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Cool Summer Evenings at Brookgreen Gardens

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Welcome Charleston’s Shem Creek Boogie Band Friday July 29 with boat rides offered  at 5, 6, & 7 pm.
Come for dinner and stay for the show when the gardens stay open late. The Zoo with Nature Connects Art with LEGO Bricks®exhibit and Enchanted Storybook Forest are open until 8 pm.

Jay Parr and King Strait Band

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Jay Parr who grew up in Ponder Texas is the REAL DEAL. In country music he stands out with his powerful voice and heartfelt delivery.  There is no mistaking when Jay Parr steps on stage he is there to connect with his audience.

His fan base and following is steadily growing not only because of his outstanding performances but also in part because he takes the time to personally talk with each and every one who spends their hard earned money to come to his shows.

His brand is unique yet familiar. Many people refer to Jay Parr as the “Next George Strait” because of his resemblance both physically and vocally.  His shows include many of Mr. Strait’s hits.  As Jay often tells people, there is a lot of George, but also a little Toby, Merle, Garth, and others mixed in.

Jay Parr has earned a reputation for being a prolific songwriter, a rare combination for an entertainer, leaving his audience hungry for more as these songs resonate in a personal and emotional way. For these reasons, they keep coming back time and time again.

Jay Parr and his band are the perfect fit for any music event or venue. His management team is currently working on a tour in the major cities across the country.

 

Let us know when you would like to schedule the Jay Parr Band for your event. Complete the form below and we will contact you to discuss details.

Carolina Musician Jeff Edwards in Concert

Carolina musician Jeff Edwards will be the guest musical artist June 19, 2-4 p.m., in Spartanburg, SC, at Chapman Cultural Center’s weekly Sundays Unplugged program. As a singer, songwriter, and guitarist Edwards’s music reflects the beauty and complexities of life with a laid-back and ballad-like feel. As a developing artist, Edwards was greatly influenced by the music of Simon and Garfunkel, Pink Floyd, Pearl Jam, and Stone Temple Pilots. In recent months, he has performed at Smileys Acoustic Café, Barley’s Taproom, The Twisted Pear, Ike’s Korner Grill, Stomping Grounds Coffee, downtown Forest City, and downtown Rutherfordton. He is currently working on an album. To sample his music, please visit online:JeffEdwardsMusic.ReverbNation.com.

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In addition to Edwards’s free concert, Sundays Unplugged will feature free admission to Spartanburg Art Museum, Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg Gallery, and Spartanburg Regional History Museum. Very often, local artists set up booths in Chapman’s plaza to sell their work directly to the public. Sundays Unplugged, 1-5 p.m., is a longstanding program that provides the public with a no-stress and no-cost opportunity to experience local art and culture. For more information, please call 864.542.ARTS.Edwards 2

R and B Musician Performs in Spartanburg, SC

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Rhythm and blues musician Travis Smith will be the guest artist at Chapman Cultural Center June 12, 2-4 p.m., presenting a free concert as part of the venue’s weekly Sundays Unplugged program.

Smith has been featured on TV’s Your Carolina morning show and taken to the stage throughout South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia, including at Fall for Greenville, Bele Chere (Ashville, NC), and The Cherry Blossom Festival (Macon, GA). Growing up in Woodruff, he was introduced to music at 3 years old, inspired by Stevie Wonder and other Motown artists. By the time he was 6 years old, he was playing piano and singing at his church. In school, he became a drum major for the Woodruff High School Marching Cadets, winning three trophies of Best Drum Major. His velvety voice won him an award for Best Male Vocalist at the L. Water’s Talent Show in 2005. He was the opener for six-time Stellar Award-winner and Grammy Award Winner gospel recording artist Vashawn at Spring Fling 2013. In college, he was cast in plays and performed with choral groups. Smith’s first album Childhood was released in 2009, and his latest release, Thinking of You, was released 2013. He is currently working on his Self-Tilted album, expected to be released later this year.

To sample his music, please visit TheTravisSmithProject.com.

 

Abbey Elmore Band to Play Free Concert in Spartanburg, SC

Abbey Elmore BandThe Abbey Elmore Band, a popular pop/rock band of Spartanburg, will be the musical guest at Chapman Cultural Center Sunday, June 5, for the venue’s weekly Sundays Unplugged event. This free live concert will start at 2 p.m. and end at 4 p.m.

Fronted by Abbey Elmore, the band strives to deliver a memorable experience, from live shows to listening on your iPhone. The band and its original music are a cross between modern day pop and old school rock ‘n’ roll, producing a very unique alternative sound. Its members are Elmore, Tyler Tullis, Nick Wells, and Donnie Elmore. To sample the band’s music, please visit online: ReverbNation.com/TheAbbeyElmoreBand.

Every Sunday afternoon, 1-5 p.m., Chapman Cultural Center hosts Sundays Unplugged, an event where patrons can enjoy local arts and culture in a no-stress and no-cost environment. In addition to the free concert, Spartanburg Art Museum, Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg Gallery, and The John F. Green Spartanburg Science Center are all open.

