Coast Records hosted its first annual Winter Jam at the Music Farm on Friday January 15, 2015. The event benefitted the American Cancer Society and celebrated the births of Matt Zutell, Tyler Boone and Luke Cunningham (all of whom performed that night). The evening’s performances showcased a whopping 10 bands on the MF stage. The night was a bit like “musical hors d’oeuvres”. Although the performances were short (but oh so sweet), the crowd was able to get a little taste of the various bands that call Charleston home. Wes St. Lixx, from Charleston’s 98 Rock, was the high-energy emcee that kept the ball rolling throughout the night.
Boundless, an acoustic country duo, kicked off the evening. Their twangy charm put you in a honky tonk state of mind. Next in the lineup was Holy Smokes & the Godforsaken Rollers. Wes of 98 Rock called- out this group as being “bourbon enthusiasts” and referred to lead singer, Shannon Vogt, as the “Stevie Nicks of Charleston”. This group is not easily pigeonholed into one genre but is comprised with hints of rock, blues, and folk. Their poignant lyrics of New Moon also left a lasting impression, “Watch the embers burn while I sell my soul”. Next on deck were the Mobros out of Camden, SC. This band of brothers includes Kelly and Patrick Morris. It was hard to believe that only two musicians were on stage with the amount of power and panache they delivered in their performance. Their eclectic style and extensive vocal range (think Prince) made for a remarkable performance. It is no wonder that the Mobros were hand-picked by B.B. King to open for him in his 2013 summer tour. Next up, Chris Wilcox showed off his shiny new single, Southern Comfort from his new digital album, “Why Struggle? “. His easy-listening, country vibes (reminiscent of Zac Brown Band) had Charleston chomping at the bit for those cherished summer days. His newly released music can be found on Coast Records’ website. Tom Mackell, also with Coast Records, took the stage with his alternative rock performance. He brought Shannon Vogt, of Holy Smokes and the Godforsaken Rollers, back on stage to join him in giving a heartfelt performance of Honestly. In a soothing harmony they sang, “This is who I’m gonna be; nothing comes as easily. So come on, sing along, darling please”.
Carrying on to the second half of the evening, Human Resources showcased their pop rock music infused with contemporary new wave style. Their use of piano and unique sounds made it seem like you might be taking a walk through outer space. Stay on the lookout for their debut album that will be coming out this year; you won’t want to miss it! Punk Rock Reggae band, See Water, really commanded the stage and took the decibel to a whole other level. Goodness knows what their warm-up routine might be; but whatever it was, it worked! The energy these guys brought to the stage was insurmountable. In fear of doing a disservice to their music (also, this may be the best description ever), the band describes its music as, “Punky jam-sauce spread across a toasted reggae party bun with absolutely no relish and a side of your favorite childhood memory”. They sang, “I Wanna Go Home”, a song about working doubles that rings too true on a Friday evening. At the end of their performance, Wes proclaimed, “They just made your ears pregnant”. Next, The Dunder Chiefs cleared the bar and brought the crowd to the dance floor. Their soul grass music creates a stubborn impulse in you that makes you want to move to the music. They sang, “Wine Talk”, a song about all the bogus that’s said when drinking. Their crowd interaction made for an enjoyable experience; they remarked, “You keep drinking and we’ll sound really good”. They concluded their performance; but, were called back on stage for an encore! They answered with a cover of the Beatles’ Come Together. Then Luke Cunningham, a country rock artist out of Charleston, SC, took the Music Farm stage. His high energy performance captivated the audience. His moving lyrics and catchy tunes evoke memories of hanging out at tailgates with friends and family. His music and style is a true product of the South. Last, but certainly not least, Tyler Boone closed out the evening. Known in the Charleston area and beyond for his original songs and guitar prowess, Tyler Boone put on a show for the books. To close the evening, he brought on musicians who performed throughout the night to join him in his last song. This jam-sesh epitomized what the evening was all about: Getting remarkable local musicians together and celebrating life, all for a good cause, to fight cancer. Be sure to check out Facebook and local venues to find out more about the bands that performed and future performances!