Arts Center’s Summer Concert Series: Gullah & Blues, Led Zeppelin, and 5th Dimension
Author: Andrea Gannon
There’s still plenty to celebrate about summer, and as August edges into Labor Day, there are three chances to celebrate great music at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. Early August brings Gullah and Blues sensation Marlena Smalls and the Hallelujah Singers; next up the Led Zeppelin tribute band lauded by the original band members themselves: Get The Led Out; and during Labor Day weekend, Motown greats, The 5th Dimension, head to the Arts Center stage. Rejoicing, rocking and reliving the good ol’ days is what it’s all about.
Marlena Smalls and The Hallelujah Singers – August 10 & 11
Get ready for an exciting musical journey when Marlena Smalls and the Hallelujah Singers perform two shows, August 10 and 11, at 8 p.m.
Marlena Smalls is truly a South Carolina legend. A trained sacred music vocalist, she also ventures into gospel, contemporary, jazz and blues. Her family’s South Carolina background struck a chord with Smalls, and in 1985, she founded the Gullah Festival in Beaufort to celebrate the culture and preserve its many traditions.
Taking her passion for South Carolina’s native heritage a step further, in 1990 she founded The Hallelujah Singers to preserve the melodies and storytelling unique to the South Carolina Sea Islands. Performing nationally and internationally, The Hallelujah Singers celebrate the preservation of the Gullah culture with its language and traditions indelibly linked to West Africa.
Arts Center audiences will be treated to “The Journey,” a high-energy show, weaving music and storytelling together, while drawing on plantation melodies, Negro spirituals, gospel and blues. With five vocalists and three musicians, the show will include time-honored songs that have been a part of their repertoire since the beginning.
While The Hallelujah Singers travel and perform extensively as Gullah ambassadors, teaching and entertaining, you can rejoice in their music right here at the Arts Center August 10 and 11. Tickets are $39 for adults and $26 for children ages 5-15. To reserve seats, call the box office at (843) 842-ARTS (2787) or purchase online at tickets.artshhi.com.
Get The Led Out – The American Led Zeppelin Tribute Band – August 17 & 18
You’ll be transported back in time when Get The Led Out (GTLO), the “American Led Zeppelin,” takes the stage August 17 & 18 at 8 p.m.
Based in Philadelphia, Get The Led Out recreates a high energy Led Zeppelin concert with honest, heart-thumping intensity. The six veteran musicians in GTLO are intent on delivering Led Zeppelin live, like you’ve never heard it before. Their concerts celebrate Led Zeppelin’s early years, and they even play some of the deeper cuts that were seldom, if ever, heard in concert. GTLO also includes a special “acoustic set” with Zep favorites like “Tangerine,” and the “Battle of Evermore,” performed in its original instrumentation.
During their shows, band members play theremin, mandolin, harmonica, multiple guitars (12-string, acoustic, electric) and dozens of other instruments to replicate the precise tones that can be heard on original Led Zeppelin albums.
Joel Barrios of Rock the Night Miami said, “Get The Led Out is one of the best live concert experiences that fans of live rock and roll will ever have!”
From the bombastic and epic, to the folky and mystical, Get The Led Out (GTLO) has captured the essence of the recorded music of Led Zeppelin and brought it to the concert stage. Come and experience Led Zeppelin like you’ve never heard it before!
Tickets are $48 for adults and $31 for children ages 5-15. To reserve seats, call the box office at (843) 842-ARTS (2787) or purchase online at tickets.artshhi.com.
The 5th Dimension – September 3
In 1967, a vocal group called “The 5th Dimension” recorded a song called “Up, Up and Away,” which turned out to be one of the biggest smash hits in musical history. The single won several Grammy Awards, catapulting the group to stardom, and their success story has continued to soar.
Florence LaRue, an original member of the group, and The 5th Dimension, will perform at the Arts Center over Labor Day weekend, September 3, with two shows at 4:30 p.m. and another at 8 p.m.
The 5th Dimension, whose repertoire includes pop, R&B, soul, and jazz, has released over a dozen hit albums and received 14 gold records, six platinum records and six Grammy Awards. In addition to their signature song “Up, Up and Away,” other classics include: “One Less Bell to Answer,” “Wedding Bell Blues,” “Stone Soul Picnic,” “Last Night I Didn’t Get to Sleep,” and “Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In.”
LaRue attributes the group’s success to the strength of those songs, which she said are “good, clean, positive music, and music that people can reflect back on.”
With 17 songs making the Top 30, La Rue said, “We do our hits in their entirety, and in the same arrangements as their recordings. I’ll tell you, if we don’t do the hits, people would be very disappointed.”
Tickets for both of the September 3 shows (4:30 and 8 p.m.) are on sale now, $51 for adults and $34 for children ages 5-15. Get ’em before they go up, up and away! Call the Arts Center box office at (843) 842-ARTS (2787) or purchase online at tickets.artshhi.com.
The Arts Center is located at 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island, SC adjacent to the entrance to Shelter Cove Harbour.