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The Past, The Present, The Future
News / Latest / Kenneth Green


Angie Aparo Gets Creative With New Sci-Fi Rock Opera

by Chris Parker for The Charleston City Paper

June 4, 2013

For some people, success is a winning formula. For others like Angie Aparo, it's a hall pass. Aparo has worked with Clive Davis, penned Faith Hill's hit "Cry," and continues to work with big-name performers such as Hill's husband, Tim McGraw. In Aparo's free time he labors on his long-awaited sixth album — a sci-fi rock opera. When you've succeeded like Aparo has, why not go big?

"It's a fun and new challenge," says Aparo from his Atlanta home. "Like I'm just going to write another record? Whatever."

It's a singles world these days. Albums are almost as anachronistic as vinyl, prompting many artists to release music in smaller batches like EPs or 7-inches. Leave it to Aparo to up the creative ante by crafting a time-traveling, three-act story that will be released as an app using a new technology called "novel-song."

"I realized if it's not attached to a longer narrative, you have to almost create a movie if you want to make an album," he says. "That's kind of what I'm undertaking. It's basically a comic book musical that's a futuristic rock opera. It's challenged the heck out of me. I wake up every morning like I don't want to do anything else."

Over a year in the making, there's still more work to do. That's a disappointment for his fans, who've already waited almost seven years since Aparo's last release, 2006's Praise Be.
That album showcased Aparo's skill blending punchy, strangely idiosyncratic modern rock with big pop hooks and accessibility. From the jittery riffs and prog-rock production of "Gloria" to the slinky Springsteen-like anthem "Twisted Paradise" and the calypso-tinged folk-popper, "Killing for Jesus," Aparo knows how to cram plenty of drama and melody into an elegant three-minute package.
But in the wake of Praise Be, Aparo got distracted. He toyed with the internet, video, and various music delivery and distribution methods. That wanderlust led him to partner with two app companies for his new album.

"It's not that I didn't have anything to say. I just didn't see a reason to say it. I really had to take in the new climate of the modern listener and figure out why I am saying it," Aparo says. "I kind of love the crumbling of everything because it shakes loose the bullshit."

Of course, Aparo's old enough to remember when he was knee-deep in it. In the early 1990s, he played in Angie's Hope before chucking it all to tour as a one-man acoustic act. He recorded his self-released solo debut, Out of the Everywhere, in '96 and drove willy-nilly up and down the coast and throughout the Southeast.

"I really think that commitment is really when things happen," he says. "We were getting close to me getting a deal with Capricorn, and I couldn't take it anymore. So I was like, 'You know what, I'm just going to make the record.' I made it for $3,000. I didn't have a plan. I didn't care. I really was listening and reading all this Neil Young, and I was just like, 'I'm going to live the artist life.'"

Later, Aparo caught the attention of producer Matt Serletic (Celine Dion, Willie Nelson), who had heard Out of the Everywhere before running into the artist in a songwriter's circle at Smith's Olde Bar in Atlanta. Serletic gave Aparo an offer he couldn't refuse. "He said, 'I'm going to just take you in to the labels and get to the top, get to the president. I'm going to take you in and we're just going to play guitar for them. We're not going to do showcases, we're not going to do a record," Aparo recalls.

They did it for a year and everyone passed. Serletic grew impatient. "Matt would tell them, 'Don't sign him because you're trying to get me, because I want you to push the shit out of this record,'" says Aparo. Serletic had recently produced Santana's Supernatural for Davis at Arista. "Finally, Matt was 'Fuck it, we're going to Clive,' and I was like, 'Hell yeah!'"

Davis greenlit the project, expressing affection for "Cry" and the single "Spaceship," which would crack the lower Top 40 before flaming out. Unfortunately, by the time The Americancame out in 2000, Davis was in the midst of a label power struggle that would result in him leaving to start his own label, J Records. The album didn't get a lot of support and didn't sell. Not surprisingly, Aparo was dropped. His next three full-lengths were released on three different labels. However, there was good news. Faith Hill's cover of "Cry" opened the door for Aparo in Nashville, where he began penning songs for acts like Big & Rich, Miley Cyrus, and country-rapper Cowboy Troy. Last year, he wrote two tracks for McGraw's Emotional Traffic. The two artists continue to collaborate.

