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Local Charleston, SC Music Scene

The history of the Charleston music scene has included Darius Rucker, the singer of Hootie & The Blowfish and Melanie Thornton (1967-2001), the singer from La Bouche. Rucker has emerged as a successful solo artist following the huge success of Hootie & The Blowfish, one of the top-selling album artists of the 1990s.

Charleston's metropolitan area had a population of over 659,000 in the 2010 Census. The main campus in the area is College of Charleston. The local scene is covered by The Charleston Gazette and The Post and Courier.

Charleston Music Acts

The 3 Dudes * Jamisun * Sequoiyah * The Plainfield Project * Leslie * Shovels and Rope * Highway 17 Blues Band * Port City Prophets * Ben Fagan and the Holy City Hooligans * Joy Hardy *

Charleston Local Music Scene History

As the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic led to massive event shutdowns across America, The Royal American hosted an online fundraiser show in the spring. The downtown restaurant and bar was the site for 15 Charleston bands including Hunter Park. Several other venues shifted to online events during the pandemic.

Booster is an app for purchasing band merchandise, launched in April 2017 by a local startup, as reported by Charleston City Paper. Booster CEO Michael Stevens told the publication that many of the app's users will be bands and musicians who want to sell tickets and merchandise before a show. The SC Launch program helped initiate the business, which received funding from various investors. The app also allows you to share the live broadcast with friends. The early focus of the Booster team is on helping the local music scene. The app is available on iOS and a version for Android will be released this summer.

Hi Harmony was a free community arts and music festival held August 16, 2015 at Charleston Music Hall. The show was designed to bring fans of various types of music together in one venue to help raise community awareness following the tragic shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on June 17, 2015, which made national headlines. Ten people were shot, in which nine did not survive, including state senator Clementa Pinckney. The church, nearly two centuries old, was historically a center for civil rights. One of the speakers at the event was school teacher KJ Kearney, who has regularly commented on race relations in his City Paper writing columns.

The story of a civil war submarine has found its way into a new song by indie artist Russ Riendeau called "HL Hunley." Proceeds from the sale of the recording will help pay for the submarine's restoration in Charleston. The confederate ship left the port of Charleston Bay in 1864 with eight soldiers then disappeared. It was not found until 2000. The story of the sunken sub has been featured on National Geographic and other national shows. Riendeau's latest album called Guitar Gumbo includes "HL Hunley" and other songs with historical themes. Reindeau was written about in this article 8/20/2013 in PRWeb.

Rachel Kate Gillon has completed her debut album called With Love and Hate with a CD release party on September 14, 2013 at Charleston Music Hall. Some of the other venues where she has played include the Tin Roof, Pour House, Tattooed Moose and Royal American. She funded the album from donations on Kickstarter that surpassed her $9,000 goal. The funding helped her make the transition from seamstress to songstress. She was written about in this Corinne Boyer article 8/15/2013 in the Charleston City Paper.

The city of Charleston has named a street about country star Darius Rucker, who gained fame in the 90s as the lead singer of Hootie & The Blowfish. Coliseum Drive has been remained Darius Rucker Boulevard in his honor. Rucker grew up in West Ashley and became popular with his band at University of South Carolina. The name change to honor Rucker was suggested by WEZL's TJ & The Morning Crew. The event was written about in this Lindsay Street article 8/12/2013 in the North Charleston Patch.

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