Thursday, December 31, 2009

A BLUE New Year

HAPPY NEW YEAR BLUES BABES!!! Let us all resolve to celebrate the Blues this year, in whatever way we like the best!

This weekend is the last blast of the holiday season, and we should all go out with a big blue BANG as we ditch the old year and ring in the new one.

HOLY GUACOMOLE!! I just realized that NEW YEAR'S EVE is freakin' TONIGHT and not tomorrow night!! I thought I was just sliding this info in under the wire and instead I have left ya'll hanging high and dry with your New Year's Eve plans! Mea Culpa, my bad, and my apologies. In the interest of time and having run out of it, I will cut and paste and endeavor to post this BLOG without further ado.

At 8 pm on New Year's Eve, the Blues Doctor Drink Small and Smoky Weiner and the Hot Links will play in the covered and well heated dock on Bowens Island. This is a party you don't want to miss. Only $15 admission, full bar available. Great seafood will be available until 11. Oysters will be available as well! Old Milwaukee (the champagne of the Blues) and champagne (the blueblood of booze) toast at Midnight. Bring a sleeping bag if you're worried about driving or we'll get you a ride! Could there BE a better way to celebrate, or a location that represents all that is awesome about blues and the lowcountry? Wear your tux or your trunks, comb your hair or show up bare, whatever floats your blues-bound boat, but be there!! (I am going to be there and will be available for bashing with a wet noodle, verbal lambasting over my lateness, shivering of my timbers and hoisting of my keel exactly 15 minutes, then we will forgive and forget and enjoy the show...)

If you are not up for Blues at Bowen, you can enjoy New Year's Eve with The Wyatt Garey Band at A Dough Re Mi. Check with Stuart Johnson ( for more details.

Fiery Ron's Home Team BBQ — Sullivan's
Southern-tinged rock/soul/blues quartet Gaslight Street — singer/guitarist Campbell Brown, drummer Brooks DuBose, bassist Frank Nelson, keyboardist Jason Stokes, and various guests — recently celebrated the release of their debut album Blue Skies for Fools. "I think while so many bands try to be different from song to song and album to album, we actually try to keep it consistent to our blues/rock sound," says Brown (formerly of Live Oak). With a rotation of skillful cats joining in this week, the two sets will surely deliver some extra-special twang. (

Looking ahead a bit, On Saturday night Jan 2nd, Shrimp City Slim plays at the Dough, 8pm, $5.

On Tuesday, Jan 5, the LBC board will meet before the jam, at 7pm at A Dough Re Mi. Everyone is invited. If you want to be included in the driving trip to Memphis, which is Jan 20-24, bring $100 per person towards renting a vehicle to get us there.

Again, major apologies for being so late with this info. I plead ennui and general ineptitude.

Sorry-I-am-so-slow Singing SAM

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Happy Holidays from the LBC!

We had a good jam this past week with Jeff Norwood as jam-master -- thanks, Jeff! And thanks to Mark Schleiss on bass and Greg Levkus on drums, rounding out the house band while Dan and Landon were out of town. We hope that all our Blues Club friends are having a happy time with friends and/or family this week, and we hope to see you back again for another Tuesday night jam in just a few days.

In the meantime, it's a quiet weekend blues-wise as far as I can tell. But if you like some rock music from time to time, and if you like the music of the Clash, you might want to go see The Sandinistas, a tribute band -- they will play at the Pour House on Saturday, Dec 26th, 9pm. Rumor has it that this is the last live show they'll be doing for the foreseeable future, so don't say we didn't warn you. . .

Be sure to keep an eye on the Dough's website ( On Wednesday Dec 30, the band Campfield will play. And keep in mind that The Wyatt Garey Band will play there on New Year's Eve, Dec 31. I believe that the cost of the evening will be $25, but that includes some food and drink, and champagne at midnight, I'll bet. Check with Stuart for all the details ( Another option is a Bowens Island New Years Eve, $15 With Smoky Weiner and Drink Small -- call Smoky for details, 330-4066.

Also, mark your calendar for the next LBC board meeting, which will be Tuesday, Jan 5 at 7pm. And if you want to be part of the crowd that plans to rent a vehicle to get to Memphis in, come prepared to kick in $100 per person. We plan to leave in the morning on Wednesday Jan 20, and drive back on that Sunday, Jan 24th. We hope that the $100 will cover the vehicle and the gas costs, but we've never done this before, so there's a chance that there'd be a need to add in a bit more for gas for the trip home, but we'll have to wait and see. . .

Wishing you a happy holiday season, and much good music in the year ahead!!

LMW, Dec 24, 2009

Monday, December 21, 2009

Blues Club jam

This Tuesday, Dec 22, we'll have our Tuesday night jam at A Dough Re Mi, with special guest Jeff Norwood as jam-master, and Mark Schleiss on bass, with Greg Levkus on drums. Come on out, 8ish!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Blues for your weekend

Hello Blues People (and animals). Here’s what I’ve got for this week: Weekend gigs at Dough Re Mi are Friday 12/18, The Highway 17 Blues Band-10pm $5 cover andSaturday 12/19 it’s Jeff Norwood's Dobro Christmas Show-9pm. Go to for the full schedule.

Hometeam BBQ West Ashley has Joe Taylor’s trio Wicked Felinas on Thursday December 17th I know Joe Taylor. If you want to hear the guitar being played please go see his trio. Usually Stevie Kent plays drums and Paul Tucker on the bass. I could go on about who all of them they have played with but you might not believe me.

Danielle Howle and her group play on Saturday the 19th. One of the great local songwriters and performers.

At Sullivan’s Island Hometeam they have a sort of throwback celebration of Bert’s Bar with the Bert’s Bar Christmas Reunion this Friday and Saturday with Burnside Exploration. I am hoping this has something to do with the influence of iconic bluesman R.L. Burnside and his son who is part of the North Mississippi All Stars. Also appearing are Rik Cribb, Graham Whorley, Triple Lindy and others. Mac Leaphart plays on Thursday.

Ann Caldwell and Loose Fitt play the the Jazz Factory at the South of Broadway Theater, 1080 Montagu Avenue in North Charleston on Saturday from 7-10pm. $20 tix covers dinner, beverages and dancing. Check out She welcomes local musicians to join the band but please don’t go up there just to entertain yourself. You should have something specific in mind to add to the band and the enjoyment of the people Ann will be trying to entertain! Play something that fits what she’s trying to do and don’t just “noodle” around.

Steve Padgett and myself, Smoky Weiner will have a little jam at Bowens as we do every Friday night from 6:30 until 10. You can come and play anything you want at this jam because its more just for fun. On Saturday Steve Padgett and I will play at Iacofano’s in Mt. Pleasant which is at 625 Coleman Blvd. near Wild Wings. You can bring three cans of food or a toy and get to chow down on their appetizer buffet for free!

The Mill on Montague Av. in North Charleston has Chuck “The Cat” Morris and Shrimp City Slim on Tuesday night December 22nd. The Mill is smoker friendly if that is important to you.

Blues for the weekend of Dec. 17 -22

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Greetings Blues Fans. For those of you who may have forgotten Dan Wright and the New Beat, along with Sarah Cole will be traveling to Memphis on January 20th to compete in the International Blues challenge, and you can go with them . For $100-150 you can ride with them to Memphis to cheer them on in the challenge. If you are interested in purchasing a seat(s) then please contact the LBC at For more information about memphis please go to

The Jason Ricci Show at A Dough Re Mi has unfortunately been cancelled, but there is a Highway 17 Blues Band show on December 19th, starting at 9:00 p.m. with a five dollar cover charge.

Also don't forget to come out to A Dough Re Mi for the weekly Blues Jams on Tuesday Nights starting at 8:00.


Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Greetings Blues Babes! Lots of info to share with ya’ll this week. Our Holiday season has started with a Big Blue Bang!
As ya’ll know, every Tuesday is jam night at Dough Re Mi, and I missed the boat by not getting this blog notice sent in time. Mea Culpa and 100 lashes with a wet noodle!
So, the Quebec Societe de Blues, in an effort to promote Quebec blues in Canada and the US, want us to know that they will be holding a concert in Quebec on December 1st. This event is to celebrate the participation of 25 Quebecois Blues Groups, including the duo of Claire “Lady Blues Theriault and Denis Viel; in the Memphis International Blues Challenge in January (in Memphis, of course!). If you happen to be in Quebec next month, pop in and show your support!
Our own SHRIMP CITY SLIM will be tinkling ivories (or is it tickling the ivories??) all around our fair state this week. On THURSDAY the 3rd, the SHRIMP CITY SLIM TRIO guys will be in GreenWOOD at TW Boons! The next day, Friday the 4th, the SHRIMPS will play with Wonderful WANDA JACKSON in GreenVILLE at the Brown Street Club. This makes for a happy combination of vocals and outstanding instruments done right by people who really enjoy what they do! (they may hold the keys to happiness in their hot little hands…) Finally, Saturday the 5th, the SHRIMPS will be back in Mount Pleasant at Dough Re Mi, seasoning the pizza with their spicy blues. Be there at 8, pay your 5 dollars, and come feel the blues! Go HERE: to get more details… (I know the plural for shrimp is shrimp, but I hate to call a trio a shrimp, hence the SHRIMPS…)
Friday, December 5th, TOMMY THUNDERFOOT and the ACCELERATORS will bring out the studio line up and smoke the ribs at Fiery Ron’s Home Team BBQ on Middle Street on Sullivan’s Island. Come and see the big dogs play -Tommy, Tommy, and Jo Jo to keep them straight! The show starts at 10:30, admission is 5 bux, memories are… priceless! More information is available at:
Jumping the gun and gazing into next week (crystal balls are sooo handy!) don’t forget about Blues in the Pews with SHRIMP CITY SLIM, at the Circular Church, Wednesday December 9 at noon.
And mark your daytimer for the awesome Jason Ricci and New Blood , bringin’ it on at the Dough on Friday, December 11th. The 12 dollar cover will be money well spent to hear their amazing rock/blues/jazz/jammin’ band!
So, here is my conundrum for the week. I personally think that Blues and Jazz are two distinct types of music. However, the rest of the world likes to lump them together. I decided to include the following information based more on fear of what we might miss, then certainty that the events belong in our Blues Blog. Better safe then sorry…
JIC (Just In Case) Jazz and the Blues are pretty much the same type of music, it might be worthwhile to check out the Christmas Jazz Vespers at the Circular Church, December 13th at 6 pm.
Just to make absolutely sure that we get our Blues on the 13th, catch David ‘Honeyboy” Edwards, Grammy winner for ’the best traditional blues album‘; on the Today Show and the NBS Nightly News Segment (info on Honeyboy can be found at his website,
And while we are wondering about Jazz, The College of Charleston and the Charleston Jazz Initiative just got a donation of music and songs written by a local boy, Robert Spann Cathcart, Jr., between 1920-1960. The music provides insight into the culture, music and society of Charleston during this time frame, and is supposed to contain some cool blues tunes. Contact Avery’s Archives at 843-953-7609 or Karen Chandler at 843-953-5474.
Finally, JAZZ & BLUES in Florida wants us to know that they will have Blues shows all over their beaches and all over their long skinny state this week. They also have some cool-looking festivals coming up and their information can be found here :
Have a Happy Blues week, all!
Singin’ SAM

