It’s time again for the Pawleys Island Festival of Music & Art (PIFMA). The Festival, scheduled for September 30-October 21 has become one of the East Coast’s most beloved music and arts festivals. Each year thousands of locals and visitors flock to the Lowcountry to hear nationally acclaimed artists and become part of the arts movement that is sweeping the South.
The 2017 event will kick off Saturday, September 30 in downtown Georgetown, South Carolina with the Fifth Annual Seaside Palette/Wet Paint Sale and the Eighth Annual Chalk Walk. “This is a great way to kick off the Festival,” said Executive Director, Delores Blount. “The artists showcase their talent and the public enjoys watching the masterpieces come to life.”
While the Festival continues to add events and include new artists, there are several events that are tried and true. This includes the Pawleys Island Wine & Food Gala, which serves as the Festival’s primary fundraiser. Now in its 18th year and scheduled for Thursday, October 5, it is always a crowd pleaser and a sell out. Almost as popular as the wide array of wines and knowledgeable vintners, is the Gala’s Reverse Drawing. Each person who purchases a $100 ticket can win $5,000 if his or her ticket number is the last one drawn that evening. All proceeds benefit the Festival and the educational programs that the Festival supports.
The Festival will be headlined by multi-Grammy-award-winner, Delbert McClinton, an American blues rock and electric blues singer-songwriter, who is an accomplished guitarist, harmonica player, and pianist. McClinton, who will take the stage on October 7, has recorded albums for several major record labels and his singles have topped the Billboard Hot 100. He is “One of the Fortunate Few,” who has managed to live his dreams for more than six decades. The music for his current album is new and fresh, and maintains the Delbert McClinton signature that fans love.
The line-up for PIFMA is:
Friday, October 6 – Artrageous
Artrageous, is an ‘outrageous’ combination of art, music, theater, singing, dancing, and audience interaction combined with captivating vocals, intricate choreography and exciting music. The troupe of artists, musicians, singers and dancers pay tribute to a variety of art forms, icons and musical genres. Imagine the excitement of a team of exceptional artists painting at electric speed, creating giant works of art right before your eyes. Accompanied by live music, powerful vocals, and creative choreography, it is a unique visual journey of wild inspiration, creativity and fun!
Friday, October 13 – You’ve Got a Friend • Carole King and James Taylor Tribute
In 2010, Carole King and James Taylor, two of the most celebrated singer-songwriters to ever hit the music scene, held their long-awaited Live at the Troubadour reunion. It came as no surprise that Kirsti Manna and Jonathan Birchfield were so inspired by that concert that it compelled them to create a show based on this timeless music. Manna and Birchfield have years of touring, performing and writing between them. They have shared the stage with such artists as Brooks and Dunn, Ray Charles, Jimmy Buffett, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, and
have appeared on the Grand Ole Opry. Now they are sharing the stage not only with each other, but with the songs of their musical mentors. “‘You’ve Got a Friend” isn’t just a song title; it pays homage to the music, the lyrics and the melodies, that millions have come to love.
Saturday, October 14– Melissa Manchester
Melissa Manchester celebrates not only 40 years as a Grammy award-winning performer and songwriter, but also, a renewed independence and vitality. Manchester’s career is remarkable not only for its longevity and accomplishments, but for its versatility. The “Midnight Blue” singer received her first Grammy nomination for Best Pop Female Vocal Performance in 1979 for “Don’t Cry Out Loud.” She won the grammy in that category four years later for “You Should Hear How She Talks About You.” Manchester has had her songs recorded by Barbra Streisand, Roberta Flack, Dusty Springfield, Alison Krauss, Kenny Loggins and many others. Two songs she performed, “Through the Eyes of Love” and “The Promise,” were nominated for Oscars. She has written tunes for several other films.
Thursday, October 19 – Balsam Range
Balsam Range’s assent to the top of the bluegrass world has left a well-marked trail of success. Elements of jazz, country, gospel, swing, and old-time music are all infused into the fresh sound of this unique Southern band. Its five distinct personalities create one remarkable musical experience., Balsam Range is one of the genre’s most award-winning artists garnering ten International Bluegrass Music Association Awards to date with five critically acclaimed albums. Their performance at the Grand Old Opry left audiences spellbound. Nominated for three International Bluegrass Music Association Awards: Entertainer, Vocal Group, and Vocalist of the Year for 2016, Balsam Range offers something that is sure to continue to mesmerize fans of bluegrass and beyond.
Friday, October 20 – Joe Gransden
Renowned first for the hard bop approach of his trumpet, Gransden’s singing voice has been compared to that of Chet Baker and Frank Sinatra. Coming from a family of musicians, Joe’s introduction to music came early on through his father, a gifted singer and pianist. His
grandfather was a trumpeter of merit, playing professionally his whole life throughout New York, while on his mother’s side of the family was the piano virtuoso, Carmen Cavallero. Gransden’s CD, “Close To My Heart,” is a collection of smooth jazz covers and originals written by Joe and Kenny G with whom Joe has been performing for the past several years.
Saturday, October 21 – Masters of Soul (Tabled Event)
Masters of Soul is a celebration of the legendary songs and performers that defined Motown and soul music. For many, Masters of Soul is the ultimate stroll down memory lane. For younger generations, this show offers an opportunity to experience an era in our country’s history that produced many of the greatest music acts ever recorded. Masters of Soul perform some of your favorites by Gladys Knight & The Pips –Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell – Smokey Robinson & the Miracles – The Temptations – The Four Tops – Diana Ross & The Supremes – Martha Reeves & The Vandellas –Barry White – Sam and Dave – James Brown and many more. This is sure to be a sellout since it is one of the best things to do in the Myrtle Beach area. Reserve your tables early.
All events will be held at The Reserve Golf Club of Pawleys Island unless otherwise noted.