"It's very interesting because in a sense you're writing a character, so I've got to know what's going on with him," says Aparo, who speaks to McGraw every so often. "He's really loving mid-'70s Eagles right now. It's hitting him hard, and he's like, 'I want those tones and harmonies.'"

These days, Aparo is busier than ever, and he wants to keep pushing and exploring. "A manager will tell you, you need to focus. I tell them I'm bored to tears focusing," Aparo laughs. "It's just so amazing to have done all this. It kind of feels like dabbling because I only do it for a little bit, but I think art and music is so rich and I just love all forms of it."


Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 June 2013 14:13
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Tim McGraw releases Emotional Traffic - 2 Songs by Angie!
News / Latest / Kenneth Green

NPR says Tim McGraw's new album Emotional Traffic is "a collection that's both sophisticated and sweetly sentimental, with some satisfying twists."

Emotional Traffic: featuring One and Only Human, co-written by Angie Aparo

January 15, 2012
by Ann Powers for NPR

If I were directing a Tim McGraw biopic, I know who I'd cast to play the popular country singer: Kyle Chandler, known to discerning television junkies as Coach Taylor on Friday Night Lights. In his music, McGraw projects a personality similar to that of the show's beloved patriarch. He's the dad you wish you had, warts and all, wringing inspiration out of challenging moments, rendered more human by the knocks life has given him. With a voice that can go from earthy to angelic in a single phrase and a back catalog that shows serious growth over two decades, McGraw is a star with substance, a guy whose glamorous life never seems that far from down home.

When that biopic gets made, of course, McGraw could also just star in it himself. He's a hot Hollywood commodity now, specializing in supportive-hubby roles in big movies like The Blind Sideand a self-described "Blue Dog Democrat" whose power marriage to Nashville queen Faith Hill regularly lands him in supermarket magazines. McGraw's work is well-known beyond the realm of country devotees — except, ironically, for his best-selling but still strongly Nashville-identified music.

Emotional Traffic could change that. This impeccably chosen set of ballads and booty-shakers — finally getting an official release after McGraw's legal dispute with his label kept it under wraps for nearly two years — shows his range while it honors contemporary country's paradigms. Working with his longtime partner Byron Gallimore, McGraw has fashioned a collection that's both sophisticated and sweetly sentimental, with some satisfying twists.

It might surprise people, for example, that McGraw duets with R&B star Ne-Yo in the delicate "Only Human" (a line from that tune gives Emotional Traffic its title), or that he reaches back into the R&B archives for a version of the Dee Ervin stomper "One Part Two Part," also once covered by Americana mainstays Buddy and Julie Miller. But that's Tim McGraw at 45: an artist confident enough in his mastery of a form that he has no problem pushing through its doors.

That's not to say that Emotional Traffic is a huge departure for McGraw. Fans of contemporary country ought to feel comfortable with its consummate catchiness. Most tracks were written by well-regarded Nashville hitmakers, and the arrangements and playing show the crafty attention to detail listeners expect from Music Row's pros. Yet McGraw's insistence on quality material and his subtle way of shaping a story lift Emotional Traffic into a different category than the average hat project.

The guitars that waft heavenward in "Halo" recall Coldplay — perhaps McGraw's a fan after starring in Country Strong with Chris Martin's wife Gwyneth Paltrow — but its tale of a dissolving love affair is country rough, and the combination surprises. "I Will Not Fall Down," co-written byMartina McBride, is a cell-phones-raised anthem on par with her 2011 anthem "I'm Gonna Love You Through It." The contemporary gospel number "Touchdown Jesus" begs to be covered byMavis Staples. Good-time songs like "The One" and "Felt Good on My Lips" gain character from little touches — a funky backbeat that inches toward hip-hop, lyrics that update honky-tonk truisms for a 21st-century South, full of liberated women and multicultural dance floors.

