Fourteen music icons and two bands will be inducted Sunday into the Lowcountry Music Hall of Fame in what’s expected to be an event filled with great sounds and family fun.
This year’s ceremony honors local music figures across genres with an awards show and performances by two bands starting at 1 p.m. Oct. 16 at Hanahan Amphitheater. The all-ages event and parking are free. Food trucks will be onsite and coolers are welcome.
“The class of 2022 — I think, first of all, it means I’m old,” said longtime Charleston radio personality Richard Todd. “It means I’ve been around for a long time to go into the Music Hall of Fame and obviously that has to do with my contributions in radio over the last 30 years here in town — playing a lot of music, emceeing, doing a lot of festivals and events and concerts over the years.
“I’m so flattered to be inducted,” Todd told City Paper. “For a radio person, you’re never supposed to be at a loss for words — but I say thank you … more than words can truly express the appreciation.”
After decades of supporting local and regional musicians through barn jams at Awendaw Green music venue, inductee Eddie White is considered to be a major mentor for the contemporary music scene.
“There’s such a rich legacy of music in Charleston,” White said. “It’s an honor to be part of it. It’s humbling to be included in this really amazing list of people that have given so much of their life to music.”
“This is kind of the old guard in the musician world,” he said of this year’s inductees. “Some of these people involved in this have been doing music in Charleston for 50 years or more. It’s just amazing to see how they primed the pumps for this music scene that’s occurring now.”
Organizer Michael Davis, who owns Ye Olde Music Shop in Hanahan, agreed.
“It honors people who have devoted their lives and time to music. They have grown the Charleston music scene without much recognition.”
He added the event brings enormous joy to those who are recognized.
One of the youngest inductees, 33-year-old Charles Carmody, director of Charleston Music Hall and Music Farm, was particularly honored to be included on the list alongside so many influential names in Lowcountry music.
“I have loved serving this community for over a decade,” Carmody told City Paper. “My goal has always been to bring the highest quality acts to town and promote and foster the local music scene. I hope I can do that for years to come.”
The annual free event that started in 2016 will last two to three hours. In addition to individual inductees, attendees will enjoy performances by inductees Acropolis, which Davis said was big here in the 1970s, and the Beatles tribute band Help!.
“This year is, I think, going to be a big one just because of who’s playing and who’s being inducted,” Davis said.
Parking is free. Location: Hanahan Amphitheater, 3100 Mabeline Road, Hanahan.
2022 Lowcountry Hall of Fame inductees
Band – Help! (Rob Robertson, Charles Marshall, Cambridge Trott, Kem Welch)
Band – Acropolis (Mike Sullivan, David Eade, Howie Furguson, Bobby Stewart, Jeff Pinkard, Rob Faison, Rev. Dr. Johnnie Mac)
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