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Thanksgiving weekend and more

Here's hoping everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving! And we hope you'll come out to A Dough Re Mi the next night, Friday the 27th, for the Lowcountry Blues Club's Holiday Food Drive. The cover is just $5, or two cans of food, and will benefit East Cooper's Meals on Wheels -- and the party will feature some of our favorite blues jam players. It looks like there will be an early set with Dan Wright and Landon Moore from 8-9pm, then more great music on into the night. Bring your instrument if you want to play. . .

We had another great jam this past Tuesday, and look forward to another one on Tuesday, December 1st. And because it's the first Tuesday of the month, we've got our monthly LBC meeting as well, starting at 7pm at the Dough. Come out and meet the blues club board members, and add your ideas to the mix. We'll surely be discussing the upcoming International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. The club's representative in the Challenge will be Dan Wright and the New Beat, and in the Youth category will be Sarah Cole's new band. Some Blues Club members (and maybe you?) are planning to go along to cheer these guys on and have a party in Memphis!

We missed our faithful drummer Greg Levkus this past Tuesday, as his father was in the hospital, so we want to send along our best wishes to Greg and his family. And we appreciated Captain James Kirk stepping in and setting up his drum kit for the full night of music (which lasted till well past midnight!)

Last but not least, we want to invite anyone who has not yet done so, to become a fan of the Lowcountry Blues Club on facebook. There are two sites set up, but you want the one that has a picture of a guitar on it. Then you'll get reminders about the Tuesday night jams, and other special events like the Friday night party at the Dough. And I'll mention now that you want to put a couple of December shows on your calendar while we're talking about special events. On Dec 5 at the Dough are our friends the Shrimp City Slim Trio, 8pm, only $5 -- a real deal! And on Dec 11 at the Dough will be the totally amazing Jason Ricci and New Blood, $12, and sooo worth it!! Just ask someone who's seen him perform before, and they'll tell you that you don't want to miss this show!

All for now. And again, Happy Thanksgiving!

Lmw, Nov 25, 2009

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Thanks for the big crowd at Home Team Tuesday night, we had a great party and jam for Nature Boy Nik’s B-day! Here are some blues gigs for this weekend, November 19th - 22…..

The Lowcountry Blues Club Memphis Fundraiser is this Thursday at Home Team BBQ, Sullivan’s Island . Skye Paige and the Original Recipe will kick the night off at 9:30 PM and my band, Dan Wright and the New Beat will perform a set of brand new, original music from 10:30 to 12:30. The cover is $5 and all of the funds will be used for the Lowcountry Blues Club’s trip to the International Blues Challenge in January. We’ll have special guests Trey Cooper on keys, Fred Hale on percussion, and Matt Kearney (from the Holy City Sinners) on sax. CD’s will be for sale for $3.
Tommy Thunderfoot and the Accelerators play at Panini’s in Beaufort
Craig Campany on bass, John Picard on drums, go out and see them in beautiful Beaufort!926 Bay StBeaufort, SC 29902-5568(843) 379-0300

Savannah-based blues-rock trio Hitman — singer/guitarist Brett "Hitman" Barnard and the rhythm section of bassist Maggie Evans and drummer Marc Corday — blast through an amped-up set of Hendrix, Clapton, the Allmans, and a few original compositions. 9 p.m. $5 At A Dough Re Mi in Mt. Pleasant, Ben Sawyer Blvd next to the Pig.

The Charleston Jazz Orchestra, Charleston’s own resident big band will close out its inaugural season with A Suite Holiday, Wednesday, November 25, 2009 at 7pm at the band’s House of Swing at Charleston Music Hall, Charleston, SC. Doors open at 6pm.

Cole Train will be at Mojo’s oin Summerville on Friday and Saturday starting at 9pm.
Mojo’s is at 945 BACON’S Bridge Rd. aka 165.

Johnny Mac & the Booty Ranch is at the Sand Dollar on Folly Beach Fri. & Sat.

Aroma’s at 50 N. Market St. downrown has Cotton Blue Fri. & Sat. starting at 7pm


Sunday, November 15, 2009

Tuesday November 17th at Home Team BBQ West Ashley: Nature Boy Nik's Birthday Bash with Nature Boy Nik and Smoky Weiner and the Hot Links with Stevie Kent and John Auwaerter, Steve Padgett and many guests, 9:30 to 12:30. Bring your ax and help us out!

Of course the traditional jam at A Dough Re Mi will take place at its usual time of 8pm and has been much improved lately with the general volume being at a good level and so forth. I urge you to check it out again if you haven't been in a while. If you are energetic then come on out to Hometeam BBQ in West Ashley on 61 and St Andrews Blvd afterward!

This is mid week stuff I wanted to get out - I will post another blog to tell you about the weekend. See you out there-SW

Thursday, November 12, 2009

November Friday 13- Sunday 15

It's may be Friday the 13th, but don't let that keep you away from a Blues weekend.

First off if yous didn't get to see the National Slide Competition and Festival at A Dough Re Mi Saturday, then you really missed out. Along with the competitors host Skye Paige performed a rocking set, and Conrad Oberg really ended the thing on a bang.

Friday at A Dough Re Mi The Highway 17 Blues Band will be performing starting at 9:00 with a $5 cover charge.

On Saturday November 14th from 1-5 PM, the Blessing of the Vines at Irvin House Winery and Firefly Vodka Distillery, in Wadmalaw, Smoky Weiner & the Hot Links will perform, and this will be paired with a chili cook off competition all for $5 a car.

Next Thursday Dan Wright and the New Beat will join up with Skye Paige at Firey Ron's Home Team BBQ for a benefit for the Lowcountry Blues Club. It starts at 9:30 and is 21+ with a $5 Cover charge so get out to Sullivans Island and support the club


Tuesday, November 3, 2009

November 3-8

Greetings there Blues babes!! I never in a million years woulda thunk there were this many Blues events going on in the Lowcountry at one time! So gird your loins and fasten your seatbelts - it's going to be a bumpy ride!

Today being Tuesday, we'll start at the top and you will see - there are more then enough Blues Events to keep our blues-lovin'-behinds out of trouble this week.

November 3rd, Tuesday 8:30ish A Dough Re Mi hosts our weekly jam. The more the merrier, and what better chance to meet other members of our club?

November 4, Wednesday (5-8).
Shrimp City Slim takes the horror out of hump day at the Mad River Bar and Grill. No cover, Great location (on the market downtown); great atmosphere, great food, great tunes - Shrimp and the guys make Wednesday worth waiting for! (online info for Shrimp City Slim -; and Mad River-

November 5-8 (Thurs-Sun)
Florence will rock the Blues from Thursday, November 5th, at 5:30 with Deb Callahan straight through to Sunday, November 8th, at 2 when Drink Small doctors us up! You can't beat the price - free is fantastic! With 11 venues and 24 shows, the 1st Pee Dee Blues Bash will be the beginning of a beautiful thing.

If you can't make it to Florence this weekend there is plenty to do closer to home.

November 6th, Friday, trot yourself down to the Circular Church on Meeting Street at 7:00. Go to Church!! No more excuses with events tailor-made for us. Shrimp City Slim put the blues in the pews, with the 'Blues :Unplugged series. We can look forward to some cool acoustic tunes to kick off the cool weather.

Saturday the 7th should find you at A Dough Re Mi for the National Slide Guitar Festival and Competition. The event starts at 6, but you might want to go early to snag a good spot. The 5$ cover will be well spent to hear these guitar heroes.

Finally, if you are looking to give back to the community, check this out: Local Music on the Farm, Sunday, November 8th, 12-5. Skye Paige and a raft of local bands will be making music on the Farm stage. Good food, good eats, good bands, good cause - sounds like a good time.

Have a great weekend ya'll!


Thursday, October 29, 2009

Weekend 31-1

Another Blues filled weekend comes to the Lowcounry; Shrimp City Slim is coming to A Dough Re Mi on Friday October 30th, and playing again on Saturday November 1st on Bowens Island. You can find out more about these and other Shrimp City Slim shows at

The Blues Happy Hour continues to go on every monday at Mad River Bar & Grill. With no cover chrge and $2 Pints it sounds like the plce to be on mondays and wednesdays between 5 and 8.

The Pee Dee Blues Bash festival in Florence starts thursday November 5, artists include Shrimp City Slim, Matt Walsh, Juke Joint Johnny & Drew Baldwin, Cotton Blue, and lots more. It lasts until Sunday November 8th with no cover charge. It spans over 11 different venues; for a complete list of the venuse check out

The National Slide Guitar Festival and Competition will be at A Dough Re Mi on Saturday November 7th. There's no cover charge, and Conrad Oberg will be headlining. This kid is amazing he opened up for the 40th annversary of woodstock, and you can check him out at

And as always don't forget about the blues jam at A Dough Re Mi on Tuesday nights, and we're always looking for new members so bring a friend.


