10th Annual Blues & Jazz Festival

The 10th Annual Blues & Jazz Festival is Thursday, October 2 - 4, 2014 in York County, SC. On Thursday, October 2, the Blues & Jazz Festival kicks off in Fort Mill, SC at a brand new location - BAXTER VILLAGE. On Friday, October 3, the Festival heads to Old Town Rock Hill where the festival takes on a restaurant crawl atmosphere. Festival-goers always enjoy live music at many of Old Town's restaurants & venues throughout the night. The final day focuses on bringing the music and culture of blues and jazz music to the Community Performance Center with an afternoon performance by the Mountain Marionettes, and an evening concert with Scott Ainslie!




Thursday, October 2, 2014 |  7 PM


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The Bad Boys of Smooth Jazz

Dante Lewis is a powerful saxophonist from Columbia, SC. He has been featured in the Columbia Metropolitan Magazine, the Rowan Arts Festival, and several other large charitable events. | dantelewismusic.com


J'Michael Peeples - A country boy, inspired by all that is around him. Jmichael Peeples can often be seen writing music under a weathered, old tree surrounded by passers-by who can't resist the call of his guitar - a mix of funk, jazz, blues and r&b, done with soul.


He draws inspiration from his grandmother, a gospel and blues singer, George Benson, Norman Brown, and Albert King. Together with Dante Lewis, Peeples completes the duo known locally as the Bad Boys of Smooth Jazz.


Friday, October 3, 2014 | 7-11 PM

Old Town Rock Hill, SC

U.S. Disc Golf Championship | Official Players' Party


TICKETS: Trade in tickets purchased in advance for an event wristband, or purchase your tickets on the night of the event at either of our 2 ticket tents:

Center for the Arts | 121 E. Main St. | Rock Hill, SC

Old Town Market | 115 Caldwell St. | Rock Hill, SC



157 East Main Street | Rock Hill, SC

The path of the solo artist has seen Gabriel bring his inconceivable level of talent as a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer, and engineer to bear on a 2011 self-titled debut that occupied the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Smooth Jazz Charts for eleven weeks. Additionally, Gabriel’s debut release unseated Michael Buble’ from the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Jazz Charts.


City Club of Rock Hill | LESLIE & FRIENDS

140 East Main Street | Rock Hill, SC

Leslie's signature clear and sultry tones, expansive range and expressive delivery defy categorization, expertly lending themselves to a diverse repertoire befitting any performance atmosphere.


The Courtroom at the GettysBRISTO BLUE 

201 East Main Street | Rock Hill, SC

Bristo Blue brings his high energy style of blues influenced rock and roll to back to          The Courtroom at the Gettys Art Center. Come early, stay late!


Five & Dine | THEL PETTY

135 E. Main St. | Rock Hill, SC

Self-taught as a teenager, Thel Petty played rock and R&B in the late 1970's and 80’. His musical interest soon turned to jazz where in high school he was the guitarist for the school jazz band as well as other R&B and funk bands. Over the years, he has become an in-demand Jazz player and is recognized as an outstanding soloist by many Charlotte area musicians. 


Petty's main guitar influences include Wes Montgomery, George Benson, Joe Pass, Django Reinhardt, Pat Martino and Antonio Carlos Jobim.


Jimmy John's | BRAD BAILEY

147 East Main Street | Rock Hill, SC

Brad Bailey (8-string banjo & vocals) plays chords, bass lines, melodies, and percussive grooves simultaneously while singing jazz standards, reorienting them into his own mix of bluegrass flavored funk and swing.


McHale’s Irish Pub | PLAIR

​122 East Main Street | Rock Hill, SC

sponsored by Founders Federal Credit Union

Ain't no party like a Plair band party! Led by B.S. Plair, a former public school music instructor who spent more than 30 years in teaching and performing, Plair is a family affair. Bobby Jr. began performing with his dad at the age of 10 playing trumpet, and son Victor joined the group at about age 9 playing trombone. Vocalist Wade Witherspoon completes the group. Plair has performed all over the southeast playing clubs and colleges, opening for such artists as Lionel Richie/Commodores, Mother's Finest, Kool and the Gang and The Ellington Orchestra.


Millstone Pizza + Taphouse | TAKE III

121 Caldwell Street | Rock Hill, SC

sponsored by Williams & Fudge

Fresh off of their smashing performance at the Prohibition Party, Take III swings into Millstone Pizza + Taphouse. Take III features the musical stylings of Frank Pullano on keyboard, Danny Turner on guitar, and Brian Hipp on sax.


Thi’s on Main | CHAD LAWSON

210 East Main Street | Rock Hill, SC

Multi-award winning pianist and composer Chad Lawson has an impressive list of accomplishments in recent years that many artists could only hope for in a lifetime. He has released seven critically acclaimed albums, worked with renowned musicians and producers and has the distinguished honor of being a Steinway artist.


Born in North Carolina, Chad knew he wanted to be a musician at the age of five. He pursued this dream at age 18 when he enrolled at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. While in school, Chad began his career as a studio musician and after his studies at Berklee, he decided to go on tour with Babik Reinhardt (son of legendary jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt).


Saturday, October 4, 2014 | 2 PM

Community Performance Center | 249 East Main Street | Rock Hill, SC

sponsored by the City of Rock Hill

"Jazzy Strings" is also a part of the Three x Three Performing Arts Series | Family Outings Series,

sponsored by Williams & Fudge.

The Mountain Marionettes' production, Jazzy Strings, brings the music of the early 20th century to life with puppetry and music. Come explore the world of Big Band, Dixieland, and Ragtime music through this enchanting program that will delight children and parents alike. | mountainmarionettes.com


Saturday, October 4, 2014 | 7:30 PM

Community Performance Center | 249 East Main Street | Rock Hill, SC

sponsored by the City of Rock Hill

Scott Ainslie is a traditional acoustic Blues singer, guitarist, historian and songwriter with personal roots in the Civil Rights era and a great affection for cross-cultural exchange who pays tribute to Blues legend, Robert Johnson. Ainslie’s performances present a wonderful palette of sounds and stories to delight the ear, awaken the mind and satisfy the heart. He offers us a personality, a moment in history, a vignette to entice us into a song and to give that song a chance to wake and breathe among us like a living thing. | scottainslie.com

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The Arts Council of York County is headquartered in Old Town Rock Hill. Downtown Rock Hill is a state-recognized Cultural District in South Carolina.


Support for this project is provided by the SC Arts Commission (which receives funding from the NEA), Rock Hill Accommodations Tax Grant Fund, York County Accommodations & Hospitality Tax,  the ACYC Annual Campaign, and Comporium Communications.  For visitors information including lodging, contact the York County Visitors Center at 888-702-1320.


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