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Published on November 6th, 2013 | by Jessica Mickey


Tickets Go on Sale for Groundhog Day Halsey Benefit Concert

This week, the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art and the Charleston Music Hall announced plans that may even inspire Punxsutawney Phil to emerge from his burrow and dance with his shadow.

On Sat. Feb. 1 at 7 p.m., better known as Groundhog Day (not Sunday, as stated on the poster below), the two will combine efforts to raise money for the Halsey in honor of its 30th anniversary through an intimate evening at the Charleston Music Hall, featuring live music from The Opposite of a Train — guitarist Bill Carson, accordionist/trumpeter Nathan Koci, and percussionist Ron Wiltrout — with special guests Kevin Hamilton (bass), Charlton Singleton (horn, piano), Wilton Elder (tenor sax), Clint Fore (guitar, tuba), and John Cobb (baritone sax).


Bill Carson conducts Opposite of a Train at the Memminger Auditorium, 2010 (photo by Ballard Lesemann)

Carson, Koci, and Wiltrout will act as the core of the event’s house band, supporting the evening’s invited guest artists, which will include Shovels & Rope (Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent), Lindsay Holler (of Matadero, Lindsay Holler’s Western Polaroids), Stephanie Underhill, Joel Hamilton (of Boring Portals, Mechanical River), Rachel Kate, and Michael Flynn (of Slow Runner).

“This concert is a way for the local music community to show its support for the fantastic contemporary arts programming that the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art provides year-round, and year after year,” says Bill Carson, a Charleston music scene staple and the event’s musical director.

“The Halsey often collaborates with musicians, actors, filmmakers, architects, designers, and others to create its unique multi-disciplinary offerings. The participating musicians all want to shine the spotlight on the Halsey Institute in gratitude for their dynamic and inspirational role in this community.”

The premier of a micro-documentary about the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, produced by local media creatives Lunch + Recess, will kick off the evening’s festivities. No word on whether everyone’s favorite Charlestonian and Groundhog Day star Bill Murray will show up, but if he does, imagine the bragging rights you can hold over the heads of your friends who missed out.


Opposite of a Train’s core three (L to R): Ron Wiltrout, Bill Carson, and Nathan Koci (provided)

Tickets go on sale this Friday, Nov. 8, at 10 a.m. and run $15 for students, $20 for the gallery section, $30 for orchestra, and $50 for limited VIP tickets. Student tickets include any age student, but seating is only in the Gallery.

VIP tickets include premium seating, a hand-printed poster, two drink tickets, and an invitation to an on-stage after party, which will include drinks from Sapporo beer and a wine sponsor.

Tickets may be purchased at the Charleston Music Hall box office and through For more information, visit and

Top photo by Micheline Callicott (courtesy Piwakawaka Photo). 

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Jessica Mickey

has considered Charleston home since she first moved here in 2001. She regularly performs improv at Theatre 99 and dabbles in stand-up comedy in various venues around the Lowcountry. Jessica has also cohosted morning radio shows on 96Wave and 98X, as well as wrote the weekly column "The Chase is On" for the Charleston City Paper. She can barely play the ukulele Ballard bought her for Christmas last year, but after a couple of drinks, she can sing the shit out of some karaoke.

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