2017 McCelvey Southern Sound Series Lineup

For immediate release

October 6, 2016



Marie Cheek

Community Relations Coordinator

Culture & Heritage Museums





Culture & Heritage Museums Announces McCelvey’s 2017 Southern Sound Series Line-up


YORK, SC – The musical line-up for the 2017 Southern Sound Series was announced on October 5 during a Kick-Off event at the McCelvey Center’s Lowry Family Theatre. Dedicated to providing the regional community with authentic contemporary performances, the series showcases musical genres that are steeped in the multi-cultural origins of the Carolinas. The 2017 Southern Sound Series will be brimming with bluegrass, scattered with country and served with a generous side of soul. The lineup includes Sierra Hull, The Suffers, Steep Canyon Rangers and The SteelDrivers. Sponsors for the 2017 Southern Sound Series are Hampton Inn of Rock Hill, SC and the Garden Café of York, SC.


The 2017 Southern Sound Series line-up:


Sierra Hull - Saturday, January 7

A bluegrass child prodigy turned full-fledged mandolin virtuoso, Sierra Hull has played the White House, Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. Hull was the first bluegrass musician to receive a Presidential Scholarship to the Berklee College of Music. With four albums to her credit, Hull’s most recent release, “Weighted Mind,” was produced by Bela Fleck and includes vocal harmonies by Rhiannon Giddens, Alison Krauss and Abigail Washburn. “Weighted Mind” was nominated for 2016’s Album of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) and contains Hull’s “Black River,” which received an IBMA nomination for Song of the Year. Hull was awarded IBMA’s Mandolin Player of the Year and co-hosted the 2016 IBMA awards on September 29.


The Suffers - Saturday, February 18

Rooted in the tradition of African American gospel music, the genre of soul will rock the Lowry Family Theater stage by way of The Suffers. A ten-piece band with a horn section and the front-and-center vocals of Ms. Kam Franklin, The Suffers lay it down with fun and funk. Spin magazine described The Suffers as “the sort of neo-retro group you never knew music was so badly missing.” The Suffers hail from Houston, Texas and have performed on The Late Show, The Daily Show, NPR’s Tiny Desk concert, Newport Folk Fest, and Austin City Limits Music Festival. The Suffers received eleven Houston Press Music Awards in 2015. A self-titled debut album was released in February 2016.


Steep Canyon Rangers – Friday, March 10

The Grammy-Award winning Steep Canyon Rangers performed sold-out concerts at the McCelvey Center in January 2014 and March 2015. Back by popular demand, the band returns with their deftly crafted feel-good bluegrass. The title track from the Steep Canyon Rangers’ latest album “RADIO” was nominated for 2016’s Song of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association. The band’s “Nobody Knows You” won a 2013 Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album. After touring with comedian/banjo-picking Steve Martin in 2011, the Steep Canyon Rangers were presented with the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year Award. The band’s 2017 concert at the McCelvey will be on the heels of another tour with Steve Martin.


The SteelDrivers – Saturday, April 22

The SteelDrivers kicked off 2016 with a Grammy-Award for Best Bluegrass Album on behalf of the band’s latest release, "The Muscle Shoals Recordings.”  The legendary Alabama region known for shaping musical history, Muscle Shoals is home to lead singer/songwriter Gary Nichols and lends the verve to the SteelDrivers’ unique sound. “Muscle Shoals Recordings” was nominated by the International Bluegrass Music Association for 2016’s Album of the Year and contains “Long Way Down,” which was nominated for IBMA’s Song of the Year. Since their first release in 2008, the band’s discography includes several Grammy nominations in both country and bluegrass categories. The SteelDrivers’ behind-the-scenes credits as songsmiths and session players have generated big chart successes.


The McCelvey Center is located on 212 East Jefferson Street York, SC 29745


TICKETS: $25 CHM Members, $30 General Admission

Season Passes are available until January 7, 2016

Season Pass Member: $90 (10% disc.)

Season Pass Non-Member: $108 (10% disc)

Tickets are available online at www.chmuseums.org/southernsoundseries

Or call 803.909.7313 or 803.909.7488


All concerts are general admission and start at 7:30 p.m.


Friends of McCelvey

A giving program for Culture and Heritage Museums (CHM,) Friends of McCelvey support the Southern Sound Series and in return receive favorable perks. Benefits include CHM membership, preferred seating at concerts, meet and greet receptions with the performing artists, and more. Contact Alison Gray at 803.909.7242 for more information on becoming a Friend of McCelvey.


About the McCelvey Center:

The McCelvey Center is the original site of the Yorkville Female Academy founded in 1852 and includes the 500-seat Lowry Family Theater. Noted for its remarkable acoustics, the historic theater has a lovely 1920s ambiance and hosts the annual Southern Sound Series and the Grand Ole McCelvey summer concert series. The mission of the 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 theater and other facilities at the McCelvey Center are available for rental. The 2017 Southern Sound Series is presented by the Friends of McCelvey in the McCelvey Center’s Lowry Family Theater.