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Real Woman Blues

Dates:  September 27, 7:00 pm; September 28, 7:00 pm; September 29, 4:00 pm
Venue: Cannon Street Arts Center
Address: 134 Cannon Street
Admission: $30 Adult, $25 Senior/Student

Based on a book of poetry, this choreo-drama production of Real Woman Blues explores issues that have plagued women through the centuries. Matters such as love, family, broken relationships, men, friendships, domestic violence, self-esteem and self-worth. This play takes you on a sisterhood journey of being a woman and all the ups and downs that come with life.

Women and Wonder: A Tribute to Stevie Wonder

Date: Saturday, September 28
Time: 8:00 pm; Doors at 7:00 pm
Venue: Charleston Music Hall
Address: 37 John Street

The Music Hall’s most successful local concert series to date, the “Women & Series” is a fun way to celebrate some of the artists we all love while also celebrating and encouraging our local musicians. The Singers: Zandrina Dunning Christian Smalls Exavia Baxter Alva Anderson Hazel Ketchum Lindsay Holler The Band: Drums – Ron Wiltrout Bass – Corey Stephens Keys – Stephen Washington Guitar – Greg Loney Sax – Chris Williams

Gospel Concert: Good Old Fashioned Gospel Music

Date: Sunday, September 29
Time: 4:00pm
Venue: Trinity United Methodist Church
Address: 273 Meeting Street
Admission: $11
Coordinator: Reverend Randolph Miller

The program will feature music made famous by artists such as Mahalia Jackson, James Cleveland, Shirley Caesar and Andre Crouch.  The sanctuary of Trinity United Methodist Church will never be the same as Ashley Hale, Mario Dessausure, Elder Javetta Campbell and Reverend Randolph Miller wow the audience with their musical talents.  Come be a part of this wonderful hand clapping, foot stomping experience.

Reverend Randolph Miller is the Newly appointed Pastor of Greater Unity AME Church in Holly Hill, South Carolina. Rev Miller is the Host of Bounce Around Charleston, currently seen on the Bounce Network here in Charleston, SC He enjoys the work of the Church and loves being involved in Community Activities. Additionally, he serves as the Coordinator for the Gospel Segment of the MOJA Arts Festival.

Elder Javetta Palmer Campbell is a member of Christian Praise & Worship Center, the former Reformed House of God, in the Accabee Section of North Charleston, SC. Minister Campbell has ministered in word and song at various churches and ministries throughout the lowcountry, the United States and abroad. Humbled by the doors that God has opened, her prayer is that God is always pleased with her and that someone’s life is changed through her obedience.

A native of Charleston, SC, Elder Mario Desaussure is an anointed psalmist who began singing at the tender age of 3, in the Alpha Omega Reformed House of God Church. Mario has sung with and for various groups and national recording artists throughout the lowcountry, the United States as well as Europe. His motto is, “if I can help somebody as I pass along, then my living shall not be in vain.”

Minister Ashley S. Hale, has a superior talent that has landed her on stages domestically and internationally. Ashley’s passion for performing exudes when she takes the stage and shows effectively by captivating audiences everywhere Ashley’s vocal power began at the age of 5, being reared in the church. Her strong voice has allowed her to stand flat footed on stages internationally by performing in Europe, and many other national platforms.

College of Charleston Gospel Choir

Date: Monday, September 30
Time: 7:00pm
Venue: Mt. Zion AME Church
Address: 5 Glebe Street
Admission: AT DOOR ONLY $15 General Admission | FREE for Students with Valid ID

About the Program:

This year the College of Charleston Gospel Choir will be featuring a vast repertoire of contemporary gospel music from the 1990’s. From artists like Kirk Franklin, Donald Lawrence, Ricky Dillard, to choirs like the Mississippi Mass Choir, West Angeles C.O.G.I.C Mass Choir and many more; you will experience an eclectic variation of contemporary gospel music.

While many white musicians gravitated toward country, folk, and old-timey music to express their spirituality outside of traditional Christian hymns, Black Gospel music drew heavily upon the traditional spirituals that had been passed down from the days of slavery, picking up its more driving rhythmic emphasis from blues and early jazz. Composer and singer Thomas A. Dorsey crystallized the style in 1932 with his epochal “Take My Hand, Precious Lord,” and went on to compose a great many songs that later became standards.