Thursday, October 22, 2009

Weekend of October 23, 24

It's the weekend once again, and we've got a few things to recommend. On Friday night there's a benefit for My Sister's House at Goldbug Island, and your ticket ($10 advance, $15 at the door) will get you a bbq dinner, drink and dessert, as well as music from two groups: Rik Cribb and the Problems, and "The Most Interesting Band In the World", a compilation of local musicians. You can see the website at

And/or you may want to check out the new movie It Might Get Loud, showing at the Terrace. It features three famous guitarists: Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, The Edge of U2, and Jack White of The White Stripes and The Raconteurs -- good stuff.

On Saturday night our friends Wyatt and Ranny Garey will be playing with their band at A Dough Re Mi, starting 8ish, and will be filmed for Carolina Bands Live -- don't miss this party!!

Or you could head to the Navy Yard at Noisette, 1635 Cosgrove Ave, N. Charleston for Skinful Halloween 2009 ($25 advance, $30 at the door) with a variety of music acts, including Ivan Neville and Dumpstaphunk, and our friend Skye Paige with Bizarro Burlesque, among others. See for the details.

And of course we hope you'll come back to the Dough on Tuesday for the jam at 8:30, or come earlier if you're hungry for pizza and wings. Stuart Johnson suggested that we all should talk up the jam with our friends, by email or facebook, because we've got a lot of great music each week and would like to have an even bigger crowd to share it with. . .

And a heads-up for the following weekend -- A Dough Re Mi has Shrimp City Slim on Friday the 30th, and you may want to start planning your costume for the Halloween party at the Dough on Saturday the 31st -- always a fun time!

Also keep in mind the free blues fest in Florence SC that happens November 5-8. See for all the details -- and get over to Florence for that if you can!

Lmw, Oct 22, 2009

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Exciting times for the Lowcountry Blues Club

Hi All --

In case you haven't heard, the Lowcountry Blues Club elected new officers and board members at our meeting in early October. When you see these people you can thank them for agreeing to work to make our club even better: Tim Shaw is the new President, Stuart Johnson is Secretary, and Kelly Homan is Treasurer. And don't forget to thank Greg Cooper as the outgoing President, Lua Wells as outgoing Secretary, and Rob Lowe as outgoing Treasurer. In my next post I'll give you the details on all the new and continuing board members as well.

As a board we hope that the upcoming year will bring lots more wonderful Tuesday night jams at A Dough Re Mi, and the possible expansion of blues jams and/or shows in other venues around town as well, so more people can be exposed to the wonderful talents that we have in our club. We discussed the possibilities of an outdoor festival or two -- the sky's the limit! We also hope to have many new members of the club, in addition to keeping our current members, of course.

We also have new writers for this blog (the weekly emails) starting soon. And we're still looking for a volunteer to take over the job of keeping up with our Myspace page -- just write to us at if you're interested in helping out in this or another capacity.

Okay -- you want to know what's going on this weekend? Friday night Oct 16th finds Drink Small doing a solo acoustic show at Home Team BBQ/Sullivans Island. Then on Sat night the 17th, Drink does an electric/band show at Home Team/West Ashley, while Jeff Norwood & Backbone take the stage at Home Team/Sullivans.

There are some other special things going on Saturday as well. Shinefest is a noon-9pm benefit event at the Joe Riley Ballpark. The Whisperjets start off the music at noon, followed by multiple acts such as Sol Driven Train, The Original Wailers, and Blues Traveler. See for all the info regarding tickets ($40/$45) and such.

Or if you're in the mood for a road trip, there's a free blues fest in Columbia on Saturday. See for details.

FYI, I always get lots of great info about music events from the Charleston City paper, so make sure you check that out each week. And I recommend that you sign up to get emails from Shrimp at, if you haven't already, because he always has a lot of blues info to share -- more than I can cover each week.

Lastly, I have to say that I hope you made it out to Rocktoberfest this past weekend, because that was an awesome music festival!! Our own Stuart Johnson ran the Moultrie News Porch Stage, doing sound for four days straight, and STILL managed to come help out with our weekly jam on Tuesday night -- that's dedication!! (Or insanity!) Dan Wright Trio, Skye Paige, Wyatt Garey Band, Stuart, The Fabulous Porch Dogs, and Cole Train all performed at the fest and showed off their stuff, and made us proud!

So have fun this weekend, be safe, and come on out Tuesday night for the LBC jam, 8:30ish, A Dough Re Mi.

Lmw, Oct 14, 2009

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Weekend of Oct 9-12

The main event this coming weekend, Oct 9-12, is Rocktoberfest, an amazing festival put on by the Awendaw Green folks, and held behind the Seewee Outpost. Many members and friends of the Lowcountry Blues Club will be playing there, including the Wyatt Garey Band, Cole Train, Skye Paige, Jeff Norwood, The Dan Wright Trio, The Fabulous Porch Dogs, Stuart Johnson, Leslie, The Whisperjets, The Explorers Club, and lots, lots more!!

Tickets are $40 for the full weekend ($25 with a valid student i.d.), with day passes also available. It's a benefit for the Charleston County Band Instrument Fund, and free admission is given with the donation of a musical instrument. Go to for more info or to for the full line-up on all three stages.

Don't miss it!!

Lmw, October 8, 2009

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Weekend of Oct 2-4 and beyond

Well, this weekend is the big blues festival in the quaint little town of Camden, SC, and I hope some of you are able to attend -- it will be a great time! For all the info, go to and check out all the upcoming performances.

Then on Sunday there's the American Music Celebration at Freshfields Village at Kiawah from 2-7pm, with Skye Paige and lots more -- and it's all free!! Also on Sunday, there's a show put on by Jesse Judy and his music students from 6-9pm at A Dough Re Mi.

On Tuesday you should come out early to Dough Re Mi for a show with Shrimp City Slim and his buddy Dr. Pickup from Paris, France! They're scheduled to start at 5:30 and there's no cover charge. Come and have a pizza, and enjoy some great music! Then the Lowcountry Blues Club is set to have a meeting at 7:30 at A Dough Re Mi, so you can stay and help us make plans for our club. We want new people to get involved as officers and board members, so we're planning to have a vote then as well. Come and share your ideas and your enthusiasm! And of course the Lowcountry Blues Club jam will start up after that, around 8:30ish. . .

And for next weekend, make your plans to attend Rocktoberfest if at all possible! This event will take place from Oct 9-12, behind the Seewee Outpost, and the number of bands scheduled to play is quite impressive. Blues club members and friends scheduled to play include Stuart Johnson, The Fabulous Porch Dogs, The Dan Wright Trio, Jeff Norwood, Skye Paige, Cole Train, the Wyatt Garey Band, and lots, lots more!! Tickets are $40 for the full weekend ($25 with a valid student i.d.), with day passes also available. It's a benefit for the Charleston County Band Instrument Fund, and free admission is given with the donation of a musical instrument. Go to for more info.

Have fun, and be safe!

Lmw, Oct 1, 2009

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Weekend of Sept 25-27

Hi All --

On Friday night Eric Lindell will be at the Pour House celebrating his new cd "Gulf Coast Highway", 9:30pm, $10.

On Saturday you might want to catch Johnny Mac and the Booty Ranch at Wild Wing/Mt. Pleasant.

Check out the Charleston City Paper, the Preview section of the Post & Courier, and your favorite websites for more options, too. And try to make it to A Dough Re Mi on Tuesday night for the jam if you can.

We're hoping to expand the Lowcountry Blues Club board with new ideas and new members. Please consider becoming active in making this club more of a presence in the Charleston area. We need new officers, new board members, new writers for this blog (the email newsletter), someone to deal with our myspace page, etc. We need your help! Write to us at, or find a board member to talk to at one of the jams. . .


Lmw, Sept 24, 2009

Monday, September 21, 2009

What a weekend!

Well, the First Annual Lowcountry Blues Challenge ended with an amazing finale show at Rendezvous on Saturday night. There was a great crowd, and lots of great music. The Fabulous Porch Dogs kicked things off a little after 7, after which Sarah Cole and the Mojo Men surprised the folks who had never seen them play before, and had them asking: "Who IS that girl?!" Then the Dan Wright Trio kept the party going, and Tommy Thunderfoot closed out the evening with a high energy set full of great tunes.

All these bands are winners in our opinion, and thanks to our sponsors, they all went home with prizes, too. We want to thank Awendaw Green for their generous donation of a full day's studio time to the first place winner, and a half day for second place. We also thank Piggly Wiggly, Ye Olde Music Shop, Southern Comfort Bar and Grill, and Lowcountry Underground magazine.

So, who goes to Memphis as our nomination for the International Blues Challenge in January 2010? That would be our first place winner: The Dan Wright Trio!! Second place went to Sarah Cole and the Mojo Men, and Sarah was picked to go to Memphis as well, for the Youth Showcase!!

We are proud to have all these wonderful musicians living and making music here in the Charleston area! And we're proud that many of them are members and supporters of the Lowcountry Blues Club as well. If you come out to A Dough Re Mi in Mt Pleasant, this Tuesday and every Tuesday, 8ish, you'll get to see some of these guys playing at the weekly Lowcountry Blues Club jam -- so come on out!

Also, we need new members and officers for the Lowcountry Blues Club board. If you're interested, please email us at We usually meet just once a month -- currently that's on the first Tuesday of the month, at 7:00, before the jam. We also need someone who would like to keep our myspace page updated, and we need people to help with writing the weekly email newsletter. So consider your options, and get involved -- The more people who help out, the better our club will be!

Lmw, September 21, 2009

Friday, September 18, 2009

Lowcountry Blues Club Challenge Finals!!!

The Lowcountry Blues Club's big event is here: the Lowcountry Blues Challenge Finals! The show starts at 7 at Rendezvous in N. Charleston this Saturday night, Sept 19th, but get there early to help out, and/or to get a good seat! Playing are some of our favorite people: Sarah Cole and her Mojo Men, the Fabulous Porch Dogs, Tommy Thunderfoot and the Accelerators, and the Dan Wright group -- four great bands! Rendezvous is at 7832 Rivers Avenue, not far from the N. Chas Barnes & Noble -- we hope to see you there! Tix are $10, or $5 if you show your blues card at the door (or some of you have already got your tickets, so don't forget to bring them with you. . .)

