June 15, 2o13
Yes, it is true. The Music Hall hosts weddings, metal bands, and free shows, and this triumvirate of good collided last Saturday night with the celebration of Andrew and Jane’s day of betrothal. Andrew Higdon is the Music Hall’s in-house sound technician and is most certainly one of the best in the land. His versatile mixing skills combined with his dedication and knowledge of the craft of sound makes him irreplaceable. Andrew mixes everything from twenty piece big band jazz groups, to solo blues guitarists, to metal bands, and he knows how to make the sound of the room match the style of music being performed on stage. As I often say, the Music Hall boasts the best sound in the South and a large part of our amazing sound is due to Andrew.
I was super excited about this event for a number of reasons. Firstly, we had never hosted a wedding reception at the Music Hall, and I was interested to see how the dynamics would work. We have recently been brainstorming about how to make the Music Hall a unique wedding venue discussing everything from extending the stage for a dance floor, taking out seats for dining tables, and how to utilize the building and companies around the Music Hall. My favorite idea is for the bride and groom to hold the actual ceremony in the Music Hall and then walk down our beautiful alleyway to Marion Square where they have a giant tent set up right outside of the Embassy Suites. They then combine the tent and the atrium of the hotel to have one killer reception (hint, hint, we can make this happen if anyone is interested). Secondly, I love weddings. Thirdly, I love working with Andrew Higdon and consider him a great friend and was excited to celebrate this day with him. Finally, we were hosting some amazing music that evening with Charlton Singleton’s Jazz Quartet and a free concert performed by the classic Charleston ’90s metal band, Children’s Choir, which was definitely the topping on the proverbial wedding cake. It was an amazing creative process putting on this event. Let me break it down for you.
9 a.m. – Open Doors, Drink Copious Amounts of Coffee
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Children’s Choir Sound Check
12 p.m. – 3 p.m. – Set Up Upstairs Foyer for Reception
3 p.m. – Wedding Cake and Cupcakes Arrive
3 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Run Around Frantically, Set Up the Bar, Set Up Highlight Lights
6 p.m. – Guests Arrive
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Upstairs Reception with Food and Drink and Cheer
7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Charlton Singleton (Trumpeter, Singer, and Maestro of the Charleston Jazz Orchestra) plays a private show for Wedding Guest with a four piece Jazz Band
8:30 p.m. – People beging gathering outside the Music Hall for the free show open to the public
9:00 p.m. – Doors open for Concert
10:00 p.m. – Midnight – Children’s Choir rocks everyone’s faces. Joy, merriment, and marital bliss ensues
It turns out, the Charleston Music Hall can be an incredible and unique space to host a wedding or reception. I want to thank everyone involved that evening especially, Charlton Singleton, Bennett Jones, and of course, Children’s Choir. It was a wedding reception many will not soon forget.
– Charles Carmody, Director, CMH