South Carolina singer/songwriter Jeremy Willis in concert

Spartanburg, SC, singer/songwriter Jeremy Willis will be in concert at Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg Sunday, May 29, 2-4 p.m. as part of the venue’s weekly Sundays Unplugged program. The public is invited to enjoy the live music at no cost.

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Willis started his music career in church performing at the age of 8. By 15, he had performed on the stage at the Carolina Opry. As a teenager, he was a self-proclaimed band geek. After graduating high school, Willis enlisted in the Navy, where he was in the Triple Threat Company and director of the Naval Band. Since then, he has continued to write his own music and perform publicly. His more recent accomplishments include performances at many local restaurants, entertainment venues, and television shows. He has played at Chapman many times. His music is often said to resemble that of James Taylor, Rob Thomas, Matchbox Twenty, and Chris Cornell. For details about Willis and to sample his music, please visit ReverbNation.com/JeremyWillis.

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Tony Lo Bianco

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Tony is well remembered for the Academy Award winning “The French Connection.”
Also, he starred in the cult classic movie, “The Honeymoon Killers.”
He won an Emmy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Fiorello La Guardia
in “Hizzoner.” He received the Obie Award for Best Actor for his performance in
“Yanks Three, Detroit Nothing and Top of the Seventh.”

He also received a Tony nomination and won the Outer Critics Circle Award
for his starring role in “A View from the Bridge” on Broadway.

His numerous television appearances include “Law and Order,” “Marciano,”
and “The Last Tenant” with Lee Strassberg.

He is proud of his involvement with the National Italian-American Foundation,
the Sons of Italy in American, the USO, Wounded Warriors
and many other charitable organizations.

“LaGuardia,” his one-man show, was a recent smash hit in New York.
Critics, politicians and family raved.
“LaGuardia” takes place in 1945 on the last day of Fiorello H. LaGuardia’s third
term as mayor of New York City. With colorful language and emotional integrity
Mayor LaGuardia relates his rise to power and his successful fight against Tammany
Hall and political corruption in New York City.


					

Earl Willliams

Earl Williams plays tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, flute, harmonica, banjo, and vocals.

Composer, arranger, and master showman, when Earl performs he sings and tells jokes. He readily admits he survived the music business all these years because of his decision to become an entertainer, not just a musician. “Entertainment is the way to make good business out of music.”

Williams makes it his business to surround himself with musicians who can “do it all”: jazz, rhythm & blues, dance tunes – whatever it takes to captivate a crowd. His four piece band consists of keyboard & vocals, bass, and drums – featuring Earl on saxophone.

Earl has played with many internationally famous people including Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Isaac Hayes, and Chubby Checker. He was band leader for Jerry Farber, a great comedian from Atlanta. Earl toured with The Commodores from 1976 – 1980. He started playing at the Crow’s Nest at the old Hilton Head Inn in 1987. He also played at the Mockingbird Lounge, at the Marriott, and the Blue Nite Café. In the early 90’s Earl spent most of the time out to sea performing three shows a week aboard a luxury cruise ship as a featured entertainment. Today Earl performs regularly in Hilton Head, South Carolina, at Ruby Lees, The Jazz Corner, and at festivals, private events, and weddings.

Let us know when you would like to schedule Earl for your event. Complete the form below, and we will contact you to discuss details.

Jason Michaels

THE CARDSHARK AWAITS…     

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“A great evening of entertainment, education, and mystification.”

-Robert Stone, Audience Member

WHAT IS THE CARDSHARK?

The CardShark is a live, interactive, sleight-of-hand show. Venture into the world of The CardShark and you will dive deeply into the arts of deception.  You won’t believe your eyes as The CardShark…

  • Demonstrates how sleight of hand amazes and deceives
  • Exposes how con artists fleece unsuspecting victims
  • Pulls the curtain back on the ways fortune tellers weave their hypnotic spell
  • And teaches a lesson on why you shouldn’t play cards with strangers

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to partner with an expert card cheat, to peer into the future, or to control the outcome of your own destiny, you’ll never forget the experiences you have with The CardShark.

“FANTASTIC show with something for everyone.”

-Nelson Griswold, Bottom Line Solutions – Client

WHO IS THE CARDSHARK?

The CardShark is a charismatic, mysterious, and debonair figure who is a master of sleight of hand.  He uses his two hands, ten fingers, cleverness, and a deck of playing cards to entertain and educate his audiences about the devious practices of the con man, the charlatan, and the cheat.

When you spend time with The CardShark you’ll experience the seedy underbelly of a sometimes dangerous world in a safe and wickedly funny way.

Sophisticated.  Fascinating.  Disarming.  Intense.  Sexy.

How will you describe your time spent with The CardShark?

 

“MUST. SEE. SHOW.”

-John Pyka, Producer

WHEN THE CARDSHARK?

Are You Ready to Experience The CardShark?