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Weekend Plans, Sept 11-13

Hi All --

I've got to rush to get this news out before I go off to work. This Friday night Soul Captive (with Dan Wright) is scheduled to play at the Kickin' Chicken in West Ashley, 10pm. They're playing out a lot these days -- see the full schedule at their myspace page

On Saturday (Sept. 12) there's a great free event called Kenny Gate held out at the North Charleston Coliseum, all day before the Kenny Chesney show. It's sponsored by Awendaw Green and WEZL, with lots of great acts playing: Danielle Howle, Mac Leaphart Band, Megan Jean and the Klay Family Band, White Rhino, Lauren Bevins, Pierce Edens, Woodwork Road Show, and the Holy Ghost Tent Revival -- be there! (Parking at the Coliseum is $5)

Then Saturday night our friend Wyatt Garey plays at A Dough Re Mi, 9pm, and that's always a fun time -- They've got a new drummer they're excited about, so come out and hear some good music!

Sunday there's a Beatles vs. Rolling Stones tribute show at the Tin Roof in West Ashley, starting 6ish pm, and it's a benefit, so your $10 will go to a good cause.

Then Monday and Weds nights are Mad River Grill Blues Happy Hours, Tuesday night 8pm is the Dough Re Mi jam, Weds night is the barn jam at Awendaw Green or Smoky's jam at Bowens Island, and then Thurs night is the harbor cruise with Shrimp City Slim,

The following Saturday night the 19th is the big finale event for the Lowcountry Blues Challenge, held at Rendezvous in N. Charleston, $10. The start time for that has changed, so please make a note that the start time is now 7pm, so you may want to arrive by 6:30 or so to get a good seat. We're excited about all the finalists: The Fabulous Porch Dogs, Sarah Cole and her Mojo Men, Dan Wright Trio, and Tommy Thunderfoot and the Accelerators -- don't miss this great show!!

Also, the Lowcountry Blues Club needs a few people who are excited about this club to volunteer to run for a position on the board. We'll be holding elections soon, so email us at if you're interested -- thanks!

Looking even farther ahead, here's a few things to mark on your calendar. Eric Lindell comes to the Pour House on Friday night, Sept 25th, celebrating his new release "Gulf Coast Highway". He puts on a great show, so keep this date in mind.

And Oct 1-3 is the Carolina Downhome Blues Festival in Camden, SC, organized by Shrimp City Slim -- a very cool blues crawl in a quaint little town. This is a great chance to get out of town and take a blues holiday! See for details. Then Sunday Oct 4 in Kiawah is the American Music Celebration at Freshfields Village, as well. More details to come.

So we hope you have a great weekend with some great music, and we hope to see you at the Tuesday night jam for sure!

Lmw, September 10, 2009

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Labor Day weekend

Well, it's been a busy week, and I'm running out of time to get organized for this weekend. I haven't heard about a lot going on this weekend (or else I can't remember what I heard), so this post will be shorter than usual. I do know that Monster Music will be having a showcase of different artists who have played at Awendaw Green, including Jeff Norwood, Danielle Howle, and the Whisperjets, among others. The event takes place Saturday (the 5th) from 2-8pm, and the store will be having sales as well (and their sale prices can be really great!) -- so come on out!

And start getting excited for the Lowcountry Blues Challenge Finale event on September 19th, with four great bands competing for the nomination to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN in 2010. Don't miss seeing Tommy Thunderfoot and the Accelerators, The Dan Wright Trio, The Fabulous Porch Dogs, and Sarah Cole and the Mojo Men!! More info on this coming soon. . .

So have fun this weekend, be safe too, and come out to hear some great music on Tuesday night at the Lowcountry Blues Club jam at A Dough Re Mi, 8ish.

Lmw, September 3, 2009

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Weekend events

Hi All --

Once again, there's lots to do this weekend. On Friday night August 28th, starting 6:30 at the Circular Congregational Church, Bonnie Bishop and Randall Bramblett will perform; see for more details. Also on Friday night, there's a jam and going away party for Tanya the bartender at Dough Re Mi, starting 8pm. Musicians: bring your instruments! As a special treat, Sarah Cole and her Mojo Men, the winners at the latest Lowcountry Blues Challenge battle of the bands, will be on hand for some rocking blues. And also on Friday night, Soul Captive is scheduled to play at the Kickin' Chicken in Mt P, 10pm -- see their full schedule on myspace.

On Saturday night August 29th, Tommy Thunderfoot will play at Hometeam/Sullivans Island, and they want lots of friends to show up and party with them. And Cole Train will be playing at Mojo's Club and Cigar Bar in Summerville that night as well, also a party. Bowens Island and Smoky Weiner host a "Saturday Night Fish Fry" with the Hungry Monks from 8-11pm. Awendaw Green hosts a fundraiser with Frank Carlier and the All-Star Band, 7:30-11:30pm. The Whisperjets will open for Sol Driven Train at the Pour House, 9pm - 1 am. I guess it's good to have options, but I wish I could see all these shows!

On Sunday at 4 pm, Jeff Norwood plays at the Morgan Creek Grill on the Isle of Palms. And at 6pm, the Windjammer on Isle of Palms will have a cd release party for the new Charleston Sound compilation cd which features Skye Paige and Mac Leaphart,among other local artists. Come see Skye and a bunch of other people show off their music -- and it's free, so you'll have money left to spend on your very own copy of this exciting new cd!

And don't forget the Lowcountry Blues Club jam, every Tuesday night starting 8ish, at Dough Re Mi!

Lmw, August 27, 2009

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Tonight (Sat Aug 22): Battle of the Bands

Remember, tonight (Saturday, Aug 22) is the Lowcountry Blues Challenge Battle of the Bands at A Dough Re Mi in Mt. Pleasant, 7-11pm, with 3 bands playing: Memphis Rich, TWS & Friends, and Sarah Cole. Only $5. Don't miss it!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

What's coming up

Hi Music Fans --

Coming up tonight (Weds Aug19) is the Mad River Grill Blues Happy Hour from 4-7pm downtown with Shrimp City Slim (no cover). Starting 7:30ish at Awendaw Green is the Barn Jam (no cover), and there is a special guest tonight called PastorPastor Blues Band -- and they are worth seeing if you can get out there. They play a mix of blues and all kinds of music, really like no one you've seen before. And starting 8:30ish is Smoky's Jam at Bowen's Island, $3.

On Thursday is the Trident United Way Battle of the Bands at the Music Farm downtown, starting 5:30pm, $10 donation to the United Way (so it's for a good cause!). And there's the Blues and BBQ Harbor Cruise with Shrimp City Slim, 6:30-9:30, $39.50. And Soul Captive (with Dan Wright) is at the Vendue Rooftop downtown, 6ish.

On Friday Soul Captive is at the Kickin' Chicken/West Ashley, 10pm.

Saturday is the fourth Battle of the Bands installment of the First Annual Lowcountry Blues Challenge. Last week we had lots of fun at Southern Comfort Bar and Grill in Summerville with Circa 56, The Fabulous Porch Dogs, and Highway 17 Blues Band. Scoring was tight, with the Porch Dogs coming out ahead this time, so they'll go on to compete in the Finale event on Sept. 19th at Rendezvous in N. Charleston.

This Saturday the battle will be at A Dough Re Mi in Mt. Pleasant, 7-11pm, $5, and teens are welcome to attend. We may even have a teen band competing, but that's still up in the air at the moment. We've got Memphis Rich competing, and TWS and Friends, and a slot TBA -- but we're sure to have fun no matter what!

Also on Saturday night there's Soul Captive at Necter on James Island, 10pm, and Skye Paige is involved in a show at the Village Tavern in Mt. Pleasant, 9:30.

So have fun, and be safe, wherever you choose to go. . .

Lmw, August 19, 2009

Thursday, August 13, 2009

details, details

Just a reminder that this Saturday night, August 15th, the Lowcountry Blues Challenge will be held from 7 - 11 pm at Southern Comfort Bar and Grill in Summerville, 1761 N. Main Street -- come if you can! The bands scheduled to play are The Highway 17 Blues Band, Circa 56, and The Fabulous Porch Dogs all for only $5! But just so you know, admission is unfortunately only for those who are ages 18 and up, per the management. . .

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Your Week in Music

Hi Music Fans --

We had a great jam last night at A Dough Re Mi -- be sure to come next Tuesday night, 8ish, if you can! Tonight you've got the usual Weds night choices: Mad River Grill downtown with Shrimp City Slim for Blues Happy Hour 4-7pm (also held on Mondays, no cover either day), the Bowens Island jam with Smoky Weiner, and the Awendaw Green barn jam (also no cover).

This Friday night you can head to Kiawah's Lagerhead Grill to see Shrimp City Slim, 6pm. Then there's Henry's Attic at A Dough Re Mi, 9:30ish -- they play a mix of interesting covers, including some New Orleans style music with washboard and accordion. Or if you're up for a road trip, head to the Statesboro (GA) Blues Fest to see Tommy Thunderfoot and the Accelerators play.

Saturday night is of course the third battle in the Lowcountry Blues Challenge. Last week's show was a very good one, with Jojo Wall getting the crowd to sing along, Steve & the Stilettos keeping the energy level high with some great sax by Lisa, and Dan Wright's excellent guitar playing to end the night. All of these bands gave us some great music. Scoring was very close, with Dan coming out on top and heading to the finale on September 19th -- put this event in your calendar! This week's show will be in Summerville at Southern Comfort Bar and Grill, and will feature The Highway 17 Blues Band with Jack Downey, Circa 56, and The Fabulous Porch Dogs - come out and see for yourself how much fun you can have, for only a $5 cover.

Soul Captive (with Dan Wright) also plays on Saturday night, at Bambu in Mt Pleasant, 9pm. They have a new myspace page, so check it out -- they've got lots of dates coming up, all over town.

On Sunday, Drink Small plays at the Circular Church downtown at 7pm, $10. If you've never seen Drink Small, you should. Check him out at And Soul Captive plays at Rita's Grill on Folly Beach, 7pm.

In other news, Guitar Center in N. Charleston will soon be having their King of the Blues Guitar contest, and needs qualified judges. If you have a good knowledge of the guitar and of the blues, you could talk to Ryan Nelson about volunteering as a judge to help them out. Call him at 843-452-6804.

