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Published on February 19th, 2013 | by Ballard Lesemann

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Ticker: News Bits from Charleston’s Music Scene

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Lowcountry sax great Lonnie Hamilton (provided)

The Roots of Jazz Music Festival Will Benefit the Jenkins Orphanage

An all-star lineup of S.C. jazz and blues musicians is solid for the inaugural Roots of Jazz Music Festival to be held on Sat. April 13 at the Jenkins Institute in North Charleston at 3923 Azalea Drive. The all-day concert aims to raise funds and awareness for the local nonprofit Jenkins Orphanage. Palmetto Primary Care Physicians and Carolina Studios have organized the event.

The Jenkins Orphanage’s history dates back to 1891 when it was founded by a former slave, Rev. Daniel Jenkins. Over the decades, young jazz musicians at the orphanage earned acclaim as the Jenkins Orphanage Band.

“It is important to bring the joy of jazz back to not only the youth, but to the Charleston community,” orphanage director Johanna Carrington says in a recent press release. “Our presence and music is part of the living history that is Charleston, we would like to share that with the world.”

The Roots of Jazz Music Festival roster features several veteran Lowcountry musicians, including sax man Lonnie Hamilton (pictured), saxophonist/pianist Oscar Rivers, vocalist Ann Caldwell, and trumpeter/pianist Charlton Singleton (conductor of the Charleston Jazz Orchestra). Also on the bill are High Gravity Jazz, Jazzy Jay, Sam Burchfield, Mr. Blues Williams, and guests to be announced. Teams from several Charleston restaurants will be on hand with food and beverages. Advance tickets are on sale for $8. Admission will be $10 at the gate. All proceeds raised from this event will be donated to Jenkins Orphanage.

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Charlto Singleton (photo by Alice Kenney, courtesty JAC)

Charlton Singleton Working on New Album Via Kickstarter

Speaking of Charlton Singleton, the busy jazzman and Jazz Artists of Charleston board member recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to record and produce a new batch of original compositions titled Soul Cavern.

Singleton released his first proper solo album, a six-song collection titled The New Deal, last year. Saxophonist Mark Sterbank, bassist Reggie Sullivan, drummer David Patterson, and pianists Tommy Gill and Richard White performed with Singleton on the tracks.

This year, Singleton wants to invite Sterbank, White, bassist Kevin Hamilton, and drummer Quentin Baxter into the recording room for the Soul Cavern sessions.

On his Kickstarter page, he describes his new material as “a short collection of original songs inspired by family, friends, and significant events in my life … I am extremely proud, and I want them to be documented so that they will live forever.”

Singleton’s goal is $12,000. He already has close to $3,600 pledged, but his deadline for pledged funding is Fri. March 1 at 8 p.m. Visit charltonsingleton.com for more.

The Tattooed Moose Turns Three

Local eatery and tavern the Tattooed Moose (1137 Morrison Dr.) will celebrate its third year in business with a party and show on Sat. March 9.

After a thorough renovation, owners Jen and Mike Kulick (who are also the owners of the Voodoo Tiki Bar in West Ashley) opened the Tattooed Moose for business on March 9, 2010 in the former Kitty’s Fine Foods spot. Sandwiches like the massive Duck Club and the Lowcountry Cuban and sides like the hand-cut duck fries and house-made pickles put it on the culinary map. When they started hosting independent rock, pop, punk and Americana bands and DJs, the venue established itself as one of the coolest and quirkiest places for live music on the Charleston peninsula.

On Match 9, the staff will launch the anniversary party at 4 p.m. with various food and drink specials and a few “meat raffles” as well. There’ll be late-evening live music performances from local combo Cattle in the Cane (featuring guitarist Mackie Boles, bassist Brad Edwardson, and mandolinist Aaron Firetag) and Lake City, Fla.-based rockabilly/country/punk trio Looka! Looka! Looka!. The party will run through the wee hours. Check out tattooedmoose.com for more info.

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Tyler Boone (provided)

College of Charleston Acts to Play Benefit at Awendaw Green

Local songwriter Tyler Boone has partnered with Awendaw Green to present the early-afternoon CofC Barn Jam on Sat. March 9 in Awendaw. “Eddie White and I are very excited for this event, and we’re very excited to finally getting more involved with the College of Charleston at Awendaw Green,” Boone says.

Designed as a fundraiser and a showcase of young local talent, the CofC Barn Jam will take place at the Barn Stage (situated behind the Sewee Outpost) at 3 p.m. on March 9. The lineup will feature the Lungs, the After English, Estee Gabay and Friends, Headrush, Garey the Bear, the Dunder Chiefs, Donnie Dies, the Tyler Boone Band, and singer/songwriters Stephanie Schecter and Gabrielle Powell

Admission is $5, and proceeds will benefit the Carolina Children’s Charity. Look for Boone and his backing band on the local show “Lowcountry Live” on ABC News 4 on the morning of Fri. March 1, as they’ll be promoting the event. Visit awendawgreen.com and tylerboonemusic.com for more.

Band of Horses Hit Coachella, Swing Back Through the Carolinas

Carolina-based group Band of Horses (pictured above) has been traveling the world since the release of their latest studio album Mirage Rock (Columbia), showing no signs of slowing things down this winter and spring. Horses frontman Ben Bridwell, drummer Creighton Barrett, guitarist Tyler Ramsey, bassist Bill Reynolds, and keyboardist Ryan Monroe will bring their grandiose, echo-laden pop/rock through the Carolinas in May after performing two big shows at the annual Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, California on April 12 and April 19.

Tickets for their spring shows closer to Charleston go on sale via Ticketmaster.com next week. The Band of Horses is scheduled to perform at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in Asheville on May 1. The band will hit the Township Auditorium in Columbia on May 3 and join two dozen other bands at the Shaky Knees Music Festival in Atlanta on May 4. The House of Blues in Myrtle Beach will host them on May 7.

The band will finish their Carolina run with a concert at the Ritz Theatre in Raleigh on May 8 and a two-night stint at the Fillmore in Charlotte on May 10-11. See bandofhorses.com for full details and ticket info.

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Ed Sheeran (provided)

Ed Sheeran to Headline Day Two of Spring Jam

Presented by the Bridge 105.5 FM, the two-day Spring Jam Music Fest set for March 23 and 24 at Brittlebank Park recently solidified the final lineup of acts. They’ve booked British singer/songwriter, rapper, and guitarist Ed Sheeran as the headliner for Sun. March 24. Sheeran recently worked with Taylor Swift on her album Red. His song “The A Team” — the lead single from his 2012 album + — was nominated for Song of the Year at the 2013 Grammy Awards.

Sheeran will arrive in Charleston behind his latest release, an EP titled Slumdon Bridge. Tickets for Spring Fest are on sale at springjammusicfest.com.

Top photo by Philip Andelman.

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Ballard Lesemann

is a musician and writer. Born and raised in Charleston, S.C., he spent years playing in bands and working for Flagpole Magazine in the bustling music town of Athens, Ga. He returned to his hometown and served more than seven years as the Charleston City Paper's music editor. He's better at drumming than he is at playing guitar.



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