Billie Fountain’s Corey Webb has launched a weekly series at Palmetto Brewing (289 Huger St.) called Music Meetup, an informative night designed for the local music community.
According to Webb, the evening has two specific purposes. “It’s for people interested in some aspect of the industry to meet and network with others,” he says. “Already a few people have gotten gigs and potential bandmates out of it. The first Meetup got Billie Fountain our first gig ever in Columbia.”
There’s also a keynote speaker at each Meetup, with locals like Charles Wyke-Smith manager of Sonder Blue, Heyrocco manager Alex Collier, Hearts & Plugs founder Dan McCurry, and SUSTO’s Justin Osborne (speaking on healthcare for musicians) leading the way so far.
Webb interviews each speaker in an inside-the-actor’s studio format. “This is the bread and butter,” Webb notes. “The industry is a complex beast, and I’m out for answers from people I think have the knowledge and can express it to those who want to understand. Not necessarily high-powered entertainment lawyers and Grammy Award winners — most of us can’t relate to that. We’re talking managers of bands that you know personally, owners of venues that want to share how you should present your band for booking purposes, Justin Osborne sharing his tried-and-true DIY approach. That kind of stuff.”
Upcoming Meetups include tonight’s Coast Records’ (and Human Resources’) Matt Zutell talking about how a label supports an artist, producer and Brave Baby’s Wolfgang Zimmerman (July 18) on capturing a creative process, and Awendaw Green founder Eddie White (Aug. 1) on enriching/building the Charleston music scene.