The Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra and Coligny Plaza have just launched a new free outdoor series of Jazz concerts. The HHSO’s SoundWaves patio, at 7 Lagoon Road on Hilton Head Island, serves as the stage, and Lagoon Road will be closed from Pope Avenue to the Piggly Wiggly parking lot entrance to create a safe environment for tourists, visitors, and patrons who can bring a chair and enjoy some great music.
“Lee Lucier (COO of The Richardson Group) and I have been working on this idea for a long time,” stated Alan Jordan, President and CEO of the HHSO. Our outdoor Holiday Pops concerts were a great success last November, and it got us thinking about a series that would create a ‘downtown’ feeling here at Coligny. With tourist season in full swing and many visitors flocking to Coligny Plaza restaurants and shops for dinner and evening activities, free 8:00 pm concerts can provide the perfect end to a great day on Hilton Head Island.”
The “Jazz On The Patio” Series kicked off Tuesday, June 1st with the Fabulous Equinox Orchestra, an 11-piece Southern style big band based in Savannah. The rest of the concert series line-up follows:
Tuesday, June 15, 2021, 8:00 p.m.: Modern Daze Ensemble (Greg Whitaker)
Tuesday, June 29, 8:00 p.m.: Charlton Singleton Quartet (of Ranky Tanky)
Tuesday, July 20, 8:00 p.m.: Martin Lesch Band
Tuesday, August 3, 8:00 p.m.: John Bracket Quartet
Tuesday, August 17, 8:00 p.m.: Eric Jones Trio
Audience members can bring chairs, grab an ice cream, candy, fudge, or a cold beverage and enjoy the music in the open-air acoustic chamber formed by the buildings on either side of Lagoon Road.
Broadway World calls the Fabulous Equinox Orchestra, “a fiery hot and soulful Southern big band that is the ‘Hope Diamond’ of entertainment. That is to say, there is only one and it is spectacular!…This is Great American Music at its finest.”
Lagoon Road will be closed from Pope Avenue to the Piggly Wiggly parking lot entrance from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. on all concert evenings. Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office Deputies will be on duty to guide cars to their desired destinations.
“We are so grateful to Coligny Plaza for teaming up with us and serving as our exclusive series sponsors,” Jordan said. “Their support makes it possible for us to offer these concerts free of charge.”