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One of the best party bands
in Charleston, SC and the Southeast, 17 South is an eight-piece ensemble
playing the best hits from the 60s to the present. Musical styles
include Motown, R & B and Beach cover tunes to Earth Wind & Fire, hip
hop, classic rock hits, plus jazz & swing favorites.
Jump start your party or wedding reception with 17 South!
Lead Vocalist - Dudley Birch is an exceptionally gifted and versatile singer, having appeared on TV and having a former Top Ten recording on the Rhythm-n-Beach circuit. Dudley has been a featured vocalist in many Charleston music & stage productions including the annual Charleston Christmas Special and numerous Spoleto Festival productions. He is equally at home performing R&B, Earth Wind and Fire or Frank Sinatra.
Trumpet and Flugelhorn - Chuck Dalton was former 1st Trumpet for the House Orchestras of the Desert Inn, Stardust and Tropicana Hotels in Las Vegas for over 20 years. He has performed with over 100 main headliners including Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Elton John, Doc Severensen and Cher among others. Chuck regularly performs with the Temptations + Four Tops and is very active on the Charleston music scene, performing regularly for the Christmas Special, Spoleto events & many other local venues.
Keyboards - Richard Harris White is one of the most dynamic players in the Charleston area since returning from his successful International jazz tour. Richard has opened for many famous artists such as Brandford Marsalis, Will Downing, Brian McKnight and Alex Bugnon. He has played locally with the Charleston Jazz Orchestra, Loose Fit, Uncle Funcle, the Charlton Singleton Quartet, Bradford Station Band and The Rudy Waltz among others.
Drummer - Tommy Garrett is a local Charleston native. He has played alongside The Four Tops and Shannon among big name groups. Tommy has been playing drums for over 30 years with some of the top groups in the Carolina area including 15 years with the well known group 9th Row.
Saxophone and Vocals - Jon Phillips has played with Little Anthony & the Imperials, Chuck Jackson, Marshall Tucker, Darius Rucker + Hootie and the Blowfish. John has also performed at the Savannah, Charlotte and Charleston Jazz Festivals. He was former director of the Big Band Live on Hilton Head SC. Locally, John is very well known, having played with Para-Ti and the East Coast Party Band among many others.
Trombone - Phil King is a native Charlestonian, having appeared with numerous top name entertainers including Darius Rucker, The Dells, Liberace, Bob Hope and a tour of southeast concerts with Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. He is a former member of the Charleston Symphony and has played with numerous popular local bands including Para-Ti and the East Coast Party Band.
Guitar - Eric Penrod comes to Charleston from a successful musical career in New Orleans and touring the 7 years with the pop group Skinny, where he opened for the Dave Matthews Band, Robert Randolph Band & George Clinton and the P-funk all-stars. Eric has also played with Grammy Award winning keyboardist and vocalist Billy Beck of the "Ohio Players". Eric can be heard performing his popular solo vocal/guitar stylings at numerous Folly Beach and Charleston clubs such as "Henry's".
- Brian Reed was born and
raised outside of Motown City Detroit. Brian has played with such
notables as Steve Cropper of "The Blues Brothers Band", "Saturday
Night Live" band, and guitar player for Wilson Pickett. Other notables:
Eddie Floyd,. Susan Anton, Felix Cavalleri, Mickey Clark ,John Daly
and Don Felder. The Beatles were his main musical influence growing
17 South Mixed Demo (A medley featuring many of the songs below)
Ain't Too Proud To Beg
17 South Songlist
Michael and I wanted to
send our sincerest gratitude to you and all of the members of 17
South! We could NOT have chosen a better band to play at our
wedding. You guys out performed any band we’ve seen. Your
performance went beyond our highest expectations and hopes. We felt
you were able to set the tone for the evening! There was a sense of
professionalism and class. We are truly blessed that you were there
for us on our special night. Also, I feel the need to tell you how
special your rendition of ‘America’ was to us (and all in
attendance). We will always hold that moment and memory with us.
Thank you kindly for everything!
Wow -- we knew that music was a priority for the wedding -- and 17 South
was better than we ever could have hoped -- your charisma, talent, and
ability to gauge your music to the pulse of the guests is the mark
of true professionals. Your rendition of ''Can't Take My Eyes Off of
You" was perfect for the Bridal Dance. Thank you so much for helping
Anna and Ryan's wedding reception to be so much fun!!!
my years of party planning I have never seen a more professional
group. Your music set the tone for the event and was outstanding. 17
South was punctual, well planned, diverse in music and really knew
how to read the crowd! Clients and coworkers are looking forward to
next year’s party and I know I’ll be at ease with 17 South band
leading the entertainment. Sincerely,
South rocked our wedding reception! We really enjoyed their high
energy and great sound. They kept our guests dancing all night long,
and were loads of fun. The best part is that they were having as
much fun on stage as we were under the tent. We can't wait to see
them perform again.
I would like to thank you for playing at our
Senior Oyster Roast. Everyone really enjoyed your performance! I
have never received so much positive feedback about a band hired
for a function before!! I will definitely be in touch about our
events in the fall. Thanks again,
a great night you guys provided in helping us to enjoy Ashley and Tim's
wedding. The compliments are still coming our way on what a great band
17 South is. The variety you provide and the artistic level you perform
is second to none. Thanks for such a wonderful night!