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Reggae Block Dance

Friday, September 30 from 6:30pm-11:00pm
Venue: Brittle Bank Park
Address: Corner of Lockwood & Fishburne Streets
Admission: Free
Sponsored By: The Boeing Company, C&A Unlimited, Inc.-McDonalds
Coordinator: Osei Chandler

Enjoy a vibrant and energetic evening filled with the sounds of Reggae. Relax and enjoy the fare from a variety of food trucks or browse goods from international artisans before you dance the night away with friends and neighbors. The lineup of Reggae artists taking the stage includes Da Gullah Rootz featuring General Top Rank’n and Ras Bonghi featuring Deighton Charlemagne and Identity.

R&B Concert featuring Cameo, Monica and DJ Kid Capri

Saturday, October 1 at 7:00pm

The City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs has been informed by the promoters of the R&B Concert featuring Monica & Cameo, scheduled for Saturday, October 1 at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park (“The Joe”), that the concert has been cancelled. Refunds will be issued automatically to those patrons who purchased tickets on-line or using a credit or debit card; tickets paid for in person using cash should be returned to the point of sale. For more information regarding refunds, please call the Riverdogs staff at (843) 723-7241.

Gospel Concert: A Gospel Celebration

Sunday, October 2 at 4:00pm
Venue: Trinity United Methodist Church
Address: 273 Meeting Street
Admission: $11 General Admission
Coordinator: Theresa J. Hilliard

This year’s gospel concert promises to be an inspiring and moving celebration. The featured artists are The Voices for Christ, Hebron Zion Young Adult Choir, and Mt. Horr AME Church Young Adult Choir. The Mistress of Ceremony is Ms. Lynn Boone.

Lynn Boone: Lynn comes from a musical and multi-talented family who taught that with God as the head of your life, nothing is impossible. She graduated from Bishop England High School and earned a degree in Communications from Winthrop College in Rock Hill, SC. She is a lifelong member of Salem Missionary Baptist Church where she serves in various capacities: Youth and Children’s Choir Director, Youth Advisor, Team of Directors, Website Committee and Church Anniversary committee. She also works with the Praise Dancers and serves as the Assistant Church Secretary. She sings with the Boone Singers, and the Voices of Deliverance of Charleston with whom she had the opportunity to perform in Italy and Switzerland. Lynn appeared in concert as one of the Gospel Divas also for the MOJA Gospel Segment. In 2001, Lynn opened for the legendary R& B artist, Stephanie Mills and has appeared in several Art Forms and Theater productions such as Ain’t Misbehavin’ and I Sing from my Soul. Lynn appeared as a soloist with the Charleston Symphony Gospel Chorus accompanied by the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. She is a member of the Charleston Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., where she currently serves as the Chaplain and is a member of the Delta Tones. Three years ago, Lynn founded The Family That Sings that features her entire family in concert.

Mario Desaussure: A native of Charleston, SC, Elder Mario Desaussure is the eldest son born to the late Bruce “Sandy” Desaussure and the late Annette Moore Desaussure. He is an anointed psalmist who began singing at the tender age of 3, in the Alpha Omega Reformed House of God Church, under the leadership of his great-grandfather, the late Bishop Aaron H. Moore, Sr. He is a 1998 graduate of R. B. Stall High School and attended Benedict College for three years, but returned home to care for his mother and father until their passing. He is planning to return to college and further his education majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Business Administration.  He has sung for various groups and national recording artists throughout the lowcountry and also the United States, such as Mike Brown and F.O.C.U.S., The Anointed Voices of Praise of Huger, SC, Trinity Inspirational Choir, Pastor Sam Dennis, New Generation of Praise, Vashawn Mitchell, Dorinda Clark-Cole and Ricky Dillard, just to name a few. Mario has also received various awards and recognition for his gift that God has given to him. But most of all, he is a child of the Most high God. He takes no credit for anything but gives God all praise, glory and honor for everything he has allowed to happen throughout his life. He is a firm believer that God will make ways out of no way and will open doors that man thought should be closed. His motto is, “if I can help somebody as I pass along, then my living shall not be in vain.”