Then there's the capper. "Better Than I Used to Be" is one of those timeless tales, smelling like worn leather and held-back tears, that could have appeared on Merle Haggard's Kern River or an album by McGraw's early inspiration, Keith Whitley. Seasoned honky-tonker Sammy Kershaw did record the ballad in 2009, but McGraw claims it with a wrenching, matter-of-fact performance. "I'm cleaning up my act, little by little," he intones in the chorus, confidence building syllable by syllable. "I ain't as good as I'm gonna get, but I'm better than I used to be." As Coach Taylor always said: Clear eyes, full heart, can't lose.




Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 January 2012 14:18
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The Examiner Reviews Angie Aparo at Smith's Olde Bar
News / Latest / Kenneth Green

Angie Aparo filled Smith’s Olde Bar with some sweet tunes Thursday night

by Chris Martin for The Examiner

December 23, 2011

Armed with an old guitar, a killer manger scene and a full bottle of Crown, Angie Aparo gave the crowd at Smith’s Olde Bar an early Christmas present. Rolling through all the tunes everybody knew and loved, he gave the crowd everything they wanted and then some.

His voice was sharp and even though it was just him and a guitar, the tunes were powerful and loud enough that it could have been a full band playing. His classic tunes“Wonderland”“Spaceship”“Green Into Gold” and “Cry” had the crowd resting on every note. Angie nailed covers of Simon and Garfunkel’s “The Boxer” and Elton John’s “Rocket Man”, getting the crowd to sing along on the latter. The crowd was treated to a damn fine version of “Silent Night”, and“Memphis City Rain” may have been the best song of the night.

From start to finish it was a great show. Angie interacted with the crowd as if he were hanging out with a group of friends, discussing his life and even offering up some of his Crown to a couple of fans. Smiths Olde Bar was packed, the music was great and the beers were ice cold, which made for one hell of a Thursday night, rain and all.

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Praise Be now available on iTunes!
News / Newsflash / Kenneth Green

Angie's 'Praise Be' is now available on iTunes! Written by Angie and produced by Angie and Derek Murphy, this 8 song collection is a must-have for every Angie Aparo fan. Tracks include: Praise Be, Gloria, Wreckage, On & On, Good Fight, Twisted Paradise, Birds of Palestine and Killing For Jesus. You can download your copy here:

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Angie Aparo & Collective Soul's Ed Roland
News / Newsflash / Kenneth Green

One Night Only: Angie Aparo Teams Up With Collective Soul's Ed Roland

Angie Aparo has one main requirement for the perfect intimate music venue.

“You can always tell a room is going to be great when the bar is smaller than the stage,” he said. “That’s kind of my rule. If the bar is the focal point, you’re going to have a tough time.”

That’s one of the reasons the Atlanta singer/songwriter chose The Jazz Corner for his one-night-only concert with Collective Soul frontman Ed Roland. The performance, billed as an “intimate evening,” is at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Although he admits Roland and he are probably not the typical performers for the jazz venue, he appreciates it as a live music venue.

“The performer has to be the one to quiet the audience,” he said. “I don’t like the rooms that are like, ‘Come on, you have to be quiet.’ Let the performer (fail or succeed), and let the chips fall where they may. But there’s something about (The Jazz Corner) that inspires listening.”

Aparo has known Roland for years, but the duo recently reconnected in Nashville. When Aparo retreated to the island to work on an upcoming album and multimedia project, he invited Roland to come visit. He also suggested hopping on stage for an extension of their Tennessee jam sessions.

“It’s just a traditional Nashville song circle,” Aparo said of the “intimate evening.” “Just the two of us, and you each play a song back and forth for a couple of hours and tell stories. It’s an amazing format.

“It’s the kind of thing I’ve been wanting to do more of, because, the traditional show with an opener, etc., is amazing, but this is so much more dynamic.”

Aparo has released several albums and garnered a loyal following, especially locally, where he has performed on the island since 1996. But he is perhaps best known as a songwriter. Aparo wrote the Faith Hill hit “Cry,” which originally appeared on his 1999 album “The American.” He has also penned several tunes for Hill’s husband, Tim McGraw.

Roland, from Stockbridge, Ga., fronted Collective Soul, one of the most successful alternative bands of the 1990s. Their self-titled 1995 album logged a 76-week run on the Billboard Top 200 and produced several hits, such as “December,” “Gel” and “The World I Know.” Roland, the primary songwriter for the band, also penned “Shine” and “Heavy.”

