George Winston is one of the most recognized solo pianists in the world. This Saturday, he will perform at Charleston Music Hall. The sounds of his piano will also be the background music for a canned food drive benefiting the Lowcountry Food Bank located in North Charleston.
Since 1986, Winston has worked to raise money for food banks and other service organizations by linking fundraising events to his concerts. In each city he plays, Winston reaches out the corresponding local food bank to hold a canned food drive at the show. The pianist also donates 100 percent of his merchandise revenue to the food bank. One does not have to buy a ticket in order to donate food; the canned food drive is open to all in the Charleston community.
In December 2013, Winston released the single “Silent Night—A Benefit for Feeding America.” The track is available for purchase on iTunes, Amazon and Google Play. Winston donates 100 percent of the proceeds earned from this song to Feeding America, the nationwide network of food banks that feeds 37 million people.
Since the start of Winston’s career, the pianist has released 13 solo albums. The most recent is titled “Gulf Coast Blues & Impressions 2–A Louisiana Wetlands Benefit.” Winston is inspired by New Orleans R&B pianists including Henry Butler, James Booker and Professor Longhair. His upcoming concert at the Music Hall will feature his Summer Show: spring and summer songs, melodic folk piano songs from his recordings, Vince Guaraldi’s Peanuts pieces, pieces inspired by the New Orleans R&B piano tradition & the Harlem stride piano tradition, as well as songs from his upcoming album, “Spring Carousel – A Cancer Research Benefit.”
Doors open at 7 p.m. this Saturday night, March 19.