Meet Midnight Allie

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February 16, 2017

Midnight Allie is one of the NEWEST and HOTTEST bands to come out of Myrtle Beach.

The band is fronted by Allie Privette who was nominated female vocalist of the year and is a Carolina Beach Music Award winner.

This 5-piece band, with Jaron Bradley, Allan Royal, Harold Smith and Jonathan Lockhart performs a variety of songs from the 70’s to current day. They cover all genres of the music scene. They are working on their first CD which will be available in 2017.

Midnight Allie brings a great repertoire of fresh and nostalgic music to their audiences with a high energy performance that is sure to get you involved with their shows.

Gullah Kinfolk

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November 21, 2016

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The Gullah Kinfolk are the most exciting musical sensation ever to come from the South Carolina Sea Islands.

Virtually all related, the closeness of this dynamic group is apparent from the first song. Audiences nationwide have been mesmerized by their unique style, memorable performances and uplifting renditions of their historical repertoire.

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The group was formed by Anita Singleton-Prather, best known for her beloved character Aunt Pearlie Sue, in an effort to preserve Gullah history and the Gullah dialect. A performance by the Gullah Kinfolk is a rare treat that will be remembered for a lifetime.

The Gullah Kinfolk have headlined at dozens of music and cultural festivals. Performances can be customized for any occasion or function, with as few or as many performers as you would like.

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The Robertson Boys Bring Eclectic Bluegrass to Your Event!

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October 24, 2016

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The Robertson Boys is a family-based band that plays an eclectic mix of traditional bluegrass along with renditions of bluegrass infused popular music. Making up the band are  Rick Robertson on guitar and vocals; Jack Robertson on banjo, guitar and vocals; David Robertson on mandolin and vocals;  Don Cruthis on guitar, bass and vocals; Philip Swing  on bass, guitar and vocals and Ashlyn Nelson on fiddle and vocals.

Recently The Robertson Boys have played venues such as The Music in the Vineyard Series at Childress Vineyards, Lexington, NC;  The Third Thursday Concert Series in High Point, NC;  Brewgaloo Street Festival, Raleigh, NC;  New Belgium Brewings Summer Release Party, Raleigh, NC; The Stokes County Fair, King, NC;  Feed and Seed, Fletcher, NC; Mt. Gilead Music Barn, Mt. Gilead, NC; and Concerts on the Creek in Sylvia, NC, as well as many smaller venues in NC.

Also the band was excited to play The Arts Splash, in High Point, NC, a summer concerts series that brings in the best from all genres of music.

Stay tuned for The Robertson Boys upcoming album titled “Going Home” featuring the first original songs written by the band: “My Carolina Home,” “Love Her Till The Day I Die,” “That’s Who I Am,” “In The Stars” and “I Need You.” Watch for the release party in 2016.

The Robertson Boys have a  distinctive style, and their talents include vast imaginative eclectic selections of genre from the traditional favorites to today’s contemporary hits.

What sets them apart from many bluegrass influenced bands of today? They are known for their talent in harmonizing, as all members are gifted vocalists as well as versatile in their instrumental skills.

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Rick Robertson has played music as long as he can remember. Being his father’s sons, both Jack and David inherited their father’s enthusiasm and talent. Playing music for their peers and teachers in school, Jack and David immediately were referred to as the Robertson Boys and the name has led to their calling.

Don Cruthis has been a lifelong friend and musical comrade of Rick’s and witnessed Rick’s son’s talents grow from their childhood. Don, who possesses the same talents and passion for Bluegrass, always played his music with Rick and the Boys and the four of them have been pickin’ out toe tappin ~ hand slappin’ music every since.

The Robertson Boys were thrilled to gain a fifth element to their band when Philip Swing joined the group in 2013. Phil’s experience in the music field performing a mixture of genres was just the energy the Boys were looking for to further expand their vision of artistic style.

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Recently the Boys added Ashlyn Nelson to the band. Ashlyn has a beautiful voice, and her vocals along with the violin added the final touch to The Robertson Boys sound.

Contact us today to discuss bringing The Robertson Boys to your event. Complete the form below or call Trish at 843-997-0949.

Carolina’s Country Male Artist of the Year 2015: Tim Elliott

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August 28, 2016

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How about some mountain music? Tim Elliott delivers! 