“I’m just a huge fan of his work,” Aparo said. “We both have a mutual-admiration society. I’m such a huge fan. I’m, like, ‘Play that one!’”

Aparo will be both a performer and a fan when he plays with Roland Wednesday. The informal format of the song circle allows him to sing, talk and interact.

“I’ve found through the years of doing it, that three (performers) is the max,” he said. “Because what happens is that, with over three people, there is a lot of storytelling, so the audience doesn’t get to hear a ton of songs in two hours.”


• WHEN: 10:30 p.m. Sept. 14
• WHERE: The Jazz Corner, Village at Wexford, Hilton Head Island
• COST: $20
• DETAILS: 843-842-8620,

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SONY/ATV recording artist Angie Aparo is the songwriting talent behind such big hits as Faith Hill's recording of 'Cry.' A highly respected and accomplished singer and performer himself, Angie has appeared on stage and recordings with Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Edwin McCain, Matchbox20, and the Zac Brown Band to name but a few. Emotional Traffic, Tim McGraw's much anticipated studio album debuted January 31, 2012 on Billboard's Country Album chart at #1, featuring the songs 'The One' and 'Only Human,' co-written by Angie.

Signed by Clive Davis to Arista Records, the Atlanta-based singer/songwriter released his first major label record, The American, produced by Grammy-winning producer Matt Serletic, in 1999. The album included 'Cry' a song that was later recorded as title track of a hit album by singer Faith Hill. Hill went on to win a Grammy for her performance of 'Cry.' Hill's husband Tim McGraw then recorded Aparo’s 'Free Man' from The American for the soundtrack album for HBO’s documentary about the election of Barack Obama.

Aparo first began playing the Southeast with his acoustic guitar in hand. He released his first solo album Out of the Everywhere in 1996, recorded at David Briggs Studio in Nashville, Tennessee with Jim Stabile as engineer and David Briggs at the piano. This was followed by The American, his label debut for Arista Records.

Citing the familiar phrase "creative differences," Angie parted ways with his label and released Weapon of Mass Construction in 2001 (later re-released under the title One With the Sun). A collection of cover songs taken from varying artists from Beastie Boys to Neil Young and Elton John, as well as two previously unreleased originals, Angie is quoted as saying "I had been playing these cover songs "unplugged" in clubs and thought it would interesting to record those arrangements."

Following in 2003 was For Stars and Moon, an album heavily influenced by the Beatles. Angie then released the live album 9Live in 2004, a recording from a performance for Atlanta radio station 99X featuring many songs from The American.

Angie's music started moving in a new direction first apparent on El Primero Del Tres (Spanish for "The First of the Three") recorded with producer Dann Huff. He continued moving forward stylistically with his most recent release Praise Be.

For 2015, Angie has a new solo album in the works, a cartoon and TV show in development, and is currently writing material for a duet release.




1/29/16 : Dahlonega, GA
Crimson, Moon
Dahlonega, GA

1/28/16 : Atlanta, GA
Eddie's Attic
Atlanta, GA

1/27/16 : Johns Creek, GA
37 Main
Johns Creek, GA

12/04/15 : Bluffton, SC
The Roasting Room
1297 May River Rd.
Bluffton, SC 29910

10/01/15 : Atlanta, GA
Eddie's Attic
515-B North McDonough St.
Decatur, GA 30030
BMI Songwriter Series
w/ Paul McDonald & Bonnie Bishop

9/03/15 : Atlanta, GA
Eddie's Attic
515-B North McDonough St.
Decatur, GA 30030

7/11/15 : Winston-Salem, NC
170 W. 9th St.
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Supporting Freddy Jones Band

7/10/15 : Wilmington, NC
Ziggy's By The Sea
208 Market St.
Wilmington, NC 28401
Supporting Freddy Jones Band

6/18/15 : Atlanta, GA
Red Clay Theatre
3116 Main St.
Duluth, GA 30096
w/ John Hopkins

