Almost Steve (20 Year Reunion) w/ The Kenny George Band + Pickled Holler (on The Deck)
Friday, June 22, 2018 • Doors 8pm • Show 9pm
Show is all ages. Attendees under 18 must be accompanied by a parent. If you are under 21 you are subject to a $3-5 surcharge depending on the show. The surcharge must be paid in cash at the door on the day of the event.
Almost Steve was started around 1995 when Jeff Buchanan and Bill Johnson teamed up with other Greenville,SC natives Brian Buchanan and Todd Verdin. Over the next couple of years they toured the Southeast and released self-produced album Green Vegas, Super City. Around 1998 the band went through some member changes with the addition of John Fitzgerald on keyboard and Aaron Lavigne on drums. Todd, Bill, and Ryan Taylor(percussion) then left to pursue other projects. About a year later, Bill returned to the band. It is during this time Almost Steve played some of it's biggest shows, including The House of Blues in Chicago, IL. They toured heavily for the next couple of years. This was a schedule which included being on the road for almost 25 days a month, traveling from Florida to Michigan. This was with the help of promoter James Lockhardt. Almost Steve returned home to change it's line-up for the last time, adding Brian Kennedy on drums. John left to pursue other projects bringing the Steves back to a four piece line up. Almost Steve continued to tour through the early part of the 2000's. This included going back to the Midwest, finally returning home to Charleston, SC in 2003. Then they began to work on their long awaited sophomore album. They worked at Fusion 5 Studios in Charleston under the direction of producer. John Yerick. Almost Steve worked for almost 6 months on this project, when reluctantly, they decided to trash the project and take an indefinite hiatus. Currently, the many members and many faces of Almost Steve still remain great friends, and occasionally you can catch the founding members Jeff and Bill playing acoustic shows around the Carolina.
Kenny George Band
Music’s elders and icons established the initial template for Rock ‘n’ Roll, but it’s the newer generation that keeps it thriving and moving forward. So credit the Kenny George Band for doing exactly that. Comprised of Kenny George (lead guitar, vocals, songwriter), Bucky Brown (drums, harmony vocals), Center Ely (steel guitar), Brooks Andrews (bass) and Scott Rankin (rhythm guitar, harmony vocals), this hardworking ensemble has earned their stripes the hard way. Performing an average of 150 to 180 shows per year throughout the heartland, they bring their music to the masses one gig at a time.
“Our goal has always been to connect with our audiences,” George insists. “Our music is honest and organic, and we deliberately avoid pretence. We may seem like a ragtag bunch, but there’s a passion, purpose and sincerity that underscores everything we do, and hopefully that’s apparent even the first time you hear us play.”
Hailing from Aiken, South Carolina, the Kenny George Band has created an indelible impression with fans throughout the Southeast and Midwest, playing 250 concerts in the last two years alone. They’ve travelled the highways and byways between North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Alabama, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Missouri, reconnecting with their fervent followers and picking up new fans along the way. Their explosive live performances have made them a band on the brink of a breakout, and it’s little wonder that in 2016, they were voted South Carolina Artists to Watch by the South Carolina Music Guide.
Pickled Holler, on The Deck at 6pm