Welcome to the Charleston Music Hall Blog. My name is Charles Carmody, and I am the director of the Charleston Music Hall. I started back in July 2012, and I have loved every minute of helping breathe life into the Music Hall. I get to wear many hats at the Music Hall doing everything from booking shows, to marketing and graphic design, to managing our wonderful ushers, bar, and box office, to helping with lights, sound, and tech, to maintenance, and yes, even bathroom cleaning. Even though the days can get very long, I feel incredibly lucky to be working at one of the best venues in my favorite city on earth, Charleston.
We have had an incredible year thus far at the Music Hall. The Charleston Jazz Orchestra, our resident big band jazz group, helped kick off the year with a tribute to John Coltrane and will be performing five more shows in the Hall this year. The great Jeff Mangum graced our stage playing to a sold out crowd. We kicked off the Charleston Music Hall Local Series with The Holy City Pop Show: Explorers Club, Slow Runner, and Luke Cunningham. We kicked off our bluegrass series, Grass in the Hall, with Town Mountain, Cumberland River, and The Barefoot Movement. We kicked off our dance series with an Argentinian Tango Troupe. We hosted SEWE this year and got to play with penguins, foxes, and eagles. Shovels & Rope played a homecoming show to a sold out theatre. Sol Driven Train got down with their CD release party. Elise Testone played to a sold out crowd for a very special Valentine’s Day show. Crowfield also played their final show ever in the Hall. Whew! It is hard to believe it is only March.
We also have some amazing events on the horizon. Our Local Music Series, Grass in the Hall series, and Dance Series, are all gearing up for subsequent shows. We are kicking off our Live at the Charleston Music Hall Series, a live filmed for TV show, (think Austin City Limits meets Inside the Actors Studio). Sam Bush and Edwin McCain will kick off the show March 30th. The amazingly funny comedian, Bill Burr, will be throwing down some jokes on April 11th. DIG SOUTH, Charleston’s premier tech conference, will be holding sideshows in the Music Hall, Danger Muffin, Lee Fields, and more April 12th and 13th. We are also hosting one of the best Celtic bands in the county, Solas on May 10th, and the list goes on and on.
With all this action going on at the Hall, we wanted to make a way for you to join in on the action and keep up with the fun. We are going to be using this blog to post pictures and write ups about each show, so that you can follow along with the crazy great things that are going on at the Hall these days. I hope you enjoy following along, and I hope to see you in the Music Hall sooner than later.
Director, Charleston Music Hall