Southern Sound Series Kick-off Event

Legendary Blues-Player Drink Small to perform during the McCelvey’s 2015 Southern Sound Series Announcement and Kick-off Event

Tuesday, October 14, 2014  |  1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Lowry Family Theater at the McCelvey Center
212 E. Jefferson Street, York, SC 29745 

Culture & Heritage Museums will be presenting a kick-off event announcing the musical line-up for the McCelvey's 2015 Southern Sound Series. The event will be held in the McCelvey Center’s historic Lowry Theatre and will feature a performance by legendary SC blues player Drink Small. The 2015 Southern Sound Series Kick-off is sponsored in part by the Arts Council of York County and the Garden Café.

The Kick-off is a free, public invited event that will offer breaking news, photo opportunities, and electronic press kits for the news media. The kick-off will commence at 1:30 p.m. with a 30-minute concert by Drink Small. Following the opening concert, a 20-minute program will be presented by CHM staff announcing the musical line-up for the 2015 Southern Sound Series. After the announcement, Drink Small will perform another 30-minute set while guests partake from a spread of desserts and refreshments provided by one of York’s best and locally owned restaurant – The Garden Café.  Season tickets to the 2015 Southern Sound Series will be available for purchase at a 10% discount.


The mission of the McCelvey Center’s Lowry Family Theater is to present the unique heritage of the Carolina Piedmont through the performing arts while maintaining a quality venue for community enrichment. The Southern Sound Series runs from January through April; the 2014 series featured four Grammy-Winning artists.

Drink Small is a world-renown old-time blues player from the SC midlands. A recipient of SC’s Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award in 1990 for blues guitar & singing, Drink Small is an artist who has demonstrated a commitment to keeping traditional blues and gospel music of the Carolina Piedmont alive.  Born in Bisphopville, SC in 1930, Drink Small has performed at the Apollo Theater, the Montreal Jazz Festival and has toured with Sam Cooke, the Harmonizing Four, and the Staple Singers. He is featured in the book “Music Makers: Portraits and Songs from the Roots of America” (2004.) Before he turned to blues in the late '50s, the ‘Blues Doctor’, as he is referred to today, was rated one of America’s top gospel guitarists.

About our sponsors:

Support for the Southern Sound Series Kick-off is provided in part by the Arts Council of York County Small Grants Program, the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of SC, and the SC Arts Commission, which received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Garden Café is located at 307 West Liberty Street in York, SC and will be open for lunch prior to the Southern Sound Series Kick-off; reservations are not necessary but suggested: 803/684-7019.