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3rd Annual Rusty Cole Birthday Celebration/ Jef Jel Project Benefit

Next Sunday, The Pour House is hosting a very charitable birthday celebration. Starting at 4 PM, this well-known concert venue is throwing open its doors to the public with an oyster roast on the deck and music from Reckoning (full band), The Key of Q, Josh Phillips, James Justin Burke, Old You and Wadata. All proceeds are to be donated to the Jef Jel Project, a charity that focuses on meeting the needs of struggling Senegalese communities.

Over the years, the Jef Jel Project has provided the people of Ndangne, Senegal in western Africa, with financial and structural support for projects ranging from new toilets to a thriving chicken house that allows the residents of Ndangne to participate in the local trade markets. Through the Jef Jel Project’s efforts, the residents of Ndangne are able to create a stable, sustainable community that meets the basic needs of its people.

Sunday, February 19th, 4 PM until

$6 deck, $10 main stage


words: Callie Smith


Bring Your Canary: Nick Bailey of Nick and the Babes

For the very first musical Bring Your Canary, I’m talking to Nick Bailey, lead guitar and vocals for Nick and the Babes, an Americana-rock-and-roll band based out of Greenville, NC.

The big news: just released on November 21, 2011, My Favorite Gifts, a Christmas compilation cd released by Ramseur Records, features NATB alongside other NC darlings The Avett Brothers, Paleface, The Wood Brothers and more.  I picked up a copy at Monster Music and Movies–probably the first time I’ve been in a record store in five years.  Hey, buy local, be local, right?

It’s a fantastic cd, and as if giving Christmas music that’s actually good wasn’t enough, all profits from the sale of the album go to the Vickie Honeycutt Foundation, to help cancer victims.

Personal Note: Bailey is a long time friend of yours truly, and I am so proud to see his hard work paying off.  It is an honor to have been part of so much of it, if only as a fly on the wall.

When did you first pick up the guitar?

Age 12. My mom had an old acoustic lying around the house. She showed me a few chords. I was half interested in it. About a year later, I discovered MTV and the glamor that came with being in a band. At that point I knew I had to actually learn how to play the thing.

What was your favorite childhood toy?

A pillow case full of G.I. Joes. I was a typical boy in that sense. Graham (my twin brother) and I would play with them for hours on end.

Nick and the Babes: Rob Wank, Graham Bailey, Nick Bailey and Dail Reed

What’s your dream job?

A full time TV/Film composer. I’m lucky enough to actually do this in my spare time. I freelance for Influence Music Publishing based out of NC. Through IMP and other production companies I’ve had the fortune of working for some amazing projects.

Some of them being: 18 Kids and Counting (TLC), My Deadly Appetite (TLC), Crime 360 (A&E), Known Universe (Nat. Geo), Last American Cowboy (Animal Planet), Dad Camp (VH1), Lock Up (MSNBC), Pit Bulls and Parolees (Animal Planet), What’s Eating You (E!), Car Warriors (Speed), Searching For (Discovery), Chicago Trauma (A&E), Make Me Superhuman (Nat. Geo), Fact or Faked (SyFy), Newsweek.com, Police POV (Tru TV), Legend Quest (SyFy), Duke Children’s Hospital Promo Video, Duke Hospital Video featuring Jeff Foxworthy, Wrekless Mindz: New York Stand Up, Zookazoo.com, A Work in Progress (film), Intel & Lenovo, Breaking Down the Bars (OWN TV), In the Bedroom with Dr. Laura Berman (OWN TV)

Who was your most positive influence as a budding artist?


Bailey with mother Becky

I’d have to credit my parents as being the biggest positive artistic influence in my life. Bob and Becky Bailey have always supported and encouraged me to do what I love. Both are artists themselves and understand the importance of nuturing art in any form. My parents have never given me the ‘get a real job and quit this music dream’ that so many might hear. Without their support I would not be doing what I’m doing today.

What inspires you to create?

Good news inspires me to get creative. So many people say that oppression is the best artistic influence, but for me it’s the oposite. I heard yesterday from Scott Pearson (Influcence Music Publishing, owner) that I’d be working on season 6 of TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting” and for me that makes me want to write music. When Bob Crawford (Avett Brothers) called and asked Nick and the Babes to do a song for their Christmas album I immediately jumped on my guitar and began writing. A lot of the ‘Nick and the Babes’ material may seem sad, about failed relationships and fear of commitment…but I can only begin the writing process once I’ve gotten over it. It’s hard for me to reflect on a situation until I’m out of it. “Punch you in the face,” one of NATB’s biggest crowd pleasers is about a failed relationship, but it came out about a year after the end of it….probably on a day when I met someone new.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you run off to?

