CofC Arts Management Department Rocks at Give Back Concert

On Saturday Jan. 24, Coast Records and the College of Charleston Arts Management Department hosted the College of Charleston Gives Back Rock Concert at Music Farm. Proceeds were dedicated to Carolina Studios, a non-profit organization that provides music-engineering software to at-risk youth in the Charleston area. By integrating into communities and schools, Coast Records has graciously provided a safe environment for students to express and explore their creativity through music.

From alternative to indie-rock, the local artists demonstrated a different genre of music with personal touches that made each performer unique and considerably entertaining. Singer/songwriter, Shannon Vogt kicked off the concert and set high standards for the night. Having her own fan club dancing front row and singing along with the words, Vogt captivated the audience with her laid-back style and catchy lyrics. In fact, the crowd seemed to enjoy one song in particular called “Motorbike.” To listen, you can check out Vogt’s website at and other songs. In addition, Vogt is currently living in Charleston and working on her next album titled “Wolves” with Ocean Industries Studios.

Next, The Dunder Chiefs took stage and livened things up with their signature soul grass music and peaceful,

The Dunder Chiefs perform at the College of Charleston Gives Back Rock Concert--photo by Jess Spence

The Dunder Chiefs perform at the College of Charleston Gives Back Rock Concert–photo by Jess Spence

easy feelin’ vibe. Looking around, I noticed people couldn’t help but take off their jackets and dance to the upbeat and charismatic songs. Without realizing it, I found myself doing the same thing. With a recently released album “Kicking Rocks”, the Charleston-based band continues to make music with Coast Records. Go to their website for more amazing music and upcoming performances at

Trailing after, Tom Mackell impressed with his acoustic/rock music as well as his backstory. The Philadelphia native, fresh out of high school, spent his summer self-producing a five track acoustic album called “One Man Army” and since then has been working with Mark Bryan (grammy award-winning guitarist and songwriter of Hootie and the Blowfish) and Coast Records. To hear more from Tom Mackell go to his website at

Donnie Dies, a commuting band between Charlotte and Charleston is known for its distinctive fuse of rock, jam, and pop and exemplified those genres perfectly at the CofC Gives Back concert. Take a look at their website at to view their story, listen to their integrated music, and get a feel of what they stand for as a band. They definitely got people dancing on Saturday night.

Lowcountry native and blues/rock singer, Tyler Boone is a well-respected and well-known artist in this city and was given full attention by his admirers at Music Farm. Boone was nominated for Singer of the Year, Singer/Songwriter of the Year, and Song of the Year “Home” by Charleston City Paper Music Awards 2013 and has been opening act for a number of impressive artists, such as The Old Crowe Medicine Show and Edwin McCain. Boone’s music is the type of music you can’t help but bob your head to and the floor that night was filled with rhythmic, bobbing heads. Check out Boone’s website to hear more bluesy tunes at

Finally, last but not least to perform was Sun-Dried Vibes. Just as these three laid-back guys took storm of the audience, they have also taken storm of the Southeast with their reggae, pop sound. Having opened for popular bands, like AWOL Nation and Neon Trees, and taking the title of Rock Bank of the Year at South Carolina’s Music Awards in 2012, these guys show no sign of slowing down. To listen to Sun-Dried Vibes’ music and map out their new national tour this year, go to for additional information.

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