The Charleston Music Hall has launched its first ever Piccolo Spoleto concert series featuring five shows from regional and national talents, as well as exciting local acts. Beginning May 28 with the rootsy Americana of Delta Rae and special guest Liz Longley, the series aims to bring together established acts and those on the rise.
“Last year we had three concerts with Piccolo, but not really as a series. It was just to kind of test the waters, and they went really, really well. This year we upped the game, and we’re doing five concerts,” says Charles Carmody, manager of the Charleston Music Hall. “Piccolo is the local side of Spoleto, so we wanted to get some bigger names but it to still feel more regional. And we’re definitely linking all the main acts with local openers.”
Following the opening night with Delta Rae and Liz Longley, the series will continue with back-to-back performances by Josh Ritter and the Royal City Band on May 29 and Jerry Douglas on May 30. Touring on the release of his eighth full-length studio album, Ritter brings his bouncy pop sensibility and introspective lyrics to the Charleston stage, while Douglas aims to breathe new life into the dobro with a fiery instrumental performance.
Next in the series is country music legend Billy Joe Shaver with Charleston blues band Honeysmoke on June 3. Finishing things up with a twang on June 9 will be a bluegrass lineup featuring The Bluestone Ramblers, Dallas Baker & Friends, and The Lowhills.
Series tickets are currently on sale at the Charleston Musis Hall box office at 37 John St. downtown and online at charlestonmusichall.com. Tickets to individual shows will be available March 25.
“I think the big link is us really wanting to present some damn good music and then also presenting some artists that wouldn’t make sense in the Music Hall normally. That’s the big thing for this series,” adds Carmody. “We wanted to present regional, local, and national artists that aren’t at the hall to sell out yet, but because of the series it makes sense for us to be able to get them in and build them in the market. Hopefully, in the future that just means us bringing in new talent that people haven’t really heard of and try to explore new stuff.”