Sally & George and the Charleston Pour House are proud to present a Virgin Islands Relief Concert, December 21, 2017. In the wake of hurricanes Irma and Maria, the Virgin Islands are in a state of total devastation. Rebuilding infrastructure and the power grid will take months or even years, and the musical community of Charleston is coming together to raise money for the residents and small businesses of the Virgin Islands.
A showcase of some of the diverse musical acts from the Charleston scene will be a fun night of collaboration and eclectic expression. The musical program will start on the deck stage at the Charleston Pour House with The Hungry Monks student holiday party, and then crank up on the inside stage around 8pm. A large serving of Americana makes up the evening’s main course with Red Cedar Review, The Lowhills, The Hungry Monks, Lindsay Holler, and Sally & George keeping it rootsy. The Dubplates and Sounds of Sand will bring a Caribbean flair with reggae and steel pans, respectively. Rounding out the lineup in the rock and roll department are Mechanical River, Jump Castle Riot, and Churnstyles. Each act will play a few songs, and in the jam-friendly environs of the Charleston Pour House, you never know who might hop on stage for a song.
About the charities:
The Virgin Islands Relief Fund is a humanitarian aid organization. Their mission is to effectively respond to the rescue, relief, and rebuilding needs of the Virgin Islands, and focus on building a sustainable infrastructure for the future.
The SS Kekoa is a charter sailing vessel with a remarkable story from Charleston to St. John. The boat was severely damaged in the storms, leaving brothers Ryan and Jamison Witbeck literally rebuilding their family business amidst the debris and devastation. Bringing tourism back to St. John is a key to reviving the economy, and the SS Kekoa is an iconic part of that industry.
Sally & George:
In the town where country music was born–where two states come together on one street–a spark lit and a duo was ignited. At the 2012 Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion, on the way to take the stage with his band, Sol Driven Train, guitarist/singer Joel Timmons found himself sidetracked by Della Mae, an all-female, GRAMMY-nominated bluegrass band. It was that group’s bass player, Shelby Means, who most captivated his attention. After a conversation at the merchandise table about their shared love of travel and music, two-years passed before Means and Timmons would reconnect. A bold love song led the way, and eventually a growing romance turned into the Nashville-based duo Sally & George and their debut album tip my heart.
2015’s City Paper’s Reggae Band of the Year
Our guitars have seen so much sweat that we’ve learned a regimen of rust-proofing our strings. Our dance-floors have started marriages and conceived children. In one case in South Carolina our dance-floor actually cracked in half. No matter what happens our job is the same. Force people to feel the love and happiness that lives in Reggae music. The dancehall is like Church to us and we love it bad. We’re stringing up another show soon and we want you there.
Charleston’s only ukulele hot club jug band vaudeville ragtime neo-retro-postpostmodern beachfront quasi-primitive anachronistic revolutionary anti-inflammatory mass catharsis jazz freakout and philharmonic group therapy session.
Lindsay Holler sings and plays guitar. her voice moves onto the sidewalk through a cracked upstairs window on dusky afternoons. it smells you with its tongue, pensively considers, and strikes. In clubs and theatres … its the same. On some occasions it caresses; other times accuses. When amplified it can be seen on the air … then we all drown.
Red Cedar Review:
With a core duo of guitar and mandolin, Red Cedar Review uses acoustic instruments to deliver a lively performance of traditional music as well as original pieces. Expect to hear sounds in the style of Doc Watson, David Grisman, Norman Blake, and more!
Mechanical River is the moniker for Charleston, South Carolina native Joel Hamilton’s most recent musical project – a lo-fi folk masterpiece constructed with fuzzed out, crooning vocals, crunchy acoustic guitar arrangements, and drum machine percussion.
Sounds of Sand:
Sounds of Sand is a Charleston based traveling Steel Drum Band. We have created a contemporary sound with a collaboration of caribbean and American instruments. Playing many styles of music including pop, reggae, calypso, soca, r&b, country, folk, funk, jazz, rock, latin, and EDM.
Jump Castle Riot:
Jump Castle Riot is a blues/rock band from Charleston, SC. The group has been described as having “effortless chemistry” and an explosive sound. “These kids have serious talent,” says Atlas Road Crew drummer Patrick Drohan. The Charleston music scene evidently agrees, having voted JCR the winner of two Charleston City Paper Music Awards (CPMAs).
The experimental garage rock trio of Derek Cribb, Philip Antman, and Joel Timmons.
The Lowhills are an up and coming Americana/Roots Family band out of Johns Island with a sound that is a smooth mix of genres including Americana, Classic Country, Bluegrass, Swing and R&B. The band members include Husband wife duo Matt and Lauren Bevins Cahill and lifelong friend and musical partner Joe Marlow.
The Hungry Monks:
The Hungry Monks are centered around the creative talents of Hazel Ketchum on guitar, percussion and vocals, and John Holenko on mandolin, guitar and vocals. The Hungry Monks have performed in clubs, at contra dances, festivals, and concert series. Ketchum and Holenko have been playing music together for more than 25 years and have been featured on TV and radio throughout the US. Featuring guitars, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, whistle, bohdran, and vocals, the Hungry Monks perform Traditional, Contemporary, and Original acoustic songs and instrumentals drawing on a wide range of influences including Medieval & Renaissance, Celtic, Folk, Blues, Classical and Jazz. Combining strong original songs and instrumental compositions with an ear toward improvisation, The Hungry Monks weave a rich tapestry of sound, melodic and rhythmic, grounded in the folk traditions of many cultures. Combined with the traditions and technique of Western Classical Music, this eclectic mix produces an interesting ensemble sound featuring acoustic sounds and beautiful vocals.
Jenni Lyn (Nashville, TN)
“In this day and age it’s refreshing to hear an artist whose music comes straight from the heart. Jenni Lyn Gardner is undoubtedly such, with one foot planted deep in tradition and the other bound for uncharted territory. Her first solo album Burn Another Candle brings us songs from bluegrass, newgrass, old time, and an original gospel number from her youth. These songs and performances touch on today’s issues yet recall a time of sweet ice tea, fresh tomatoes, triple fiddles and that ‘high lonesome sound.’ An original instrumental features Jenni Lyn’s remarkable mandolin chops and shows us that her heart beats in the key of B (the bluegrass key). So stop, pick the flowers, relax and take a listen. As her song says, “Hickory Holler is a state of mind,” and that is where Jenni Lyn’s musical journey takes us. Let’s all enjoy the ride. ” – Sam Bush