Austin, Texas has Austin City Limits. Nashville has Music City Roots. So why not a similar video performance program in the Palmetto State? That’s what the folks at the South Carolina Music Guide are thinking, anyway.
Starting this fall, they’ll put together a show they're calling The Palmetto Sessions, announcing a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo this week to raise money for the project. Their page says they want to “feature homegrown talent and give them a small, intimate audience for the night with cameras rolling.”
“The idea came about last year when Jason Galloway, and I were in Charleston for a live music show taping Mark Bryan put together with Edwin McCain and Sam Bush,” says Mike Van Houten of the S.C. Music Guide. “We thought we could try the same concept but keep it to local South Carolina artists and see where it goes.”
The first show is already booked for Aug. 23 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Shandon that hosts the well-regarded UU Coffeehouse series. Danielle Howle and The Ruby Brunettes will be the featured artists. University of South Carolina media arts graduate Brittany Braddock will serve as director for the taping, which Van Houten assures will be a thoroughly professional shoot.
“Everyone tapes bands at concerts on their cell phones now and posts it on YouTube, but the audio and video are usually terrible,” he says. “We want to take it to another level with the production values, but keep it focused on the artist's performances.”
The fundraising goal is $3,000, a sum meant to cover the costs of producing the initial show — among them lighting, set building, equipment rental and marketing. The ultimate goal is to produce an impressive first episode and sell the concept to a mainstream media outlet for future shows.
They'll put on the first concert regardless of whether the fundraising goal is met, planning to release the video on YouTube, Vimeo and scmusicguide.com.
Like most online crowdfunding campaigns, there are perks for different levels of contribution, including digital album downloads, front row seats to the filming, and season tickets to the UU Coffeehouse series. For more information, go here.
Bluegrass, Bidding, and BBQ
Join The Palladium Society Thursday, October 23rd from 7-10 p.m. for its 11th annual silent auction, featuring music by The Mustache Brothers and catering by Bourbon and The Oak Table. Tickets are $30 at the door and include admission, drinks, and food. Get yours online now!
Four Miles, Twelve Doughnuts
Winston’s Wish aims to increase knowledge and understanding of children with autism, and you can help by participating in the 4.donut Race on October 25th. Start at Edventure Children’s Museum, run 2 miles to Krispy Kreme, eat 12 doughnuts, and run back! Registration is required and can be done here before October 23rd at 5 p.m.
3LAU on Sunday, October 26th and the Unofficial Skrillex Mothership Tour After-Party on the 27th. More information and tickets for both can be found here. VIP tables available.
King Lear in Finlay Park
October 16th-18th and 22nd-25th, the South Carolina Shakespeare Company presents William Shakespeare’s King Lear. All performances held at the Finlay Park Ampitheatre at 7:30 PM. For tickets and more information, click here or call 803-665-2000.
The Other Place at Trustus Theatre
Juliana Smithton is a successful neurologist whose life seems to be coming unhinged. A mystery unfolds as fact blurs with fiction, past collides with present and the elusive truth of Juliana’s mental health boils to the surface in The Other Place, running at Trustus Theatre October 17th through November 1st. There will be a talk-back following the matinee on October 19th. Tickets can be purchased here or by calling the box office at 803-254-9732.
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