In the past Hilton Head Island had its fair share of big-name concerts grace its venues.
Before they were big, both Hootie and the Blowfish and Edwin McCain frequented the Old Post Office, on Pope Ave. Back in the 1990s, the tennis courts in Harbour Town hosted concerts by Earth, Wind & Fire and Kenny Loggins, just to name a few. In the 2000s, the now-defunct Shoreline Ballroom at Hilton Head Beach & Tennis had many acts from different genres, from Snoop Dog to Loretta Lynn. Most recently, the Rooftop bar at Poseidon has brought in Sister Hazel.
On October 14th and 15th, as part of BBQ and Rock ‘n Roll in Coligny Plaza, two big names in rock will be on the Island. Angie Aparo headlines on Friday the 14th. The Grammy award-winning band, Blues Traveler will headline Saturday’s events.
If you had a radio or MTV or a pulse in the early 1990s, you know the music of Blues Traveler.
Die-hard fans loved them for their improvisational live shows. But the general public is most familiar with the group from their Top 40 singles “Run-Around”, “Hook”, and “But Anyway”. They gained mainstream popularity after their fourth studio album, four. Released in 1994, it was a sleeper hit almost a year later. Blues Traveler were a key part of the re-emerging jam band scene of the 1990s, spearheading the H.O.R.D.E. touring music festival.
Blues Traveler’s latest album, Traveler’s Blues, was released in July 2021. It was nominated by The Recording Academy for Best Traditional Blues album at the 2022 GRAMMY Awards.
Hilton Head Island has been lucky to have Angie Aparo play locally several times.
He’s back for BBQ and Rock ‘n Roll, and is a must-see if you want to hear music from Hilton Head royalty. Originally from Atlanta, he frequently played as a special guest at the Jazz Corner on the Island. In 1999, with Grammy-winning producer Matt Serletic, Aparo released The American. His single, “Spaceship,” hit the radio waves in 2000.
The American also includes his original version of the single “Cry”, made popular by Faith Hill and featured on her album of the same name. Faith Hill’s husband Tim McGraw also covered “Free Man” from The American. It was featured on an iTunes-only soundtrack release for an HBO documentary about the election of Barack Obama.
So if you’re in the mood for great music, great barbeque and fun, you gotta go!
For more information about the BBQ and Rock ‘n Roll in Coligny, go HERE.