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17 South

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.

The band gets people on their feet dancing and keeps them entertained all night long. 17 South is a handpicked all-star group of musicians from Charleston, South Carolina that have played with everybody from Stevie Wonder, Lee Ann Rimes, James Ingram, The Temptations and Four Tops to Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett.

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".

Bass - 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 up.



17 South Mixed Demo (A medley featuring many of the songs below)

Ain't Too Proud To Beg (Temptations)
America The Beautiful
(Ray Charles)
December 1963 (Oh What A Night) (Four Seasons)
Does Anybody Know What Time It Is
Don't Stop Believing (Journey)
Do You Love Me (Blues Brothers)
Everything (Michael Buble)
Forget You
(Cee Lo Green)
Get Lucky (Daft Punk)
Girl From Ipanema (Stan Getz)
Give It To Me Baby
(Rick James)
Happy (Pharrell Williams)
I Gotta Feeling (Black Eyed Peas)
It Had To Be You
(Harry Connick, Jr.)
Jungle Love (Morris Day & The Time)
Let's Stay Together (Al Green)
Love Won't Let Me Wait (Major Harris)
Moves Like Jagger (Maroon 5)
Night Life
(B.B. King)
Power Of Love (Huey Lewis)
PYT (Michael Jackson)
Save The Last Dance For Me
(Michael Buble)
Shout (Otis Day & The Knights)
Sweet Caroline
(Neil Diamond)
Thinking Out Loud (Ed Sheeran)
Uptown Funk (Bruno Mars)


17 South Songlist
(PDF Format)

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!

... Michael and Lindsay Loignon - William Aiken House wedding

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!!!

Marcia Quigley - Thomas Bennett House wedding

In 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,

Jennifer Gerken - Director/James Island High School Prom Committee

17 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.

Stephen and Jaime Fernandez - Charleston Tea Plantation

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,

Parke Shields - Alpha Nu Chapter of Delta Delta Delta

 What 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!

Dean Crabtree - Dunes West Golf Club wedding