Ranky Tanky  - Gullah music

Music of So. Carolina/Georgia coastal islands

Sat, Mar 10, 2018 - 7:30 pm

"Gullah" comes from West African language and means "a people blessed by God."  "Ranky Tanky" translates loosely as "Work It," or "Get Funky!"  In this spirit, the Charleston, SC based quintet performs timeless music of Gullah culture born in the southeastern Sea Island region of the United States.  From playful songs to ecstatic shouts, from heartbreaking spirituals to delicate lullabies, the musical roots of Charleston SC are "rank" and fertile ground from which these artists are grateful to have grown.  The soulful songs of the Gullah culture are large doses of jazz, gospel, funk and R&B.  Working as an in-demand jazz group on the Charleston scene in the late 1990s before splitting off to each make their way as freelance musicians, they each gained years of valuable experience while developing a deeper appreciation for the South Carolina Gullah tradition from which they came. The band reformed with the dynamic vocalist Quiana Parler to celebrate the bone-deep mix of spituals and gutbucket blues that mark the low country mainland and Sea Islands - music made by a self-contained culture of descendants of enslaved Africans that introduced such indelible parts of the American songbook as "Kum Bah Yah" and "Michael Rowed the Boat Ashore." A night of incredible music that will move you - body and soul!

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Pokey LaFarge

Acoustic-rooted Midwest swing!

Sat, Apr 14, 2018 - 7:30 pm

Pokey LaFarge is a musician, songwriter, bandleader, entertainer, innovator and preservationist, whose arsenal of talents has placed him at the forefront of American music. Over the last decade, Pokey has won the hearts of music lovers across the globe with his creative mix of early jazz, string ragtime, country blues and western swing. Pokey’s music transcends the confines of genre, continually challenging the notion that tradition-bearers fail to push musical boundaries. Rather than merely conjuring up half-forgotten imagery of days past, Pokey is a lyrical storyteller, the plot delivered smoothly through his dynamic vocals. Both on stage and off, his effortless wit never fails to charm audiences, giving way to a live music experience that manages to be grandiose and unassuming all at once. Born in the heartland of America and based in St. Louis, Missouri, Pokey’s Midwestern charisma welcomes his audiences with open arms. Pokey LaFarge is on a mission, encouraging fans worldwide to think differently about what it means to celebrate musical traditions. Simply put, Pokey explains, “It’s not retro music. It’s American music that never died.” An amazing and fun finale to our season!

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Adult: $ 35
Student: $ 15
Fees: $5 Per Order

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