15th Annual

Blues & Jazz Festival

OCTOBER 3 - 4, 2019

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 15th Annual Blues & Jazz Festival.

RAIN OR SHINE

THURSDAY | OCTOBER 3

KICKOFF IN BAXTER VILLAGE | FREE
Springmaid Park | 980-990 Market Street | Fort Mill, SC | MAP IT
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KICKOFF IN CLOVER AT THE LARNE BUILDING | $10
103 North Main Street | Clover, SC | MAP IT
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FRIDAY | OCTOBER 4
OLD TOWN RESTAURANT CRAWL | $10 WRISTBAND
East Main & Caldwell Streets | Rock Hill, SC | MAP IT
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Thursday, October 3

 
BAXTER VILLAGE  |  FORT MILL, SC
SPRINGMAID PARK  |  980 - 990 MARKET STREET
7 - 10 PM  |  FREE

Sponsored by

Fish Market  •  grapevine Wine Shop | Wine Bar

OTS Media: WRHI 100.1 • Interstate 107 • 104.1 - The Bridge

LETRON BRANTLEY

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.

Thursday, October 3

 
CLOVER, SC
THE LARNE BUILDING  |  103 NORTH MAIN ST.
7 - 10 PM  |  $10

Sponsored by

Town of Clover / Gallery 120

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

Friday, October 4

RESTAURANT CRAWL  |  ROCK HILL, SC
OLD TOWN ROCK HILL  |  EAST MAIN STREET & CALDWELL STREET
7 - 11 PM  |  $10*
 
QUICK LINKS
 
 
 
122 E. MAIN STREET | ROCK HILL, SC
Sponsored by Old Town Association

Based out of Rock Hill, SC, Weekends plays a little bit of everything - from Frank Sinatra to Frank Zappa. | more info

 
 
147 E. MAIN STREET | ROCK HILL, SC
Black & White Alley, behind Jimmy John's
Sponsored by City of Rock Hill PRT

In 2019, Mellogroove were recognized as a Historical Rock Hill Musical Group by the City of Rock Hill Community Relations Council. That distinct honor is the result of over fifteen years of captivating audiences in Rock Hill and throughout the Carolinas with their blend of classic Soul, R&B, Pop, and Hip-Hop. Four Winthrop University alumni - Brandon Stevens, Jerry Hardison II, Timothy Williams and Vincent Stevens - make up the group, along with Steve Suber. In addition to sharing the stage with R&B icons Calvin Richardson and Christopher Williams, Mellogroove have been headline performers at Rock Hill’s Juneteenth Celebration, the Come-See-Me Festival Parade, and Rock Hill’s first-ever Race Equality Week. | more info

 
 
140 E. MAIN ST. | ROCK HILL, SC
7 - 10 PM
Sponsored by Comporium Communications

Original Lowcountry Blues music from the Swamps of Edisto Island, SC. | more info

 
 
121 CALDWELL STREET | SUITE 103 | ROCK HILL, SC
Sponsored by Williams & Fudge

The Derek McCoy Trio project brings together diverse tastes into one interesting new style of instrumental music. | more info

 
 
129 CALDWELL STREET | ROCK HILL, SC
7 - 10 PM
Sponsored by Founders Federal Credit Union

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

Gettys Art Center CourtroomPlair
with opening act | Judith Porter Jazz
 
 
201 E. MAIN STREET | ROCK HILL, SC
2nd Floor
Sponsored by The Pump House Restaurant

PLAIR | 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

JUDITH PORTER JAZZ | Judith Porter started exploring jazz as performer a few years ago when one of the students in her Intro to Jazz class suggested she learn to play it since she enjoys the music so much. While Porter admires the likes of Hampton Hawes, Renee Rosnes and Wynton Kelly, it's the pianist/vocalists like Andy Bey and the late Shirley Horn and Nat Cole that she idolizes.

And so the journey has begun. Let's see where it goes! | more info

Thi's Place on Main | Midnight Blue
 
 
210 E. MAIN STREET | ROCK HILL, SC

Midnight Blue is a jazz, blues, and everything else band! | more info

 

FEATURING
PJ Brunson
Mitchell Kearney 
Jessie Lynn
Alfred Ward

 
Special Thanks to Our Sponsors
SILVER
City of Rock Hill • Comporium/CN2 • Founders Federal Credit Union
Old Town Association • The Pump House • Williams & Fudge
CONTRIBUTOR

Rock Hill Coca-Cola Bottling Company • York County Natural Gas  •  York Technical College

FRIEND

Duke Energy

 BAXTER VILLAGE KICKOFF

Fish Market • grapevine Wine Shop | Wine Bar

CLOVER KICKOFF

Gallery 120 • Town of Clover

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HOURS
 
Center for the Arts

Monday – Thursday | 9 AM - 6 PM*

*Open from 5 - 6 PM by appointment 
Friday | 9 AM - 5 PM
2nd & 4th weekends each month:
Saturday | 10 AM - 2 PM
Sunday | 2 - 4 PM

 

Gettys Art Center

Monday – Friday | 9 AM - 5 PM

CLOSED

 

New Year's Day | Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Easter Monday | Memorial Day

Independence Day | Labor Day

Thanksgiving Thursday & Friday

Christmas Eve | Christmas Day | Boxing Day

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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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