Women & The Dead: A Tribute to the Grateful Dead

Charleston Music Hall Presents:

Women & The Dead: A Tribute to the Grateful Dead

Alva Anderson, Clare Elich, Adele Deas Tobin, Whitney Hanna, Hazel Ketchum, Aisha Kenyetta, Leah Suarez, Christian Smalls, Jess Pennell, Lindsay Holler

Fri · January 12, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$15 - Advance | $17 - Day of Show | $50 – 4 Show Subscription Package


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Women & The Dead: A Tribute to the Grateful Dead
Women & The Dead: A Tribute to the Grateful Dead
The Charleston Music Hall is thrilled to announce our 2018 Women & Series! Women & The Dead: A Tribute to the Grateful Dead on Friday, Jan. 12th at 8PM, Women & Petty: A Tribute to Tom Petty on Friday, Mar. 30th at 8PM, Women & The Beatles: A Tribute to The Beatles on Thursday, Sept. 6th at 7:30PM, and Guys & Gillian: A Tribute to Gillian Welch on Sunday, Nov. 4th at 7PM! These shows will feature some of Charleston’s best female and male vocalists and musicians.

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 and 2017 with Women & Young, Women & Bowie, Women & Dylan, Women & Radiohead, Women & The Rolling Stones, Women & Leonard Cohen, Women & Gram Parsons, Women & Cooke, and Dudes & Dolly. We have gathered an amazing and diverse line up of singers ranging from age 18 – 63! Each evening will consist of two different bands backing these women with two sets. The Music Hall’s most successful local concert series to date, the “Women & Series” is a fun way to celebrate some of the artists we all love while also celebrating and encouraging our local musicians. The line up of musicians for the shows will be announced in the coming months. Through January 11th, you can buy the Women & 2018 Season ticket for only $50. 4 shows for $50, what a deal!
Alva Anderson
Alva Anderson
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.
Clare Elich
Clare Elich
Hailing from the mountains of Colorado, Clare Elich made her way south in 2011 to get her B.A. in Vocal Performance at The College of Charleston. Clare began singing music at an early age, but her love of the musical arts and its community grew exponentially in college and around the bluegrass music festival scene. After some small collaborations with friends, Clare picked up the banjo in 2016 to round out her sound. Clare works as the alto staff singer at First (Scots) Presbyterian Church and as the Patron Services Manager at PURE Theatre.
Adele Deas Tobin
Adele Deas Tobin
Adele Deas Tobin was born and raised in Charleston. Her love for singing began at a young age as she and her father sang duets before bedtime. She began playing classical piano at age 6 and sang in the Church choir and later her High School choir. She and her husband, Bob Tobin, have done a duo, singing originals and covers, for almost 30 years. They have performed all over Charleston and elsewhere, often joined by Bob Sachs on mandolin. Adele plays guitar and ukulele and also plays in a band, The HoneyBees, with Marcy Krawcheck and Anne Trott. She enjoys playing bluegrass at Southern and everything at the Saturday Medley Porch Jam. Adele has been a full time potter for 38 years on Sullivan’s Island.
Whitney Hanna
Whitney grew up in North Carolina with a strong love for music since she was just a few years old. She is a proud sister and daughter and spent most of her years singing in the church. Her mother is a pastor in the Western North Carolina mountains and her father has always been a strong role model. Whitney is a strong yet gentle musical soul and you can feel that in her vocals. Working with so many different musicians her musicality and choices have expanded and she reaches for inspiration through many different styles.
Hazel Ketchum
Hazel Ketchum
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”
Aisha Kenyetta
Aisha Kenyetta
Aisha Kenyetta is a highly accomplished and versatile vocalist, concentrating in Funk and Classic Rock styles. Her biggest musical influences include Chaka Khan and Guns N Roses.

Aisha began singing at Age 4 in church, and quickly found her passion for musical performance. After many choirs and solo performances growing up, Aisha made the decision as an adult to sing full time.

Aisha has been featured with many local bands and projects--The Women & Concert series, Groundhog Day, the Charleston Jazz Orchestra, and others.

Aisha currently performs with her own band, AmpSquared, as well as the Emerald Empire Band and other local artists. She is currently writing material for her first album.
Leah Suarez
Leah Suarez
Leah Suárez is a musician and arts entrepreneur whose primary instrument is her velvet rich voice. She’s a multilingual singer, valve trombonist, composer and bandleader blazing her own cool alloy genre that’s jazz tempered with a range of other roots traditions.

A loving daughter of Charleston, South Carolina, Leah’s sound reflects the complexity of her storied hometown and her very own identity. The authority, warmth and expressive tenderness in her singing derive from the myriad of treasured places, people and personal experiences which she courageously explores and humbly honours. Her songbook repertoire and vocal interpretations are a genre-straddling alchemical mix.

Leah was exposed to music early on and began her dedication to formal training at the age of 10 in middle school band. As a euphonium player, she performed in a variety of ensembles and earned top-tier accolades. Her love developed while spending summers at Brevard Music Center and continued her study at George Mason University. When illness forced her to set her horn aside, Leah found her voice.

She went on to earn her undergraduate degree in music performance with an emphasis in jazz studies from the College of Charleston, and has pursued continuing study with master instrumentalists and vocalists at home and abroad. Over a decade of professional experience includes years of performing and producing in a variety of settings – as a bandleader for her own ensembles and years as featured and resident vocalist for the Holy City’s resident big band.

She has recently returned to the land and culture of her familial roots for inspiration: Mexico. Radiant by nature, Leah aptly appropriated a portion of her namesake for her arts production company: De La Luz, LLC. Meaning “of the light,” De La Luz is indeed “where light meets life.” De La Luz produces music, arts and culturally significant endeavors, building on the experience she procured as co-founder and executive director of Jazz Artists of Charleston and co- producer of the Charleston Jazz Orchestra.

Charleston Magazine, which listed her in 2007 as as one of Charleston’s “Women Who Rock,” in 2015, featured her among the city’s top “40 Movers & Shapers” (1975-2015), an honour she shared with the late Jack McCray, her mentor and partner in founding JAC, a non-profit dedicated to preserving, presenting and advocating for jazz in one of America’s most important cradles of the genre.

Leah is a fiercely passionate individual artist inspired by collaborative energy. Whether performing as a duo or in a big band, straight ahead jazz or a mix of bossa nova, bolero and original compositions, her luminous voice delivers a sincere message with sheer radiance. In 2007 upon returning from a catalytic stint in Copenhagen, Denmark, she released her debut EP, Found Freedom. She is currently in production for her first full length album. As tenacious as she is about honouring and preserving what has come before, and fostering the creativity of now, Leah is most brilliantly lit by her profound love for performing and bringing people together through the power of music.
Lindsay Holler
Lindsay Holler
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.
Venue Information:
Charleston Music Hall
37 John Street
Charleston, South Carolina, 29403