The Dig Music Series

305973_452201131523964_345868832_nThe Charleston Music Hall is thrilled to be working with Dig South this year and helping to schedule the Dig South Music Series.  Alongside the wonderful events held within Dig South, we are working with organizations throughout the city to bring some great music to this awesome tech event.  We wanted to include local, regional, and national artists and musicians into the mix.  Whether you like country, indie rock, or dance music, the music series will have it all this year.  These events are not included with your Dig South pass, but we have tried our best to keep them affordable.  Check them out below.

You can also CLICK HERE for the full line up.

April 9th – Redux – Grace Joyner, Mechanical River, Johnny Delaware
April 10th – Charleston Music Hall – The Lone Bellow, Jordan Igoe
April 11th – King Dusko – DJs + Silent Disco

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Wednesday, April 9th

Redux Studios

Grace Joyner, Mechanical River, Johnny Delaware

Doors: 8pm | Show Starts: 9 pm
$10 ADV | $15 DOS
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Dig South, Redux Contemporary Art Center, Hearts & Plugs, and Charles Carmody are happy to announce three amazing local bands to kick off the Dig South Music Series on April 9th at 9pm.  We will also have art hanging from local artist Dana Thieringer, and Cherith Lundin’s exhibit, The Space Between Things, will be on display as well.  REDUX CONTEMPORARY ART CENTER is a nonprofit organization committed to fostering creativity and the cultivation of contemporary art through diverse exhibitions, subsidized studio space for visual artists, meaningful education programs, and a multidisciplinary approach to the dialogue between artists and their audiences.

AGJ-4-20140216Grace Joyner

This will be Grace Joyner’s debut show! From the background to the foreground, Grace Joyner first made her way onto the Charleston, South Carolina music scene as a harmony singer in several bands, most notablyBrave Baby and Elim Bolt. After years in a supporting role, Joyner felt compelled to explore her own vision through her own songwriting.

In the fall of 2013, Joyner presented a batch of songs she had written, yet never played for anyone, to her former band mate Wolfgang Zimmerman, a talented drummer and regionally respected producer and engineer. The musical chemistry they shared since their days performing together in Brave Baby and Elim Bolt carried over into the recording sessions, with Zimmerman’s intuitive production style providing a canvas for Joyner’s intimate and arresting voice. The result of these sessions would eventually become Joyner’s debut EP “Young Fools” ­– set for release on independent label Hearts & Plugs in Spring 2014.

Words from Grace Joyner on her debut EP – “Young Fools serves to reflect on a difficult, yet incredibly important time in my life.  I think there is something valuable in admitting your mistakes, as well as recognizing the power within you to leave them behind.  Somewhere in the middle of learning that getting hurt does not make you weak, I started the healing process – I started writing music.”

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Mechanical River

IMG_0858Charleston songwriter Joel T. Hamilton’s latest project Mechanical River is a quirky one-man show, and his 10-song debut album is in stark contrast to the electric guitar-driven rock Hamilton was doing a few years ago with the Working Title.

Fortunately, Astral Castle is a sophisticated achievement that finds him reconnecting with his love for lo-fi guitar, percussion, and hazy atmospherics. As Mechanical River, Hamilton handles a homemade cigar-box guitar, a keyboard on an ironing board, a helmet fitted with a microphone, and a lonely bass drum underneath it all.

Astral Castle follows 2010’s Feels Like We’re Gonna Win, another eclectic collection on which Hamilton sang and played most of the instruments himself with guest musicians and vocalists from the Shrimp Records family chiming in. The echo on Feels Like We’re Gonna Win is even more prevalent on Astral Castle. The primitive grittiness of the music resembles the sounds on Hamilton’s 2008 solo debut Officina, too.

Many of the songs sound as if they were recorded with a cheap microphone from a room down the hallway. Hamilton’s emotive croon floats over the reverb-laden ukulele-esque sounds of his guitar.

“Tourniquet” opens the collection with a mechanical rhythm and an arpeggiated guitar. “Gimme Me” sounds like a funky surf-rock ballad, starting with a light and strummy feel and suddenly veering into a scratchy Casio drum-beat jam. The weirdly bluesy “Pomelos” grooves at a more casual pace with falsetto/bass vocals and faux strings in the chorus.

Lyrically, it seems like Astral Castle is inspired by spiritual turmoil and triumph, as well as romantic misadventures. At his heaviest, Hamilton sings with rich tones about eternal afterlife. There are a few trippy Syd Barrett moments as well. The full-fingered organ chords of the slow-moving “Offer” create a bizarre, droning, church-like march while he asks, “Oh, my God, what do I offer?” Other songs have lighter moments of whimsy. The cartoonish keyboard and percussion patterns of “Never Loved” sound silly, but Hamilton’s earnest singing anchors the song. The drowsy/misty “By Fathers” and “Dream” sway with casual waltz rhythms. The synthy instrumental “Ghost Crab” scampers to with an exotic hook on the Casio. With computer drum beats and keyboard riffs, “Pentagrate” sounds like early Devo demos, but only if Mark Mothersbaugh and company had grown up in Appalachia with trashier gear on hand.

It’s hard to say whether he’s becoming a mad genius or a cantankerous curiosity. Either way, it’s a mesmerizing listen. (facebook.com/mechanicalriver) – Courtesy of T. Ballard Lesemann

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 Johnny Delaware

unnamedBorn and raised on the prairie of South Dakota, Johnny Delaware’s debut album takes you from wide-open spaces, through a maze of high rises, harsh deserts and sunburst desolate canyons. Delaware’s debut, “Secret Wave,” speaks to his well-traveled past across the American landscape, exploring the depths of his experiences through dreamy guitar licks and honest lyrics.