 

 

 

About Tim Elliott

You won’t find any silver spoons on Tim Elliott’s tour bus. What you might find, however, is the working class singer arm-deep in the aging vehicle’s engine keeping it road worthy with his own two hands — in between his dynamic live shows, that is.

 

It’s a skill that earned him the nickname MacGyver from his band after he once fixed the engine in the middle of the night with nothing but a paper clip and a pair of pliers.

 

Because he maintains an active touring schedule of about 200 dates a year, Elliott has amassed a hilarious collection of bus repair stories, like the time he crushed a finger trying to change an airbag and had to play guitar that night with only his remaining digits. Or the time he was checking the engine in his stage clothes when the bus’s generator proceeded to blow half a quart of oil all over him. And the time his entire band rode for seven hours in their underwear heading home from a show while taking turns dipping into a cooler of ice because the bus’s air conditioning had conked out in the middle of Georgia in July.

 

When he’s not on stage or under the hood, Elliott is behind the wheel of the bus. He does almost all the driving, joking, “I’d rather do it myself than lay in the back of the bus worrying about dying.”

 

It’s all worthwhile, though, when he finally makes it onstage and gets to deliver the polished, high-energy stage show that has earned him a growing reputation as a crowd-pleasing performer, and won him the Male Country Artist of the Year trophy in the fan-voted Carolina Music (CM) Awards in 2015.

 

“We’re not jumping up and down or standing on our heads and shooting off flashbulbs in the background or anything, but it’s an energetic show,” he says. “It’s very crowd-interactive. I love for people to feel like they’re part of it. Any artist can stand up there and sing, but if you pull those people into the show, talk to them, and stop the show and just interact with people, you make them part of what’s going on.”

 

Elliott grew up outside of Boone, North Carolina, in a musical family where bluegrass jam sessions were a regular Saturday night occurrence. “All the family would come over, and my grandma would cook dinner, and everybody would just sit around and play guitar till the wee hours,” he recalls. He mastered the acoustic guitar at age eight, then picked up banjo, mandolin and keyboard skills.

 

His music is heavily influenced by classic country and bluegrass, but not defined by it. “I’m definitely not traditional,” says the man who has been known to throw cover songs into his set from artists as diverse as George Jones and Bruno Mars.

 

Along the way, Elliott has earned a reputation as a human jukebox who is difficult to stump with fan requests. “We literally go from 1953 Hank Williams songs to John Mellencamp to Luke Bryan to Waylon Jennings — just an entire gamut from Southern rock, classic rock, modern country, classic country, Texas swing — whatever people want to hear,” he explains. “I am definitely a country singer with a country band, but that does not mean I have to stay inside some fence.”

 

His successful touring career almost didn’t come to be. A chance encounter with a homeless man made Elliott re-think his whole approach to making a living in music.

 

He had been booked to play some shows at legendary bar Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge in Nashville. After one particularly successful performance a few years back, he stepped out onto Lower Broadway feeling like he was living the dream. That’s when he heard a man singing and playing guitar nearby. “The guy was fantastic,” he recalls, assuming the voice was drifting out of one of the local bars. “I turned a corner and there’s this obviously homeless guy sitting there playing on the street.

 

“It scared the hell out of me,” Elliott says. “I just immediately saw myself in this guy, who probably sold everything he had to move to Nashville, gave it everything he had and it wasn’t enough. He was as good as me, as good as anybody I heard on Broadway. It was a really somber moment, and it just kind of put the brakes on everything for me.”

 

Elliott realized then that by grinding it out in the bars he wasn’t taking the right route to the success he wanted to achieve for himself and his family. He went back home to North Carolina and began investing in the restaurant business, opening two eateries in that state before expanding into Nashville with the purchase of Pick’s bar, a popular songwriter’s venue formerly known as the Hall of Fame Lounge. It was at Pick’s that his musical ambitions were re-ignited a few years later.

 

“We were having a guitar pull one night, and there was some really famous writers there, kind of the who’s who of the writers rounds. They were passing the guitar around. I was behind the bar at the time. As they passed the guitar across, I just grabbed it and played half of a song that I’d written, and then passed it along. The whole place was just looking at me like ‘What was that?’ They were like, ‘Why are you pouring us beer if you can write songs like that?’”

 

That’s when he decided to put the brakes on the restaurant business and return to his first love, selling his other businesses to focus once again on songwriting and building his touring business from the ground up.

