stay tuned! 


From everyone here at the Kennel have a great Thanksgiving holiday and thanks in advance for all of your support!! We look forward to seeing y'all next month!
 

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                                                                                                                                                                        Shawn Camp 

Grammy award winning producer Shawn Camp has earned wide respect as the top-tier penman behind #1 Billboard hits for George Strait (“River of Love”), Josh Turner (“Would You Go With Me”) and Brooks and Dunn (“How Long Gone”), in addition to the Brooks smash “Two Pina Coladas.” Camp frequently splits pages with legendary tunesmiths like Guy Clark (“Sis Draper,” “Magnolia Wind”) and Jim Lauderdale (“Forever Ain’t No Trouble Now). Shawn also penned Blake Shelton’s “Nobody But Me”. A true artist, Camp’s previous solo albums – including 1993’s Shawn Camp, 2004’s Live at the Station Inn and Fireball in 2006 – consistently have turned heads. The accomplished instrumentalist, who has accompanied luminaries including Guy Clark and John Prine, frequently backs seamless lyrics with his fiery fiddle, guitar and mandolin riffs. Shawn is also a talented producer; a skill that won him a Grammy nomination in 2013 and a Grammy win for 2014’s Best Folk Album of the Year (Guy Clark’s, My Favorite Picture Of You). Most recently, Shawn formed the band with NRBQ’s “Big Al” Anderson to make the World Famous Headliners (along with Pat McLaughlin, Greg Morrow and Michael Rhodes). Their debut album spent over 6 weeks in AMA’s top 20 and was named one of the Top 100 Americana Albums of 2012.

                                                                                                   Cary Hudson

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Cary Hudson is a singer-songwriter and guitarist from the great state of Mississippi who resides somewhere between Memphis and New Orleans. While living in Venice, Cary worked in a deli and hung out with the guys in Weezer (fun), walked on Zuma Beach hoping to meet Neil Young, started a band called Blue Mountain with Laurie, and experienced the Rodney King riots (not fun). After moving back to Oxford in 1992, Blue Mountain began touring nationally, signed a deal with Roadrunner Records, and recorded their classic Dog Days album with producer Eric "Roscoe" Ambel. They went on to record more albums, played shows with Uncle Tupelo, Son Volt, Wilco, The Jayhawks and Willie Nelson, were the cover story of the second No Depression magazine, and in 2011 were voted "Most Legendary Oxford Band" by the readers of The Local Voice. Cary has played guitar for Bobby Rush, RL Burnside, Big Jack Johnson, Shannon MacNally, Dayna Kurtz and many others in his close to thirty years on the road. He was chosen as one of the Top Ten Alternative Country Guitar Players by Gibson magazine, and his songs have appeared in TV shows and movies including the George Clooney film "Up in the Air". He recently released his sixth solo album, Town and Country (mixed by Multi-Grammy winner Trina Shoemaker). 

Brought to you by your friends at Ear For Music!

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November Newsletter

Woolfe Street Playhouse (DT) Gets A New Act

As you were scarfing down your children's Halloween candy or telling your friend you're only having one more drink, it probably hit you that there are only 2 months left in this year. Now, you are probably frantically trying to figure out how to savor these last two months. Luckily for you, we saved the best shows for last. 
 

First, we have Moose Kick, See Water, and Little Bird at a swanky venue known as Woolfe Street Playhouse in Downtown Charleston. Woolfe Street Playhouse was originally built in 1914 and spent half a century as The Meddin Bros Meat Packing Company. By the 1980s, The Meddin Bros Company closed and the building was left empty for a while. However,  The Village Repertory Company came to the building's rescue, and with the help of Mrs. Meddin the old meat packing building transformed into the beloved Woolfe Street Playhouse we all know and love today. The Playhouse officially opened in December of 2012, and at 17,000 square feet it caters to multiple events including the one on November 11th featuring Moose Kick, See Water, and Little Bird. 
 

Moose Kick is a five piece southern rock / funk band out of South Carolina. The band began during the winter of 2013 and since they spend their days touring, writing & practicing to effectively share their music with the world. Since releasing their album 'Blue Room Revival' in October of 2014 with producer Trevor Maron, the band has taken their talent to the road touring the eastern half of the country routinely. 

See Water is the love child of reggae and punk rock. This up-and-coming band from Charleston, SC will take your ears on a roller-coaster ride through laid-back jams and hard-hitting rock riffs. Their style is similar to that of a mosh-pit on the beach at sunset. If their music was a cocktail, it would be a long island iced tea; at first you think, “There’s no way you can mix all of that together,” but sure enough, you take a sip only to find that it’s delicious and intoxicating.