The Voices for Christ: The Voices for Christ is a young adult gospel choir at Greater Zion AME Church in Awendaw, SC. The vision for this group came from Charles ” Chuckie” Singleton, Jr seeing a need for a young adult choir in the church. Everyone was eager and receptive to the idea and the group was formed in late 2010. The choir enjoys ministering through song and believes strongly in faith, fun, and fellowship. The Voices for Christ lives by the motto, “I give my life, my love, my all to Christ.”

Hebron Zion Young Adult Choir: In the spring of 2008, what started off as a dream finally became reality. This choir is joyful in praise, worthy in song, and a mighty force to be reckoned with. The Hebron-Zion Young Adult Choir is highly involved within the community assisting with a variety of community outreach programs and ministries and continuing to praise the Lord with their ongoing community support. The choir is currently under the leadership of Kim LaBoard, who has served as the president since 2013. Hebron Zion Young Adult Choir currently performs every second Sunday with a music staff which includes: Ms. Phyllis J. LaBoard the music director and organist, Mr. David Taylor the guitarist, Mr. George Roper on the trombone, and the percussionist Mr. James J. Grant. Hebron- Zion Young Adult Choir members include: Devanee LaBoard-Nelson, LaVerne LaBoard, Rayven Jones, Teresa Simmons ,Tia LaBoard-Brown, Titilola Bligen, Velvett Simmons, Joi Coaxum, Kimberley LaBoard, Marquita Jenkins, Sarah Rucker, Sedera Freeman, Shana Robinson, Terri Jenkins, Audrey LaBoard, Jermaine Jenkins, and Johnathan Brown.

Mt. Horr AME Church Young Adult Choir: This 15 member gospel choir was organized by the late Rev. Rufus Cochran more than 20 years ago as the young adult choir. They sing every 2nd Sunday of the month, giving praises to our Lord and Savior. The members are Delores B Seabrook, Darcy Wright-Mcteer, Christine Blake, Shirley Blake, Queenie Gathers, Regina F. White, Tamiko Rivers, Melonde Brown, Kevin Singleton, Robert Holmes, Jovan Roberts, Courtney Green, Allina Deas, and Dollie Fludd.

Choraliers Music Club of Charleston

Sunday, October 2 from 7:30-8:30pm
Venue: St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
Address:
18 Thomas Street
Admission:
Free

One of Charleston oldest choral groups, the Choraliers Music Club of Charleston will present a Gullah-Geechee Explosion, consisting of Gullah Folklore, Unarranged & Arranged Spirituals, Gospel, Blues, and excerpts from Porgy and Bess.

Pop Life! Celebrating the Music of Prince

Sunday, October 2 at 8:00pm
Doors open at 7:00 pm
Venue: Charleston Music Hall
Address:
37 John Street
Admission:
$21, Reserved Seating

After a thrilling, SOLD OUT performance of Nothing Compares 2 U: A Tribute 2 Prince at the historic Charleston Music Hall, Charlton Singleton and Friends RETURN for PART TWO! Pop Life! Celebrating the Music of Prince promises to be another show-stopping night of music and love celebrating one of the most recognizable and iconic mega superstars of our time, Prince Rogers Nelson. Join Charlton, Quiana Parler, and newly named Poet Laureate of Charleston Marcus Amaker as they lead the Superfunkacalifragisexy Tribute Band through PART TWO of what was and will again be an amazing night of energy, artistry, and of course…LOVE!

Charlton Singleton – Vocal

Quiana Parler – Vocal

Marcus Amaker – Princely Knowledge and Vocal

Timothy Smalls – Drums

LaVanta Green – Bass

Greg Loney – Guitar

Stephen Washington – Keys

Calvin Baxter II – Keys

Mike Brown – Hammond Organ

Mark Sterbank – Tenor Sax

Michael Quinn – Tenor Sax

Christopher Williams – Alto Sax

Demetrius Doctor – Trombone

College of Charleston Gospel Choir

Monday, October 3 at 7:00pm
Venue: Sottile Theatre, College of Charleston
Address: 44 George Street
Admission: $10 at the door only; free for CofC Students with Student ID

Performing Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs, the College of Charleston’s Gospel Choir will highlight both traditional and contemporary music from each genre. The group is under the direction of Brenten Weeks.

