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Rocker Mark Miller Live in Free Concert, Sunday, Oct. 20
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SPARTANBURG, SC – The weekly Singer-Songwriter Concerts continue at Chapman Cultural Center with rocker Mark Miller this Sunday, Oct. 20. Hear Miller, owner of Wheresville Records, perform 2-4 p.m. for free. Concerts take place in Zimmerli Plaza along with the Art Market, 1-5 p.m. All Sundays Unplugged events are in addition to the many museums and galleries, most with free admission.
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Music Mosaic showcases eight artists at Chapman
By Vincent Harris
Updated June 20, 2013
Source: Greenville Journal Newspaper
Mixing it up
It's been said before that being charitable can create its own benefits, and that's quite literally the case for Spartanburg musician Mark Miller. Miller was called upon by Spartanburg's nonprofit community arts organization Hub-Bub four years ago to gather musicians for a show benefitting the Empty Bowls Project, which raises money for local soup kitchens, Meals On Wheels and similar services. The show took place at the Chapman Cultural Center, and was so successful that the center's CEO reached out to Miller for a different project.
"This past year, the Empty Bowls show was really successful," Miller says, "and Jennifer Evins from Chapman contacted me in January and told me they were thinking about having entertainment on Sundays. They wanted to bring awareness to the fact that the Cultural Center's art gallery was open on Sunday.
"We discussed it, and she said I'd gotten such a strong reaction to the entertainment for the Empty Bowls project that she wanted to know if I could get some of those same artists to play on Sundays. I said I would approach them about it, and I got about half of them. Along with some new artists as well, that's what turned into Sundays Unplugged."
Miller, who works as both a musician and as the owner of Wheresville Sound recording studio, recruited eight artists to play free "mini-concerts" at Chapman every Sunday. When Evans told Miller that the budget for paying the musicians wasn't very high, Miller hit upon another method of compensation.
"Jennifer asked what else they could do at Chapman to entice the artists to play there," Miller says, "so I suggested that maybe the musicians could play (the Chapman Center's) David W. Reid Theatre in prime-time slots. That's how Music Mosaic came to be."
The Music Mosaic show, which takes place this Saturday, June 22, will showcase each of the eight artists who have played the Sundays Unplugged series in 30-minute sets beginning at 5 p.m. The musicians who will appear are, in order of appearance, D.J. Baker, Jeremy Willis, The Lovely Jodie, Rohn Jewell, Frank Walker, Mark Miller, Syndey McMath and the Not Even Brothers.
"They're all great musicians, and they all have varying styles," Miller says of his co-stars on the Music Mosaic bill. "There's a wide range of music, and it's going to be really family-oriented. There's going to be food and beverages there, in addition to the music."
Miller says he was careful to keep the Sundays Unplugged series from becoming monotonous, and that planning has benefitted the Music Mosaic show.
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Concert benefits arts education in Spartanburg
A series of intimate Sunday afternoon musical performances at the Chapman Cultural Center have led to a singular, primetime concert that will benefit arts education in Spartanburg.
Eight area music acts will perform Saturday on the stage of the David W. Reid Theater at the Chapman Cultural Center. The concert, dubbed “Music Mosaic,” will run from 5 to 10 p.m. with a half-hour intermission midway through the festivities.
DJ Baker, Jeremy Willis, the Lovely Jodie and Rohn Jewell will perform during the first half of the event, followed by Frank Walker, Mark Miller, Sydney McMath and Not Even Brothers in the evening portion.
“The concert is the culmination of several months of effort at the Chapman Cultural Center,” said Steve Wong, the center’s marketing director. “Back during the first part of the year, we started being open on Sunday afternoons, and we wanted to give the public some added value — another reason to come visit us.”
The “added value” came in the form of a series of intimate mini-concerts that visitors could enjoy while exploring the cultural center’s museums and galleries on Sundays.
The eight artists who performed throughout the spring are being rewarded with the opportunity to play on one of the Upstate’s most prestigious stages.