See Water has been proving themselves in all their unorthodox glory at The Music Farm and Charleston Pour House, and venues throughout the east coast and the USVI, while performing alongside acts such as Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime, The Hip Abduction, Fear Nuttin Band, and Sun-Dried Vibes. See Water has released their debut EP, entitled 'Diluted Acoustica', and quickly began work on their next project. Their first full-length album 'Hit The Moon' is to be released later this fall with the first single, 'Echo', leading the way.

"When you see a body of water, whether it's calm or violent, it makes you feel something, and that's what we're here to do."

Little Bird, hailing from Annapolis, MD and calling Charleston, SC home for one year now, tours throughout the eastern half of the country. They blend surf rock, jazz, and Americana into a high energy killer live show. In 2015 & 2016 the band played & headlined festivals such as Bayfunk, Pink Moon, Silopanna, Doah, EastPortaRockin' and more. Along with sharing stage on show bills with names like G. Love & Special Sauce, Pressing Strings, Long Miles, Fortunate Youth, and many more.

Help The Dogs Save The Kids

Help us kick off our 4th Annual Homecoming & 28th Anniversary concert on December 28th at Charleston Music Hall by joining us on December 27th at Music Farm for The Super Goo Jam. The Super Goo Jam will kick off the spectacular event for the Blue Dogs and their friends by having the party of the year with multiple bands and dancing to celebrate the end of the year and to help raise money for The MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children's Hospital and Press On Foundation for pediatric cancer research. Following The Super Goo Jam is Blue Dogs 4th Annual Homecoming and 28th Anniversary concert on December 28th at Charleston Music Hall. The Blue Dogs have been performing together for over 25 years and perform up to 100 shows a year. This year, the Blue Dogs, an Americana band will have their 4th Annual Homecoming and 28th Anniversary concert that will benefit the MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children's Hospital and Press On Foundation for pediatric cancer research. This is a special charity event that has had special appearances in the past by some of Blue Dogs dear friends such as Darius Rucker, Drivin N' Cryin, and Danielle Howle. Last year, at the 3rd Annual Homecoming and 27th Anniversary concert, the Dogs raised $50K for MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children's Hospital & Pediatric Cancer research thanks to the support of Tito's Vodka, a variety of local sponsors, and donations of ticket holders, as well as a generous match by an anonymous donor. This year, we hope to surpass last year's amount and we can only do that with your help. So, we are calling all Dog People to get your tickets now and come out to this superb event on December 27th and 28th, to raise money so that the doctors at MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children's Hospital can find a cure for cancer that affects children. 

Fallin' Leaves & Fallin' in Love--The Ultimate September Wedding Blog

With the turn of the month comes the ultimate wedding season. September brings the start of a new season and for many the start of a new life as a newlywed. So what do you expect to see during this wedding season? Well, expect to see a more laid back, fun, whimsical approach to the big day. Gone are the traditional, stiff, boring approaches to weddings, and taking its place are donut walls, boho-style dresses, be your own barista or mixologist, and a hands on approach to weddings with the goal to have their attendees feel a part of the ceremony in more ways than just being the guest of the bride or groom. Following are some of the top trends of this wedding season: 

THE DRESS

For the more laid-back bride go for the boho off-the-shoulder wedding dress. You can even add flowers in your hair to add that extra touch of a free-spirit bride. 

If you’re the more whimsical and fun type of bride then try a fun new trend and go for a nontraditional color or print wedding dress for your big day. 

If you’re more traditional and love the classical, regal look then add a faux fur shawl to your dress to give you a dash of old-Hollywood and glam. 

BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES/GROOMSMEN ATTIRE

Mismatched bridesmaids are the hit this season. Long gone are the overly expensive ugly bridesmaids dresses that you only get to wear once. Now it’s all about the bridesmaids getting to choose their own styles and colors. 

As for the groomsmen it’s all about keeping it simple and neutral. 

THE BOUQUET

Today is all about the wild and the free. So pick those wild flowers and create your own bouquet with long uncut stems and berries. Some favorite picks are wine colored dahlias, Brazilian pepper berries, hypericum berry spray, and small vines of ivy to elongate the shape of traditionally arranged bouquets. 

THE CAKE

Sayonara to traditional big cakes with toppers and fondant. Taking its place are small, simple cakes with no toppers and buttercream icing. One option is a cake with drip designs. 

