This summer, I'm doing a few CD Release Concerts around Atlanta and in a few cities in South Carolina, including a few venues that I'll be performing in for the first time.
Last Friday, July 1, we had our first Release Concert at Fresh Brewed CoffeeHouse in Myrtle Beach, SC. This was the second time that I played there and they have improved their location by remodeling their stage area as well as adding two computers and a bookshelf area in the section between their entry coffeebar. The staff were very friendly as well as the guests. Kevin and Anne Marie were our hosts for the evening. A guest soundman, Lynn, was also friendly and knew a few regional musicians friends. I played a solo set, including a few new songs from Hopes & Dreams as well as a few Beatles covers as part of a medley, during soundcheck.
The other bands performing during the evening, were also very friendly and entertaining. Paige and guests enjoyed some coffee and free popcorn while there. We sold quite a bit of CDs, too! We snapped a few pictures and spent time visiting; catching up with friends afterwards.
I highly recommend anyone in the Myrtle Beach area to visit Fresh Brewed CoffeeHouse, which is located on Broadway Street in downtown Myrtle Beach, near the old boardwalk and new ferris wheel that lights up at night.
Alex Filacchione, guitarist and computer graphic artist extraordinaire, made a series of great promotional posters for the CD Release Concerts. He previously made a cool one for our From Memphis To Clarksdale Tour back in August, 2009.
Next Saturday, July 16, I'll be returning to Columbia, SC, to perform in the city for the first time in over two years. Last time, I played at The Art Bar, in the Vista.
The White Mule is one of Columbia's best live music venues as well as a great downtown restaurant. They have a full bar and serve lunch, dinner, coffee and drinks.
I've invited many friends that I grew up with as well as some relatives. I hope to see and speak with everyone there. If you live in the Columbia area, please come to the show on the 16th. Jesse Isley, well known as John Wesley Satterfield's guitarist and multi-instrumentalist, will be co-headlining with me. The doors open at 6:30pm and my set begins right at 7pm. We'll have CDs there as well as a few surprises, too!
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Reid Stevens began writing music in the 1990's after completing an undergraduate degree work in film and television (Media Arts) at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. Reid has since written over 300 songs and has released 16 studio albums and 5 cd singles for charity during the past five Christmas seasons. Reid is also gearing up for his first full length studio release this October exclusively through Bandcamp.com.