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Blues & Jazz Festival
OCTOBER 4 - 5, 2018
Produced by Bobby Plair, Jr.
Celebrate the roots of modern music with infectious rhythms, soulful sounds, and high energy performances at the Arts Council of York County’s 14th Annual Blues & Jazz Festival.
Events kick off with concerts at Springmaid Park in Baxter Village and at the Larne Building in Clover, SC on Thursday, October 4, from 7 - 10 PM. On Friday, October 5, the Blues & Jazz Festival returns to Old Town Rock Hill where festival-goers can enjoy live music at 8 of Old Town's restaurants & venues throughout the night.
Thursday | October 4
Springmaid Park | Baxter Village | FREE
Rain or Shine | more info
The Larne Building | Clover, SC | $10
Thursday, October 4
BAXTER VILLAGE | FORT MILL, SC
SPRINGMAID PARK | 990 MARKET STREET
7 - 10 PM | FREE
Andy Bovender Team of Allen Tate Realtors || Coffee News || Comporium/CN2 || Fish Market || grapevine Wine Shop | Wine Bar
WRHI 100.1, Interstate 107, & 104.1 - The Bridge
Now, more than ever before, Dante Lewis' music embodies his motto “groove comes first”. His new album, No Cover Charge, kicks off with the soulful urgency, old school finger snap cool and low toned sensuality of “Breezy Clairaudience,” which he penned with Rod King. From there, the album packed with graceful and passionate songs, with a few bluesy funk and soul tunes added for good measure.
Dante Lewis has been wowing audiences throughout the Carolinas since the age of 12 with an unmistakably passionate sound, his engaging personality and a lifelong passion for music. In 2003, Dante started the band “Vision,” a party and jazz group. Focusing on his solo career, he recorded both "Set the Mood" and the gospel CD "Songs of a Servant.". In addition, he has been featured Lux Millionaire Magazine, Columbia Metropolitan Magazine and California’s “Urban Scene” Magazine as a featured hot new artist. Lewis is the former Minister of Music at St. Luke Baptist Church in Winnsboro and is currently a musician at Bethlehem Baptist Church. | more info
Thursday, October 4
THE LARNE BUILDING | 103 NORTH MAIN ST.
7 - 10 PM | $10
ADVANCE TICKETS | BUY TICKETS
ONLINE | yorkcountyarts.org
BY PHONE | (803)328-2787
TICKETS AT THE DOOR | THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4 | 6:30 PM - 10 PM
The Larne Building | 103 North Main St. | Clover, SC
*Tickets for the Thursday night Kickoff in Clover and Friday night Old Town Restaurant Crawl in Rock Hill are available in advance.
Town of Clover / Gallery 120
Letron “LTrain” Brantley is a native of South Carolina who has been playing the saxophone since he was 12 years old. In his younger years, he was heavily influenced by jazz, gospel, and R&B music. Studying music in college allowed him to hone his craft as well as perform with various jazz, soul, and funk groups. Letron has the performed with many great musicians such as jazz recording artist Bob Mintzer, saxophonist Lenny Picket of the Saturday Night Live band, and gospel recording artist Donnie McClurkin - to name a few. Currently Letron serves as the musical director for a local jazz orchestra as well as band leader for the regional jazz and dance band Jazz Revolution. Letron is an active music community supporter and clinician dedicated to the mission of embracing and encouraging musicians like himself to be persistent in their craft and always strive for excellence.
Friday, October 5
RESTAURANT CRAWL | ROCK HILL, SC
OLD TOWN ROCK HILL | EAST MAIN STREET & CALDWELL STREET
7 - 11 PM | $10*
ADVANCE TICKETS | BUY TICKETS
ONLINE | yorkcountyarts.org
BY PHONE | (803)328-2787
TICKET & INFORMATION BOOTH | FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5 | 6:30 PM - 10 PM
Center for the Arts | 121 E. Main St. | Rock Hill, SC
Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door of each venue on the night of the crawl. Cash preferred.
*Tickets are available online, by calling our box office at 803-328-2787 or in person at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill, SC.
Trade in tickets purchased in advance for an event wristband at the ticket & information booth or at the door of any participating venue during the Friday night Restaurant Crawl.
122 E. MAIN STREET | ROCK HILL, SC
Sponsored by Comporium/CN2
Mac Arnold serves up a mess of Chicago Blues with his band, “Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’ Blues” with Austin Brashier on guitar and vocals, Max Hightower on keyboards, harmonica, guitar, bass and vocals, and Mac Arnold on vocals, bass and Gas Can Guitars.