4/15/15 : Atlanta, GA
Eddie's Attic
515-B North McDonough St.
Decatur, GA 30030

1/25/15 : Nashville, TN
The Flipside
2403 12th Avenue S
Nashville, TN 37212

1/17/15 : South Walton, FL
30A Songwriter's Festival
Caliza - 9:00pm
23 Nonesuch Way
Alys Beach, FL 32459

1/16/15 : South Walton, FL
30A Songwriter's Festival
Fish Out Of Water - 7:00pm
34 Goldenrod Circle
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

7/25/14 : Duluth, GA
with Levi Lowery
Red Clay Theatre
3116 Main St.
Duluth, GA 30096

7/24/14 : Peachtree City, GA
Grazing Here
2808 Georgia 54
Peachtree City, GA 30269

7/23/14 : Chattanooga, TN
Rhythm & Brews
221 Market St.
Chattanooga, TN 37402

3/14/14 : Nashville, TN
Life Is A Flower, Life Is A Gun
with Angie Aparo & McKenzie Eddy
Music City Roots
8400 Hwy 100
Nashville, TN 37221

3/13/14 : Atlanta, GA
Life Is A Flower, Life Is A Gun
with Angie Aparo & McKenzie Eddy
Eddie's Attic
515-B North McDonough St.
Decatur, GA 30030

2/06/14 : Atlanta, GA
BMI Resents: Angie Aparo
with Ed Roland & David Ryan Harris
Terminal West
887 West Marietta St. NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

1/11/14 : Atlanta, GA
Lies, Damn Lies & Statistics
An evening with Angie Aparo, Chuck Mead & Kevn Kinney
Red Light Cafe
553 Amsterdam Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30306

1/10/14 : Macon, GA
Lies, Damn Lies & Statistics
An evening with Angie Aparo, Chuck Mead & Kevn Kinney
Cox Capitol Theatre
382 Second St.
Macon, GA 31201

1/09/14 : Athens, GA
Lies, Damn Lies & Statistics
An evening with Angie Aparo, Chuck Mead & Kevn Kinney
The Melting Point
295 East Dougherty St.
Athens, GA 30601

1/08/14 : Asheville, NC
Lies, Damn Lies & Statistics
An evening with Angie Aparo, Chuck Mead & Kevn Kinney
The Grey Eagle
185 Clingman St.
Asheville, NC 28801

12/31/13 : Charleston, SC
New Year's Eve with
Angie Aparo & McKenzie Eddy
The Rarebit
474 King St.
Charleston, SC 29403

11/30/13 : Decatur, GA
Eddie's Attic
515-B North McDonough St.
Decatur, GA 30030

10/24/13 : Peachtree City, GA
Grazing Here
2808 Georgia 54
Peachtree City, GA 30269
With Francisco Vidal!

10/23/13 : Flowery Branch, GA
Green's Tavern
4856 Hog Mountain Rd.
Flowery Branch, GA 30542
With Francisco Vidal!

10/19/13 : Charleston, SC
King Dusko
541 King St.
Charleston, SC 29403
With McKenzie Eddy!

9/1/13 : Wingstock on Hilton Head Island, SC
Wild Wing Cafe
72 Pope Ave.
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

8/21/13 : Hilton Head Island, SC
Featuring Angie Aparo & Kevn Kinney
33 Office Park Dr.
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

6/28/13 : Atlanta, GA
Friday Night Live Concert Series
Central Park @ Atlantic Station
Atlanta, GA 30363

6/9/13 : Charleston, SC
King Dusko
541 King St.
Charleston, SC 29403

6/8/13 : Augusta, GA
Sky City
1157 Broad St.
Augusta, GA 30901

6/7/13 : Atlanta, GA
Red Light Cafe
553 Amsterdam Ave. NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

6/5/13 : Athens, GA
The World Famous
351 N. Hull St.
Athens, GA 30606

3/16/13 : Tucker, GA
Tucker Chili Cook Off
Main Street Tucker GA

3/15/13 : Atlanta, GA
Eddie's Attic
515-B North McDonough St.
Decatur, GA 30030

10/20/12 : Atlanta, GA
Buckhead Theatre
3110 Roswell Rd. NW
Atlanta, GA 30305

8/15/12 : Chattanooga, TN
Rhythm & Brews
221 Market St.
Chattanooga, TN 37402

8/14/12 : Birmingham, AL
Tin Roof
2709 7th Ave. South.
Birmingham, Al 35205

8/11/12 : Atlanta, GA
BMI Showcase
Eddie's Attic
515-B North McDonough St.
Decatur, GA 30030