And if you're looking for guitar lessons, Wyatt Garey can help you out. He's only 17, but is a phenomenal guitar player. Now a senior at Wando, he's been playing professionally since the age of twelve, and was picked by the Sarasota blues fest as one of the top up-and-coming young players in the nation. Contact him at, or through his dad Ranny at 843-371-1602.

If you want harmonica lessons, be sure to contact Jojo -- He grew up with parents who love the blues, so it's in his blood. . .

So there's lots of choices for great music here. But you can also check the City Paper, the Post & Courier, and your favorite websites, too. We're lucky to live in a city with so much going on!!

Lmw, August 12, 2009

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Battle of the Bands, and more

Hello Music Fans --

Last night we had a great night of jamming at Dough Re Mi, and a big crowd to cheer the musicians on -- lots of fun! This Weds night features your usual choices, the Mad River Blues Happy Hour from 4-7pm with Shrimp City Slim, the Awendaw Green barn jam, and Smoky's Bowens Island Jam. Thursday night is Tim Shaw's jam in Summerville at Time Well Spent, and for something extra special, there's a Blues and BBQ cruise as well (tix $39.50, 722-1112), 6:30-9:30, with Shrimp City Slim and friends.

Shrimp's a busy guy -- he'll be at Kiawah's Freshfields Village on Friday evening, too. And the Dough has Wares Jamming and the Healing Friday night, 10 pm.

Then there's an awesome two-day festival at Awendaw Green on Saturday and Sunday: the Youth Gives Back Fest, with 30 bands (!) -- a mix of youth bands and some of Charleston's premiere bands as well. Some of my favorites include the Wyatt Garey Band, Bodies Full of Magic, the Explorers Club, the Whisperjets, Trouble in Transit, and Leslie. See the whole list of bands at -- tix are only $20 for the weekend, and it's a benefit for Camp Happy Days, so it's a great cause, too!

Saturday night you may have to leave the festival a little bit early, to get over to Rendezvous for the second round of the Lowcountry Blues Challenge Battle of the Bands, 7832 Rivers Avenue, in the old K&W Cafeteria building. We'll have Jojo Wall, Steve & the Stilettos, and Dan Wright -- good stuff! Admission is only $5, and it's from 7-11pm.

And as if that weren't enough, Skye Paige tells us that she'll be playing with an awesome line-up at the Music Farm Saturday night: the Defilers, the Sandinistas, and more, only $5.

Sunday continues with the Youth Gives Back Fest at Awendaw Green, then it's time to collapse in bed and sleep till your Monday morning alarm goes off. . .

Lmw, Aug 5, 2009

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Lowcountry Blues Challenge / Winner

The first battle of the bands of the First Annual Lowcountry Blues Challenge was this past Saturday at Halligans in West Ashley. Four bands played, and a good time was had by all. The first set was played by On the Hunt, and they had a lot of fans there to cheer them on. Tommy Thunderfoot and the Accelerators played second, and played a set of great blues songs. Wyatt Garey Band played third (with Smoky's drummer filling in), and they were in the groove, sounding great! And Smoky Weiner and the Hot Links finished out the night in their own original style, mixing humor and blues, and getting some of the crowd up to dance. We want to thank all the bands for putting on such a great night of entertainment! The management at Halligans was quite impressed, and is interested in having more blues club bands there in the future, which is a good thing.

After the event, the judges' scores were multiplied per the IBC's scoring rules, and averaged together, and we came up with a winner for Round One. And that winner is (drumroll please) --
Tommy Thunderfoot and the Accelerators!! They put on a tight set, with several excellent original blues songs, and came out on top. So we send our congratulations to Tommy and his band, and look forward to seeing them play again at the finale event on September 19th.

The next battle is this coming Saturday night, 7-11pm, at Rendezvous, 7832 Rivers Avenue, North Charleston. The Dan Wright Trio will play, as will Jojo Wall, Steve and the Stilettos, and perhaps one more band as well. We still need some volunteers (email -- If you volunteer you get in free, and you will receive several tickets to the finale event free of charge as well. Otherwise, the entry fee for Round Two is $5, and you'll get lots of great music for this one low price! Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Upcoming events

Hi All -

Last night was another great jam at A Dough Re Mi. Don't forget to put the jam down on your calendar for next Tuesday, and every Tuesday!

Tonight (Weds the 29th) you can choose between a jam at Bowens Island run by Smoky Weiner ($5), and a barn jam at Awendaw Green (free). There's also Blues Happy Hour from 4-7pm at Mad River Grill downtown on Mondays and Wednesdays every week, 32 N. Market Street (free).

Thursday night you've got the TWS & Friends jam in Summerville at the Time Well Spent Tearoom, weather permitting. And Thursday night also finds Henry's Attic playing at Home Team / Sullivans Island for $5, and Megan Jean and the Klay Family Band playing at the Tin Roof for $10 -- all great options!

Friday night you might want to try the Windjammer to check out the Classic Woodies, Crowfield, and Cracker.

Saturday night August 1, the first battle of the Lowcountry Blues Challenge will take place -- and we want you to come!! It will take place at Halligans in West Ashley, 9pm - 1 am, and $5 is all it takes to see several great bands play: Tommy Thunderfoot and the Accelerators, Wyatt Garey Band, Smoky Weiner and the Hot Links, and On the Hunt. This is the first of four battles all over Charleston, which will culminate in the Grand Finale Battle on Sept 19 at Rendezvous in N. Charleston. We hope you'll come to all the battles, and yell for your favorite bands to win. You can go to the blog to see the entire schedule of events: -- don't miss this first ever Lowcountry Blues Challenge blues battle of the bands!!!

And for you musicians out there, I wanted to let you know that the Daniel Island Farmers Market is looking for entertainment on Thursdays, 4-7pm. They're looking for solo or duo acts especially, and although they don't have money to pay you, you'd be able to have a tip jar, and sell your cd(s) there. So, if you're interested, contact Trish at

Lmw, July 29, 2009

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Lowcountry Blues Challenge Official Poster

At left is a JPEG version of the Lowcountry Blues Club poster, at 52% scale. Sammy Derrick provided the illustration of the guitarist, and Kathleen Wehle did the layout and design.

The itinerary for the festival is as follows:
August 1, next Saturday at Halligans, starting at 9pm, Tommy Thunderfoot & the Accelerators, Wyatt Garey Band, On the Hunt and Smokey Weiner and the Hot Links will compete to win the first round.

August 8, the following Saturday at Rendezvous American Grille, starting at 7pm, Dan Wright, SC Blues Band, Steve & the Stilettos will compete to win the second round.

August 15, three Saturdays from now at Southern Comfort Bar & Grill, starting at 7pm, Hwy 17 Blues Band (Jack Downey's band), The Fabulous Porch Dogs, Slanguage, and Circa 56 will compete to win the third round.

August 22, four Saturdays from now at A Dough Re Mi, starting at 7pm, Steel Pedals, Memphis Rich, Lil' Jimmy the Dyrti Boyz, and TWS & Friends will compete to win the fourth round. At this point in the festival, we will have our four finalists for the finale.

The Finale is Sept. 19th, at Rendezvous American Grill, starting at 2pm. Whichever of the four finalist bands wins this round will be the nominee from Lowcountry Blues Club for the 2010 International Blues Challenge in the Blues capital, Memphis, TN.

The links above allow you to check out the bands for what's in store, and locate the venues if you don't know where they are, and learn more about the International Blues Challenge. It's really exciting for the Lowcountry Blues Club to be able to put on this very first Challenge with the help of sponsors Piggly Wiggly, Ye Olde Music Shop, Southern Comfort Bar and Grill, and Lowcountry Underground magazine.

In the first week of August, Lowcountry Underground Magazine will feature an article about the club and the contest, with a few photos from the Jams we've had in the past.

Until next time, have fun and be safe.

kmw 7/25/09

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

This weekend's events in Charleston

Here are the blues events this week and weekend in Charleston.

Wednesday, July 22nd, the Awendaw Green Barn Jam features Slanguage, Deborah Hudson, Rova Zetella, Trouble in Transit, Come On Go With Us. The show starts at 7pm. Don't forget, Wednesdays are also the Bowens Island Jam with Smoky Weiner and Friends.

Thursday, July 23rd, Jojo Wall will play solo at BuddyRoe's Shrimp Shack at 8:30pm. If you are not familiar with where BuddyRoe's is now, it is the bright coral building off of Ben Sawyer Blvd., behind the mini-golf course. Thursday night is also the Time Well Spent TeaRoom Jam in Summerville with TWS and Friends.

Friday, July 24th, Dan Wright and Tim Hodson will play with a full band at Necter. The show starts at 9pm. That same night, Jeff Norwood is playing at Whaley's on Edisto Island, starting at 9pm. HomeTeam BBQ on Sullivans Island features Gaslight Street, a band that shows Blues influences.

Saturday, July 25th, TWS and Friends, which is Tim Shaw's band, plays at A Dough Re Mi. The show starts at 9pm, for a $5 cover. That same night, Skye Paige will be in North Charleston at the Mill celebrating the venue's birthday with Bizarro Burlesque and Hickry Hawkins. The show starts at 8pm. Lastly, Jeff Norwood is playing at the Dockside Beach on Edisto Island. The show starts at 9pm.

Whatever you do, have fun and be safe.

Until next time...

kmw 7/22/09

Volunteer Call for the Lowcountry Blues Challenge 2009

The first ever Lowcountry Blues Challenge is coming in August, which is a week from Saturday. There will be a special feature coming in the Lowcountry Underground's August issue. By the way, the event is sponsored by Piggly Wiggly, Southern Comfort Bar and Grill, Ye Olde Music Shop, and Lowcountry Underground magazine. (Click any sponsors name to see what they're all about.)

We still have openings for bands, but this post is actually seeking talent offstage. For this event to be a success, it is crucial we have the people to make it happen.

Judges, stage set up and breakdown, admissions, membership are just some of the posts we need filled for five different shows on five different weekends: August 1, August 8, August 15, August 22, and September 19th. (UPDATE: We have a membership volunteer for Aug. 22.)

August 1 the show is at Halligans in West Ashely, it starts at 7pm.

