The highly anticipated Gaillard Center in downtown Charleston is finally open to the public. The first concert was held Sunday evening with Yo Yo Ma as the special guest. Beginning Monday, October 19 the Gaillard Center will host numerous events for a week straight.
Upcoming shows Monday, October 19- Thursday, October 22
Monday, October 19, 2015 at 7:30pm: Karen Clark Sheard and Friends Sing with Lowcountry Voices presenting: Sounds of the Holy City: Gospel meets jazz.
This exciting concert featuring Lowcountry Voices and The Charlton Singleton Quintet, will feature national award winning artists Karen Clark Sheard , Blanche McAllister-Dykes, and Desmond Pringle featuring the music and sounds of the Lowcountry.
Lowcountry Voices performs all genres of choral music in the Lowcountry tradition. The group was recently honored to provide the music for the services of the Honorable Reverend Clementa Pinckney and to perform with Grammy winning artist James Taylor.
Joining the choir will be The Charlton Singleton Quintet. Charlton Singleton is a true child of the Lowcountry, who was heavily influenced by his community church, Greater Zion AME. He is conductor and artistic director of the Charleston Jazz Orchestra and will perform with the Charleton Singleton Quintet which includes, Mark Sterbank on tenor sax, Richard White Jr. on piano, Kevin Hamilton on bass, and Quentin Baxter on drums.
Special guest star performing with Lowcountry Voices will be Charleston native Desmond Pringle. Desmond Pringle’s golden tenor can be heard backing up R. Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly” and over the years, he’s shadowed Aretha Franklin, Marvin Sapp, and Yolanda Adams.
Tuesday October 20, 2015 at 7:30pm: Brian Wilson and Special Guest Al Jardine
He is one of popular music’s most deeply revered figures, the main creative force behind some of the most cherished recordings in rock history, and co-founder of The Beach Boys. Indeed, it is no exaggeration to call Brian Wilson one of the most influential composers of the last century. He was barely out of his teens when he began to create some of the most beloved records ever… nine consecutive “gold” albums that featured such classics as “Surfer Girl,” “In My Room,” “I Get Around,” “Don’t Worry Baby,” “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “Help Me Rhonda” and “California Girls”…just to name a handful of the more than two dozen Top 40 hits Brian co-wrote, arranged, produced, and performed. If you’ve seen Brian in concert, you’ve already witnessed the magic and the celebration. If you’ve heard his records, you know why he’s been called the Mozart of Rock, the Gershwin of his generation. In a culture where trends change overnight, Wilson has gone the distance. It’s been said that, if music is math, Wilson just might be Einstein. But no comparisons are really necessary; he’s Brian Wilson, an American composer, arranger and producer whose work has proved to be as powerful as faith, as timeless as love, and as heartfelt as mercy. Brian will be joined in concert by special guest Al Jardine, an American guitarist, singer and songwriter, best known as a founding member of The Beach Boys.
Wednesday October 21, 2015 at 7:30pm: Gaillard Country Unplugged: starring Randy Owen from Alabama, Richie McDonald from Lonestar, Larry Stewart from Restless Heart and Tracy Lawrence.
Playing together for the first time, four Country Superstars will bring their guitars and over 100 top hits, bringing guests the premier acoustic experience of the Unplugged Series at the Charleston Gaillard Center.
For over 25 years Randy Owen has been the front man and lead vocalist of the band Alabama, one of the most prolific groups in the history of music, having received over 150 industry awards including, eight country music “Entertainer of the Year” honors, two Grammys, two People’s Choice Awards, and Artist of the Decade.
Richie McDonald is the face and voice of Lonestar, ranked among the genre’s preeminent groups. As one of the industry’s most successful songwriters, he has penned some of the era’s most memorable songs and earned a mantle full of awards and nominations. His is the voice behind songs like “Amazed,” “Smile” and “No News” and the pen behind songs like “My Front Porch Looking In” and “Let Them Be Little.” He has earned six gold and platinum albums, several CMA and ACM awards as well as BMI awards. In writing and singing “I’m Already There,” he was responsible for a song embraced so warmly by the military and their families it became an unofficial anthem for U.S. troops serving the Middle East.
Larry Stewart is the lead singer of the legendary band Restless Heart. Restless Heart has earned dozens of national awards and nominations over the last 20 years, and have close to a dozen #1 hits and albums!
Tracy Lawrence is one of the most recognizable voices in Country music with songs such as “Paint Me a Birmingham,” “Time Marches On,” “Alibis” and “Find Out Who Your Friends Are.” The entertainer has enjoyed twenty-two songs on the Billboard top ten charts with eighteen number one singles, selling over thirteen million albums. The Multi-platinum CMA and ACM award winning recording artist has help shaped the sound of country music for two decades, recently celebrating twenty years in music.
Thursday, October 22, 2015 at 7:30pm: Chanticleer
Called “the World’s reigning male chorus” by The New Yorker magazine, and named Ensemble of the Year by Musical America in 2008, the GRAMMY award-winning ensemble celebrated its 37th season in 2014-2015. Chanticleer is known around the world as “an orchestra of voices” for the seamless blend of its twelve male voices ranging from countertenor to bass and its interpretations from Renaissance to jazz, and from gospel to venturesome new music.
More shows will be released soon for our fall, winter, and spring season.
Tickets can be purchased:
By Mail: 480-D East Bay Street, Charleston, SC 29403 (through Friday, September 18, 2015, M-F 9am – 5pm)
95 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401 (beginning Monday, September 21, 2015, M-F 11am – 6pm)
By Phone: (843) 242-3099