UNION — A total of three bands will perform on the stage of the USC Union auditorium on Saturday, Aug. 23 as part of “Art & Soul.”
The Union County Health Care Foundation is sponsoring Art & Soul, which Foundation Director Catherine Childers has described as an interactive evening of art, music and dance which will take place on all three floors of the USC Union Main Building. The purpose of the event is to help the foundation achieve its goal of raising $20,000 to help pay for the construction of a helipad next to Wallace Thomson Hospital.
Art & Soul will be from 7-10 p.m. and during that time the public will have the opportunity of visiting all three floors where they we will be able to enjoy the art, music, and dance offered on each floor throughout the evening.
The third floor, where the campus auditorium is located, will be devoted to the music portion of the event with three groups representing different musical genres performing at different times. The groups are:
• Dirk & Catherine Schlingmann who will perform at 7 p.m.
Dirk and Catherine Schlingmann are academics by day, musicians by night. They dabble in a variety of styles from bluegrass to the avant garde. Dirk has been doing music almost all of this life, playing mainly guitar and fiddle. Catherine started singing after she met Dirk 30 years ago. They have been doing music together ever since. They have been active musically in Germany, West Virginia, Kentucky, and South Carolina.
• Gospel Grass which will perform at 8 p.m.
Gospel Grass is a 4-piece bluegrass gospel band from Union, South Carolina. The band originated in 2002 when three members of the Upper Room Sunday School Class at Grace United Methodist Church combined talents with their pastor, Rev. Gary Byrd, to perform for a 5th Sunday singing service in September of 2002. The four friends practiced for several weeks prior to the service and enjoyed it so much that they agreed to keep practicing, developing repertoire, and performing whenever possible.
The band only recently adopted a name, even though they’ve been performing once or twice a month for a couple of years at various fundraisers and civic functions, and have anchored the Union Downtown Merchants Association’s program, Music On Main, since May of 2004. Usually referred to as the Grace United Methodist Bluegrass Gospel Band, the band often joked that they should call themselves “Will Play For Food.”
Gospel Grass does not charge a fee for performing, although it will accept donations made to Grace United Methodist Church, to help cover the expense of a recently purchased sound system.
The band’s repertoire consists primarily of bluegrass gospel standards, hymns, and traditional bluegrass. All band members sing, accompanied by guitar, string bass, banjo and mandolin. Gospel Grass focuses their efforts on vocal harmonies, tight arrangements, and variety of repertoire.
• Missing Monday which will perform at 9 p.m.
Missing Monday is a 6-member band based in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The band originated in 2012 when Dr. Boscia (lead guitar, vocals), Dr. Moretz (vocals, acoustic guitar), and Henry Stein (bass guitar, vocals) decided to form a group. They added Ray Dunleavy (rhythm guitar, vocals), David Rice (keyboard, violin, saxophone), and Matt Roper (drums) to complete the group.
Dr. Moretz is a family physician in Union and Dr. Boscia, a pulmonologist, practices in Spartanburg and Union. Henry Stein has worked at Wallace Thomson Hospital and Matt Roper is a native of Union. The band’s repertoire consists primarily of popular rock and country.
The name Missing Monday was contrived by Joe Boscia, using the initials of their lead singer, Melinda Moretz.
Corporate sponsors at the present time for Art & Soul are American HomePatient, Arthur State Bank and Lockhart Power.
For more information about the event or to purchase tickets, contact Catherine Childers at Wallace Thomson Hospital, 864-301-2466. Tickets are also available at American HomePatient, Midway BBQ, Paradise Home Center, and WBCU.
The Union County Health Care Foundation is a proud partner with American HomePatient.