The Housing Authority Block Party with New Galaxy Band

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER-RELATED EVACUATIONS

Wednesday, October 5 at 5:00pm
Venue: Charleston Housing Authority
Address: 562-A Meeting Street
Admission: Free
Sponsored by: The Housing Authority of the City of Charleston

Experience a night of entertainment as the Charleston Housing Authority hosts a MOJA Block Party. This gathering is for the young and old. On site health screenings and free food, with local artists performing, including the New Galaxy Band headlining.  Come out and celebrate this festive event!

Harbor Cruise featuring Curtis Inabinett, Jr. and Ah Touch of Class

Wednesday, October 5

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER-RELATED EVACUATIONS

For tickets purchased online or with a credit card, you will be automatically refunded. If you purchased with cash, return to the point of sale next week for your refund.

Boarding at 7:30 pm, Cruising from 8:00-10:00pm
Venue: The Spirit of Charleston
Address: Harbor Walk, 360 Concord Street, adjacent to the South Carolina Aquarium
Admission: $16 General Admission. Cash bar and snacks available for purchase.

Curtis is no stranger to MOJA having received one of its first best instrumentalist awards in the 1980’s. In other MOJA events he’s shared the stage with Angela Bofill, and along with ‘Ah Touch of Class,’ and Mayor John Tecklenburg, they appeared on the show with Regina Bell.  This harbor cruise promises to be an evening of great music and fun for all. Curtis is joined by Keyboardist Larry Ford, Bass Player Jeffrey Holt, Drummer Gerald ‘Cameo’ Williams, and Lead Guitarist Bobby Simmons.

An Evening of Jazz featuring Najee

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER-RELATED EVACUATIONS.  Refunds will be automatically issued in the manner the ticket was originally purchased.  Please allow 3-5 business days for refund to appear.  If you have any questions, please call the Gaillard ticket office at (843) 242-3099.

Friday, October 7 at 7:30pm
Venue: The Gaillard Center
Address: 95 Calhoun Street
Admission: $22.40-$66.08, Reserved Seating. 

Two-time Grammy nominated saxophonist and flautist, Najee has made a career following his heart and keen musical intuition by pushing musical boundaries, all of which have made him an international pioneer in the music industry. Having collaborated with everyone in the music business from Prince, Quincy Jones to Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan and Herbie Hancock, Najee’s technical agility, grace, compositional prowess, unbridled passion and fearless genre bending have made him one of the most sought after musicians of his generation. With two Platinum and four Gold albums under his belt, Najee is an icon whose musical vision spawned an entire new genre by fusing the music close to his heart (R&B and Jazz).

Opening for Najee is Charleston’s own First Class Band featuring a wide variety of music including top ten hits, Motown, pop, R&B, beach and smooth jazz.

Classical Encounter

CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER-RELATED EVACUATIONS
Venue: Mt. Zion AME Church
Address: 5 Glebe Street
Admission: Free, reservation required.
Coordinator: Ellen Dressler Moryl

Concert pianist Dr. Wilfred Delphin will be joined by bass-baritone Ivan Griffin, and soprano Dara Rhaming, in a program of opera arias and spirituals. Also appearing on the program is D’Jaris Whipper-Lewis, one Charleston’s leading singers. Dr. Delphin has long been a favorite performer at MOJA and Piccolo Spoleto. Mr. Griffin and Ms. Rhaming were presented at the 2016 Spoleto Festival USA in Gershwin’s quintessential American opera, Porgy and Bess; Griffin also appeared in Spoleto’s world-premiere of Afram ou La Belle Swita by Edmund Thornton Jenkins, son of Reverend Daniel Jenkins who founded Charleston’s historic Jenkins Orphanage.

MOJA Finale

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER-RELATED EVACUATIONS

Sunday, October 9 from 4:00pm until dark
Venue: Hampton Park
Address: 30 Mary Murray Boulevard
Admission: Free
Sponsored By: The Boeing Company, C&A Unlimited, Inc.-McDonalds, SCE&G, metroPCS

The culminating event of the MOJA Festival, this lively and colorful celebration includes high energy musical performances, a pop-up art exhibition, international artisans and mouthwatering ethnic foods. A variety of community organizations will be on hand to provide information in addition to a health and wellness fair for men, women and youth.