Or you can match your boho-style wedding with a cake with foliage 

Another in demand cake this season is the “Naked” cake…a cake with little to no frosting on the outside.

THE FOOD

Continuing on the food train, gone are the days of main dishes and only two choices of food. Instead, have a more hands on approach and don’t be afraid to get creative! Instead of only a couple of options for beer do a local craft beer tasting. Or if you’re a taco lover like me, have a build your own taco bar and add a build your own margarita bar to pair with it. If you are opting for a more rustic wedding have a pig roast or BBQ and pair it with a BBQ sauce station to let your guests try a variety of sauces. Another option you can do to give your guests a taste of you and your partner’s background is have the main dish be one from your heritage or have each of you choose your favorite family dish to be shared with your guests. Another fun take on the food option is bite size food with alcohol shooters such as pretzel bites paired with local craft beer, bite size tacos with margarita shooters, bite size apple pie with moscato d’Asti, or brownie bites with frozen espresso shooters. When guests are arriving you can have a doughnut wall for them to munch on while they wait for the ceremony to begin and you can pair it with a gourmet coffee bar to give your guests an extra boost so they can last for the night’s festivities. Glazed Gourmet Doughnuts is our favorite place to get delectable doughnuts here in Charleston, SC and they even have doughnut cakes now!

THE DRINKS

A fun simple way to take care of the drink situation is His & Hers cocktails. The guests are given a glimpse into what kind of drinks you two like and your partner gets to feel like they have a say in the planning of the big day, too. 

Rosés champagne and wine are always a classy go-to. Another more adventurous route is a beer garden or tequila, wine, or margarita gardens. Also, grown-up popsicles are making their statement at weddings and are becoming the must- have treat at your big day. Check out King of Pops Charleston for the best popsicles and grown-up popsicles. With over 500 flavors, you will be able to provide even the pickiest of eaters with a popsicle. King of Pops prides themselves off of creating popsicles with all natural ingredients and no artificial sweetners. They even have vegan popsicles! 

THE RECEPTION

Tables, tables, tables so many arrangements yet still not enough ways to arrange them.
Tablecloths:  Metallic, Glitzy Golds, Rose-gold, but absolutely NO SILVER! 

Instead of large round tables use long rectangular tables or mix of long tables surrounded by smaller square and round tables. 

Table flower arrangements are all about green and leafy:  succulent, eucalyptus, wheat greens, acacia and bay leaf branches. Also, the taller the better if you’re dealing with flower arrangements. Otherwise, short and neat succulent arrangements on tables are the hit for this season. 

A fun addition can be to add some lounge seating for your guests so they can feel more comfortable when taking a break from the dance floor. 

Another way to bring a little bit more of you and your partner’s life into the big day is by adding touches from key moments of your life. For example, if you two are music lovers then instead of a typical reception book use old records of your favorite bands for your guests to sign, then after the wedding you can hang it up in your new home.

THE MUSIC

Many people think that music is just for the dance floor. However, you can add a whole new element to your wedding day by incorporating different genres of music throughout your big day. This season it is all about the variety of music and mixing it up.

For example, you could have a violinist like our very own Seth G. for your cocktail hour to welcome your guests as they become acquainted with your other guests and reminisce on the two of you. 

Then, to kick this celebration into high gear and carry it into the night you can have a DJ or band like our very own DJ Natty Heavy, DJ YNot, or DJ Rdot to get people dancing until the sun comes up.

THE PHOTOGRAPHER/VIDEOGRAPHER

Finally to tie everything together and to give you physical evidence and to allow you to reminisce on your big day for years to come, have a professional photographer and videographer to capture all the moments you were a part of and those you missed. 

Rockin' The River with Ellen Drive and Jump Castle Riot- 8/11

"Did Ellen drive to the jump castle for a riot?"
"Um...no. But, you can catch Ellen Drive AND Jump Castle Riot at Riverfront Park on Thursday, August 11th for the second to last Rockin' The River."

Can you believe it is already the second to last Rockin' The River for this year, and that there are only four more months left for this year, too? We can't either! If you feel like time keeps slipping away without any memories to go with it, then you need to change that and go see Ellen Drive and Jump Castle Riot this Thursday at Rockin' The River. Ellen Drive is a jazz, R&B, and rock band that reigns from Summerville, SC. They consist of a four-man band with Randall Fowler as frontman, Aron Robinson on drums, Justin Hodge on guitar and vocals, and Andy Freeman on bass. Teaming up with Ellen Drive is Jump Castle Riot. 

