Born on the streets of Asheville, NC, Empire Strikes Brass smacks down the stereotype of a brass band with its globe-spanning fusion of Old School Funk, Ska, Southern Rock, Alt Country, Hip Hop, Boogaloo and New Orleans Jazz. Along with wall-to-wall horn power, ESB can be counted on for face-melting guitar solos, lush vocal harmonies and powerful drums, bass, keyboards and more. And they’re no stranger to festivals, performing at the South Carolina Jazz and Heritage Festival and the Big What?
“Joyful jazz” best describes the music of Grammy®-nominated drummer, singer and bandleader Sammy Miller and his ensemble, the Congregation. A Los Angeles native with a master’s from The Juilliard School, Sammy has gathered a troupe of equally accomplished musicians. Independently, the band members have performed and recorded with notable artists including Wynton Marsalis, Lady Gaga and Queen Latifah at venues including the White House, Lincoln Center and the Hollywood Bowl. Together, they craft jazz that just feels good.
What’s the perfect pairing with jazz? Spicy tacos or wood-fired pizza? Creamy gelato or icy-cold ale? See where the music moves you, between the varied offerings of Damiano’s Pizza, Braised in the South, Semilla, Gelato Moto, Bottleneck Coffee Truck or Miracle’s Tasty Express chased by some tasty libations at the Carolina Ale House.
The concert starts at 5pm, but the park will open at 3:30pm. So come out and get the best spot. And don't forget your blankets, chairs, sunscreen and bug spray. Also, if you need hotel accommodations, The Courtyard by Marriott is steps from the amphitheater in Brown Family Park.
From I-26 take Nexton Parkway (Exit 197B), turn right onto Sigma Drive and follow the signs to event parking. Parking is limited and first-come, first-served - so transit or car-pooling with friends is smart and encouraged.