 

“I’ve never been given anything,” the singer says of his journey so far. “There’s definitely no trust funds, no daddy’s money. Everything that I’ve got thus far has been by the sweat of my brow.”

 

That, and a little engine grease.

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Contact us to discuss scheduling Tim Elliott for your event in any location!

The Tonez

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August 22, 2016

2015 and 2016 CBMA Rising Star Nominee

 

The Tonez are an 8-piece band dedicated to keeping crowds on their feet dancing and enjoying live music.

With a growing mix of Oldies, Motown, Rock & Roll, Country, Funk, R&B, and Beach music, The Tonez are flexible to make each show fit any situation.

The combination of a two-time Cammy-nominated core with a high-powered horn section, the Tonez feature seven vocalists, and every note of every performance is totally live – no recorded tracks.

Genre

Beach, Funk, & Dance

Band Members

Jonathan Treece,
Bradley Swarigen,
Eric Morris,
Micah Eubanks,
Kathryn Stephens
Jason Barker
Michael Murphy
Ken Davis

Your #1 Choice for a Variety Band!

Beach, Dance, & Funk Music for your Party or Event!

 

Time Travelers

Time Travelers is dedicated to taking you on a journey from the past to the present playing your all time favorites: Classic Rock, Beach, R&B, and Country.

 

 

Perry Sessoms is a songwriter, vocalist, bassman and guitarist. The band includes Chris Pack, Rich Butler III and Tommy Keith.

Perry got his first taste of music at 10 when his parents gave him his first guitar for Christmas.


At 16 he picked up the bass and it was a natural fit. And the rest as they say is history.


Perry has played country, Rock and Roll, R & B, gospel, Top 40 and beach. 

As a young man raised in a spiritual environment Perry has harmonized and played with various gospel artists and quartets such as the Oak Ridge Boys and singer as well as best friend, Ivan Parker.


His harmony is beautiful, and his vocals range from alto to falsetto.


Perry has played with artists such as Alan David of the Band Atlanta, the Lonestar Band, and the “Rub it In Man” Blly Crash Craddock.


Perry moved to Nashville, Tenn and began playing in honky tonks when offered a chance to tour with the Warner Brothers country artist Chris Cummings. Even though he loved touring the US and Canada he missed his family and so back to the South he came.


Perry joined the Marsha Morgan Band in 2010 as a bassist and vocalist. Also a song writer, he has composed several original songs.


Now he’s with both The Time Travelers AND The Marsha Morgan Band and his musical journey continues.


Multi-talented and multi-faceted, “Bassman” Perry Sessoms, is a true musician playing real music, and he wouldn’t have it any other way.

 

Legendary Jazz Flutist Elise Wood

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July 28, 2016

Elise is a flutist who hails from Philadelphia She has appeared as featured soloist, band-leader and band-member with such notables as David Murray, Archie Shepp, Butch Morris and Arthur Blythe, Sir Roland Hanna, Spirit of Life Ensemble and most frequently with her partner of two decades, John Hicks.

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She has recorded for Mapleshade Records, Landmark Records, Evidence Records and the recently established record company with John Hicks, HiWood Records. International festivals and tours include Japan, Finland, Italy, France, and Taiwan. Documentary films such as “Femme du Jazz” and books “Madame Jazz” as well as magazine articles in WindPlayer and Fa La Lut and Jazz Hot place Elise in the cutting edge of this creative American art form, Jazz

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With Mr. John Hicks she produced a further collaborative album called “Beautiful Friendship,” a duet cd which is composed of standard love songs and was also released on their label HiWood. A further Sextet recording called “Sweet Love of Mine” (Highnote) with John Hicks was released in Jan. 2007 – the first album to be released in his memory

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For the last two years Elise has dedicated herself to memorializing the life and music of her late-husband/partner with creation of the John Hicks Legacy Band. This five- to six-piece band is composed largely of alumni of the John Hicks ensembles and plays exclusively the repertoire of John Hicks. A recording of his music as performed by the Legacy Band will soon be released on Highnote records. She also works with Jazz Foundation of America in the Education program with children from the ages of 8- 14.

She is also an active member of the NY Jazz Flutet, a six flute jazz ensemble that includes an instrumentation from contra-bass flute to piccolo w/drums.

