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.