Jump Castle Riot is a blues/rock band from Charleston, SC. They consist of a female and male four-piece ensemble with Nina-Rose Murchison on vocals and guitar, Julia Van Raalte on guitar and vocals, Asher Dibernardo on drums, and Richard Hartnett on bass. Since their formation in 2015, Jump Castle Riot has performed with a variety of people including The Travelin' Kine, Dead 27's, Atlas Road Crew, Elise Testone, Thomas Champagne, and blues legend Buddy Guy. So, come make another lasting memory for this year and see Ellen Drive and Jump Castle Riot this Thursday, August 11th at Rockin' The River. 

Join us next week for the last Rockin' The River, on August 18th, with Departure:  The Ultimate Journey Tribute Band. This is a FREE show with FREE parking thanks to Ear for Music, Icebox, and the City of North Charleston. 

August Newsletter

Where has the time gone?! We can't believe it is already August and the kids are getting ready for another school year. But no worries, we have plenty of fun events lined up for this month that we are excited to share with all of you!

Rocket Man- A Tribute to Sir Elton John 

We are thrilled to team up with Charleston Music Hall and bring an eccentric Rocket Man:  A Tribute to Sir Elton John to the community of Charleston, SC on Saturday, August 6th at 8pm. Tokyo Joe's - Rocket Man Tribute conforms to the model of a real Elton John concert. With multiple costume changes, electrifying light displays, and the everlasting music of Elton John, many people will have to constantly remind themselves that they are not at an actual Elton John concert. Performed by the Columbia, SC based rock quartet Tokyo Joe, Rocket Man is sure to leave every Elton John fan feeling as though they have experienced a tribute performance worthy of the original. 

Rockin' The River 

Can you believe we are already past the half way point for Rockin' The River? Neither can we. With only two more left, we are feeling a little bittersweet. But no worries, you can catch the last two Rockin' The River on August 11th with Ellen Drive and Jump Castle Riot and on August 18th with Departure (The Ultimate Journey Tribute Band) at the beautiful Riverfront Park in North Charleston. 

DJ Natty Heavy and Hootie & The Blowfish

We are stoked to have our very own DJ Natty Heavy kick off both nights of the Hootie & The Blowfish Homegrown concert event here in Charleston, SC on August 5th and 6th. This wonderful two day event raises money for area schools and will be at the Volvo Car Stadium in Daniel Island. 

O.A.R - August 20th

We can't wait to have O.A.R at Riverfront Park in North Charleston on Saturday, August 20th. O.A.R is known for its intense, vibrant, live show - including selling out Madison Square Garden twice - and the communal feeling it shares with its fans. So, get your tickets now before it is too late and join us for an unforgettable night on Saturday, August 20th. 

DJ rDOT

Robie Howell, also known as DJ rDOT, is one of Charleston's most talented DJs. He's been entertaining and attracting party-goers from near and far for more than ten years. Whether he's bringing the hype to Charleston's hottest clubs or being asked to work beside the most popular DJs and entertainers in the industry, rDOT has a history of never disappointing. He is available for corporate events, weddings, and clubs. 

Rockin' The River with The Dave Matthews Tribute Band--August 4th

"Where are you going?"

"To Grey Street."

"Why?"

"To listen to the song that Jane likes at Riverfront Park."

"Oh nice! But don't drink the water!"

"Don't worry. I'll let it crash into me instead." 

But, instead of Grey Street make sure you go to 1001 Everglades Dr, North Charleston, SC on Thursday, August 4th at 5:30pm to catch The Dave Matthews Tribute Band. The Dave Matthews Tribute Band is the only nationally touring tribute to the Dave Matthews Band. This 6-piece ensemble's goal is to pay homage to their famous counterparts by matching the excitement, energy, intensity and intimacy of a Dave Matthews Band live show. Many people agree that these guys sound like the real Dave Matthews Band. Even Rick Grant of Entertaining U in Jacksonville, FL said, "The Dave Matthews Tribute Band turned out to exceed its billing as a quality improvisational band that uses Dave Matthews material as themes to improvise. Clearly, this distinguishes them from their other so-called tribute bands. The band is exceptionally tight and produces a solid groove over which the players improvise with hot chops." So, come on out and join us for the next Rockin' The River this Thursday, August 4th at Riverfront Park in North Charleston gates at 5:30pm and show starts at 6:30 with The Dave Matthews Tribute Band. 

Don't miss out on next week's Rockin' The River with Ellen Drive and Jump Castle Riot on Thursday, August 11th at Riverfront Park in North Charleston.