Night Sounds

HopeFest at Winthrop Lake offers live music, children’s activities

By Debby Jet Jennings

The All Star Special Jazz Ensemble entertains Saturday at HopeFest Family Festival at the Shack at Winthrop Lake.
The All Star Special Jazz Ensemble entertains Saturday at HopeFest Family Festival at the Shack at Winthrop Lake. ALL STAR SPECIAL JAZZ ENSEMBLE

The All-Star Special Jazz Ensemble along with Chase Killough, will be live Saturday at the HopeFest Family Festival, 3-7 p.m. at The Shack, Winthrop Lake in Rock Hill.

They’ll add their talent to the fundraising benefit for A Place For Hope, the non-profit organization dedicated to uplifting, improving life for families and especially at-risk youth in the Blackmon Road Community of Rock Hill.

Saturday’s fundraiser is a multiple part family fun fest offers not only live music but special kids activities from face-painting and pottery to arts, crafts, and more. Also, take your best shot at the silent auction items. Treasures and merchandise for this auction come from an interesting array of donors including: Dean & Deluca, Whole Foods, White Water Center, Speedway Club, Tega Cay Golf, Reid’s Market, Yoga & Wellness, Beads, Inc. and more.

Of course, live music always adds to the fun. The All-Star Special is a jazz, funk and fusion ensemble based in the Rock Hill and Charlotte area. The band refers to their sound as “smothered, covered, and funked” which makes more sense when you discovder that their July, 2013 debut release is titled ‘Dipped in Mo’ Gravy.’ Mixing up this spicy concoction involves the skills of Martin Patrick, drums; Phillip Howe, trumpet/piano; Chris Mitchell, saxophone, Craig Bowman, guitar and Carey Walter, bass guitar.

Then, jump from jazz and funk to run into some down home country, folk, and rock from singer/songwriter/guitarist Chase Killough. A hometown Rock Hill musician, this young artist-in-development aims for ‘emotion’ when writing new songs hoping to ‘craft his own sound.’

He draws from several musical genres for inspiration, especially rock, bluegrass, and folk. Then, these different styles are loosely gathered together by Killough under a big inviting Southern acoustic banner.

His musical endeavors originally began playing mandolin which expanded to guitar, but he also admits a love for electric guitar and piano. He lists a number of musical influences including his grandfather – who taught him to play mandolin – to Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes, Elton John, and Neil Young. Killough recently was found around town during the Come See Me festival performing ‘funky twists’ on favorite tunes.

Get down with the funk and snazzy jazz from The All Star Special, plus some rock and country cool with Chase Killough, Saturday for a variety of fun from the HopeFest Family Festival at The Shack, Winthrop Lake, 579 University Lake Drive in Rock Hill. For more information call 803-329-4673, visit, or contact executive director Porsche Hill at

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Friday: Oneppo Brothers Band at Luke’s Sports Bar & Grill, Rock Hill; Chubby Knuckles at SandBar Grill, Rock Hill; Some Kind of Conspiracy at HandleBar, Catawba; Khaos Kings Acoustic at Creekside, Lake Wateree-Camden; Raisin’ Cain Band at Empire Pizza II, Newport-Rock Hill; Still of the Night-Whitesnake Tribute, Mare’s Leg at Amos’ Southend, Charlotte; Triton, Red Eyed Romance, Meliora, more at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte; Sam Creggar, Chip McGee at Crown Station Pub, Charlotte; Thompson Brothers Band at Sycamore Brewing, Charlotte; Jimmy Thackery at Double Door Inn, Charlotte; Amanda X, Late Bloomer, The Spirit of the Beehive at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; Bill Creason at Coyote Joe’s, Charlotte; The Jazz Room with Mitch Butler at Stage Door Theater, Charlotte; Patois Counselors, Ballroom at Milestone, Charlotte; Ansolo at Label-NC Music Factory, Charlotte; Austrailian Pink Floyd Show, Led Zeppelin 2 at Uptown Amphitheater-NC Music Factory, Charlotte; The Dirty Guv’nahs, Electric Darling at Neighborhood Theater, Charlotte; Dance Box Sessions, Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley at Evening Muse, Charlotte; Lucas Gathings at Bootlegger’s Saloon & Dance Hall, Charlotte; Toby Keith, Eli Young Band, Chris Janson at PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte;

Saturday: Carolina Smoke at the VFW, Rock Hill; Michael Tracey, guest Darby Adkins at Sylvia Theater, York; Oneppo Brothers Band at SummerFest-1:30-3:30 pm, York; Oneppo Brothers Band (Sat. night) at Beef O’Brady’s, Baxter Village-Fort Mill; Weekends at John’s Place Neighborhood Bar, Fort Mill; The New Familiars at US National Whitewater Center, Charlotte; Burning August Music Fest with Arms of Mercy, Bloodstream, Fault Union, Home For the Day, more at Amos’ Southend, Charlotte; Leisure McCorkle at Comet Grill, Charlotte; Henry River Honey, Coddle Creek at Double Door Inn, Charlotte; Release Party: with Loose Lugnuts, David Childers at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; U-Phonik at RiRa, Charlotte; Thenkerz, Sink Tapes, Chalkies, The Kneads at Milestone, Charlotte; Double Ought at Puckett’s Farm Equipment, Charlotte; 20 Years of Divakar with Tattermask, The Sammies, Grown Up Avenger Stuff, more at Chop Shop, Charlotte; Wayward Reason at Bootlegger’s Saloon & Dance Hall, Charlotte; Evergone, Animals at Evening Muse, Charlotte; Stolen Hearts at Jack Beagles, Charlotte;

Sunday: DJ Beloved, Gary & Marcuis, Jazzy Bee at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte; Burning August Music Fest with Carving the Architect, Cherbough Way, More at Amos’ Southend, Charlotte; Melissa Etheride at Knight Theater, Charlotte; Miranda Sings, Colleen Ballinger at Ovens Auditorium, Charlotte; 20 Penny Circus, Dr. Cirkustein, The Bleeps at The Rabbit Hole, Charlotte;

Monday: 3 Piece Bucket Open Mic at Puckett’s Farm Equipment, Charlotte; Open Mic with Nick Wells at Evening Muse, Charlotte;

Tuesday: Damien Deadson, Forsake The Fallen, Among Fallen Kings at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte; Bask, Green Fiends, JaggerMouth more at The Rabbit Hole, Charlotte; Heaters, Ranch Ghost, More at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; Red Jesse, Sulfur, more at Milestone, Charlotte;

Wednesday: Leisure Cruise at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte; Melanie Martinez, Handsome Ghost at Amos’ Southend, Charlotte; North Tower Band at Romare Bearden Park, Charlotte; StereoLoud, BlacKostume, Weirdo, more at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; Rothschild, more at Milestone, Charlotte; O.A.R., Allen Stone, Brynn Elliott at Uptown Amphitheater-NC Music Factory, Charlotte; Lauren & Lane, Alex Christie at Evening Muse, Charlotte;

Thursday: Humming House at US National Whitewater Center, Charlotte; Chris Cook at Comet Grill, Charlotte; Guardian Angel Dinosaur, Gabriel Jules, Take The Fall, more at Amos’ Southend, Charlotte; Jon Stickley Trio at Double Door Inn, Charlotte; Alive After Five-Epicenter, Charlotte; Tamia at The Fillmore, Charlotte; Dr. Cirkustein, Hooka Hey, Run Engine, more at Milestone, Charlotte; Dirtwire at Chop Shop, Charlotte; The Ravenna Colt, Water Liars, Amigo, Justin Fedor at Evening Muse, Charlotte;

“And that was all she wrote.”

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