Charleston musician Bill Carson has organized a special Groundhog Day benefit concert at Memminger Auditorium (56 Beaufain Street) on Tues. Feb. 2. Designed to raise money for the programming at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, the roster features Carson's group The Opposite of a Train (Carson Nathan Koci, and Ron Wiltrout), alongside some the local scene's most skillful and versatile musicians, including bassist Kevin Hamilton, horn player Charlton Singleton, saxophonist Wilton Elder, and tuba player Clint Fore.
Guest vocalists include Joel Hamilton, Cary Ann Hearst, Lindsay Holler, Michael Trent, and Stephanie Underhill. Bits of "incidental entertainment" will be provided by the John C. Rivers Communications Museum as well.
The Groundhog Day Benefit Concert also serves as Opposite of a Train's kick-off for an eight-city tour of galleries, recital halls, and music venues up the East Coast, concluding with a concert on Feb. 15 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
Tickets for the concert at Memminger are available for $20 and $10 (HICA members/students).
See the Pick in the Calendar+Scene section for more.