Bassist, composer, educator and actor John Brown is a native of Fayetteville, North Carolina, and currently resides in Durham, NC. He is a graduate of the School of Musicat the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the School of Law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. John currently serves as Director of the Jazz Program and Associate Professor of the Practice of Music at Duke University, and he has served on the faculties of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University, North Carolina Central University and Guilford College (NC). He has been performing professionally since his teens and has performed in the United States & abroad with artists like Wynton Marsalis, Ellis Marsalis, Delfeayo Marsalis, Elvin Jones, Nnenna Freelon, Cyrus Chestnut, Diahann Carroll, Rosemary Clooney, Nell Carter, Lou Donaldson, Slide Hampton, Nicholas Payton, Frank Foster, Larry Coryell, Cedar Walton, Fred Wesley, Bernard Purdie and Mark Whitfield, as well as giving regular performances as a substitute with the North Carolina Symphony since 1992. John also has a Grammy nomination for his performance and co-writing on Nnenna Freelon’s 1996 Concord release, Shaking Free. His extensive experience includes performances at notable venues like Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Blue Note, Blues Alley, and the Hollywood Bowl and at major jazz festivals like the Playboy Jazz Festival, the JVC Jazz Festival, the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Free Jazz Festival (Brazil) and Jazz e Vienne (France).
Frequently Asked Questions:
What kind of concession food / beverages or alcohol will be available for purchase at the 2016 Festival?
Food and drink available includes a variety of sandwiches, wraps, snacks, soft drinks, beer and wine.
Can I pick my seat under the performance tent?
Yes. All seats will be on a first-come, first-serve basis by section. Each section of the tent has a different ticket price.
Can I bring my dog?
No. Dogs are not allowed at the Festival.
When will I get my tickets?
You should receive a confirmation email containing your tickets shortly after your purchase. You may print your ticket and bring with you to the Festival.
Do you offer wheelchair accessible seats?
All aisle seats are wheelchair accessible.
What time does the event start?
For most shows, gates will open at 6:00 pm. Most events begin at 7:00 pm. Check each event for more info.
Do I need to bring a chair?
Only if you purchase general admission seats for outside of the tent.
What if it rains?
The event goes on rain or shine under the Festival Tent.
When is Will-Call open?
Will-call is located at the tent entrance and will open 1 hour prior to the start of each event. You may also stop by the Festival office in Murrells Inlet Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm to pick up your tickets.
How many people does the venue hold?
The venue holds up to 1,200 people.
Where should we park?
Parking is available in special designated areas at all events, so just follow the signs. Golf car shuttle available.
How do I contact the Festival Office by Phone?
The Pawleys Island Festival of Music & Art scheduled for September 24-October 15 at The Reserve Golf Club of Pawleys Island, has become one of the East Coast’s most beloved music and arts festivals. Each year thousands of locals and visitors flock to the Lowcountry to hear nationally acclaimed artists and become part of the arts movement that is sweeping the South. The level of talent, artistry and ability to entertain is off the charts with this year's performers. Tickets will sell out quickly. Be sure and get yours early!
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