Music Scene: Gramatik, John Brannen, Marion Meadows
By Matthew Godbey Special to The Post and Courier – Wednesday, September 25, 2013
As a child in Portoroz, Slovenia, Gramatik developed a fascination with music and was often found listening to his sister’s cassette collection of American funk, jazz and blues music to satisfy his growing interest.
What began as a 3-year-old’s curiosity with sounds he didn’t quite understand developed into an obsession of sorts as a teenager. By 13, Gramatik was crafting his own songs on an old PC and using the early evolution of file-sharing to broadcast his creations beyond his small town.
As his tracks began to spread through the digital renaissance, Gramatik’s popularity grew as quickly as technology and the times would allow. His samples of classic jazz, funk and blues mingled with modern electronic and hip-hop influences, and his unique background caught the attention of U.S. crowds, all of which eventually landed the young producer a contract with Pretty Lights Music, a label that gives all of its music away free of charge.
Gramatik relocated to Brooklyn, N.Y., to capitalize on his sprouting U.S. fan base and quickly became one of the biggest buzzes in the developing electronic underground.
Today, Gramatik continues to give his music away and performs nearly year-round, at headline shows as well as at major electronic and dance festivals like Wanderlust, Electric Forest, Wakarusa, Lightning in a Bottle and Camp Bisco.
Gramatik will perform Friday at the Music Farm, 32 Ann St., as part of his Age of Reason Fall Tour with Herobust and Ex Mag. Doors for the 16 and over show open at 8 p.m. with the show slated to begin at 9 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 the day of the show, and are available online at TicketFly.com, the Music Farm box office or at the door.
Go to MusicFarm.com or call 577-6989 for more information.
Raised in the Charleston area, John Brannen has shared his Southern-drenched brand of country/rock with the world for a few decades now.
His exceptional knack for melody and poetic sense of storytelling has propelled him into touring with Toby Keith and Shania Twain, big record deals and even a close friendship with the Eagles’ Joe Walsh.
Often compared to John Mellencamp or Bruce Springsteen, Brannen welds together a distinct musical sculpture that embraces the Southern way of life through detailed stories from people to places to the general spirit of the region. Brannen’s multi-dimensional songwriting teeters between poetically country and inescapably rock ’n’ roll.
John Brannen will perform Friday at the Woolfe Street Playhouse, 34 Woolfe St., with Rob Crosby. The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30-$35.
Go to WoolfeStreetPlayhouse.com or call 856-1579 for more.
Marion Meadows: MOJA show
Berklee College of Music alumni and renowned soprano saxophonist Marion Meadows was discovered playing in Grand Central Station during the ’80s by Emmy Award-winning composer Jay Chattaway, a meeting that led to Meadows’ first recording contract.
Through his chance encounter with Chattaway, the budding jazz musician began a working relationship with Grammy-winning producer and keyboardist Bob James. James helped to mature Meadows’ playing, leading to Meadows’ recording and performing with Michael Bolton, The Temptations, Eartha Kitt, the late Phyllis Hyman and others.
Marion Meadows will perform Saturday during MOJA’s cabaret-themed An Evening of Jazz Under the Stars concert at Family Circle Magazine Stadium, 161 Seven Farms Drive, on Daniel Island. Charleston’s First Class Band will open the night. Tickets are $21 for general admission, $36 for a table, and are available online at OvationTix.com.
The show is set to begin at 8 p.m.
Go to MOJAFestival.com or Page 22 for more information.