Mount Pleasant Magazine Sept-Oct 2023

68 | | calendar of events ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Willie Nelson and Friends When: 10/19/2023 at 7 p.m. Where: Firefly Distillery Born in central Texas, Willie Hugh Nelson grew up singing gospel music in the Baptist Church with his sister and long-time pianist, Bobbie. The two were raised by their grandparents, who encouraged them to play music, enrolling Willie in mail-order lessons at age 6. He is an American singer, songwriter, musician, political activist and actor. He was one of the main figures of the progressive and outlaw country subgenres that developed in the late 1960s as a reaction to the conservative restrictions of the Nashville sound. --------------------------------------------------------------------- The Spinners When: 10/20/2023 at 7 p.m. Where: The Reserve Golf Club at Pawleys Island Welcome to “Round the Block and Back Again!” The band both created and came to define the singularly smooth sound of Philadelphia Soul, channeling the highs and lows of romance and heartbreak into a catalog of classic hits, beloved across generations. Throughout the years the Spinners have topped both the pop and R&B charts with smash singles like, “I’ll Be Around,” “Could it Be I’m Falling in Love,” “Then Came You,” “The Rubberband Man” and many more – earning six Grammy nominations, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and selling millions of records worldwide in the process. --------------------------------------------------------------------- Luke Bryan When: 10/28/2023 at 7 p.m. Where: Credit One Stadium Luke Bryan has cited country artists George Strait, Alan Jackson, Alabama and Merle Haggard as influences on his career. He also cited hip hop bands Beastie Boys and RunD.M.C. as a source of inspiration in an interview with The Huffington Post, noting, “I think there’s been somewhat of a change with our generation. You know, nobody grew up more countrier than me, but I mean, I had Beastie Boys playing on little boom boxes and Run D.M.C. and all forms of music, so through the years, I just think it’s all constantly blending together.”