8/4/12 : Raleigh, NC
Pourhouse Music Hall
224 South Blount St.
Raleigh, NC

8/3/12 : Greenville, SC
The Owl
728 Wade Hampton Blvd.
Greenville SC

8/2/12 : Charleston, SC
with Patrick Davis
Torch Velvet Lounge
545 King St.
Charleston, SC 29403

6/15/12 : Clarksville, TN
The Gilroy
140 University Ave.
Clarksville, TN 37040

6/14/12 : Nashville, TN
3rd & Lindsley
with Delta Moon!
818 3rd Ave S.
Nashville, TN 37210

5/18/12 - Mt. Pleasant, SC
The Cottage at Shem Creek
with Edwin McCain & Kevn Kinney
130 Mill St.
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

4/27/12 - Bluffton, SC
9 Promenade
9 Promenade St.
Bluffton, SC 29910

2/5/12 - 2/12/12 : Cayamo
A Journey Through Song
Miami, Cayo Levantado, St. Maarten, St. Bathelemy

12/28/11 : Chattanooga, TN
Rythym & Brews
221 Market St.
Chattanooga, TN 37402

12/22/11 : Atlanta, GA
Smith's Olde Bar
1578 Piedmont Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30307

12/18/11 : Bluffton, SC
39 Persimmon St.
Bluffton, SC 29910

12/16/11 : Beaufort, SC
910 Bay St.
Beaufort, SC 29902

11/11/11 : Nashville, TN
3rd & Linsley
818 3rd Ave S.
Nashville, TN 37210

11/5/11 : Chattanooga, TN
Rythym & Brews
221 Market St.
Chattanooga, TN 37402

10/15/11 : Augusta, GA
OddFellows Gallery
802 Ellis St.
Augusta, GA 30901

10/14/11 : Charlotte, NC
Amos' Southend
1423 South Tryon St.
Charlotte, SC 28203

9/14/11 : Hilton Head, SC
The Jazz Corner
with Ed Roland from Collective Soul!
1000 Wlm Hilton Pkwy.
Hilton Head, SC 29928

7/1/11 - 7/2/11 : Isle of Palms, SC
The Windjammer
with Drivin N Cryin!
1008 Ocean Blvd.
Isle of Palms, SC 29451

6/11/11 : Camden, SC
Olde Towne Tavern
1044 Broad St.
Camden, SC 29020

6/5/11 : Atlanta, GA
99X Unplugged in the Park
Park Tavern @ Piedmont Park
500 10th St.
Atlanta, GA 30309

5/27/11 : Hilton Head, SC
Big Bamboo
1 N. Forest Beach Dr.
Hilton Head, SC 29928

5/25/11 : Chattanooga, TN
Rhythm & Brews
221 Market St.
Chattanooga, TN 37402

5/15/11 : Columbia, SC
The White Mule
1530 Main St.
Columbia, SC 29201

5/14/11 : Columbia, SC
Capital City Music & Wing Fling
1400 block Main St.
Columbia, SC 29205

5/6/11 : Atlanta, GA
Smith's Olde Bar, 500 Songs for Kids
1578 Piedmont Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30307

5/5/11 : Augusta, GA
RAISE THE ROOF to fight pediatric cancer
Richmond On Greene Hotel

3/31/11 : Atlanta, GA
BMI Presents @ Park Tavern
500 10th St.
Atlanta, GA 30309

3/22/2011 : Chattanooga, TN
Chattanooga Zoo
301 North Holtzclaw Ave. Warner Park
Chattanooga, TN 37404

3/18/11 : Greenville, SC

3/11/2011 : Atlanta, GA
Smith's Olde Bar
1578 Piedmont Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30307

3/10/2011 : Camden, SC
CHS Performance Theatre
1022 Ehrenclou Dr.
Camden, SC 29020

3/4/2011 : Beaufort, SC
9 Promenade
9 Promenade St.
Bluffton, SC 29910

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