Painted Man will close out Friday night’s performances during the third annual Myrtle Beach Jazz Festival. They’re part of three days of live jazz, soul and R&B music to be presented between Sept. 28-30, 2018 on historic Carver Street in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Originally founded by guitarist Vince Peeples, Painted Man presented a varied setlist that spans genres and generations from the beginning. “We were all playing commercial music and Top 40 music, but we all have different loves,” Peeples told the Wilmington Star-News. “For instance, some of us like instrumental jazz, some of us like reggae. We all like funk, and we all just decided, ‘Hey, we’re not getting any younger, so let’s do our own thing.'”
Fast forward a few years, Painted Man has seen members come and go, but they’ve remained a steady draw. They’ve performed at local music venues across North Carolina and the Grand Strand, as well as the Poyner Auditorium in Florence, Music on Main in North Myrtle Beach, Artfields at Lake City, the Irish Festival in Myrtle Beach, and elsewhere. And they’ve done it all by remaining true to themselves.
“We don’t have time to pay attention to everyone’s style, so we flip it and make it ours,” Peeples told the Myrtle Beach Sun-News. “We bring our various backgrounds, whether it is from the church or from our experiences from rock concerts, and mesh it together to create edgy, feel-good, funky, down home music.”
Peeples has performed with the Tony Blunt Project, and Little Royal and the Royal Showmen (fronted by James Brown’s half brother), and played guitar for Crystal Waters on a Japanese tour. Painted man also features vocalist Dontrell Burgess, keyboardist Alphonso Montgomery, drummer Curtis McFadden and bassist Brett Sisson. They released the album We Fly So High in 2017; that followed the earlier Canvas of Love & Life.
As always, the Myrtle Beach Jazz Festival is free. In addition to this great music, there will be food and merchandise vendors, children’s activities, and a wine and beer garden. Bring lawn chairs for this special event.