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Arts Council presents Mid-Summer Music


The Colleton County Arts Council is proud to announce a new event. The group will be hosting a night full of music at the Colleton Museum and Farmers market on July 9, 2015. The family friendly event will begin when the doors open at 5 pm. Families are asked to bring their own picnic, blankets and chairs. Guests will be allowed to set up their picnics inside the new retail space at the Colleton Kitchen.
Local talents will take the stage at 6 pm. Local artist will include David Breland, Timothy Moore, Maya DeSantis and Carlyle Griffin. The headliner, Jeff Bianchi, will take over at 7 pm. According to his website www.velvetguitar.com he is a native of Williamson, New York, Jeff began performing at weddings and cafes while still in his teens. The uniqueness of the classical guitar coupled with his professionalism enabled him to stay working over the years. As his skills grew, he gave full concerts throughout Western New York. His hard work earned him performances at the Rantucci International Guitar Festival as well as the nationally recognized Ithaca Guitar Festival. His concerts continued with his move to Atlanta in the summer of 2002. From 2005-2007 Jeff took a hiatus to tour nationally with Country acts Young Guns (Nashville, TN) and Chace Roberts (St. Paul, Minnesota). As an electric guitarist, Jeff toured much of North America; playing clubs and dance halls with capacity crowds. It was an exciting time in his life and was quite the adventure. On his return home, Jeff resumed his solo performances. By 2009, he was touring throughout Georgia, playing in places such as Savannah, Tybee Island, Toccoa, Richmond, Duluth, and Hartwell. Large, enthusiastic crowds were the norm at these events. These positive reactions gave him a goal to take his music to a much wider audience. In February of 2010, Jeff undertook his first large scale solo tour. Making stops in Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas, he gave concerts for audiences as large as 600 people. The overwhelming success of this tour enabled him to expand his solo career to a national level. Jeff continued his success in 2011 with performances in Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Mississippi, Louisiana and Florida. The 2012 - 2013 concert seasons marked a milestone in his career as he expanded his performances to opposite sides of the country. Concerts were given in Idaho, Colorado, Wyoming, Texas, Ohio and most of the south east. During his 2014 performing season, Jeff continued to build upon the momentum of the previous years. He frequently performed to “standing room only” audiences around the country as well as sold out performances in Georgia and Alabama. Currently, Jeff lives in Lanier Harbor (Buford, Georgia) where his time is devoted solely to his music.
Kim Bridge, Director of the Colleton County Arts Council, is very excited to offer this event to the residents of Colleton County. “I was being told more people would really like to see more musical events offered. As many folks know, it is very hard to get musical talents to come to a smaller community like ours, mainly due to a lack of support and participation. It is my hope that we can pack the house so I can continue to bring nationally known artists to our area,” said Bridge on the upcoming event. The cost is set low at only $10 a person and children 6 and under are free. Money raised will help support summer programs at the Colleton County Arts Council. For more information you can contact Kim Bridge at 843-549-1922 or by email at [email protected]

Christie Slocum (219 Posts)