2018 Southern Sound Series

For Immediate Release
Dec. 4, 2017

Marie Cheek
Community Relations Coordinator
Culture & Heritage Museums

Culture & Heritage Museums announce McCelvey Center’s 2018 Southern Sound Series lineup

YORK, SC – The 2018 Southern Sound Series is ready to roll 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 2018 Southern Sound Series is presented by Rock Hill Coca-Cola. The new lineup includes Nikki Lane, the Steel Wheels, the Mark O’Connor Band, and Rhiannon Giddens.

New for 2018 are reserved seating and online ticket purchasing.

Visit www.chmuseums.org/southernsoundseries to purchase tickets, ranging in price from $25 to $40. For more information, contact tickets@chmuseums.org.

Those interested in purchasing season tickets may become a Friend of McCelvey, which supports the Southern Sound Series and the McCelvey Theater. Friends of McCelvey receive a Culture & Heritage Museums family membership, season tickets, reserved seating, and a special gift. To become a Friend, please contact Alison Gray at 803.909.7242 or agray@chmuseums.org.


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

All concerts start at 7:30 p.m.


The 2018 Southern Sound Series lineup:

Nikki Lane – Jan. 20

Nikki Lane is a country-pop artist known as the ‘First Lady of Outlaw Country.’ Born and raised in the South Carolina Upstate, Lane conjures up the region’s musical traditions with a country-rebel attitude. Lane’s unbridled spirit and retro-glam flair punctuate her appeal as a gifted singer/songwriter. Nominated as an emerging artist of the year in 2015 by Americana Music Association, Lane has three albums that have peaked the charts. “Highway Queen,” released in early 2017, crisscrosses musical genres and showcases Lane’s ability to captivate. She’s garnered nods from NPR, the Guardian and Rolling Stone. In April, Lane and her band’s live performance in Loretta Lynn’s living room for CBS’ Saturday Sessions sealed-the-deal for her trajectory to stardom.


The Steel Wheels – Feb. 17

From Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, the Steel Wheels roll out a straightforward Americana sound. All four members of the band grew up in Mennonite families, which might explain their off-the-grid eminence. The Steel Wheels’ "Nothing You Can't Lose" hailed as Best Country Song in the 10th Annual Independent Music Awards and "Working on a Building" won Best Gospel Song in the fan-determined category. The quartet’s tenth album, “Wild as We Came Here,” was released in May and is the band’s first recording to include keyboards and drums. Piping harmonies, lyrical poetry and a rootsy string-band style put the steam in the Steel Wheels’ quest to bring people together through music.


The Mark O’Connor Band – March 17

Three-time Grammy Award winner Mark O’Connor is a gifted musician with a full-spectrum career. In 2017, the O’Connor Band’s “Coming Home” won a Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album. The Country Music Association named Mark O’Connor Musician of the Year for six years in a row from 1991 to 1996. In addition to recognition as a bluegrass and country music artist, O’Connor’s successes cross over various genres, including jazz and classical. As a versatile award-winning violinist and composer, Mark O’Connor has collaborated with numerous headliners ranging from the Dixie Dregs to Yo-Yo Ma. The O’Connor Band includes Mark O’Connor’s talented family members who are musical champions in their own rights.


Rhiannon Giddens – April 27

Rhiannon Giddens continues to soar high as a roots-minded musician with a powerhouse voice.  A native of Greensboro, North Carolina, Giddens attended the Oberlin Conservatory of Music where she performed as a lyric coloratura soprano. Founding member of the Grammy Award winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, Giddens set course as a solo artist in 2013. Many awards later, including the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass, induction to the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame, Living Blues and International Folk Music Awards, and a Mac Arthur Fellowship, Giddens reigns as a music historian and contemporary showstopper.

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About the McCelvey Center:

The McCelvey Center is the original site of the Yorkville Female Institute 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.