Chocolate Chip and Company return once more to thrill fans with their unique blend of R&B and soul at the Myrtle Beach Jazz Festival. They’re part of three days of live jazz, soul and R&B music to be presented between Oct. 4-6, 2019 on the Grand Strand.
“Every time I hit the stage, my main goal is to entertain the audience and make them happy,” Anthony Tony Lee Howard, affectionately known as Chocolate Chip, told the Myrtle Beach Sun-News. “It makes me feel good to see people smiling and having a good time.”
Chocolate Chip and Company have also played at the House of Blues, the Calabash Festival and Wicked Tuna, among many other venues. The lineup also features Howard’s daughter Monique on vocals, Chris Smith (a.k.a. Lightning Fingers Smith) on guitar, Dylan (“D Parker”) Parker on bass, Jennifer Gibson on vocals and Cary Simpson on keyboards.
Anthony Tony Lee Howard was 15 years old when he joined his first band. A self-taught drummer, Chocolate Chip also plays bass and piano. More recently, he’s mastered the Zendrum, a wearable electric rhythm instrument which allows him to take center stage as the band’s vocalist.
“I love sitting down on a drum kit, and have played drums for a number of bands during my career, and then I got to singing more – and that became a hassle,” Chocolate Chip told the Sun-News in a separate interview. “You’re way in back, and I needed to be out front. I’m more of an entertainer than anything else, and that got me started with trying to think of way to be out front and to play the drums and sing. When I saw the Zendrum, it blew me away. It took me full year to learn how to play, but it got me out front.”
As always, the Myrtle Beach Jazz Festival is free. Bring lawn chairs for this special event, to be held on historic Carver Street in Myrtle Beach. In addition to this great music, there are food and merchandise vendors, children’s activities, and a wine and beer garden.