“Most of these artists typically (perform at) restaurants and very small gigs,” Wong said. “For them, to get to play on the stage of the David Reid, it’s a pretty big deal. Over the years, I’ve dealt with quite a few artists and musicians, and I can tell you, they all loved being on that stage.
“The acoustics in there are absolutely wonderful, and (the room) is intimate, gorgeous and elegant.”
Inman-based musician Mark Miller, who helped coordinate the Sunday afternoon series, can vouch for Wong’s assertion that the David W. Reid Theater is a special place.
“I was there a few years ago when Terry Bozzio (of Missing Persons and Frank Zappa fame) did that exhibition with the biggest drum set in the world,” Miller said. “I was helping set up the drums, and he walked in and looked around and he says, ‘You know, I’ve played in Rome and in Paris, and I’ve played all over the world, and I think this is about as nice a theater as I’ve ever played in.’ ”
Miller is using the Music Mosaic concert as the official CD release party for his new album, “Disassembly Required,” which he recorded at his own Wheresville Sound Studio. He describes his music as “progressive rock,” citing such influences as Pink Floyd, Todd Rundgren, early Genesis and Yes.
Another album cut at Wheresville, Walker’s “Beyond Horizons,” will also be released at the concert.
“We hadn’t planned it that way, but it just seemed to make sense,” Miller said. “It was like it was meant to be.”
Befitting its name, the Music Mosaic concert will encompass a variety of musical styles and instrumentation.
For example, Spartanburg-based musician Jo Kokri-Bhatt, who performs as The Lovely Jodie, is a classically trained pianist who offers unique interpretations of standards.
“I’ve grown up in Spartanburg and have done music my whole life, and the Chapman Center is one of the best things to have come to our area,” Kokri-Bhatt said. “So, I’m very excited and honored to get to play on that stage.”
Miller said the show will conclude with a jam session involving at least the four evening performers.
About Empty Bowls
Mark Miller: Why I’m Involved Posted: December 17th, 2011 | Author: JoeyGeier | Filed under: uncategorized | No Comments »
Mark Miller has been kind enough to organize local musicians for Hub City Empty Bowls. Here is a post from him on how he became involved: In 1992 I organized a benefit concert in Beaufort SC for the Salvation Army. I was in a band at the time, knew the club owner and solicited many musicians and bands I had worked with live and in the studio. The admission to the concert was non-perishable food items. That caught on and it became an annual event. Since then I have always tried to find a way to give back to the community in any capacity possible. I was approached by my friend Jim Cullen in 2009 and asked if I would be interested in organizing the music for that years Empty Bowls. I jumped at the opportunity and am excited to be involved with the entertainment for the third year. We have a great pool of talented artists, some like myself performing for the third year as well. We look forward to many more and ask the community to make a point to come out, buy a bowl, eat some soup and enjoy the music.. Mark Miller wheresvillerecords.com Penland blogs about Empty Bowls Posted: December 15th, 2011 | Author: CherylAMirer | Filed under: uncategorized | No Comments » CNN recently posted this feature about Empty Bowls, a project begun by our friends Lisa Blackburn and John Hartom. It’s a terrific concept – community meals, eaten from handmade ceramics donated by local artists, raise money to help feed the hungry. (You can see a couple of local ceramic artists, including our neighbor Cynthia Bringle, working in the video.) You can read the companion article, which includes profiles of several other innovative and inspiring approaches to ending world hunger, here: http://www.cnn.com/2011/10/12/world/iyw-how-to-help-hunger/index.html “Empty Bowls is an international grassroots effort to fight hunger and was created by The Imagine Render Group. The basic premise is simple: Potters and other craftspeople, educators and others work with the community to create handcrafted bowls. Guests are invited to a simple meal of soup and bread. In exchange for a cash donation, guests are asked to keep a bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. The money raised is donated to an organization working to end hunger and food insecurity.”