Sunday, May 4, 2008

Blues Events & Concert Calendar

What's coming up on the Blues Scene:

updated May 4, 2008
... but worth the gas money, honey!

Blues Music Awards (formerly known as the W.C. Handy Awards)
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Tunica Resorts, Mississippi, U.S.

Delta Groove's Blues Revue

Blind Raccoon Showcase in the Delta



Sunday, May 4, 2-3 pm: SHRIMP CITY SLIM on outdoor stage on N. Charleston Coliseum grounds.

Monday, May 5, 6-7 pm: WANDA JOHNSON at Embassy Suites (Coliseum, N. Charleston)

From her bio: Wanda Johnson, a natural-born singer and entertainer, hails from a large family (born, 1963; one of nine children...all girls) in a farming community in upstate South Carolina. She has lived with music all her life.Performing semi-pro since the early 1990s, Wanda is quickly gaining notoriety as a new star on the international scene. She sings with conviction and great emotion and has become known for her ability to really connect with an audience.In addition, she writes much of her own music.

Thursday, May 8: Doc's Gumbo Grille (downtown Columbia S.C. on Assembly across from the Statehouse) - open mic Blues Night

Mac Arnold's Corn Bread and Collard Greens Blues Festival

Thursday-Saturday, May 8-10, 2008
Anderson, SC, and Greenville, SC, U.S.

From his bio: Mac is one of the last surviving members of the Muddy Water’s era and played bass for Muddy's band for years helping shape the electric blues sound that inspired the rock and roll movement of the late 60's and early 70's. Regular guests of the band included Eric Clapton, Paul Butterfield, Mike Bloomfield and Elvin Bishop.The Muddy Waters Band (as a unit) shared the stage with the likes of Howlin' Wolf, Elmore James, Jimmy Reed, Junior Wells, Big Joe Williams, and Big Mama Thornton ("Hound Dog") just to name a few. During this time, Mac played on John Lee Hooker's "live" album, Live at the Café Au Go-Go, as well as Otis Spann's classic recording The Blues Is Where It's At, which is still rated a five star CD today.

After more than a year with Muddy Waters, Mac formed The Soul Invaders which backed up many artists, including The Temptations and B. B. King. In the early 70's, he moved to Los Angeles to work at ABC Television and Laff Records (Red Foxx). This led to working on the set of Soul Train from 1971 to 1975 and then working with Bill Withers ("Lean on Me" ) before moving back to South Carolina in the 80's.

4th annual BLUES BY THE SEA
Saturday, May 10, 2-8 p.m.
beautiful Mingo Point Kiawah Island, SC (download your own brochure)
Info line: 843-762-9125
Note that you must have passes into the park and space is limited.
A FREE one-day blues festival in coastal location featuring:
EDDIE SHAW & the WOLF GANG (Howlin' Wolf's bandleader);
Grammy nominated RANDY MCALLISTER from Texas;
REV. DR. JOHNNY MAC & THE BOOTY RANCH (rockin' blues from Charleston).

After party: CHUCK THE CAT MORRIS & THE OLD SCHOOL BLUES BAND , 9 pm at JB Pivots Beach Club , 1662 Savannah Highway (Highway 17 S), Charleston, S.C.

Lightnin' is a multi-instrumentalist (guitar, banjo, uke, harmonica) who is deep into the traditional Carolina blues style. His collaborations have included lengthy tenures with the legendary Big Boy Henry, George Herbert Moore, and others. He is a musicologist, educator, and delightful performer who really brings this historic
music to life.
Sat May 10: Columbia, S.C. (Headliners)
Sunday, May 18, 7 pm CIRCULAR BLUES UNPLUGGED at the Circular Church, 150 Meeting St., in downtown Charleston. Admission $10.
Info: 843-762-9125

SEE DRINK ON TV: (on S.C. Educational Television)
Wed May 21 on "Your Day" (ETV) 12-1 p.m., 3-4 p.m., 7-8 p.m. Check your local listings for South Carolina Educational TV.
Live from his hometown of Bishopville, SC. (radio simulcast for noon segment)
Two concerts at Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, S.C.(purchase tickets at

Mon., May 26, 4-7 p.m. Mad River Bar & Grill, 32 N. Market St., Charleston, S.C., admission $10

May 31st: Town of Port Royal Performance Series produced by the Arts Council of Beaufort County FREE, Saturdays @ 5:30pm in the heart of Old Town Port Royal 843-379-ARTS
Cool John Ferguson The Lowcountry guitarist and Blues man has established an international reputation.

Drink Small at Piccolo Spoleto:
Tues., June 3, 4-7 p.m. Mad River Bar & Grill, 32 N. Market St., Charleston, S.C., admission $10
Mad River is an old church located on the corner of East Bay St. and North Market St. in the heart of downtown Charleston.

June 14th: Town of Port Royal Performance Series
Delta Moon
The group’s name already sounds good, but wait till you hear their music. "Clear Blue Flame" is their latest CD, the fifth from this group from Atlanta.

GREENWOOD BLUES CRUISE Thurs-Sat July 10-12, 2008 Greenwood, S.C. Blues & Southern culture in a small town atmosphere.
This multi-venue "club crawl" is the evening component of the award winning South Carolina Festival of Discovery, which also includes a BBQ cook-off, arts/crafts, live music, and family fun.

This year's Blues Cruise artists include: SANDRA HALL, 'EMPRESS OF THE BLUES' (from Atlanta); DRINK SMALL (The Blues Doctor); (The Return of) SATAN & ADAM (from Florida/New York); SHELLEY MAGEE & THE BAD DEEDS (Blues mama from the SC Midlands); WANDA JOHNSON (the new voice of SC soul & blues with her new CD entitled 'Hold What You Got'); RICKEY GODFREY BLUES BAND (from Nashville); DELTA SWAGGER (high spirited Blues band from Columbia, SC); SHRIMP CITY SLIM (latest CD: "Dark Road Piano"); SCOTT HOLT (Buddy Guy's second guitarist for almost 10 years from Chicago), JEFF NORWOOD (great slide guitar that rocks the house), MAC ARNOLD & PLATE FULL O'BLUES (Mac played bass with Muddy Waters) & the MATT WALSH DUO (pictured at left; this young man can really wail the Blues), and for more info, visit the Greenwood Blues Cruise Web site or call (864) 942-8448.


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