[image-1]Spend a late summer evening in the scenic Gibbes Museum Lenhardt Garden with Kentucky-born cellist, writer, and activist Ben Sollee and his band Kentucky Native this Thurs. Sept. 7. This performance kicks off both Kentucky Native’s fall tour, as well as the Gibbes and Charleston Music Hall’s back yard concert series.

The music of Sollee and Kentucky Native — comprised of longtime collaborator and percussionist Jordan Ellis, fiddle player Julian Pinelli, and banjo player Bennett Sullivan — has been described by The New York Times as “Appalachian mountain music gave way to the blues, and one song was appended with a fragment from a Bach cello suite, beautifully played.”

In addition to being an acclaimed cellist, Sollee is also an avid cyclist (he’s biked 5,000 miles with cello ‘Kay’ behind him) and activist. Charleston Moves will be onsite to provide free bike parking, and will have a table set up to share more info about their organization. Everyone who bikes to the event will receive $5 off Sollee merchandise, and $1 off drink coupons. The Coastal Conservation League will also be at the Gibbes to share information about the work they do to protect South Carolina’s natural landscape.

Tickets are $25 for Gibbes Museum members, $35 for non-members, and $500 for a reserved table (seats 10). Guests can bring in their own picnic (including libations) as well as lawn chairs/blankets. If you don’t want to haul your own furniture, you can reserve a folding chair ahead of time.


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