The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art and The Charleston Music Hall Team Up to Celebrate Groundhog Day


February 1, 2014, at the Charleston Music Hall

CHARLESTON, SC: The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, in collaboration with the Charleston Music Hall, will present an intimate evening of music featuring Charleston’s finest locally and nationally recognized musical acts on Groundhog Day. This unique gathering of musicians will be on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014 at 7PM (doors open at 6PM) at the Charleston Music Hall, located at 37 John Street in downtown Charleston, SC 29403. Tickets go on sale November 8 at 10AM. Ticket prices range from $15 for students with a valid ID to $50 for VIP. Ticket sales benefit the Halsey Institute’s programming and are available at the Charleston Music Hall’s box office (37 John Street, 843.853.2252), online at, and by phone at 1-800-514-3849.


The Groundhog Day Concert will feature music by The Opposite of a Train (Bill Carson, Nathan Koci, and Ron Wiltrout) with special guests Kevin Hamilton, Charlton Singleton, Wilton Elder, Clint Fore and John Cobb. This “house band” will provide accompaniment to the evening’s invited guest artists including award-winning duo Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent, Lindsay Holler, Stephanie Underhill, Joel Hamilton, Rachel Kate, and Michael Flynn.

The evening’s musical director Bill Carson says, “This concert is a way for the local music community to show its support for the fantastic contemporary arts programming that the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art provides year-round, and year after year. The Halsey often collaborates with musicians, actors, filmmakers, architects, designers, and others to create its unique multi-disciplinary offerings. The participating musicians all want to shine the spotlight on the Halsey Institute in gratitude for their dynamic and inspirational role in this community.”

The evening will begin with the premier of a micro-documentary about the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art produced by local media creatives Lunch + Recess.

“Groundhog Day is an underappreciated and much overlooked holiday,“ says Halsey Institute Director Mark Sloan, with a chuckle. “The Halsey Institute would like to draw attention by celebrating our 30th Anniversary and Groundhog Day with a special, intimate evening of music. This concert will be a rare opportunity to experience an exceptional collection of musical talent sharing one stage in a single evening.”

On the day of the event, the doors will open at 6PM. Tickets are $15 for students, $20 for the Gallery section, $30 for Orchestra, and $50 for limited VIP tickets. Student tickets include any age student and seating is only in the Gallery. VIP tickets include premium seating, a hand-printed poster, 2 drink tickets, and an invitation to an on-stage after party. The after party will include drinks from Sapporo beer and a wine sponsor. Tickets may be purchased at the Charleston Music Hall box office and through ETIX. Tickets will go on sale at 10am on Friday, November 8, 2013.


The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston School of the Arts provides a multidisciplinary laboratory for the production, presentation, interpretation, and dissemination of ideas by innovative visual artists from around the world. As a non-collecting museum, we create meaningful interactions between adventurous artists and diverse communities within a context that emphasizes the historical, social, and cultural importance of the art of our time.

Location: The Marion and Wayland H. Cato Jr. Center for the Arts
161 Calhoun Street, 1st Floor (on the corner of St. Philip & Calhoun Streets), Charleston, SC, 29401 Parking: Available in the St. Philip and George Street Garages
Gallery hours: Monday – Saturday, 11am – 4pm (Open until 7pm on Thursdays) during exhibitions, or by appointment. FREE and OPEN to the public
Tours: Guided group tours are offered through the Halsey Institute’s Looking to See program. Contact Lizz Biswell at for inquiries.
Sponsorship: Become a Halsey Institute Community Partner today! Contact Emily Rigsby at for more information.
For more information: Contact the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art by calling (843) 953-HICA (4422) or visiting