Published on September 18th, 2014 | by Ballard Lesemann0
Revival Entertainment Co. Launches with the Redux Fall Music Series
Charles Carmody may be best known in the local music scene as the general manager at downtown’s Charleston Music Hall, but he and two partners have just launched Revival Entertainment Co. — a new music-related venture that aims to book and promote unique concerts and special events around town.
“I’ve doing so much other stuff in addition to the Music Hall with the Food+Wine Festival, the DIG South Music Series, the Piccolo Spoleto finale, and some events at Redux,” Carmody says. “The point of organizing it is to purposefully have a schedule in one place. We want to do more stuff at unconventional venues and have some fun with that.”
“Revival can be the essential ground for that and for some of the band management I’m getting into. I think it will be come an entity for creation in general,” he adds.
According to a recent press release from Revival, the organization started taking shape nearly four years ago when Carmody and friends began hosting a weekly “open stage” on Spring Street called “Bean Night.” The backyard parties eventually and moved over to Kudu Coffee & Craft Beer on Vanderhorst Street.
Carmody and partner Mark Yoder initially named their venture Revival Entertainment Co. in 2012.
“Mark and I worked together on a show at the Music Hall in 2012 , and we lost a lot of money on that — all of our start-up money for what could have been Revival back then,” Carmody says. “We learned some lessons. We both know the industry much better now. Mark’s a music fan, and he’s very interested in helping to put on shows like the upcoming events at Redux.”
Bennett Jones, the other partner in Revival, has been a part of the Charleston Music Hall production team since 2013. Jones assisted with the Dig South Music Series and the Piccolo Spoleto Finale earlier this year.
“Bennett’s doing our web and design stuff and helping with everything else,” Carmody says. “He’s done these great posters. Bennett’s also very passionate about hip-hop, and there’s really no hip-hop downtown right now at all.”
Why the name “Revival?”
“Well, I came up with it a two years ago when I was trying to revive the Charleston Music Hall,” Carmody says. “Also, I like the imagery and the whole idea of the old tent revivals with the snake handlers and everyone going crazy, you know? That evokes some nice imagery in a kind of scary way. I really just want to keep reviving what’s happening in town, and keep supporting it.”
Revival Entertainment Co. will kick off its inaugural season with a show featuring the Weeks and Punks & Snakes on Fri. Oct. 17 at Redux Contemporary Art Center.
“The big thing is what we’re calling the Redux Fall Music Series,” Carmody says. “[Redux director] Stacy Huggins has opened up the doors for us there, and we’ll be trying to bring some different stuff to town.”
Upcoming events in the Redux Fall Music Series include Curtin (featuring songsmith Austin Nelson) on Wed. Oct. 29, local pop/rock acts SUSTO and Johnny Delaware on Fri. Nov. 7, and a Matt Monday (a.k.a. Righchus) album release show with support from DJ JeffET on Fri. Dec. 5.
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