Grass in Hall series brings concerts to Music Hall

  • Tuesday, June 4, 2013


Awendaw Green announced the second Grass in the Hall concert series taking place June 7 at the Charleston Music Hall. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the concert will begin at 7:30 with performances by The Black Iron Gathering, The Bushels and Nu Blu.

Advanced tickets went on sale April 30 for $15 at Etix.com or they can be purchased at the door for $20.

This event will support the Lowcountry Biodiversity Foundation and its mission to promote educational and scientific activities that support the value, awareness and conservation of the Lowcountry’s rich biological and ecological resources.

For more information, please visit the Lowcountry Biodiversity Foundation website.

The Black Iron Gathering is a band categorized under the “Bluegrass/Punk/ Party Grass or Stomp-Grass” genre. The unit consists of singer-songwriter, guitarist, kazoo player and mandolin player Billy Ray; singer-songwriter, guitarist Charles Funk; singer-songwriter and banjo player Charlie McClinden; upright bassist and vocalist Bill Stevens; fiddle player Kristen Harris; and accordion player Tim McManus.

The Black Iron Gathering writes high-energy bluegrass style power anthems, catchy ballads and thick instrumental grooves that pulse for live show dancing and contagious sing-along.

The Bushels are celebrating their third album, self-titled, “THE BUSHELS.” Recorded at Mantis Studios over the course of the winter of 2012, the sound is a natural evolvement from their past recordings.

“We’ve added lots of musical color to this record; drums, piano, organ, pedal steel, violin and some great backing vocals. There are some new tunes and some older tunes reworked for this bigger band. All of those influences are in the mix. We are looking forward to getting it out there and having it heard,” said mandolin-playing singer Mal Jones in a news release.

“We get tagged as a bluegrass band due to the instruments, but we’re really an acoustic rock band with lots of dynamics…and that lets us go into different areas.” Performances can be viewed online at YouTube.com.

Bluegrass band, Nu-Blu has worked hard to develop a group that would give the listener a diverse experience. By mixing their original songs along with traditional material and even incorporating songs from other genres, they have created a unique and driving blend of music that has crossed various genres.

They have appeared on the Americana Music Chart, the International Americana Music Chart, numerous songs and albums on a variety of bluegrass music charts, plus received the Carolina Music Award as Country Band of the Year. Nu-Blu was founded by husband and wife team, Carolyn and Daniel Routh.

Carolyn, on bass, provides her trademark lead vocals with impressive clarity and vocal range and Daniel, on guitar, brings his songwriting and vocal talents to the group.

The two young guns, Levi Austin (banjo and vocals) and Austin Koener (mandolin) fill out the ranks providing the band with a solid and talented backbone. Watch their music video of their hit single, “Other Woman’s Blues,” on YouTube.

Two more Grass in the Hall concerts at the Charleston Music Hall have been announced, including the July 12 show with Underhill Rose, The Barefoot Movement and Flatt City. On Sept. 13, the series welcomes S.C. Broadcasters, Angel Snow, with another artist soon to be announced.

Doors open at 7 p.m. and the shows begin at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

For more information on the Grass in the Hall concert, please visit the Charleston Music Hall on Facebook.

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