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This fall a new music festival named Chazzfest will be born — and, perhaps fittingly, Al Green, the man whose deep, seductive voice has been responsible for the conception of millions, is behind it. The first Charleston Music & Heritage Festival, dubbed Chazzfest, will offer a fusion of New Orleans' famous Jazzfest and Charleston's history and charm. The event will take over the Family Circle Tennis Center on Sept. 15 and 16, 2006. Green will be headlining the show with other popular Southern rockers, including Drive-By Truckers, Buddy Guy, Sam Bush, and Karl Denson. The festival's aim is to combine the rich heritage of the Lowcountry and The Big Easy. Bands like The Drifters will be representing the history of South Carolina and the Lowcountry, while Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk and Soul Rebels Brass Band will pay homage to their New Orleans hometown. The two-day performance will take place on four different stages. The event is getting everyone in on the action with a "The Locals Only Stage" featuring some of Chucktown's own. The event will also showcase regional artists and artisans along with local cuisine indigenous to the area. So, in the famous words of Al Green, "Let's get it on!" Tickets go on sale June 1 at the Family Circle Tennis Center box office and are available now online at www.etix.com. More info is available at www.chazzfest.com. —Sarah Grasmick

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