8/17/2017

A Guide to the 2017 Charleston Music Confab


The Charleston Music Confab (formerly New Music Confab) is back for its third iteration from August 30th to September 2nd. Founder Dave Stewart retired in 2014 from a 25 year career in radio to start this showcase that made its debut in 2015, with hopes of creating an event similar to the now-enormously successful SXSW that takes place in Austin. The growth of the Confab is a reflection of the growth of Charleston's music scene, which has been rapid over the past few years.

Back in 2015, the inaugural year for the New Music Confab, there were 12-15 artists featured at two venues: The Music Farm and the Charleston Music Hall. In 2016 The Royal American was added as a third venue, and in 2017 the Confab will expand even further to JohnKing and Kingdom, two relatively new bars on King Street that have been host to many artists in recent months. The Confab has also partnered with several area hotels to offer discounted rates for out-of-town attendees.

During the day are panel discussions that range across a wide variety of topics and include several prominent local figures. Topics of discussion include Artist Branding, Studio Production, Streaming, Format, Genre, Touring, and Social Media Influence. Notable speakers include Mark Bryan, Matt Zuttell, Charles Carmody, Ben Fagan, Richard "Box" Bachschmidt, and many more. Full list of panelists here.

After the panel discussions end for the day, the music showcases start up at host venues. We've got a breakdown of the music schedule below, to help you decide which events you want to attend. The decisions will be tough, but they are definitely split fairly well into general categories of genre and style.


Wednesday, August 30th


Music Farm: See Water, Abstract that Rapper, Carolina Wray, Tigerdog, and Tyler Boone

Time: 8pm

Tickets: $5 ADV / $10 at Door

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Thursday, August 31st


Charleston Music Hall: Anfernee, Johnny Jr., Walter Brown, and Angie Rose

Time: 8:30pm

Tickets: $12 ADV / $15 day of show

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JohnKing: Matt Parker & the Deacons, Brad Wells, Kylie Odetta, and Caleb Brown

Time: 9pm

Tickets: Free

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Kingdom: Sabin Sharpe, Brandon Bailey, Caroline Dare, and Cooper Allan

Time: 9pm

Tickets: $5 at the door

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The Royal American: Black Power Mixtape, Gravesend, Glass Mansions, and Lovesick Radio

Time: 9pm

Tickets: $5 at the door

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Friday, September 1st


Music Farm: Atlas Road Crew, People's Blues of Richmond, The Steppin Stones, Katie Rose, and Bellavida

Time: 7:45pm

Tickets: $12 ADV / $15 day of show

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Charleston Music Hall: Matt Monday, PG13, Kween Katt, and Mike Sarge

Time: 8:30pm

Tickets: $12 ADV / $15 day of show

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Kingdom: Page Mackenzie, Leah Burkey, Lauren Hall, and Emma Kate McLain

Time: 9pm

Tickets: $5 at the door

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JohnKing: Dylan Swinson, Spencer Rush, Regina Ferguson, and Brendan Pugh

Time: 9pm

Tickets: Free

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The Royal American: The Swamp Gypsies, Sweet Sweet, Saluda Shoals, and John Owens Journal

Time: 9:30pm

Tickets: $5 at the door

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Saturday, September 2nd


Music Farm: Little Stranger, The Georgia Flood, Whitehall, and Danger Scene

Time: 8pm

Tickets: $12 ADV / $15 day of show

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Charleston Music Hall: Benjamin Starr, FatRat Da Czar, Scooda Sease, and H3RO

Time: 8:30pm

Tickets: $12 ADV / $15 day of show

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Kingdom: Rick Monroe, Haley Mae Campbell, Kaylin Roberson, and Southbound 17

Time: 9pm

Tickets: $5 at the door

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JohnKing: City On Down, Emily Curtis, Ryan McKenzie, and Megan Nicholson

Time: 9pm

Tickets: Free

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The Royal American: Kelly Cheats, The Orange Constant, Ashes of Old Ways, and Big Thunder and the Rumblefish

Time: 9:30pm

Tickets: $5 at the door

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