South Canal Street Band

From left to right in picture above:

Ken Pennington-vocals, guitar and keyboard.  Ken lives in Central Virginia and for many years has lead praise groups in church.  A native of the deep South, Ken also toured with a large horn band that played from Mississippi to Chicago.  Ken brings an uncanny ability to sing soul songs with all the feeling needed to perform like the original artist.

Tom Nicholson-vocals, guitar, percussion and keyboard.  Tom spent many years in the Charlottesville area performing in local bands such as Reflex and Witness in the early 90’s.  Playing guitar and keyboards, arranging vocals and band bookings left him with a lot of band experience.

Ron Ganz-vocals, guitar and bass.  Ron also spent quite a bit of time playing in the Charlottesville area in local bands such as Nightwatch and Reflex.  Later years had Ron performing as a solo artist.

Road Crew-Morgan Babecki, Bree Nicholson and Brooke Nicholson-band photographer.  Thanks to friends and family for all your support!

Who We Are....

South Canal Street started as an acoustic vocal group in February, 2016.  Our goal has always been to provide an alternative musical style by focusing on good harmonies and selecting songs from our past that we have always enjoyed.

In April, we added a new dimension to our group with a Beat Buddy drum pedal that sounds like a real drummer without taking up any extra room on stage and “he” can perform quietly.  With the addition of percussion, South Canal Street branched out musically to play a wider variety of musical styles.

So, depending on our playing environment, we can play acoustically or as a full sounding band.  But our musical mission has stayed the same-we focus on good harmonies and great songs!

Our ever changing song list includes songs by The Beatles, Chicago, Motown, Eagles and top hits from the golden era of music, late 1950’s to the 1970’s. See the next page for a full listing of our current songs.

Our Musical Mission....

See Us At Vineyards:


South Canal Street is a 3 piece vocal group playing hits from the late 50’s thru the 70’s with a lineup of musicians that bring years of playing experience to your next function.   If volume is a concern in your venue, our condensed lineup does not use a drummer.  Instead, we rely on “Buddy” our percussion pedal that keeps the beat at any volume he needs to be.

Check out our mission below, who we are and listen to us by clicking on the sound clips on this page. We look forward to making your wedding, class reunion, retirement party or any event you have in mind special!

South Canal Street-our band name came from Ken’s hometown of Natchez, Mississippi.

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News about the band: click   here  to read about the band. Publication is N2 Nelson and Neighbors: March/April 2017 issue.

For Bookings:

Tom Nicholson

434-481-3432 answering machine


Text to: 434-996-7768

Want To Hear Us?  Click the CD’s. Recorded live at a rehearsal, with no editing.  See our videos on the next page also.

Remaining 2017 Shows:

Bald Top’s 2nd Anniversary Party!  Dec 16   8-11pm

Dec 31-New Year’s in Madison, private party.

Upcoming 2018 Shows:

Cunningham Creek Winery Jan 7, 2018  2-5pm

E&J’s Pub Jan 13 7-10pm

Pro Re Nata Jan 19 6-9pm

Bald Top Jan 20, 2018   5-8pm

Jan 27 and 28 unavailable

Cunningham Creek Winery  Wednesday Feb 14, 2018 from 6-9pm-Valentine’s Day

E&J’s Pub Feb 17  7-10pm

Bald Top Feb 24  6-9pm

Bold Rock  March 4  1-4pm

Pro Re Nata March 16  6-9pm

March 23 and 24 unavailable

Bald Top March 31  6-9pm

Cunningham Creek Winery April 7th

Stone Mountain Vineyards April 14 1:30-5pm

Bald Top April 21  6-9pm

April 27 and 28 unavailable

May 4 and 5 unavailable

Stone Mountain Vineyards May 12

May 18 and 19 unavailable

Private Party in Madison   May 27th

Bald Top June 1 6-9pm

Rassawek Spring Jubilee Saturday June 2nd 2:30-5:30

Mountain Run Vineyards June 9  Time TBA

Stone Mountain Vineyards June 16  1:30-5pm

Cunningham Creek Winery June 30

Cunningham Creek Winery August 4th

Mountain Run Vineyards September 1 Time TBA

Cunningham Creek Winery September 15

Mountain Run Fall Festival Oct 13, Time TBA

Cunningham Creek Winery October 27

New dates are being added all the time, we will do our best to post and update this web site, please check back for a show near you.

We want to thank all of you who come out to hear us!

The band would like to thank all of the support from our family members who put up with us being “not home” most weekends.

SCS Apparel

Ok, we admit, we never thought we would be selling shirts.  Using Brooke’s design from our sign (pictured to your left), the folks at Custom Ink in Charlottesville helped us design these SCS shirts.  South Canal St with the slogan “Music That Takes You Back”, show your friends what street your music is on!

100% cotton short sleeved T’s  Black or Maroon  Sizes: M, L, XL  $20 each

2XL Size is $22