Part of MOJA Arts Festival:
Women & Cooke: A Tribute to Sam Cooke
Hazel Ketchum, Lindsay Holler, Alva Anderson, Cindy Jane Kearney, McKenzie Eddy, Vikki Matsis, Exavia Baxter, Erin Johns
Fri · October 6, 2017
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
$12 - Students / Groups 6+ | $17 - Individual
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Women & Cooke: A Tribute to Sam Cooke
The Charleston Music Hall is thrilled to team up with MOJA Arts Festival to present Women & Cooke: A Tribute to Sam Cooke on Friday, October 6th at 8pm. Women & Cooke is a tribute show to Sam Cooke featuring some of Charleston’s best female vocalists. Sam Cooke's influence can be heard in the music of artists as varied as Michael Jackson, Al Green and the Heptones, and these women will pay homage to the "king of soul" by covering some of his most popular hits, as well as delving into a few of his deeper cuts. The best part about the "Women & Series" is the way the female vocalists interpret the male vocal range and sounds, and you never know what song you will hear next.
The series is the brainchild of local musicians Lindsay Holler and Hazel Ketchum who thought it would be interesting to have women interpret the songs of Tom Waits back in 2015. It was a magical evening indeed. So magical, that we decided to keep the series rolling through 2016 with Women & Young, Women & Bowie, Women & Dylan, Women & Radiohead. The series series as consisted of Women & The Rolling Stones, Women & Leonard Cohen, & Women & Gram Parsons. We will present four “Women &” shows in 2017. We are only announcing one show at a time, and people who come to the shows will have the first opportunity to by tickets. We have gathered an amazing and diverse line up of singers ranging from age 18 – 63! The evening will consist of two different bands backing these women with two sets. The bands will be The Western Polaroids and the Hungry Monks. The female vocalists for this show include:
Hazel Ketchum is a singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist. Hazel plays guitar with the Hungry Monks , lute with Corde Contanti, guitar in the Irish duo Banna de Dhá and is the drummer for The Harrows. Hazel’s teaching studio Hungry Monk Music is a popular place for children and adults to learn music. Hazel can be heard on her newest recordings The Hungry Monks “Superior Crust” , Banna de Dhá “Band of Two” and “Science Songs Rock”
Lindsay Holler sings and plays guitar. her voice moves onto the sidewalk through a cracked upstairs window on dusky afternoons. it smells you with its tongue, pensively considers, and strikes. In clubs and theatres … its the same. On some occasions it caresses; other times accuses. When amplified it can be seen on the air … then we all drown.
Holler lives in Charleston, South Carolina. She hails the South as home and has lived in New Orleans and New York; she studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston. The music’s current state of evolution is supported by a little twang and a little late-night clarity.
Holler cites influences from the likes of Tom Waits, Gram Parsons, Nina Simone and Neil Young – preferring genre straddlers, categorical misfits and indefinables.
Born in the Bronx to parents who fostered a great appreciation for the Arts, violist/vocalist Alva Anderson began piano lessons at the age of 10. Her desire to be a part of the music program in high school led her to the viola. At the time she didn't know what a viola was but it soon became her 'voice'. Her other voice revealed itself while Alva was on tour in Europe with a chamber music ensemble. Late one night at a jam session in a jazz club in Switzerland, a good buddy invited her to the microphone. The song was “My Funny Valentine.” The feeling and audience responses were intoxicating. The message was clear; she was twice blessed. With the acknowledgment of those gifts came the great joy, the responsibility to support, develop and share them with others. Back in the 'States' Alva began to frequent jam sessions throughout New York City. She attended vocal and instrumental workshops with Barry Harris, Billy Taylor, Sheila Jordan, Jay Clayton, Jimmy Heath and Billy Mitchell, Frank Owens, John Blake, Turtle Island String Quartet and Jimmy Seigler. For more than 20 years Alva has shared her love for music with her students in the New York City public schools. Many of her students have gone on to become professional musicians and music teachers. Alva’s has created two one women shows; The Elegant One, the Life in Music of Ella Fitzgerald and Fine “Brown” Frame, the Music of Ruth Brown. Her band members Tom DiPietra, guitar; Jesse Crawford, bass and Charlie Taylor, percussion have performed these concerts in libraries, churches and schools in New York City. With this band Alva Anderson creates original music and puts her own spin on the music of these singers and the other singers who have fed her desire to sing.
Cindy Jane Kearney
Cindy Jane Kearney is a vocalist, pianist and songwriter. Her vocal style is strongly influenced by Anita O'Day, Aretha Franklin, Rosemary Clooney, Ella Fitzgerald, and Chaka Khan to name a few. Before moving to Charleston she formally studied jazz and performed jazz, blues, and R&B music throughout the Atlanta area with various groups. Since moving to Charleston, she has continued to perform, most often with a group she and her husband, Matt Kearney, formed, called J.A.N.E. (acronym for Jazz Always Never Ends). They've released one cd called "Cool Jane". In addition, Cindy has taught music privately at Hungry Monk Music for the last 11 years.
McKenzie Eddy moved back to Charleston, SC three years ago after a 6 year stint in NYC as a professional musician and President of Bluroc Records. She has toured with many prominent hip hop artists such as Curren$y, Big K.R.I.T., MURS, and more.
When she moved to Charleston, she linked up with Elliott A. Smith and the two perform as a duo around town, and also have a larger act that incorporates hip hop and spoken word called The Very Hypnotic Soul Band.
She and Smith are currently working on an album for McKenzie's next solo album, as well as for the big band.
She also sits on the board of BACE League, and is an actively engaged community organizer.
Vikki Matsis is a local singer-songwriter and piano player that is releasing her second EP titled "Good Life" on July 7th with the World Music Cafe series. She co-founded the local nonprofit radio station Ohm Radio, 96.3FM and loves Charleston's music scene. She manages the Notso Hostel where she walks on the gravel driveway barefoot and greets guests with her cats winding their tails around her legs.
Erin Johns is a singer/songwriter native to Charleston, SC. Her songs are a unique and poignant blend of rock/soul/country/blues. She plays solo primarily with an electric and acoustic guitar and a giant voice that's made of steel and fire.