Ranaan Meyer, Charles Yang and Nick Kendall looked around on Saturday evening Green Boundary Club, celebrate a musical milestone and get standing ovations for that Joye in Aiken The music festival has shifted into gear again after the disasters of 2020.
Time for threeas the string trio is called, offered some of their own creations as well as an experienced selection, starting with “Sweet Child O ‘Mine”, a 1980s staple for Guns N’ Roses; “You are just too good to be true”, made famous in the 1960s by Frankie Vallie; and a creation – “a chaconne for solo violin” with adjustments – from about 250 years earlier from the point of view of JS Bach.
The classically trained group is described on their website as “standing at the lively intersection of Americana, modern pop and classical music”, and the members of the trio were relieved by the opportunity to offer a live performance after the shutdown-up situations, that millions of Americans have faced in the past 14 to 15 months. Among the victims of 2020 was Joye in Aiken.
Saturday’s audience included Allen Riddick, who described himself as an admirer of Time For Three, and Yang in particular, and has known him for 10 to 11 years. “Overall, it was just a great night,” he added. “The weather was beautiful, the music was great and we didn’t wear masks either.”
All three musicians sing. Meyer plays the double bass, while Kendall plays the violin and Yang plays the violin and (at least Saturday night) guitar.
“I loved it,” said Buzz Rich, a member of the music festival’s board of directors. “This year has been a real challenge. We usually do it in a week in March. We had a few early artists pulling out … We were concerned that people wouldn’t want to be inside.”
Taking advantage of the clear skies and mild temperatures, the Saturday night meeting on the lawn received a welcoming welcome and eventually a few requests for a rendition of “Rocky Top” and “House of the Rising Sun”.
Looking back on Sunday afternoon over the last few months of planning, Rich recalled, “I felt like people would be more comfortable sitting outside than inside, and I think that was true … I thought it was last night lovely. I thought that was it. ” People needed it. They loved going outside and seeing live performances again and no one felt the need to wear a mask. ”
The festival, which is largely associated with the Juilliard School in New York City, usually takes place over several days. However, there are plans to spread this year’s presentations over several months, he added, adding, “I like the idea of having some outdoor gigs.”
The next show, “The Joye of Jazz”, will take place on June 6th at The Willcox (“under the tent”) on 100 Colleton Ave. from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Joye in Aiken is described on his website as a “non-profit organization dedicated to bringing the best of the performing arts to our citizens, and especially our students,” with an emphasis on drawing “some of the best musicians, dancers and actors in the world”.