14th Annual Blues & Jazz Festival Lineup Announced

ROCK HILL, SC – Celebrate the roots of modern music with infectious rhythms, soulful sounds, and high energy performances at the Arts Council of York County’s 14th Annual Blues & Jazz Festival.

Events kick off with concerts in both Baxter Village in Fort Mill AND Clover, SC from 7 – 10 PM on Thursday, October 4! Saxman Dante Lewis brings his smooth sounds to Springmaid Park in Baxter Village, 980-990 Market St., Fort Mill, SC. New in 2018 - the Festival expands to Clover, SC with Letron Brantley heating things up at The Larne Building, 103 N. Main St., Clover, SC. On Friday, October 5, the Blues & Jazz Festival’s signature Old Town Restaurant Crawl returns to Rock Hill where festival-goers can enjoy live music by nine acts at eight Old Town restaurants & venues throughout the night. | https://www.yorkcountyarts.org/14thbluesandjazz

The 14th Annual Blues & Jazz Festival

October 4 – 5, 2018 | Rain or Shine


Thursday, October 4, 2018 | 7 - 10 PM | FREE



The Blues & Jazz Festival returns to Baxter Village's Springmaid Park in 2018!

Sponsored by Andy Bovender Team of Allen Tate Realtors • Coffee News • Fish Market • grapevine Wine Shop | Wine Bar • WRHI 94.3 | Interstate 107 | 104.1 – The Bridge

Dante Lewis | dantelewis.com

Now, more than ever before, Dante Lewis' music embodies his motto “groove comes first.” His new album, No Cover Charge, kicks off with the soulful urgency, old school finger snap cool and low toned sensuality of “Breezy Clairaudience,” which he penned with Rod King. From there, the album is packed with graceful and passionate songs, with a few bluesy funk and soul tunes added for good measure.

Dante Lewis has been wowing audiences throughout the Carolinas since the age of 12 with an unmistakably passionate sound, his engaging personality and a lifelong passion for music. In 2003, Dante started the band Vision, a party and jazz group. Focusing on his solo career, he has recorded 2 CDs - Set The Mood and Songs of a Servant. In addition, he has been featured in Lux Millionaire Magazine, Columbia Metropolitan Magazine and California’s Urban Scene Magazine as a featured hot new artist. Lewis is the former Minister of Music at St. Luke Baptist Church in Winnsboro and is currently a musician at Bethlehem Baptist Church.


Thursday, October 4, 2018 | 7-10 PM | $10



The Blues & Jazz Festival also kicks off at The Larne Building in Clover, SC!

Sponsored by Town of Clover / Gallery 120

Letron Brantley

Letron “LTrain” Brantley is a native of South Carolina who has been playing the saxophone since he was 12 years old. In his younger years, he was heavily influenced by jazz, gospel, and R&B music. Studying music in college allowed him to hone his craft as well as perform with various jazz, soul, and funk groups. Letron has performed with many great musicians such as jazz recording artist Bob Mintzer, saxophonist Lenny Picket of the Saturday Night Live band, and gospel recording artist Donnie McClurkin - to name a few. Currently Letron serves as the musical director for a local jazz orchestra as well as band leader for the regional jazz and dance band Jazz Revolution. Letron is an active music community supporter and clinician dedicated to the mission of embracing and encouraging musicians like himself to be persistent in their craft and always strive for excellence.


Friday, October 5 | 7 – 11 PM | $10 wristband



One $10 wristband gets festivalgoers into all 8 venues all evening long!

Sponsored by City of Rock Hill • Comporium/CN2 • Founders Federal Credit Union • Old Town Association • The Pump House • Williams & Fudge

The Arts Council welcomes Mac Arnold & Plate Full O' Blues to McHale's Irish Pub. Mac Arnold is a South Carolina bluesman who has always been in the right place at the right time - playing with Muddy Waters, Otis Redding, and BB King. He produced Soul Train with Don Cornelius, and he even played bass on Sanford and Son with Redd Foxx.

Returning favorites include J'Michael Peeples bringing his smooth tones to Amélie's, the Abe Reid Trio performing savory old school blues whipped into sweaty, gritty, steady-rockin', musical dynamite at Millstone Pizza + Taphouse, and Leslie & Friends will have the audience dancing in the aisles at The Flipside Restaurant. Plair, with Festival Producer Bobby Plair, returns to the Festival again in 2018, performing in the Courtroom at the Gettys Art Center with Robert Car opening!

New to the Blues & Jazz Festival’s Old Town Restaurant Crawl in 2018: Eric Brown brings a sultry mix of jazz favorites to Five & Dine; the Calvin Edwards Trio, led by Calvin Edwards of The Blind Boys of Alabama, performs rockin’ blues in Black & White Alley behind Jimmy John’s; and Groove Masters, the band voted Best Jazz Band in the Carolinas, gets funky at Thi’s Place on Main.

McHale's Irish Pub | Mac Arnold & Plate Full O' Blues Sponsored by Comporium/CN2 https://www.macarnold.com Five & Dine | Eric Brown Sponsored by City of Rock Hill http://www.ebrown21.com Jimmy John's Black & White Alley | Calvin Edwards Trio https://keysignatureonline.com/bbnb_artists/calvin-edwards-trio-hire-local-jazz-music-charlotte/ Amelie's | J’Michael Peeples Sponsored by The Pump House http://www.jmpmovement.com Millstone Pizza + Taphouse | Abe Reid Trio http://abereid.com/index.html The Flipside Restaurant | Leslie & Friends Sponsored by Founders Federal Credit Union http://leslieandfriends.com Gettys Art Center Courtroom | Plair

Opening Act: Robert Car Sponsored by Old Town Rock Hill http://www.plair.net Thi's Place on Main | Groove Masters Sponsored by Williams & Fudge https://www.reverbnation.com/groovemasters

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED | 2-hour shifts are available during the Restaurant Crawl on Friday, October 5. Volunteers will check admission bracelets at the doors of the venues. In thanks, volunteers will receive a 14th Annual Blues & Jazz t-shirt and will also receive an event wristband for entry to the festival either before or after their shift. Contact the Arts Council at (803)328-2787 for more information.

Thanks to the sponsors of the 14th Annual Blues & Jazz Festival: Coffee News, WRHI 100.1, Interstate 107, 104.1 – The Bridge, City of Rock Hill, Comporium/CN2, Founders Federal Credit Union, Old Town Association, The Pump House, Harry M. Dalton and Kathie Brabham, Rock Hill Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Williams & Fudge, and York County Natural Gas.

The Arts Council is headquartered in downtown Rock Hill, a state-recognized cultural district. For more information on Arts Council events, contact the Arts Council of York County at 803-328-2787, by email at arts@yorkcountyarts.org, or visit our webpage at http://www.yorkcountyarts.org.

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