Cornell Steel Drum concert @ King Chapel, Cornell University
Feb 22 @ 4:00 pm

Winter blues got you down? Get into the Mardi Gras spirit with the warm Caribbean sounds of the Cornell College Steel Drum Ensembles. 

This concert is great for the whole family and is free and open to the public.

The Pandemonium and Toucan Steel Pan Ensembles with special guests the Calypso Singers and Calypso Horns feature both student musicians and alumni. Directing the ensembles will be Professor of Music Martin Hearne and Alan Kiser.

Come out and listen as they play some of your favorites and offer you the chance to hear some of their new music.

Jonathan Scales @ The Attic at Rock Brothers Brewing
Feb 23 @ 8:00 pm

Jonathan Scales is one of the most innovative steel pannists on the planet, and is redefining and challenging traditional expectations of his signature instrument. In his hands, the sonic palette of an instrument often associated with cruise ships and tropical resorts is radically expanded to mimic the role of horns, piano, vibraphone or marimba due to his stunning, virtuosic technique. Scales’ mesmerizing compositions have captivated listeners and elevated him to the status of a true composer, forging new territory in the medium of instrumental music.

Although Scales’ writing produces songs that are ultimately accessible and danceable, the compositions can be remarkably complex and difficult to perform. As a result, the power trio whimsically named Jonathan Scales Fourchestra has always had a fluid lineup top-notch musicians, and even included an “all-star” version with bassist MonoNeon (Prince, Ghost Note), drummer Robert “Sput” Searight (Snarky Puppy, Snoop Dogg) and percussionist Weedie Braimah (Trombone Shorty, Nth Power), as well as a number of other talented marquee value players. Throughout these changes, Scales has demonstrated remarkable perseverance and persistence, a topic that he presented in a TED Talk, while continuing to write and develop his craft and touring the North American and European club and festival circuit—as well as dates in Japan, Central America and The Caribbean. Scales also represented the United States through the Department of State as a musical ambassador in a four week concert tour of China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Indonesia in early 2017, an honor for which he was chosen from among three hundred finalists.

Jonathan Scales’ newest release, PILLAR – his sixth album, and fourth release on taste-maker label Ropeadope—is a testament to the grit and tenacity he possesses, while also serving as an introduction of his new, full-time rhythm battery consisting of bassist E’Lon JD and drummer Maison Guidry. These two formidable young lions hold their own in the company of an incredible cast of special guests, including bassists Victor Wooten, Oteil Burbridge and MonoNeon, trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, saxophonist Jeff Coffin, keyboardist Shaun Martin, percussionist Weedie Braimah and banjo pioneer Béla Fleck. It is the inclusion of Béla Fleck on this record that stands out most notably in context of Scales’ own personal story, and in this regard, PILLAR represents a remarkable victory for the music lover inside of the 33-year-old Asheville, NC based artist.

DD2 Steelbands feat. Andy Narell @ Summers Corner Performing Arts Center
Feb 28 @ 7:00 pm

Dorchester School District Two presents DD2 Steelbands in Concert, featuring Andy Narell. Bands include: DuBose Middle School, Fort Dorchester High School, Gregg Middle School, River Oaks Middle School, Summerville High School.

The Steelpan Experience – Nachtmusik @ The Sylvan Center
Mar 3 @ 6:45 pm – 8:45 pm

Nachtmusik is going tropical in March with Dr. Oliver Molina and his Steelpan ensemble. Come hear this joyful sound, mon. This is the seventh concert in the Fourth Nachtmusik Season, featuring a total of eight monthly chamber music concerts. Jackson Harmeyer will give this concert the same outstanding scholarly treatment that all Nachtmusik performances receive.

Our monthly Nachtmusik concert series is held in the beautiful Sylvan Center. Nachtmusik programs are intimate and engaging concerts that always provide outstanding educational value as well, with professionally produced program notes, and insightful commentary from performers.

Sojourn Steel Band concert @ ArtSpace/Lima
Mar 6 @ 7:00 pm

ArtSpace/Lima will host a house concert with the Sojourn Steel Band.

Sojourn Steel Band is a three-piece band playing traditional island sounds of Calypso and Soca to pop, Latin and Jazz.

Tickets at the door or by calling ArtSpace/Lima.

South Carolina PAS Festival of Steel @ CCU Wheelwright Auditorium
Mar 7 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 pm

The South Carolina chapter of the Percussive Arts Society (PAS) hosts the South Carolina PAS Festival of Steel on the CCU campus in Conway. Throughout the day, public school steel bands from around the region perform for a panel of guest judges. The festival concludes with an evening concert with the CCU Steel Band, featuring the award-winning, world-renowned steel pan player Andy Narell.

Gathering of the Pans @ National Trail High School
Mar 7 @ 7:00 pm

National Trail’s Gathering of the Pans  steel band festival will feature six bands this year and have opportunities for the community to have a fun night supporting National Trail’s program.

The festival will be located at National Trail High School gym and concessions will be open.

According to Judy Jordan, NT Steel Band Director, music of all types will be played during the festival. Clinicians are able to come in and work with the students before the festival. The six bands involved have even been working on music to perform together for their two mass band tunes. The Saturday of the festival, the bands will have an hour to practice their mass tunes with the clinicians.

“I love getting all of the different groups together. It is a great night of steel band music,” she said. “It’s going to be entertaining, fun, and you’re supporting the community. Plus, you get to see what else is out there! It’s just fun.”

The other bands do pay $250 to perform in the festival, but that helps pay for the clinicians. The groups essentially pay their clinician fees and have the opportunity to work with professionals before hand.

The funds raised from admission goes back to the National Trail Steel Band program to buy additional instruments or other costs associated with the program, including trips and competitions.

According to Jordan, attendees at Gathering of the Pans are helping support the National Trail Steel Band program and the students who participate.

“The kids enjoy working and learning the history of Steel Band. Our kids will teach the other kids. I think they just like making music — it’s fun! How can you sit there and listening to it [without having fun] — it’s like being on an island,” she said. “They get to come together and show off their talents.”

Festival of Steel feat. Andy Narell @ Wheelwright Auditorium
Mar 7 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The South Carolina chapter of the Percussive Arts Society (PAS) hosts the South Carolina PAS Festival of Steel on the CCU campus. Throughout the day, public school steel bands from around the region perform for a panel of guest judges. The festival concludes with an evening concert with the CCU Steel Band, featuring the award-winning, world-renowned steel pan player Andy Narell.

Dr. Mia Gormandy & the Old Mill High School Steelband @ Old Mill High School
Mar 13 @ 7:00 pm

Dr. Mia Gormandy & the Old Mill High School Steel Drum Band live in concert.

Annise “Halfers” Hadeed @ Kafe Blue (formerly Kaiso Blues Cafe)
Mar 15 @ 7:00 pm

Annise “Halfers” Hadeed live and uncut.