August 8 the show is at Rendezvous American Grille in North Charleston, it starts at 7pm.

August 15th the show is at Southern Comfort Bar & Grill in Summerville, it starts at 7 pm.

August 22nd the show is at A Dough Re Mi, Mount Pleasant, it starts at 7pm.

September 19th the finale show is at Rendezvous American Grill in North Charleston, starting at 2pm.

If you are interested in volunteering for a Lowcountry Blues Challenge show, please submit an email with your name, preferred show date/dates, preferred task or just write "any", phone number, and email address to, subject header LBC VOLUNTEER. You can also email Tim Shaw at with this information.

Thanks! See you at tonight's Jam.

kmw 7/21/09

Thursday, July 16, 2009

New Facebook Page

Hey Blues Club Fans!

If you are on Facebook, check out our new page...

kmw 7/16/09

A Few More Options This Weekend...

Big Bill Morganfield (Muddy Waters' son) will be performing Friday, July 17th and Saturday, July 18th night at HomeTeam BBQ on Sullivans Island. Cover is $10, the main show starts at 9pm, with Davis Coen as the opening act. This show is celebrating BBM's last CD, "Born Lover."

The last post announced Tommy Thunderfoot is performing at the original HomeTeam BBQ in West Ashley on July 17th, for a $5 cover. The next night, Rooster Blues is a duo of two brothers performing in the style of the Black Keys and Flat Duo Jets. The show is at 9pm, with a $5 cover.

In the distant future, Eric Lindell will be at the Pour House on James Island on September 25.

kmw 7/16/09

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

This weekend's events in Charleston.....

This is what is happening in music in the Charleston area this week and weekend:

Tonight, Wednesday, July 15th, the Bowens Island Jam is scheduled. Skye Paige is also performing at Awendaw Green in Mt. Pleasant starting at 7pm.

Thursday, July 16th, the TWS and Friends Jam at the Time Well Spent Tearoom-Summerville is scheduled. That same night, Florida's own Damon Fowler is playing at A Dough Re Mi for a $10 cover.

Friday, July 17th, Tommy Thunderfoot will perform at HomeTeam BBQ-West Ashley. ColeTrain is also performing at A Dough Re Mi; the show starts at 9pm, for a $5 cover. Jeff Liberty with his full band will be performing at Whaley's on Edisto Island. ***UPDATE TO PREVIOUS POST: Skye Paige is NOT performing at Iacofano's in Mt. Pleasant.***

Saturday, July 18th, Wyatt Garey Band will perform at a Dough Re Mi. The show starts at 9pm, for a $5 cover. Dan Wright and Tim Hodson will perform with a full band at the Kickin' Chicken in West Ashley, starting at 10pm. Skye Paige is performing with the Original Recipe and then Bizarro Burlesque at the Tin Roof in West Ashely, starting at 9pm. Jeff Liberty with his full band will be performing at Whaley's on Edisto Island for a second night.

Sunday, July 19th, Dan Wright and Tim Hodson will perform with a full band at Necter on James Island, starting at 6pm.

Whatever you do this weekend, have fun and be safe!

BLOG DESIGN NOTE: To the lower left of the page, there are now links to the pages of our musician friends, our venue friends, and other venues where our regulars play most often. If you ever don't know where a place is, check this list.

kmw 7/15/09

Volunteer Call for the Lowcountry Blues Challenge 2009

The first ever Lowcountry Blues Challenge is coming together fast. We still have openings for bands, but this post is actually seeking talent offstage. For this event to be a success, it is crucial we have the people to make it happen.

Judges, admissions, membership are just some of the posts we need filled for five different shows on five different weekends: August 1, August 8, August 15, August 22, and September 19th.

  • August 1 the show is at Halligans in West Ashely, it starts at 7pm.
  • August 8 the show is at Rendezvous American Grille in North Charleston (formerly K & W Cafeteria), it starts at 7pm.
  • August 15th the show is at Southern Comfort Bar & Grill in Summerville, it starts at 7 pm
  • August 22nd the show is at A Dough Re Mi, Mount Pleasant, it starts at 7pm
  • September 19th the show is at Rendezvous American Grill in North Charleston, starting at 2pm.
If you are interested in volunteering for a Lowcountry Blues Challenge show, please submit an email with your name, preferred show date/dates, preferred task or just write "any", phone number, and email address to, subject header LBC VOLUNTEER. You can also email Tim Shaw at with this information.


kmw 7/14/09

Seeking an Accountant

To the Blues Club membership:

The Board could use assistance in finalizing our accounting and legal documents. If you are an accountant, or know of one who be willing to help the club out, please have them send their contact information to


kmw 7/14/09

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Coastal Conservation Music Contest

I received the following from the Coastal Conservation League, click the links provided to learn more information.

Musicians and Performance Artists:

Create a three minute or less YouTube video demonstrating why you care about the Earth. The Coastal Conservation League and the Charleston Green Fair present the "Music with a Message" contest to recognize Charleston's environmentally friendly artists and bands.


The second annual Green Fair promises to be a huge success. Last year's event drew over 5,000 people to Marion Square to learn about changes they can make in their lives to better the environment. This year's music lineup includes Jesse Colin Young, the lead singer of '60s sensation, the Youngbloods. Their hit song "Let's Get Together" ("C'mon people now, smile on your brother") became a soundtrack for peace in that era of great social change. The Coastal Conservation League wants you to be Jesse's co-headliner.

We're looking for musicians with a message. Convey to us your desire for a better world. Do it through a song, a lyric within a song, a lifestyle, an earth-friendly approach to touring and performing ... whatever - be creative. Then show it to us in a three-to-five minute YouTube video (e-mail submissions to Along with bands and musicians, we welcome entries from dance troupes, comedians, poets, and any other performance art.

Winners perform at the Charleston Green Fair on Sunday, September 27, 2009, collect cash prizes, and receive studio time. Spread your name by using art to make a difference!

Submit your video to before July 31st. For more information, go here:

kmw 7/8/09

Saturday, July 4, 2009

This weekend's events in Charleston...

On Friday, July 10, Dan Wright and Tim Hodson with be performing with a full band at Kickin' Chicken in Mt. Pleasant, the show starts at 9:00pm.

On Saturday, July 11, Dan Wright and Tim Hodson with be performing with a full band at Necter on James Is., the show starts at 9pm. Saturday is also the start of Grass on the Green, a 2-day event at Awendaw Green, starting at 12:00pm and running until 10:00pm both days. This is a bluegrass and Americana music event benefitting the Windwood Home for Boys and Pet Helpers. Some of the GotG acts include: Emily Lynch, The Red Top Ramblers, Kurly Wolf, The Classic Woodies, Lauren Bevins, Mark Bryan (of Hootie), Triple Lindy, Ed Hunnicutt, Emily Lynch, Mac Leaphart, and the Kentucky Shoes. Tickets are available at, Shem Creek Music, and the Seewee Outpost. For the full roster, click "Awendaw Green".

On Sunday, July 12, Morgan Creek Grill on the IOP features Jeff Norwood with two other Midland's blues stars--Mike Nazarenko and Shelley McGee. The show starts at 3:00pm. Again, this is also day two for Grass on the Green.

On Wednesday, July 15, Awendaw Green Barn Jam features Leslie band with Skye Paige, starting at 7:00pm.

On Thursday, July 16, A Dough Re Mi has Damon Fowler playing for a $10 cover. The show starts at 9:30pm.

Whatever you choose to do, have fun and be safe.

kmw 7/7/09

PS--Shrimp has no dates locally--he is appearing upstate and then headed to Poland. That oughta be cool enough, and not just for the blues and jazz!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

A Holiday Weekend

Hello Blues Club friends --

It's a holiday weekend, and there's lots of music to make your weekend festive! Here are some of the options we've heard about, and you can check your favorite websites and papers for even more. . .

On Friday, July 3rd, there's Deb Callahan singing the blues at A Dough Re Mi, 9:30, for a $10 cover - she has been compared to Bonnie Raitt and Etta James, so come on out! Then on Saturday night the 4th, some of our favorite teens will be playing at Home Team BBQ/West Ashley, 10 pm, $5 : the awesome band Cole Train. Be sure to check out the articles about the band in this week's City Paper. Or another Sat night option is to see T-Model Ford at Home Team/Sullivan's Island, $10 cover. For more info on all the Home team shows, go to As if that weren't enough choices, the band Makeshift (more talented teens) will play at the Village Tavern on Sat night as well!

On Monday there's a special new event: a Lowcountry Blues Club jam at Home Team/Sullivan's Island. We hope lots of our favorite musicians will show up to help Skye Paige and friends put on our first jam at this new location (at the moment we're planning on doing this LBC jam on the first Monday of each month, so there won't be another one at Home Team till early August). No cover.

Then Tuesday is the regular every week jam at A Dough Re Mi -- Last week we all had a lot of fun, and I'd hate for anyone to miss the great music we're sure to have this coming Tuesday night! Come and have dinner with your friends beforehand if you like. . .

On Wednesday night, TWS and Friends (Tim Shaw) will play at Awendaw Green -- no cover charge -- Or you can head to Bowen's Island for the jam with Smoky Weiner and friends, $3.

Other ongoing events include the Blues Happy Hours at Mad River Grill every Monday and Weds from 4-7 with Shrimp City Slim and Juke Joint Johnny. The Thurs night jam at Time Well Spent Tea Room in Summerville. The Blues and BBQ cruises: (next ones are on July 9 and 23).

If you're up for a road trip, check out the info at -- the festival takes place on July 9-11, with lots of great bands playing in various venues around town.

Don't forget to go to to vote for Miss Wanda Johnson, our own South Carolina sweetheart of the blues, and if you'd like to, you can write in a vote for her cd "Hold What You Got" as best new release of the year. July 5 is the deadline to vote.

So, lots to do -- Have fun, and be safe!

LMW, July 2, 2009

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

This weekend's events in Charleston...

It is officially summer, and the schedule just gets hotter....

Friday, June 26th, Dan Wright will be playing with Soul Captive at Centre Point Grill in North Charleston. Skye Paige and Bizarro Burlesque will perform with the Sandanistas at Charleston Calling at the Music Farm, Downtown.

