A Guide to the 2017 Charleston Music Confab

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    A Guide to the 2017 Charleston Music Confab
    Published: August 17, 2017

    The Charleston Music Confab (formerly New Music Confab) is back for its third iteration from August 30th to September 2nd. Founder Dave Stewart retired in 2014 from a 25 year career in radio to start this showcase that made its debut in 2015, with hopes of creating an event similar to the now-enormously successful SXSW that takes place in Austin. The growth of the Confab is a reflection of the growth of Charleston’s music scene, which has been rapid over the past few years.

    Back in 2015, the inaugural year for the New Music Confab, there were 12-15 artists featured at two venues: The Music Farm and the Charleston Music Hall. In 2016 The Royal American was added as a third venue, and in 2017 the Confab will expand even further to JohnKing and Kingdom, two relatively new bars on King Street that have been host to many artists in recent months. The Confab has also partnered with several area hotels to offer discounted rates for out-of-town attendees.

    During the day are panel discussions that range across a wide variety of topics and include several prominent local figures. Topics of discussion include Artist Branding, Studio Production, Streaming, Format, Genre, Touring, and Social Media Influence. Notable speakers include Mark Bryan, Matt Zuttell, Charles Carmody, Ben Fagan, Richard “Box” Bachschmidt, and many more. Full list of panelists here.

    After the panel discussions end for the day, the music showcases start up at host venues. We’ve got a breakdown of the music schedule below, to help you decide which events you want to attend. The decisions will be tough, but they are definitely split fairly well into general categories of genre and style.

    Wednesday, August 30th

    Music Farm: See Water, Abstract that Rapper, Carolina Wray, Tigerdog, and Tyler Boone

    Time: 8pm

    Tickets: $5 ADV / $10 at Door

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    Thursday, August 31st

    Charleston Music Hall: Anfernee, Johnny Jr., Walter Brown, and Angie Rose

    Time: 8:30pm

    Tickets: $12 ADV / $15 day of show

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    JohnKing: Matt Parker & the Deacons, Brad Wells, Kylie Odetta, and Caleb Brown

    Time: 9pm

    Tickets: Free

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    Kingdom: Sabin Sharpe, Brandon Bailey, Caroline Dare, and Cooper Allan

    Time: 9pm

    Tickets: $5 at the door

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    The Royal American: Black Power Mixtape, Gravesend, Glass Mansions, and Lovesick Radio

    Time: 9pm

    Tickets: $5 at the door

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    Friday, September 1st

    Music Farm: Atlas Road Crew, People’s Blues of Richmond, The Steppin Stones, Katie Rose, and Bellavida

    Time: 7:45pm

    Tickets: $12 ADV / $15 day of show

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    Charleston Music Hall: Matt Monday, PG13, Kween Katt, and Mike Sarge

    Time: 8:30pm

    Tickets: $12 ADV / $15 day of show

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    Kingdom: Page Mackenzie, Leah Burkey, Lauren Hall, and Emma Kate McLain

    Time: 9pm

    Tickets: $5 at the door

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    JohnKing: Dylan Swinson, Spencer Rush, Regina Ferguson, and Brendan Pugh

    Time: 9pm

    Tickets: Free

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    The Royal American: The Swamp Gypsies, Sweet Sweet, Saluda Shoals, and John Owens Journal

    Time: 9:30pm

    Tickets: $5 at the door

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    Saturday, September 2nd

    Music Farm: Little Stranger, The Georgia Flood, Whitehall, and Danger Scene

    Time: 8pm

    Tickets: $12 ADV / $15 day of show

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    Charleston Music Hall: Benjamin Starr, FatRat Da Czar, Scooda Sease, and H3RO

    Time: 8:30pm

    Tickets: $12 ADV / $15 day of show

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    Kingdom: Rick Monroe, Haley Mae Campbell, Kaylin Roberson, and Southbound 17

    Time: 9pm

    Tickets: $5 at the door

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    JohnKing: City On Down, Emily Curtis, Ryan McKenzie, and Megan Nicholson

    Time: 9pm

    Tickets: Free

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    The Royal American: Kelly Cheats, The Orange Constant, Ashes of Old Ways, and Big Thunder and the Rumblefish

    Time: 9:30pm

    Tickets: $5 at the door

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