After starting out in the South Dakota music scene, Delaware followed his passion for music and moved to Nashville, Tennessee. This was the springboard for Delaware to start playing live shows and making major developments in his songwriting. Though the scene in Nashville was vibrant, it wasn’t for him. Looking for new inspiration, Delaware set off for Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Out in the desert, Delaware was quickly inspired by the striking and unfamiliar landscape as well as the city’s dynamic culture. It was here, in the dry and desolate city of Albuquerque, where he began focusing on the importance of his lyrics. After two tumultuous years, Delaware felt like moving again and headed back to South Dakota. It only took one year, most of it spent living in a cold trailer house in the Black Hills, before he found himself once again dissatisfied and overtaken by wanderlust. Deciding to forget the desert, the tempestuous past two years, and the unbearably cold winters, Delaware traveled to Austin. Like his experience in Nashville, the music scene proved to be fruitless for him, but during that time Delaware met a friend who referred him to Charleston, South Carolina producer, Wolfgang Zimmerman. It was immediately clear upon connecting with Zimmerman that Delaware had found his place in Charleston and took the first steps to recording “Secret Wave.”

Layered within Delaware’s full and vibrant sound, there is the apparent influence of musicians like Bruce Springsteen, Beach Boys and M. Ward. He carries the essence of John Lennon and, perhaps on certain tracks, one will encounter a sound akin to Cass McCombes and Indie heroes The Strokes and The National. Some say even Barry Manilow. No matter how one digests “Secret Wave”, there is an undeniable positive and inspirational feeling underlining Delaware’s album. Lines like “there’s gotta be deep space for something” ponders our our unknown existance, while  “Blazed on your saddle/knuckles of white/I’ll hold on forever if I hold on tight”  metaphorically gives clue to the struggle for consistency and perfection, one that Delaware often faced while in the process of recording “Secret Wave”. Yet there is often a subtle and gentle message found in Delaware’s songs as well, such as “Saralinah”: “Well if you’re looking for an answer/it’s gonna be found on your own.”

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Thursday, April 10th

The Charleston Music Hall

The Lone Bellow w/ Jordan Igoe

Doors: 7:00 PM | Show: 8:00 PM

Price: $17.50 ADV | $23.00 DOS

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Dig South and The Charleston Music Hall are excited to host national talent, The Lone Bellow, with local sweetheart, Jordan Igoe for the second night of the Dig South Music Series.  Above all else, The Charleston Music Hall is a listening room boasting the best acoustics in town and dedicated to creating extraordinary artistic and theatrical experiences and promoting the finest local, regional, and national acts.

The Lone Bellow

LoneBellowPosterSmall “The trio shape folk, gospel, and blues influences into straight-ahead roots rock somewhere between The Lumineers and Lady Antebellum.” – Rolling Stone

Lone Below’s self-titled debut disc is exuberant in its playing, welcoming in its attitude. Though the lyrics have a melancholic undercurrent, the tracks are more often rave-ups than ruminations, with swelling three-part harmonies and rousing group-sung choruses, especially on the electric guitar-driven “The One You Should’ve Let Go” and “Green Eyes and A Heart of Gold,” a we-will-survive anthem that could be about a family or a band. Indeed, there is a strong familial feel to The Lone Bellow, a recurring theme of inclusiveness. Teaming up with Dig South, the Charleston Music Hall is the perfect venue to showcase the intimacy and connection expressed throughout The Lone Bellow’s first album.

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_ELL0291-Lg copyJordan Igoe

Jordan Igoe holds a sweet spot in our hearts.  Born and raised in Charleston, SC, Jordan Igoe is a singer-songwriter, whose songs are as Southern and soulful as she is. The multi-instrumentalist has been playing professionally for over ten years as a solo performer, and with a rotating lineup of stellar backup musicians around Charleston and regionally in the Southeast. Having grown up in a musical family, Igoe taught herself how to play the piano at age 10 and picked up the guitar a few years later, and writes catchy, heartfelt songs with both instruments. It is her raw, soulful voice, however, that immediately grabs the listener and holds on. On February 14th, 2014, Igoe released her debut album entitled, “How to Love” and will be celebrating her release with a full band.

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Friday, April 11th

King Dusko

DJs + Silent Disco

Shows at 7pm and 11pm

THE BLACKOLIVE (Ahmon McTeer)
BIRDFLU (Tony Mele)
JEFF ET (Jeff Turner)
MUMMBL (Mel Willis)

 

Owned and operated by brother & sister duo Jesse & McKenzie Eddy, King Dusko is Charleston’s premiere hangout locale with coffee & tea, beer & wine, local art and live music all rolled up into one venue on Upper King St. in beautiful Charleston, South Carolina.

Dusko hosts weekly events like Saturday Night DJ performances and Bring Your Own Vinyl nights, as well as singer-songwriter nights with an open mic. Head to the events page for more information on all upcoming events at Dusko.

In addition to these events, Dusko also hosts art shows whenever new art is circulated in our gallery, and hosts shows by DJs and local bands frequently. Once a new slew of artists come in, the formerly displayed art is placed online in our art shop for purchase and display. 

King Dusko is located at 541 King St. in Charleston, and are open from 10 to 11 on Monday through Thursday, from 2 to 2 on Friday and Saturday, and from 11 to 11 on Sundays.