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, social media manager, and video editor. Thanks to friends and family for all your support!

Who We Are....

South Canal Street started as an acoustic vocal group in February, 2016, but have evolved into a full sounding dance band.  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, 2016, 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.

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.

Want to hear us? Go to the video page on this site, you will hear us just as we play. No studio editing!

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 musical mission below, who we are and listen to us by watching the videos on the video page.  We look forward to making your wedding, class reunion, retirement party or any event you have in mind special!

Our band name, South Canal Street, comes from Ken’s hometown of Natchez, Mississippi.

Upcoming 2018 Shows:

Block Party- August 24 Charlottesville 6-8pm

Bald Top - August 25  6:30-9:30pm

Stone Mountain Vineyards - August 26  3-6pm

Mountain Run Vineyards - September 1 Time TBA

Pro Re Nata - September 7  7-10pm

Bold Rock - Barrel Barn Stage - September 8  5-8pm

Cunningham Creek Winery - September 15  6-9pm

September 21 and 22 unavailable

Cross Keys Vineyards - September 28 5:30-8:30

Bald Top - September 29 6:30-9:30pm

Bold Rock - October 5 - Barrel Barn Stage  5-8pm

DuCard Vineyards - October 6 2-5pm

Stone Mountain October 7 4-7pm wine release party with Mercy Trial

Brix and Columns Vineyards October 12  6-9pm

Mountain Run Fall Festival - Oct 13, Time TBA

October 19 unavailable

Stone Mountain Vineyards - October 20  2-5pm

Bald Top-October 26 7-9pm

Cunningham Creek Winery - October 27  6-9pm

Bald Top - November 10  Time TBA

Pro Re Nata - November 17

Stone Mountain Vineyards - November 24

Bold Rock Nov 30 Main Taproom 6-9pm

Bald Top - December 15  Time TBA

Stone Mountain Vineyards - Christmas Party - Dec 22

Private Party New Year’s Eve

2019 Dates:

January 25 and 26 we are unavailable

Bald Top February 2

Stone Mountain March 17th-St Patty’s Day

Bald Top March 23

Cunningham Creek Winery April 6

Stone Mountain April 13

Mountain Run April 20

April 26 and 27 we are unavailable

May 3 and 4 we are unavailable

King Family Vineyards May 1  5-8pm

Bald Top May 11

Stone Mountain May 25

Private Party in Madison-May 26

DuCard Vineyards June 1  2-5pm

Private Party June 8

Bald Top June 15

Stone Mountain June 22

June 28 and 29 we are unavailable

King Family Vineyards July 3  5-8pm

Cunningham Creek Winery July 6

DuCard Vineyards July 13

July 19 and 20 we are unavailable

Stone Mountain July 27

Bald Top August 3

Cunningham Creek Winery August 10

Mountain Run August 17

Stone Mountain August 31

September 6 and 7 we are unavailable

Stome Mountain September 14

DuCard Oyster Festival September 21  1-5pm

Bald Top September 28

King Family Vineyards October 2  5-8pm

Private Party October 5

DuCard Vineyards October 12  2-5pm

Bald Top October 19

Stone Mountain October 26-Halloween Party

Stone Mountain November 16

Bald Top December 14

Stone Mountain December 21

We now accept credit cards at our gigs for purchasing merchandise or for getting us to play longer! Fees may apply.

For Bookings:

South Canal Street Band, LLC

Tom Nicholson

PO Box 638

Ruckersville, Va. 22968

434-481-3432 answering machine


Text: 434-996-7768