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 pmCharleston Music Hall
$15 - Advance | $17 - Day of Show | $50 – 4 Show Subscription Package
*you must select your seat and purchase a ticket to each show using the Ticket Type "Four Show Package" in order to receive package discount*
Dinner & Show option available for an additional $32
Call for reservations after purchasing Dinner & Show option
Dinner at Vincent Chicco's - (843) 203-3002
Dinner at Virginia's on King - (843) 735-5800
Tickets can also be purchased at Music Hall Box Office:
37 John Street (843) 853-2252 | Monday - Friday (10 am - 3 pm)
Ticketfly Hotline: (877) 987-6487 | Everyday (10 am - 9 pm)https://www.charlestonmusichall.com/event/1597371/
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!
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.
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.
Well prepared for a successful launch into a career in music; Christian graduated from Winthrop University and formed a band with some college friends called The Pearls and Funk Band. They performed together successfully for years at several venues in the Charlotte, NC area receiving notable exposure. Shortly after relocating back to Charleston, SC she became the lead vocalist of The New Image Band.
In 2013, she further solidified her profession by beginning her solo career and forming the band Black Diamond and Company, an eclectic funk and soul band. She had her first two breakout shows "Shine Bright Like a Diamond" Part I and II which were successful and set the stage for her as a career artist. Christian is often called upon by local bands, The Secrets and Darrell Ravenel and Friends, who require her powerful voice to lead the charge in bringing the best to their audience. Her impressive talent has rewarded her with many opportunities to include opening for such major recording artists to include The Average White Band, RnB sensation Tank, Tim Bowman and K Michelle.
Christian has consistently delivered crowd-moving performances and is in high-demand in the Charleston area with a career that continues to thrive in a vast market.
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.
Charleston Music Hall
37 John Street
Charleston, South Carolina, 29403