Saturday, June 27th, there is a Sea Turtle Benefit at Awendaw Green, featuring Jeff Norwood, the Whisperjets, Webb Wilder & the Beatnecks, and Holy Ghost Tent Revival.

Jeff Liberty is playing at Morgan Creek Grill, on the IOP, starting at 6pm.

Kings of Thieves will play at O'Malleys, this may be John Shafer's last show with the band.

Tommy Thunderfoot
will be at "McHalestock" at McHale's in Fort Mill, SC, it runs 3-11 p.m.
The address is at 1820 Gold Hill Rd., Fort Mill SC 29708, 803-548-2151. There is not information about a cover charge at this time. There 6 featured bands- Category 5 blues band, Michael Wolf and the Voodoo Brothers, The Mudbucket Blues Band, The Ned Lucas Band, Jake Haldenwang & Hwy 61, and of course, Tommy Thunderfoot and the Accelerators.

Skye Paige, as part of the Bizarro Twins, will open with Hypnosquad for featured act Southern Culture on the Skids (SCoTS) at Halligans in West Ashley. You may remember SCoTS from the 90s for local faves like "Soul City" and "Camel Walk".

Sunday, June 28th ColeTrain is playing at Village Tavern, starting at 9:30pm.
Jeff Liberty and Mike Nazarenko, as Motherless Chillin', will be at Morgan Creek Grill, starting at 3pm.

Mark your calendars for July 2 (next Thursday) at a Dough Re Mi. It's Stuart Johnson's birthday bash, sure to be the full wang dang doodle, with Allnightkungfu. The fun starts at 9:30 pm. The cover is $5, or 2 can goods.

Until next time, have a lot of fun and be safe.

kmw 6/25/09

Friday, June 19, 2009

Correction and addition

Hi all --

I'm sorry to report that Tommy Thunderfoot will not be playing at Fleet Landing on Thursdays after all, as the venue cancelled their live music. So Tommy's looking for some new gigs -- let him know if you've got any leads!

And Tim Shaw has let us know that on Thursday June 25th, from 4-7, Earth Fare (at 74 Folly Road) is having a special event for the Lowcountry Food Bank. Both Tim's band and Cole Train will play, and he says it's free. . .

Lmw, June 19, 2009

Thursday, June 18, 2009

and a few more options

And here are a few more options for you blues fans -- mostly info from Gary Erwin, the best source for blues news in the Charleston area. On Mondays and Wednesdays there's a blues happy hour featuring Juke Joint Johnny at the Mad River Grill -- see And on Thursdays, there's now a Blues and BBQ Harbor Cruise with music from the Shrimp City Slim Band, and bbq from Home Team BBQ, and a cash bar -- see or get tix at 800-979-3370.

And coming up on July 9-11 is the Greenwood Blues Cruise.

Finally, be sure to vote for South Carolina's own Miss Wanda Johnson on the ballot at for best female blues artist of the year!

Lmw, April 18, 2009.

the weekend

Hi Blues Club friends --

Here are a few upcoming shows that we've heard about for this weekend. It's a good idea to double-check the info before heading out to a show though -- since things can change, or we could make a mistake on an event (though we try not to!)

First off, Cowboy Mouth is playing at the Windjammer on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. They are more rock than blues, but they do put on a great live show. It's $20 on Fri and Sat, $15 for the Sunday show.

On Friday night the 19th at Home Team on Sullivan's Island (formerly Bert's Bar) will be Robert Paige and the Holy City Sinners for some raucous blues. Also on Friday night, Petty Thieves (a Tom Petty tribute band) will play at the Home Team BBQ in West Ashley, performing the entire album "Full Moon Fever" -- could be fun!

On Saturday the 20th, our friends in the Wyatt Garey Band will perform at 6pm at Island Times Beach Surf Shop on the Isle of Palms, donation accepted but not required. And also at 6pm the Whisperjets (teens from Wando with a great rock/jazz sound) have a cd release party at 52.5 Records downtown. Later on Saturday night, our friend Stuart All-Night Johnson will play with his band Allnightkungfu at the Village Tavern: the first band to play is Campfield, then Allnightkungfu, then Vertigo.

On Sunday the 21st, Robert Lighthouse plays at 7pm at the Circular Church, 150 Meeting Street, downtown, for $10.

Don't forget to come down to Dough Re Mi on Tuesday night for the jam -- last week was excellent, with plenty of old friends and new faces as well, and a good time was had by all! Wednesdays you've got either the Awendaw Green barn jam, or the jam at Bowens Island with Smoky Weiner and friends, 8pm. Thursdays there's Tim Shaw's jam in Summerville, and Tommy Thunderfoot and the Accelerators at Fleet Landing at 10pm in downtown Charleston-- both Thursday events are weather permitting.

Also on Thursday the 25th, the Kings of Thieves with friends Rob Lowe, Sammy Derrick and John Shafer will play at the Joe Riley Stadium from 7-9pm for the kickball finals, and your $5 gets you all the beer you want, so I've heard.

And a brief heads-up for the following weekend: I would strongly advise a trip to Awendaw Green on Sat the 27th for the Sea Turtle Relief benefit -- our friend Jeff Norwood will play, along with the Whisperjets, Webb Wilder, and an awesome band called Holy Ghost Tent Revival -- don't miss it!

Lmw, June 18, 2009

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Blues Festival Guide is Online

Hey Blues Fans!

If you did not get a hard copy of the 2009 Blues Festival Guide, the pdf version is available by clicking the link.

kmw 6/13/09

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

This Week and this Weekend's Shows...

Good evening, Blues Club fans. Here's a rundown of this weekend's events.

Tommy Thunderfoot will be playing Thursday, June 11th, at the Fleet Landing (Downtown, near Concord and Cumberland), starting at 10pm. Shrimp City Slim has a harbor tour aboard the Carolina Belle, with food provided by HomeTeam BBQ. Get your more information and tickets here.

On Friday, June 12th, Dan Wright will be playing at the Kickin' Chicken-Mt. Pleasant with Soul Captive. A Dough Re Mi features Tin Pan Man (feat. members of Decollard Peoples), starting at 9pm. Skye Paige and the Original Recipe will also be playing with Mudcat at the HomeTeam BBQ on Sullivans Island, starting at 10pm. Earlier that night, Shrimp City Slim will be playing at Freshfields Village from 6-9pm, outside. Freshfields has other music coming all summer long, so stayed tuned. If you go, be sure to bring a folding chair, maybe some sunscreen and bug spray, too.

On Saturday, June 13th, Jeff Norwood will be playing at Whaley's on Edisto Beach, starting at 9pm. Mudcat and Skye Paige and the Original Recipe also play at the original HomeTeam BBQ in West Ashley, starting at 10pm. Our old friend Jeff Liberty will be playing the Raven's Nest in Sumter, starting at 8pm.

Mark your calendars for two Kings of Thieves upcoming shows. Rob, Sammy and John will be playing at Joe Riley Stadium on June 25th, 7-9pm for a $5 cover; then on June 27th, they play O'Malleys from 10pm-1am.

Until next time, have a lot of fun and be safe.

kmw 6/10/09

Battle of the Bands

Hello Blues Fans --

We are currently planning the first Lowcountry Blues Challenge. This event will allow the winner to be nominated to appear and compete in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN in 2010.

We are planning a battle of the band type challenge to take place in 4 venues in the Charleston area during the month of August. We already have two venues confirmed with plans to secure the other two shortly. In September we are planning a festival style event for the finale.

BAND CALL: Any band interested in competing or performing in this event needs to complete a Band Form. The Lowcountry Blues Club will consider all the bands that request consideration, then issue an invitation to the bands that are chosen. To accept an invitation to play, each band would then need to send in a $25 entry fee by the date indicated by the Lowcountry Blues Club.

To obtain a Band Form you can contact Tim Shaw at I will email you the form and send any new information which may arise. If you participate, your band will perform on one Saturday in August at one of the four venues. We will do our best to have you play on a date that works well for you. You will be judged according to the rules established by the International Blues Challenge. This will include a vote by the fans so bring everyone out to help support your group. Then the four bands with the top scores in the battles will earn an invitation to compete in the finale event in September. The grand prize winner will receive various prizes, including the Lowcountry Blues Club nomination to compete at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN in 2010.

Sponsor opportunity: We also have the opportunity for sponsors at several levels. I can email you a sponsor form if you are interested in helping with this endeavour. The more help we get, the larger the event and better advertising for your business. I am happy to announce that sponsors of the Lowcountry Blues Challenge so far include Piggly Wiggly, Ye Olde Music, and Southern Comfort Bar & Grill. So join the Lowcountry Blues Club for a great event to spread the news and the blues to the Lowcountry. For sponsor information contact Tim Shaw at the email address above.

Keep your eyes and ears open for upcoming news for this event.

Tim Shaw (the big guy with the guitar)

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Weekend plans and more

Hi Music Fans --

Here are some ideas for what to do this weekend, but please keep in mind that there's way more going on than we can fit into one little blog. So in addition to our suggestions here, be sure to check out the myspace pages or websites of your favorite musicians, check out the City Paper, the Post & Courier, etc.

That said, we will continue to present you with a few of the best options that we've heard about. Friday afternoon (June 7) Drink Small will play at the Mad River Bar and Grill in downtown Charleston from 4-7pm for $10 cash. Also there's Rev. Palmer and the Messengers of Hope (gospel) playing at the Sweetgrass Festival at Laing Middle School on Hwy. 17 in Mt. Pleasant, around 5:00 pm. Later that night you have Tommy Thunderfoot and the Accelerators under the big top at Wescott Plantation, 5000 Wescott Blvd, Summerville, from 8-11pm. Also the Jeff Norwood Trio playing at the new Home Team BBQ location on Sullivan's Island.

Then on Saturday Rev. Palmer and the Messengers of Hope play again, this time in N. Chas at the Park Circle Rec Center at 4pm. That evening you might want to check out a local band called Henry's Attic that plays classic rock and roots music. They play from around 7-10pm at Yo Burrito in Mt. Pleasant.

For Monday night, Tim Shaw recommends the indie rock band Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, playing at the Windjammer on Isle of Palms, 10pm. Check them out on youtube.

