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Saturday, May 2 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm
LIVE AT THE CHARLESTON MUSIC HALL: STOP LIGHT OBSERVATIONS & ELISE TESTONE

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Chucktown Music Group (CtMG) founder and Blowfish Mark Bryan will host Live at the Charleston Music Hall, featuring Stop Light Observations and Elise Testone. 

About Stop Light Observations
Charleston, South Carolina home-grown artist Stop Light Observations, also known as SLO started playing together at the young age of 13 when songwriter, and pianist Cubby asked guitarist Louis Duffie the iconic teenager boy question.... "wanna start a band?" Through the young years of focusing on writing great solid songs, the young duo picked up childhood friend Luke Withers, and Will Blackburn, to play dem' drums and sing dem' songs! Over time the adding of Coleman Sawyer on bass and fiddle, and Wyatt Garrey on lead guitar, formulated the power-dynamic six piece Rock Group know as Stop Light Observations.

Stop Light Observations plays a unique style described as Southern-Retro-Electro-Rock with influences of ; Classic Rock N' Roll, Indie, Motown, Hip-hop and Folk, Revival, Psychedelic, Garage, and Arena Rock. They claim their drive is the fun and spirit of performing and creating great songs, but most of all the camaraderie that is shared with this group of life long southern friends.The truly unique band Stop Light Observations plans on furthering their impact on the national music fan community and have some fun and change some lives for the good in the meantime. 

About Elise Testone
A powerhouse vocalist whose incredible stage presence and vocal maturity rank with the best, Elise Testone is the perfect combination of soul, rock, attitude and restraint. Equally as impressive and at ease belting James Brown style vocals over a relentless funk groove as she is resting her voice gently over a ballad, Testone’s range of influences and vocal capacity know few limits. Her first original album, 

In This Life, released last year received rave reviews, celebrating her ability to “wail the blues, rock like a bitch and purr sexily” (Goldmine Magazine). Growing up in New Jersey with a father who collected juke boxes, Testone knew she was a singer even as a young girl. Exposed to music that ranged from Motown and the Beatles to Queen and, later, Nirvana, she began studying privately at the age of 5, excelling and performing publicly at local coffeehouses through her teens. Eventually graduating from Coastal Carolina University with a Vocal Performance degree, Testone came of age as a professional performer and private educator in Charleston, SC, becoming one of the most seasoned and well respected musicians in town. At the age of 27 she was approached by a scout from television reality show American Idol and decided to use the opportunity (urged on especially by her students) as a stepping stone to propel her career, ultimately becoming a finalist on the hit show.

In the wake of her appearance on American Idol, Testone has toured extensively and has appeared on such popular TV programs as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Live with Kelly, Access Hollywood, Good Day New York, Good Morning America and others. While she enjoyed her time on Idol, Testone is excited to bring her own unique brand of music to the world, a brand that owes more to artists like Ella Fitzgerald, Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin, James Brown and Sam Cooke than to today’s hit-makers. She has opened for B.B. King, Snoop Dogg, Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds, and Dumpstaphunk, to name a few. Her album, In This Life, featuring 10 original tunes, most of which were written or co-written by her, marks the beginning of what has been and will be an extraordinary journey for her as an artist and for her fans. In a world full of vocalists who seem to be acting, Elise Testone’s performance is anything but that. Her heart more exposed with every note, it’s not uncommon to find her on her knees and out of breath at the end of a hard-driving soul tune – all in service of the music. 

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Mark Bryan

Musician, Hootie & the Blowfish
Mark Bryan is a founding member, songwriter, and the lead guitarist for the multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning band Hootie & the Blowfish

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Saturday May 2, 2015 7:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
Charleston Music Hall 37 John St. Charleston, SC 29403

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