Arnold’s career has included a Who’s Who of Blues and R&B Legends - performing with James Brown, A.C. Reed, The Temptations, Bill Withers, and B.B. King. He spent more than a year with the Muddy Waters Band, helping shape the electric blues sound that inspired the rock and roll movement of the late 60s and early 70s. Mac now resides in Pelzer, SC, where at the age of ten he got his first taste of the blues when he learned to play his brother Leroy’s home-made guitar. | more info
135 E. MAIN STREET | ROCK HILL, SC
Sponsored by City of Rock Hill
Born in Florence SC, Eric’s love for music started early on. In a fourth grade recital in Florence, South Carolina, he played the recorder and instantly connected to his ability to create music for others. He then became a student of the sax and viola. He eventually put all of his focus into the saxophone, and from there music became “his thing.” He practiced, played, listened, and learned. He earned seats in state level concert and jazz bands, but desired to become even better. He played on the Swing Shift jazz band at the University of SC and joined in with several other small local bands. He also had the chance to play the National Anthem at the Time Warner Cable Arena for the (then) Charlotte Bobcats. Since then, he’s been playing lots of weddings, private events, and as a member of the Garvin Dean Project of Charlotte, NC. Eric is playing more and more these days, so keep an eye…or ear out for him. | more info
147 E. MAIN STREET | ROCK HILL, SC
Black & White Alley, behind Jimmy John's
Calvin Edwards is an international artist, accomplished musician, vocalist, songwriter and producer. He has created his own sound that in itself is a task to overcome. He was born in Kings Mountain, North Carolina. At the age of six, he began to play the guitar. His father, a well-known songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist was on the gospel music scene, and his mother helped to shape his career. At 17, he joined the famous Gospel group, The Five Blind Boys of Alabama. He played with them for many years, and then moved to L.A. to play in his brother’s band, The Jett Edwards Band. They recorded two albums together, and Mr. George Benson recorded one of the song. | more info
157 E. MAIN STREET | ROCK HILL, SC
Sponsored by The Pump House
Often times when a new musician comes on the scene, common adjectives like fresh and hot, are thrown about frivolously and usually there is more hype than truth. But that’s definitely not the case when it comes to J’Michael Peeples. The mantra he lives by is “Live to create and keep the music honest.”
Peeples is a contemporary jazz artist from Columbia, SC who grew up in a house filled with creative outlets. As an artist, he is passionate about creative expression and providing inspiration to others. | more info
121 CALDWELL STREET | SUITE 103 | ROCK HILL, SC
The Abe Reid Trio is savory old-school blues whipped into sweaty, gritty, steady-rockin, party-down, musical dynamite! From Statesville, NC, Abe Reid is a past winner of the International Blues Competition in Memphis. He learned straight from the old-timey greats, and pays them tribute by keepin the blues alive and full of grit. | more info
129 CALDWELL STREET | ROCK HILL, SC
Sponsored by Founders Federal Credit Union
Leslie and Friends kicks off the Festival in Baxter Village's Springmaid Park. Their name may sound familiar - they've brought down the house at the Arts Council's Annual Gala and they tore it up at the City Club and had people dancing in the streets a few years ago. 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. Leslie exudes joy and happiness when she is performing, and anyone who has the pleasure of hearing her will feel the same.
Honed through formal classical training at Howard University-College of Fine Arts, Leslie's gift has taken center stage in historic U.S. platforms such as Cleveland's Severance Hall, Harlem's famed Apollo Theater, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. She has also performed in historic venues in Toyko, Japan, St. Thomas Virgin, Islands and Barcelona, Spain. | more info
201 E. MAIN STREET | ROCK HILL, SC
Sponsored by Old Town Association
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. | more info
Thi's Place on Main | Groove Masters
210 E. MAIN STREET | ROCK HILL, SC
Sponsored by Williams & Fudge
GROOVE MASTERS BAND | Keeping the Groove alive with funk, neo soul and smooth jazz!
"Closing in on 10 years as a contemporary jazz and gospel mainstay in their hometown of Charlotte, NC, Groove Masters, winner of the coveted “Best Jazz Band in the Carolinas” Award, lives up to their cool moniker on their 3rd album release, KEEPING THE GROOVE ALIVE with funk, neo soul and Smooth Jazz. Known for their lively performances, Groove Masters have toured with a wide variety of noteworthy artists, from Hip Hop legend, Doug E. Fresh to Gospel star Twinkie Clark. These super heroes of groove, are bringing audiences to their feet around the globe… be on the look out for Groove Masters at your favorite jazz fest!" ~JONATHAN WIDRAN & SANDY SHORE (SmoothJazz.com Global) | more info
Special Thanks to Our Sponsors
City of Rock Hill • Comporium/CN2 • Founders Federal Credit Union
Old Town Association • The Pump House • Williams & Fudge
BrandPro, Inc. • Rock Hill Coca-Cola Bottling Company • York County Natural Gas
BAXTER VILLAGE KICKOFF
Andy Bovender Team of Allen Tate Realtors • Fish Market • grapevine Wine Shop | Wine Bar
Gallery 120 • Town of Clover