This is a busy weekend in general, but there seems to be an unusually high number of music-related events happening.
That’s a good and a bad thing — good because you’ve got so much to choose from, bad for the same reason, as many of them conflict.
Warm Nights, Cool Jazz
College of Charleston associate professor Karen Chandler and members of the Charleston Jazz Initiative have teamed up to present a special Art With a Twist event tonight at the Gibbes Museum of Art.
Chandler will give a brief talk about Charleston’s 20th-century jazz musicians followed by a performance by Lonnie Hamilton III on saxophone, Oscar Rivers on piano, George Kenny on tenor saxophone, vocalist Ann Caldwell, and bandleader and pianist John Tecklenburg.
The event begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 for members, $30 for nonmembers, and can be purchased by calling 722-2706, ext. 21, or online at www.gibbesmuseum.org/events.
JAC Week wrap-up
As the second annual Jazz Artists of Charleston Week comes to a close during Jazz Appreciation Month, you have the chance to catch a “pay-what-you-will” event.
Tonight, the fourth annual See Jazz event will be held at the Olde Village Community Building, 4820 Jenkins Ave. in North Charleston. It will feature “A Night in Havana: Dizzy Gillespie in Cuba” and include the second edition of JAC(K) Talk. Doors open at 7 p.m. with things getting rolling at 8 p.m. Attendees have been advised to “bring a pillow and get comfortable.” See www.charlestonjazz.com.
Roots of Jazz Music
Palmetto Primary Care Physicians in North Charleston and Carolina Studios are putting on this inaugural music festival to benefit the Jenkins Institute for Children.
From 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, enjoy music from the likes of Lonnie Hamilton, Oscar Rivers, Sam Burchfield, Jazzy Jay, Charlton Singleton, Ann Caldwell, Ermitt “Mr. Blues” Williams, Skipp Pearson, High Gravity Jazz and the Benedict Gospel Choir. Also performing will be middle and high school jazz bands.
The event, which will take place at the Jenkins Institute, 3923 Azalea Drive, also will include tastings from Charleston restaurants and specialty vendors. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 the day of. Advance tickets can be purchased at Cat’s Music in Summerville or Monster Music in West Ashley. For more, call 735-5344.
Festival of Choirs
This one-day festival will showcase five choral groups: Charleston Symphony Orchestra Gospel Choir, Charleston Symphony Orchestra Spiritual Ensemble, East Cooper Community Choir, St. Andrews (N.C.) High School Mixed Ensemble and the Muscle Shoals (Ala.) Choir.
The free festival (donations are accepted) begins at 1 p.m. Saturday at Saint Matthews Lutheran, 405 King St. Go to www.charlestonchoirfestival.com.
Palmetto Vocal Project
The 30-member a cappella chorus will present its annual show, “In a Southern State,” at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday at the Rose Maree Myers Theater at the Charleston County School of the Arts.
Based in Mount Pleasant and comprising singers from across the Lowcountry, the all-male group performs a variety of genres ranging from contemporary a cappella stylings of pop songs to gospel, folk and classical choral music.
In addition, the show will feature the quartet Throwback, which placed sixth at the International Barbershop Convention in Portland, Ore., as well as the SOA Singers, an all-male a cappella group from the School of the Arts.
Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 the day of, and can be purchased at www.palmettovocalproject.com.
Blues by the Sea
On Sunday, head over to Freshfields Village (at the crossroads of Kiawah, Seabrook and Johns islands) for this ninth annual blues event.
From 2-7 p.m. rain or shine, enjoy free live performances by Billy Boy Arnold with special guest Billy Flynn, Professor Bottleneck & Harmonica Frank of Germany and recent transplant Shelly Waters.
The event is family-friendly. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Bring chairs or blankets. Go to www.bluesbash.com/kiawah.