As the curtains of 1980 through the 1990’s drew opened, there was a soothing melody found in Contemporary Gospel. This new Gospel gave us peace of mind. A peace of mind that continues to be the foundation of real happiness and that peace is the fruit of our love perfectly fulfilled in song / music. It provided great comfort in knowing that we will one day see Jesus. Contemporary Gospel is a development of our faculties and powers through a relationship with God. It reinforced the belief that God is the Master of our Faith and the Captain of our soul. This new style of music had its crossover into the world of entertainment through such stars as Ray Charles, Al Green, Aretha Franklin, The Edwin Hawkins Singers (O Happy Day), Andrea Crouch; (The Blood Will Never Lose its Power), which was composed by him when he was only thirteen years of age.
-Brenten Weeks, Director, College of Charleston Gospel Choir

Soul in the Garden

Date: Wednesday, October 2 6:30pm
Venue: The Gibbes Museum of Art
Address: 135 Meeting Street
Admission: $20 Members, $25 Non Members, $400 Table For 10
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A few of Charleston’s favorite vocalists; Black Diamond (The Black Diamond Band) and Zandrina (The Zandrina Dunning Experience) are excited to bring you “Soul in the Garden.” The two will join together to bring you an evening of Soul music with a twist under the stars along with a few of their friends.

The Gibbes Museum partners with the Charleston Music Hall to bring outstanding live music performances to the Lenhardt Garden. Bring a picnic and a lawn chair and arrive early to find a spot – or reserve a premium table – and enjoy a plein-air performance under the setting sun.

This concert will feature members of The Black Diamond Band and The Zandrina Dunning Experience. Black Diamond and Zandrina, along with a few of their friends, will bring you an evening of Soul music with a twist.

MOJA Harbor Cruise featuring Dante Lewis

Date: Wednesday, October 2
Time: 8:00 pm; Boarding 7:30 pm
Venue: Spiritline Harbor Cruise aboard the Spirit of Charleston
Address: Harbor Walk Dock at Aquarium Wharf (dock to the left of the Aquarium)

Admission: $25


“BOARDING @ 7:30PM No backpacks or large tote bags will be allowed onboard Boat has limited handicapped accessibility; please call Spiritline Cruises at (843) 722-2628 for specifics about accessibility “

Dante Lewis is a professional saxophonist based in Columbia, South Carolina. He performs a mix of smooth jazz, classic jazz, R&B, Top 40 and old school music, and most recently released an Anita Baker tribute album entitled, A Sweet Love: Tribute to Anita Baker. Dante channels his genuine personality through his music, which creates a contagious positive energy and a fun, energetic flavor for every audience who hears him play.

Saxophone – Dante Lewis
Bass – Rod Kind
Drums – Fred Burrell
Keys – Superior Edwards

Quiana Parler & Friends

Date: Friday, October 4, 9:00pm
Venue: Memminger Auditorium
Address: 56 Beaufain Street
Admission: $25

Entertainer Quiana Parler is no stranger to the MOJA Arts Festival, but increasingly finds herself on the road across the country and around the world. Long a local favorite, Parler rose to national prominence after her success on the 2003 season of “American Idol,” and from there toured and recorded alongside successful artists as diverse as Kelly Clarkson, Maroon 5, Clay Aiken, Miranda Lambert, and David Foster. Currently, as lead vocalist for internationally, critically-acclaimed roots music group, Ranky Tanky, Parler is using her artistry to bring the musical heritage of the South Carolina Lowcountry to some of the most prestigious stages in the US and Europe, including New York City’s Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall.

The Glory Road

Date: Sunday, October 13 3:30pm and 7:00pm
Venue: Charleston Music Hall
Address: 37 John Street
Admission: $20 in Advance, $25 Day of Show

The Glory Road is produced by the Music and Christian Arts Ministry of the A.M.E. Church, The Unity Production Group, LLC, and presented by Rivers Enterprises. The cast features over 150 anointed vocalists, liturgical dancers, gospel musicians, talented actors, and other creative artists from all over Charleston and the Lowcountry area. This highly spirited experience promises to be a high spirited celebration and provides an opportunity for the arts to serve as a catalyst for bringing the entire diverse Christian community together.

“The Glory Road” is a gospel musical stage play that provides a soul stirring depiction of judgment day.  After God calls for Gabriel to blow his silver trumpet to wake the living nations and the nations underground, He is going to sit in the middle of the air to judge the quick and the dead.  With the help of the “Celestial Angels,” pilgrims will approach heaven’s door seeking entrance into eternal reward. Those that have washed their robes in the blood of the lamb will enter into the kingdom and join the heavenly choir.  But those who are not able to withstand the evil snares of Satan will be cast into the bottomless fiery pit of hell. The play asks the question, “Where will you stand on that Great Day?”

MOJA is pleased to be a promotional partner for this presentation.