Now booking Super Girl Group: The Want Ads

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July 27, 2016

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The Want Ads Featuring Shelly Clark-White of “The Honey Cone,” Kathy Merrick of “Sounds of the Supremes,” and Wendy Smith-Brune of “The Raelettes.” Three accomplished, vivacious women now come together bringing their talents and experience to form one super girls group extraordinaire. Performing various songs from every music genre as well from their own hit catalogs, they are indeed a triple threat.

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shellyShelly has an extensive and diverse career in the entertainment industry, exploding onto the New York scene as a beguiling, gifted child star, dancer, singer and actress. At the age of seven she headlined at the renowned Apollo and Palace Theatres, then made her Broadway debut on stage with Pearl Bailey and Diahann Carroll in the celebrated Broadway hit musical, “The House of Flowers.” She went on to dazzle audiences touring nationwide with Cab Calloway in his famous “Cotton Club Revue.”

She has recorded and toured with various artist including Dusty Springfield, DJ Rogers, Tom Jones, Little Richard, and the talented Richard Harris. Shelly also toured around the country with “The Ike and Tina Turner Revue” as one of the storied “Ikettes.” She was a co-founder and member of the classic girls group,”The Honey Cone” with number one and top ten hits on the billboard charts, garnering numerous gold records and industry awards. She has been married 35 Years to Verdine White, iconic bass player and co-founder of the legendary band, “Earth Wind and Fire.”

kathyBorn in Washington DC, Kathy Merrick started her career at the tender age of eight in dance and musical theatre. She attended prestigious Howard University and performed in local night clubs and concert halls in the area, which included performances with her talented brothers, “The Merricks.” She went on to become one of the founding members of the exciting female trio, “Shades of Lace” on the Polygram label. She also appeared on Video Soul, Soul Train, CNN, Show Biz Today, Solid Gold, and the Apollo Theatre with the late iconic “Father of Soul,” James Brown. Kathy went on to tour worldwide as a member of the captivating girls trio,”A.S.A.P.”. Other tours and recording ventures included great talents such as Boz Skaggs, James Ingram, and Tom Jones. For the last ten years, she has also toured extensively with the legendary “Sounds of the Supremes” and other Motown acts such as “The Temptations.” Last but not least, Kathy has a three octave range and is a prolific songwriter and producer, working with musician and drummer extraordinaire, John Paris.  

wendyEducated at Norfolk State University in Virginia, Wendy studied classical flute and performed with the local symphony. She moved to Los Angeles where her vocal talents immediately got the attention of genius of soul, the late great Ray Charles. In addition to touring worldwide with his revue as a “Raelette,” she also worked with legendary artists such as Michael Bolton, Sheena Easton, Chaka Khan, and the late great Barry White. Wendy has been a featured soloist with many great bands including the Count Basie Orchestra and legendary soul quartet, “The Friends of Distinction”. For many years she has been the main female soloist performing worldwide with the Glenn Miller Orchestra.

Wendy has also performed for the Emmy Awards, the Academy Awards, the prestigious Governor’s Ball as well as the Golden Globes, and the American Music Awards. Wendy’s amazing musical talents range from pop, R&B, jazz, and soul to Latin culture.

Now presenting Wallstreet

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July 21, 2016

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Wallstreet has played soul and beach music for more than 10 years, especially in the Carolina beach music area. Want to hear some old school?

Odell Mickens is a fixture in the Philly/New Jersey area. He is the longtime bass player for The Trammps and worked with the legendary Bunny Sigler. Folks in the Carolina Beach Music scene know Odell most for his band Wallstreet. They work with such other beach music legends as the Chairman of the Board, The Tams, William Bell and others, keeping that fun, upbeat sound alive.

Let us know when you would like to schedule Wallstreet for your event. Complete the form below and we will contact you to discuss details.

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Welcome Carolina Soul Band

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July 18, 2016

Most of the members have performed with The Drifters, Platters and Coasters and are experienced and professional entertainers. They perform Beach, Motown, and Oldies but Goodies; and Classic R&B and will definitely have the crowd up and dancing the entire time.

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Don’t think twice if you are looking to book an energized group of amazing musicians who will interact with the crowd. Carolina Soul Band is definitely a great choice.13933528_161280747633248_650780149_n

Carolina Soul Band has been featured in several magazines as a RED HOT group such as Carson Racer Magazine, Coastal Carolina Magazine, Carson Extreme, Under the Radar Magazine, and has had the privilege of performing for 2013 Daytona 500 event.

Let us know if you would like to discuss inviting the Carolina Soul Band to perform at your location.