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Twiddle Live

Twiddle, A vermont quartet, played their first show ever in South Carolina last friday, november 15th, at the Pourhouse. Twiddle is originally a tag-along band to Phish, playing after-concerts and attracting many of the same fans. However, I am not a fan of Phish, yet I literally listen to Twiddle every day. This undercover Funk / Classical / Jam band tells stories through amazing melodies and harmonies.To better understand the style, I reccomend visiting  the site at This band is not as commonly known, and hasnt landed very many opening shows. However, this is simply a result in the attitude of the band and underdog funk essence about them. They are just as well known on the funk/jam scene as any band with national recognition, which leads me to believe that Twiddle will be headlining in the future. The band arrived a bit late, not expecting any fans, considering they played a free show on the deck at the Pourhouse. To their suprise, we rolled up with 30+ kids and immediately began helping them setup. They didnt hesitate to start off the show with force, and the crowd was moving instantly. I was lucky enough to have some time with the band after, and got to speak with the members and Tour/Band managers about things we learned in class this year. They were very impressed by the turnout, and gave me this free autographed tour poster! –>twiddlephotoIn conclusion, visit and download as much twiddle as you can. It’s free, and it’s awesome.

Monday Night Concert Series

On Monday, September 16th 2013 the Department of Music at the College of Charleston presented the Monday Night Concert Series, held in the Recital Hall of the Simons center of the Arts. This evenings concert is part of the Remington Master Series, dedicated to the incredible career of Mrs. Emily Remington. 

The two performers were Lori Phillips (soprano), and her husband, Jay Baylon (bass-baritone). The couple was accompanied by Robin Zemp, a talented musician and teacher of the SOTA here at the College. Phillips began the concert with a few solo preformances exhibiting her incredible range and power. Phillips ability to convey emotion through her voice and body language had the audiences attention incredibly focused on every movement. Baylon had a solo preformance following Phillips, until collaborating in a moving emotional display for a duet. Most of her songs were about love, pleasure, and pain. When the baritone (her husband) was introduced into the composition, the entire direction of the piece began to change from less chromatic dynamic tones to a flowing synchronization between the two. The eye contact between the two preformers was really what stood out to me. I’ve never seen a more synchronized emotional display on stage.

I definitly reccoment the Monday Night Concert Series to any  interest in the vocal arts and the private organization of world talent on our school stages. I also reccomend that everyone check out the Remington Master Artists series, all hyperlinks are listed above. The reception after the concert was amazing, and the show was only one hour. Free food and short performances are definitly a plus for any art student trying to budget time.