March 30, 2013
Nothing feels quite as rewarding as that moment when events from all directions crash and culminate in one moment. When divergent thinking patterns break linear trends and a multitude of stakeholders can all be satisfied within the greater accomplishments of the group product, something bigger than the sum of the parts is created. An experience such as this happened at the Charleston Music Hall on March 30th when the ideas of Charles Carmody (director of the Music Hall), Mike Bryan (guitar player in Hootie and the Blowfish), and promoter Rob Lamble crashed together to synthesize into an unforgettable evening of music and filming. With help from Trident Tech and College of Charleston Students for the filming process, the finished product is to play on network television. Cranes, scaffolds, and tripod lights were set up throughout the theater to get shots from all angles, both of the performers and of the audience members. Great ideas blooming into great products cannot be successful however without great patrons to consume the finished labors of love.
Our hope at the Charleston Music Hall is that when people come to events that they feel that they are part of something larger. Community is the backbone of a successful music hall, because without connection to the local scale it is hard to reach those that will ultimately benefit the most from the arts inside the theater. Each event is a long process, starting months before the artists actually get to do what they do on stage, but none of it matters if people do not come to enjoy. Live at the Charleston Music Hall starring Edwin McCain and Sam Bush is one event in which this was all the more prevalent because without audience participation the Austin City Limits style performance would have fallen flat. Without the excitement that the crowd on Saturday night brought the two episodes produced from the concert would have looked unentertaining, which they were far from. I saw people singing along, yelling their admiration at Edwin McCain and Sam Bush, and dancing in the aisles. When the finished product is cut, after editing and post-production polishes are placed on the film, what I think will really shine through is that people that came to the event had a great time. Not to mention Bush and McCain played two of the most solid live performances I have ever seen.
– Bennett Jones, CMH Intern