Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014 Music archiva[tion]

A year in review. The music of 2014.

January 16
Don Williams at the Charleston Music Hall
Just my dad and I, out on the town. Dinner at Coast.

January 17
Shovels & Rope at the Charleston Music Hall. Shakey Graves opened for them, and he was awesome as well. A one-man band who sings, plays the guitar and harmonica, and the tambourine and bass drum (one with each foot).
Brian and I went to The Rarebit and celebrated Restaurant Week. We were front row/center of the balcony.

February 1
Groundhog Day Benefit Concert at the Charleston Music Hall
Brian and I had dinner and drinks at The Royal American. We had Row 1/Center Aisle seats (VIP), and each got two complimentary cocktails. This was a benefit concert for the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, celebrating their 30th year. The musical acts included 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. The “house band” provided 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.

February 23
Iron & Wine at the Charleston Music Hall

What an amazing night it was! The Secret Sisters, a sibling duo from Muscle Shoals, AL (seriously, is something in the water there?), who harmonized and hearkened back to days of old through their storytelling, songwriting, and love of classic country that had you crying in your beer. They were fabulous! And I'd love to have a photo to commemorate the night, but since we were front row (!), and it was such an intimate lovely crowd, I felt weird holding my phone up to snap a shot! I've decided to let my words do the talking... so, as I mentioned, we were front row! Although at the Charleston Music Hall, that actually means there was a row in front of us (yes, I've probably discussed this before, since it irritates me to no end)... they actually put a row of folding chairs in front of the fixed seating, that to my knowledge isn't available for purchase, but rather VIP seating. I've now sat in Row 1 many times, and always had someone in front of me. I digress. Back to the show! So, Sam walks out in gray pants, a white button down shirt, and a gray pullover sweater (see how we are on a first-name basis?). His beard is fluffy. It's he, a mic, and 2 acoustic guitars. He starts the evening with a Chaaa-lston, and a reference to South Cackalacky... letting the audience know that he's home, and familiar with the lingo. He opens the floor to requests, and the rest of the evening goes like that... with him throwing in a few here and there that he's eager to share, one of which is late in the show, and my new personal fave... Dirty Dreams, which mentions Charleston in the opening line. The encore brought the Secret Sisters back out on stage to sing a cover of a Postal Service song called Such Great Heights.

March 24
Jason Isbell at the Charleston Music Hall

What an amazing rock n' roll show this was. Jason never disappoints! From the first song to the last, no one sat down. We stood and danced and swayed the whole time, and we were on the third row. I do believe that he played the entire Southeastern album, as well as about half of Here We Rest, including Alabama Pines, Codeine, Heart on a String, and Tour of Duty. There were also favorites like Goddamn Lonely Love, Decoration Day, and Outfit. The encore started with Super 8 and finished with a rip-roaring rendition of The Rolling Stones' Can't You Hear Me Knocking. An unbelievable, high-energy show, that left me eager for the next time he will come to town. 

April 27
Gillian Welch (with Dave Rawlings) at the Charleston Music Hall

Such an amazing show! We were third row! 

May 11
Conor Oberst and Dawes at the Charleston Music Hall

Third row again!

June 4
Lucinda Williams at the TD Arena, College of Charleston (Spoleto)

We were 4th row for this one, and great seats on the floor. Our first show at the basketball arena, and the acoustics were better than I anticipated. We started the evening with dinner at a new restaurant in our neighborhood called Leon's Oyster Shop - Oysters and Poultry. It's an old car repair shop, turned awesome eatery. We sat at the community table, and had 1/2 a dozen oysters on the half shell, as well as 1/2 a dozen char-grilled, followed by a fried chicken sandwich, with Abita beer on tap. Felt like a very New Orleans evening with the beer/oysters/and entertainment! Also, had drinks afterwards at Edmund's Oast, and got to know the Lee Brothers, who were sitting next to us!

September 16
Keb'mo at the Peace Center

October 17
John Prine & Jason Isbell at the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium

October 26
MilkCartonKids/SarahJarosz at the Charleston Music Hall
Chris Robinson Brotherhood at the Pour House

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