The CardShark Show is best experienced in a formal setting with guest’s full attention.

For groups holding an event in an informal setting where guests will be mingling, The CardShark Atmospheric Entertainment is the best way to enjoy The CardShark.

For audiences who crave a completely unique experience, The CardShark delivers in spades.

“I highly recommend this show to anyone!”

-Jacob Lindsey, Audience Member

 

 

Which CardShark Service Best Fits Your Group?

CardShark, The Show – A one-of-a-kind, interactive performance that dives deep into the arts of amazement and deception. Perfect for intimate groups that want to experience the shadowy world of scammers, gangsters, and card cheats in a safe and wickedly funny way.

Recommended For: Groups up to 52 people, parlour/reception room setting, up to 60 minutes, interactive.
Private VIP Appearances – When Jason Michaels makes an appearance at your event, expect the room to be filled with amazement, laughter, and awe. A master at weaving stories with expert at sleight of hand, The CardShark will give your guests stories to tell for the rest of their lives!

Recommended For: Unconventional Groups, receptions/hospitality settings/trade shows, private poker room, or other intimate setting based on your needs.
An Evening with The CardShark – Designed for large groups. Experience a unique evening of interactive mysteries and hilarious, true stories of con artists, fortune tellers, and underhanded magicians.
Recommended For: Large groups up to 500 people and more, ballroom/mainstage setting, 30-45 minutes, interactive, story based humor, Q&A.

Corporate Casino Night – Special Attraction – While Blackjack and Poker tables are commonplace at such events, this night has a reserved corner that no has ever seen before. The CardShark holds court – giving guests the opportunity to be swindled, conned, and flat out lied to – all in the spirit of grabbing a glimpse into a part of history that is unsavory, tempting, and seductively attractive.
Recommended For: Fundraisers, corporate and association events, and other gatherings that feature a casino night. Standing room for up to 30 guests at a time with a rotation cycle of about 7-10 minutes.

Cigars, Cognac, and Cons – An Evening of Deception – Premium cigars, V.S.O.P, and a cast of con artists await your group in this fully themed event. Your guests will meet and interact with an expert of the 3-Card Monte, a gypsy fortune teller, and other professional deceivers. The night will be topped off with a stage performance by The CardShark that promises to impress and intrigue even the most discriminating guest.

Recommended For: Private affairs for guests who have seen it all and are secretly waiting for something that will truly surprise and inspire. Group size between 10 and 100 will all be engaged at the highest level.

Jason customizes his skills for every appearance, which includes VIP groups, main stage entertainment, keynote presentations, meet-and-greets, and atmospheric entertainment.

Rickey Godfrey

 

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Godfrey, who has been blind since birth, began studying classical piano and voice at an early age. He had his first guitar by the time he was 13. Performing throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe, he has worked with artists such as Rufus Thomas, Sam Moore, Billy Preston and Junior Walker. He has been nominated by the Music City Blues Society for both Guitarist and Keyboard Player of the Year.  Rickey played the Montreal Jazz Festival with the Chocolate Thunder band. The versatile vocalist and musician is well known throughout the Nashville clubs as well as in the Carolinas.

Get You Some Nasty!

The blues recording from Nashville artist Rickey Godfrey is nasty, so get down with it and have some fun! Nasty Man (Oct. 9, 2010/Serenity Hill) is a powerhouse of a record – solidly blues-driven with jazz and funk influences that give it an edge and a sound unique to the uber-talented musician.

The 12-track recording showcases Godfrey’s skills on both Telecaster and keys. According to Godfrey, who also produced the album, he intentionally kept the instrumentation sparse.

“I didn’t want an over-produced, over-polished result,” he said. “This is a blues album, and I wanted a raw sound. I love the spontaneous stuff that happened in the studio, like Don Wise’s sax riff on “Let’s Get Busy.”

It’s obvious that the lyrics were just as important to this singer/songwriter. Godfrey wrote or co-wrote ten of the album tracks. “I Want Me a Nasty Woman,” the opening tune, is an unabashed appeal to women everywhere to embrace their inner nasty selves. With its cleverly written lyrics, guitar work and vocals that come from the gut, “Nasty Woman” sets the tone for Nasty Man. Co-written with Richard Fleming, it’s already proving to be one of the album’s most popular during live performances.

Other notable tunes include “Don’t Argue In the Kitchen,” a humorous tale that proves jealousy and kitchen utensils are a recipe for disaster and “Don’t Get Your Money Where You Get Your Honey,” sharply crafted advice sure to be ignored, despite the drone keyboard warning us to beware – and behave. Slowing down the pace and the mood is “Johnny Jones,” Godfrey’s tribute to his friend and Jimi Hendrix’ mentor who died in 2009.

The only songs not written or co-written by Godfrey are “Allergic To Mink” by Gary Erwin, aka Shrimp City Slim, and “When You’re Cool (the Sun Shines All the Time),” penned by Gary Nicholson, Hank DeVito and Kevin Welch.