Tuning Up: Hip-hop festival returns, Benedict bands news, more

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“Tuning Up” is a morning post series where The Hub delivers curated, quick-hit arts stories of interest to readers. Sometimes there will be one story, sometimes there will be several. Get in tune now, and have a masterpiece of a day. And now, in no particular order…

A suite of musical updates for you today


  • Benedict College announced that Marching Tiger Band of Distinction Director H. Wade Johnson and Assistant Director Ronald Green were invited to participate in the 21st Annual Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 2023 Band Director’s Academy. The academy next week in New York City at Frederick P. Rose Hall. Johnson and Green received full tuition and travel scholarships for the four-day professional development session.
  • Back with a new home. World Famous Hip-Hop Family Day is returning Aug. 19 after a three-year hiatus. It will celebrate major milestones for hip-hop and for itself from the outdoor stage at the Koger Center for the Arts. “This is the 10th year of the festival. It meant a lot to us to get back to things on the 10th year, but the thing that kind of pushed it over the top for me was this also being the 50th anniversary of hip-hop … originating in the South Bronx in 1973,” said FatRat da Czar, founder of Hip-Hop Family Day and executive director of its parent nonprofit, Love, Peace & Hip-Hop. Look for headliner announcements July 1, and  read more of Allen Wallace’s coverage at ColaDaily.com.
  • “Above the third-floor courtyard of the Meeting Street Lofts apartment building, residents peer out from their balconies as music begins. In the space below, people seep in from all sides of the enclosed space with picnic blankets, six-packs and their closest friends, ready to spread out on the turf for the night and hear some live music.Unlike most concerts, however, these audience members had no idea what to expect upon arrival. No one had been told who was performing. And the location was only revealed to ticketholders 36 hours before the show. That’s part of the draw of a Sofar Sounds event: the mystique.”How is that for a teaser? Read the rest from Charleston in Eric Fenno’s Post & Courier coverage here (subscription may be required).

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