I just recently visited Nashville and sat in with a band on Broadway. It was an amazing experience. If I could find a nice cozy house in the mountains of Music City I’d be pretty happy. It’s filled with energy and amazing musicians. I’m pretty indecisive, so if you asked me this next week I might say a tropical paradise spot like St. Thomas.

Finish the sentence: When I run off to the circus, I will…

make sure that no one knows about it…because who really wants to be known as a circus act?

Thanks Nick!  Make sure you check out Nick and the Babes on My Favorite Things and ‘Like’ them on Facebook!


Jail Break 2 Preview & Call to Artists!

Check out this awesome ‘animated poster’ for the November 12 Jail Break 2: Artists Breaking Out, set to take place at the Old City Jail, 21 Magazine Street, in downtown Charleston.

Presented by Entropy Arts, this multi-disciplinary arts festival will go from 12 noon – 11 pm, with live music, dance, multimedia installation and visual artists and artisans of all kinds selling their wares.  This is a great opportunity to discover new emerging, local artists, and to stock your house or check off your holiday gift list with original artwork, while you enjoy great music, dance, food and drink!  Tickets are $12 in advance, and $15 at the door.


Visual Artist & Artisans Wanted: Jail Break 2: Artists Breaking Out
Saturday, November 12
Old City Jail, Downtown Charleston

An all encompassing arts and music festival established to provide an outlet for local artists to present their work, JAIL BREAK 2 will be held at one of the most unique venues in downtown Charleston where the jail will be converted into a gallery, displaying works by local visual artists and students from the ACBA as well as music and dance installations. Additionally, interactive festivities such as live painting, arts and crafts, and artisan booths will be held outside in the main yard of the former jail.

Visual Artist Registration Form: 20% commission payable to festival organizers to offset event costs

Artisan Registration Form: $75 fee and artisans will need to provide their own tables, tents and lighting. Upon submitting this form you will be asked to pay an entry fee of $75 for artisan booths

We are working hard to be able to accommodate every artisan but are limited by the amount of space available and are are working on a first come first serve basis.

If you have any special needs or additional questions please contact Sara Bennett at bennett.e.sara@gmail.com.

So, what IS a ‘Master Class’ anyway? MAGO master class tonight at Robert Lange Studios

Billy Martin of Medeski Martin & Wood

Tonight John Medeski and Billy Martin of the acclaimed Medeski Martin & Wood jazz funk band will break it down at Robert Lange Studios in their Master Class.  So, what is a master class exactly?

We’ve gotten a lot of phone calls today about exactly that.  What you can expect tonight is an intimate experience with two ridiculously talented musicians. Tickets are limited and almost sold out.  If you want one, visit our website and click on the PayPal link on the right.

It will be somewhat of an academic evening, in the best sense.  They will talk about their music, what inspires them, answer your questions, and more.  There will be a meet and greet with guests during the reception, which will follow immediately after…and there is always the possibility of an impromptu jam session!

You already know they are gifted musicians, but did you know Billy Martin is also a visual artist??  His work will be on display and for sale right at the event.  What is not to love about this?!

I hope you will join us for an evening with MAGO of Medeski Martin & Wood.


Swinging with the Charleston Jazz Orchestra

Dubbed “The House of Swing” for the night, Charleston Music Hall converted into a happenin’ jazz club that rivaled any from the popular big band era.  Saturday night was the popular Swing! Swing! Swing! performance from The Charleston Jazz Orchestra.   The sold out performance was full of energy as artistic director & conductor Charlton Singleton advised for the audience to fasten their seat beats as the first song starts off fast.   The evening delivered with energetic numbers that highlighted many of the greats from the big band era, such as selections from Duke Ellington and popular favorites like “Fever” and Henry Mancini’s “Moon River.”

words: Matt Mill

Visit www.thejac.org for more information and tickets

Charleston Poetry All Stars at Aster Hall tomorrow!

Aster Hall will be closing its doors and they are having one final blowout event, chock full of art, music, poetry, great discounts and good people.

Poetry by Marcus Amaker, Brit Washburn, Jack Tracey, Bryan Penberthy and Joey Tucker.  Music by The Generations.  Video art by Justin Nathanson.  Sale on the amazing work at Aster Hall.  7 – 9 pm.  481 King Street.

Check out this video by Art Mag’s publisher Olivia Pool from Jack Tracey’s reading at Hagan Fine Art last week!

CSO is already getting back in the swing

I was worried about the lack of events this week, but never fear.  The Charleston Symphony Orchestra will have a Holiday Strings and Brass Performance this Wednesday.  Holiday music will be played by string and brass quartets.  What better way to get a little break from the holiday madness than to enjoy festive music and support our extremely talented Charleston Symphony Orchestra!

Wednesday December 22, 2010, 7 – 8:30 pm.  Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street, downtown Charleston.  Tickets $15 adults, $10 children.