University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC, Presents “Native and Now” – Apr. 3, 2015


The University of South Carolina’s McKissick Museum in Columbia, SC, will present “Native and Now”, a concert with contemporary Native American band Dark Water Rising, on Friday, Apr. 3, 2015, at 7:30pm in the Booker T. Washington Auditorium on the USC Campus. Admission is free with an e-ticket, which can be accessed at ( The concert is being offered in conjunction with the exhibition, “Traditions, Change, and Celebration: Native Artists of the Southeast”, on view through July 25, 2015.

Dark Water Rising

Dark Water Rising is one of the most vibrant bands in contemporary Native American music. The group is led by the dynamic vocalist Charly Lowry, who has grown from being a finalist on the popular television series, “American Idol”, into an accomplished artist that effortlessly blends Native American traditional music, gospel, blues, and R&B. Dark Water Rising has been featured on National Public Radio and their 2013 album, “Grace and Grit: Chapter I”, was recently awarded a NAMMY (Native American Music Award) for “Best Gospel/Inspirational Recording.” Members of the Lumbee and Coharie tribes, the band describes their sound as “rocky soul,” evoking the landscape and musical roots of their native Eastern North Carolina.

“It is a common misunderstanding that Native American music boils down to flutes and chanting,” says Doug Peach, South Carolina Folklife and Traditional Arts Program Director. “Dark Water Rising counters this stereotype with bluesy guitar, soulful vocals, and undeniable energy.” “Native and Now” is the fifth public program for McKissick’s exhibit “Traditions, Change, and Celebration: Native Artists of the Southeast”. “Native and Now” presents a unique opportunity to see these artists at no charge and experience contemporary Native American popular music at its best.

This program is presented in conjunction with the South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs’ conference series, “Working Together Works: Prosperity Through Minority Empowerment,” which will begin at 8am on Friday, Apr. 3 at the Marriott Hotel in Columbia. For more information and to register, please contact Lori Brock by e-mail at ( or call 803/333-9621 x. 8.  The South Carolina Arts Commission and Word of Mouth Productions are also sponsors of “Native and Now”.

The Booker T. Washington Auditorium is located at 1400 Wheat Street with available parking across the street.

For more information, call Ja-Nae Epps at 803/777-2876.

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