On Monday, June 17th, Benny Starr and Four20s will take the stage at the Charleston Pour House for an event dubbed “Convocation”, where they’ll be supported by MonoNeon, Daru Jones, Jermaine Holmes and Yannick Hiwat. This event comes just two days before the June 19th release of Benny Starr’s long-awaited A Water Album, which was recorded live at the Charleston Music Hall last summer. Tickets are on sale now for $20 here.
Those of you who have already seen Benny Starr and Four20s perform together already know that this is a can’t-miss show. If you haven’t seen them play together yet, I’m telling you right now that you need to be at the Pour House on Monday, June 17th. This will be Benny’s first time performing at the Pour House, and with A Water Album so close to release and an extremely successful first half of 2019 behind him, he is sure to have a lot of thoughts to share with the crowd, and hopefully plenty of time to share them. The title of the event itself seems to suggest that Benny has something special up his sleeve for this one.
Time was the biggest constraint at Cultura Fest back in April, which was the last show that Benny Starr & Four20s played together, and Benny specifically mentioned wishing he could have given a longer performance. The Pour House regularly hosts shows that go on for several hours, so there really is no better-suited venue in Charleston for Benny Starr to perform a longer set, if that’s what he’s looking to do. Especially with a band that lends itself to improvisation and jamming as much as Four20s does. Plus, the Pour House upgraded their sound rig a few months back and it sounds better than ever in there.
Four20s is Rodrick Cliche (founder/keys), JT “ICE” Rollerson (drums), Vonta “Enuf” Green (bass), DJ “95 GRVMZ” Graham (drums), and Antwuan Gantt (guitar). They are each impressively talented musicians, and when combined with Benny Starr’s poetic verse and inspirational speech it becomes a mesmerizing experience.
A Water Album is available for pre-order on vinyl here. Benny Starr will also play the Spoleto Festival 2019 Finale at North Charleston’s Riverfront Park on June 9th. He’s the first-ever hip-hop artist to perform at the event, which has been an annual occurance dating back to 1977.