Live music, Spanish guitar and comedy — experience it all in the 125-seat Black Box Theater at ARTworks, 2127 Boundary Street, Beaufort 29902. Fridays from 8-11 p.m., $10 cover, beverages available. Brought to you by Strings-n-Things and ARTworks, the coolest arts council in the Carolinas.
September 9: Pop, R&B, Blues and more from Malia Kaneshige & Generation Gap
Malia is the vocal teen wonder who won the 2010 Beaufort’s Best Hidden Talent competition, triumphing over 30 acts, all older than she. She and Generation Gap joined forces to rock out on Paris Avenue, in the Street Music series in Old Village Port Royal. Like the name says, Generation Gap is a 40-year span of musical talents, including JW Rone on harmonica, Jen Haden on guitar, and Jack Russell, the career session musician, on lead guitar.
September 16: Jazz and Gospel with Lavon Stevens & Company
The Savannah native and Lowcountry favorite has performed from Orlando to Aspen, and is a BMI-affiliated publisher/songwriter. His prowess as a musical talent runs from his voice to the piano, spanning soulful jazz, contemporary and blues.
September 23: Super blues band The Groovetones
The Groovetones are a fast paced, in your face blues/rock band with miles of experience and lots of energy that fills the dance floor! Between members Bill Luebke, Greg Gresham,Tommy Beaumont and Tony Reyes the combination of story- telling smoking leads, cracking snares, rolling bass riffs and gutsy vocals is the perfect formula for their powerhouse sound!
September 30: Soul Funk Diva Mahoganee & the Boiz
Soul Funk Diva Mahoganee is a singer/songwriter, a bit of Lauryn Hill with a twist of Minnie Ripperton and Janis Joplin, born and raised in South Carolina. Mahoganee’s music is the perfect pot of gumbo with a mint julep on the side. She is soulful, harmonious, powerful, engaging, conscious, lyrical, empowering and a true D.I.V.A. She is a community-oriented artist with a true entrepreneurial spirit, providing a variety of positive workshops and outlets and her own record label, DivaMilitia Records, self-releasing a freshman and sophomore album to date. Her third album “The Chrysalis Stage” is due September 2011. www.Mahoganee.com
October 7: Guitar Music From
Spain, Mexico and South America with Brian Luckett
Luckett’s repertoire consists of passionate music by Latin and Spanish composers Manuel Ponce, Joaquin Turina, Leo Brouwer, Joaguin Rodrigo, Manuel de Falla and more. The classical guitarist has been featured in many programs on both NPR and Minnesota Public Radio and WABE in Atlanta. He has premiered several new works for the guitar including a concerto and several large chamber works. Several of his original guitar works premiered in Cincinnati, Minneapolis and Atlanta. He has written for solo guitar as well as guitar and flute, guitar and violin and various guitar ensembles. Brian records for Clear Note Publications and his solo CD, Serenades of the Unicorn, was released in 2009.
October 14: Comedy Night with Big E
Big “E” began doing comedy in 1998, becoming one of the hottest young comedians on the East Coast. “E”, as he is affectionately known, is so versatile that he can capture the minds and hearts of any audience, speaking on topics from relationships and home-life to religion and personal issues. If you want comedy by the pound, then you will always get your money’s worth, judging by his size and humor. Comedy is a craft…anybody can say funny things, but it takes a true comedian to say things funny.