Concerts in the GardenSpring Concerts in the Garden:
Bring your lawn chairs and picnic baskets- it’s time for our Spring Concert Series! Our concerts are a great place to relax on a Friday night and enjoy the Garden. Admission is free and refreshments will be available for purchase. Come and celebrate spring, nature, and culture with us!
March 27 – Charles Wood & NitroGrass
We are so excited to have Charles Wood and NitroGrass return to our concert series AND to do the honor of opening the Series!!!
A piano player since age 5, Charles Wood switched his focus to the banjo after listening to Flatt and Scruggs and receiving a banjo for his 15th birthday. After learning every banjo tune note for note on Flatt and Scruggs' classic recording Foggy Mountain Banjo Charles began to study under renowned South Carolina veteran banjo player Al Osteen. At age 18 he began playing with ex-Bill Monroe sideman Curtis Blackwell and his band The Dixie Bluegrass Boys. With them he toured extensively throughout the eastern US performing at Bluegrass festivals. It was during this time that Charles began listening to a wide array of banjo players and other musicians as well. His style of playing encompasses musical genres from traditional Bluegrass to Classical.
Recent venues include The Late Show with David Letterman, A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, two tours in Austria and Germany with The Lonesome Road Band, teaching at the Munich Germany Banjo Camp in Oct '09 and various regional and national Bluegrass festivals. Charles was recently invited by the actor Steve Martin, an accomplished banjo player himself, to perform with him and Earl Scruggs, Pete Wernick, and Tony Ellis at the 2005 New Yorker Festival in New York City. With this group he made an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman. Charles Wood currently performs with Asheville NC based band Nitrograss.
Please visit NitroGrass
April 3 – Angela Easterling
Angela Easterling was raised in the South Carolina foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Much of her childhood was spent on the Greer, SC farm that has been in her family since 1791, seven generations. She embraced her heritage in a big way as a writer and an artist on her debut album, "Earning Her Wings", chosen as "Americana Pick of the Year" by Smart Choice Music. Her second album, “BlackTop Road”, produced by Will Kimbrough, landed in the top 5 for adds to the Americana radio charts and debuted on the Americana top 40 chart, where it remained for 7 weeks.
In 2011, Angela released “Beguiler”, her first band album, produced by Will Kimbrough and recorded with special guest Byron House (Band of Joy); it was favorably reviewed in American Songwriter, Maverick, Vintage Guitar, No Depression and more. Her latest album, “Mon secret” (My Secret) was released February 14, 2012. This album is notable as it is her first to be entirely in French, with original songs by Angela and her co-writer, Marianne Bessy. In 2013, Angela welcomed the birth of her first child. She also released a new single, and continued to perform and tour.
Angela’s 5th album, due for release early in 2015, was recorded August, 2014, with Joe Pisapia (Guster, KD Lang, Chuck Mead) at his Middletree Studios. It features some of Nashville’s best, including Kimbrough, Fats Kaplin (Jack White), Dave Jacques (John Prine), and Paul Griffiths (Elizabeth Cook, Amanda Shires, Jason Isbell).
Visit Angela Easterling
April 10 – Tim Reihm
The Tim Riehm Band is comprised of Clemson students with a passion for music. Playing at a variety of venues - from the ADPI Spring Shag to Moe Joe's Coffeehouse -- the band has been able to draw upon a multitude of genres to ultimately create a unique sound that's evidenced in their original records. Currently, The Tim Riehm Band is performing around Clemson while also recording an EP (extended play record), which it hopes will broaden its audience and promote the band's true focus of original music.
Visit the Tim Riehm Band
April 17 – Anna Leigh Band
Anna Leigh Band is a group of talented musicians with deep southern roots and a belief in simple and honest music. Anna Leigh is a newly emerging artist in the upstate. According to Leigh, she’s still in a learning phase when it comes to writing and performing, but getting tutelage and some stage time with successful upstate acts like the Eric Scott Band, Outshyne and the Piedmont Boys was an experience she will never forget.
Please visit the Anna Leigh Band
April 24 – New Dixie Storm
New Dixie Storm became reality for a group of like-minded musicians from the foothills of South Carolina in the winter of 2000. Heavily influenced by the first generation bluegrass greats, NDS presents the traditional standards with a reverence for the originals while incorporating our own unique arrangements.
NDS was honored to be selected to compete in and subsequently win the 2006 South Carolina State Bluegrass Band Championship at RenoFest, held in Hartsville, SC. Determined not to become complacent, NDS continued to pursue our dream of performing the music we all love. In 2009, NDS was presented with the opportunity to compete in SPBGMA’s International Band Championship in Nashville. After making the cut in the preliminary and quarter finals, paring down the original field of more than 20 bands from all across the country, NDS proudly came away with a fourth place win.
NDS has been privileged to have shared stages with many of today’s top bluegrass performers including The Del McCoury Band, JD Crowe & New South, IIIrd Tyme Out, Lonesome River Band, The Dan Tyminski Band, Tony Rice and Mountain Heart.
Please visit New Dixie Storm
May 1 – Padenrich Station
"Folk Trumpet? Is that a thing?"
That's what Marie Wright wondered when her music partner, Jamie Hill, asked her to play trumpet in the folk duo they had formed almost 20 years after losing touch. All that time ago, Marie couldn't have imagined she'd be pulling out her high school marching band trumpet so she could play it with Jamie in a local bar. And Jamie could scarcely know that the organic melodies and tendril acoustic arrangements he had been nurturing for the past decade would intertwine with Marie's fireside lyrics and crystalline vocals.
With almost 800 miles separating them, they made their first album, By Way of Alabama, having never actually played together in the same room. Soon after the release of the album, Jamie and Marie ended up living in the same town. They then began learning how to write, play, and sing together in real life. They focused on developing a live performance and began booking shows. Switching between guitar, mandolin, and trumpet, they bring a mellow vibe and intimacy to their live shows that relax the souls of their audience.
Visit Padenrich Station
Spring Concerts in the Garden Series
When: Fridays at 7p.m., March 27 – May 1
Where: Garden Amphitheater
Cost: $5 suggested donation
In case of inclement weather, concerts are cancelled at artist’s discretion. Cancellations are always posted on our website and FaceBook page. If you are interested in donating your talent please contact Darlene Evans at email@example.com.