CCU kicks off new Music on the Lawn series
A new program coming to Coastal Carolina University this year is Edward’s College Music on the Lawn series.
In celebration of Edward’s College's 20th anniversary, the college will be hosting biweekly concerts open to students, faculty and the general public. The first concert on Aug. 27 kicked off the year of celebrations for Edward’s College.
Associate Dean of the Edwards College, Easton Selby said the idea of a concert series first began three years ago when Coastal hosted Grammy award-winning band Ranky Tanky, who is based out of Charleston. There were over 200 people at that concert but now that everyone is back on campus post-pandemic, the staff wanted to figure out a COVID-friendly way to hold outdoor concerts.
“The Provost who was Dean at the time got the idea that if its better to be outdoors than indoors we need to figure something out," Selby said. "Provost Ennis worked with the university to purchase the outdoor stage.”
Selby said the faculty tried to find local bands that not everyone has seen or heard of before while maintaining their budget for the program. They first looked at the music department and their different ensemble groups to hire for the concerts prior to searching for local bands.
“I've tried to do my best to stick with people [musicians] that are as close to alums as possible,” Selby said.
The concert that was supposed to be held Friday, Oct. 8 will now be held on Nov. 12 due to bad weather conditions. The bands set to play that day are a rock band that will open the show followed by the faculty jazz combo group, and lastly, a group called Sweet Sweet. One of the musicians in Sweet Sweet is a former music major at Coastal, Kerrine Gifford.
Make sure to bring blankets and chairs out to Prince lawn on Nov. 12 to celebrate Edward’s College with the community.