Don't forget the weekly Lowcountry Blues Club jam on Tuesdays, every Tuesday, at A Dough Re Mi in Mt. Pleasant, starting 8ish. On Wednesday nights you've got Awendaw Green on one side of town starting 8ish, and Smoky Wiener's jam at Bowens Island 8pm ($3) on the other side of town. On Thursdays you have the Tim Shaw and Friends jam at the Time Well Spent Tearoom in Summerville, and now also every Thursday night Tommy Thunderfoot and the Accelerators at Fleet Landing, 186 Concord St, behind the Custom House in downtown Charleston, starting at 10pm. Both Thursday options are weather permitting.

And here's a heads-up for the following weekend: Skye Paige and her friends Mudcat from Atlanta will be playing again. Those who saw them at Bowens Island recently had a great time! They'll be at the Home Team BBQ on Sullivans Island on Fri June 12, and the W. Ashley Home Team on Sat June 13th.

So find an outing (or two or three) that appeals to you, and have a good time!

Lmw, June 4, 2009

Thursday, May 28, 2009

More weekend events

Hi All --

Here are a couple more options for your weekend. On Friday night (May 29th) in addition to the shows we've already mentioned, you have an event at the Village Tavern. The info I got suggested that the time would be 8-11 pm, and that first Deborah Hudson would play, then White Rhino, then Makeshift, all for a $5 cover.

And on Saturday night the 30th, Red House will play their last show -- it's at the Oasis, 9pm, $5 for 21 and over, $8 for the under 21 set.

Just in case you needed more options. . .

Lmw, May 28, 2009

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

This weekend's events in Charleston

It's Kathleen again, and these the weekend's events in Charleston.

Jeff Norwood will be playing this afternoon, Thursday, May 28, at the Mad River Grille, starting at 4pm.

Friday, May 29th, is full of activity, in any part of town. A Dough Re Mi features Campfield at 9:30pm, with a $5 cover.

Dan Wright, our Jam Master, will be playing at Abe's Oyster House in an acoustic duo with Tim Hodson.

Skye Paige will be on the Bridge 105.5 on Friday afternoon, May 29th, with Smoky Weiner. That night, she will be performing in another project, Bizarro Burlesque, with the HellBlinki Sextet at the Tin Roof, at 9pm.

In my last post, I mentioned Shrimp City Slim has a Blues n' BBQ cruise on the Carolina Belle, with food provided by HomeTeam BBQ, tonight as well. The boat casts off around 6:30pm.

Lastly, Jeff Norwood is playing at the Blind Tiger Pub, starting at 7:30pm. Blind Tiger is on Broad Street, between where East Bay and Meeting intersect.

On Saturday, May 30th, Shrimp City Slim reunites with Blue Light Special for the first time in 20 years. The cover for that show is $15, it starts at 8pm and runs until 11. Click the following link to go to the Piccolo site for tickets.

That same night, Jojo Wall will be performing solo at the Blind Tiger Pub, the show starts at 7:30. Jeff Norwood is playing at the Dockside Lounge on Edisto Beach, starting at 9pm.

On Sunday, May 31, as part Mudcat n' Mama, Skye will be performing with Mudcat at Bowen's Island. Admission is $15, the show runs 4-7pm. For tickets, click Piccolo Spoleto, go to the Gailliard Box office, or pay the day of the show at Bowens.

Looking into next week, there is our Jam on Tuesday, the Bowens jam Wednesday, and the TWS Jam in Summerville on Thursday. Also on Thursday, June 4th, Dan will be playing with Tim Hodson at Henry's.

On a sidenote, I stumbled on an awesome web application called groover, spelled phonetically: gruvr, with an umlaut (aka "those dots") over the u. If you go there, the site can tell you shows happening in your town, superimposed on a map. Type in a band name in the user field, it can tell you when, and where, a few clicks will show you how to get there.

Until next time, whatever you do this weekend, have fun and be safe...

kmw 5/27/09

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Up for a Cruise?

It's Kathleen, I thought I'd let you know about some upcoming music cruises in Charleston Harbor.

As part of Piccolo, Smoky Weiner is performing on a cruise tomorrow night, May 27th, onboard the Spirit of Charleston. Boarding will be at the 7:30pm, at the Fountain Walk Dock, 360 Concord St. Admission is $15. (843)724-7305, By the way, for all upcoming events for Smoky Weiner and the Hot Links, click the bandname link.

Shrimp City Slim also has some Blues and BBQ cruises coming up soon--May 29th, this Friday night, and again June 11th, on the Carolina Belle. Boarding time is 6:30 pm at the Charleston Maritime Center at 10 Wharfside Street. The barbeque is provided by HomeTeam. Tickets are $32.50. For more information on the cruises, please see For all Shrimp's upcoming shows, click the link with his name.

Please stay tuned to blog posts for the rest of what's coming up this weekend, also please don't forget the usual jams Wednesdays and Thursdays. 'Expect one more email from me--A Dough Re Mi, Skye, Tommy, Dan, Jojo are a few of those with shows this upcoming weekend....

kmw 5/26/09

Sunday, May 24, 2009

More music info

Hi All --

I was interrupted mid-post last Wednesday by an unexpected phone call, and ran out of time to include everything I wanted to. So here's a little more info on this week's activities now. Because of Spoleto and Piccolo, there's just a LOT of stuff going on. So be sure you go to for all the info on these events. Skye Paige also sent us some info as follows: she will be on Lowcountry Live on Tues May 26 and at Mad River 4-7 pm, also on the 26th. She's also on the Bridge on May 27th with her band The Recipe, and on the Bridge on May 29th with Smoky Weiner.

I mentioned the recurring events: every Tues night jam at A Dough Re Mi, every Weds at Awendaw Green ( or the jam at Bowens Island (which starts at 8:30, $3, hosted by Smoky Weiner). Add to that your every Thurs night option at Summerville's Time Well Spent Tearoom with Tim Shaw and Friends.

I'm hurrying off to work, so you'll get next weekend's activities in the next post. Have fun in the meantime!

Lmw, May 24, 2009

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Weekend plans and more

There are lots of great options for you music lovers this weekend. As previously mentioned, the long-awaited Rev. Palmer Gospel and Blues Fest is this weekend: on Saturday the 23rd from noon to 7pm, to be exact. Contact Ranny Garey if you'd like to volunteer in exchange for a free ticket ( Otherwise get your advance tix at for $10, or $15 at the gate.

There are two great Piccolo Spoleto events at A Dough Re Mi, as well. On Fri the 22nd, it's the Mattie Phifer Band, 8pm. And on Sat the 23rd it's the fabulous Shrimp City Slim and Miss Wanda Johnson, back in town from tours in China and France, among other places, also 8pm. Go to for info and tix, or bring cash to the door (if it's not sold out). Another Piccolo option is on Sunday: see Shrimp and Miss Wanda at Bowens Island, 4pm -- sure to be a packed house!

And one more option for Fri night the 22nd, if you're up for a road trip, is to see Tommy Thunderfoot and the Accelerators in Sumter at the Iris Festival: .

During the week you've got the Tuesday night jam at A Dough Re Mi starting 8ish. And you've got Wednesday nights at Awendaw Green or at Bowens Island. So get out there, and have some fun!

Lmw, May 20, 2009

Be a volunteer / Get a free ticket!

Hi All --

This weekend is the Reverend Palmer Gospel and Blues Festival at Awendaw Green, noon - 7pm -- you don't want to miss this! Tickets are $10 if you buy them ahead of time, at or Shem Creek Music, among other options. Or you can get tickets at the gate for $15. OR if you'd like to take a shift as a volunteer, you can get a free ticket! People are still needed to help with parking, working the gate, or being an assistant bartender. Please contact Ranny Garey if you're interested: or 371-1602, or on facebook.

More info on your weekend entertainment options coming soon. . .

Lmw, May 20, 2009

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

This Weekend's Events in Charleston

The weather heats up and so does the schedule as we get closer to Spoleto...

Tonight is Shrimp City Slim, 4-7pm at Mad River Grille, Downtown at the corner of East Bay and Market (the Chapel building).

The weekly Wed. jam at Bowens, and the Thurs. jam in Summerville's Time Well Spent Tearoom are scheduled.

On Thursday, the 14th, is Tommy Thunderfoot and Jojo Wall at the Fleet Landing, starting at 10pm.

Friday, the 15th, Jojo Wall will be playing solo at the Blind Tiger Pub starting at 7:30pm. It is Downtown on Broad Street, between E. Bay and Meeting.

Also on Friday, A Dough Re Mi will feature the rock act Henry's Attic, starting at 9pm. Their
lead singer has come to the Jam several times, and several of their songs show New Orleans influences.

Saturday night, May 16th, at Halligans (near where 526 connects to Savannah Highway), there is a triple act show: Concrete Jumpsuit, Malfunktion Junktion, and Kings of Thieves. It will start at 7pm and going strong until 1am. Our favorite, Kings of Thieves, is scheduled to start at 9pm.

Also on Saturday is Christopher Dean at the Hometeam BBQ on Sullivan's Island.
[From what I could tell, the SI location schedule isn't ready yet on the HomeTeam website, give it a few days.]

Monday, May 18th, Shrimp City Slim will perform 4-7pm at Mad River Grille. He will also perform there Wednesday, May 20th from 4-7pm as well.

Looking ahead to next week and beyond:
The REV. PALMER BLUES AND GOSPEL HERITAGE FESTIVAL is May 23rd. A benefit for the American Diabetes Association, it starts at noon at Awendaw Green, and continues into the evening. It features Rev. Palmer and the Messengers of Hope, The New Israelites,
Mighty Rushing Wind, Jeff Norwood, Skye Paige, Dan Wright Trio, Lowcountry Blues Club
Allstars, and the Wyatt Garey Band. It is sponsored by: Awendaw Green & Suncoast Productions.

Jeff Norwood has another show that night, at the Blind Tiger Pub, 7:30pm.

Upcoming Special Events at Bowens Island:
Saturday May 23rd (from 4-7pm): Dr. Kim May, Smoky Weiner and Rev. Dr. Johnny Mac & the BootyRanch.

On Sunday May 24th:Wanda Johnson backed up by the Shrimp City Slim Band.

Sunday May 31st: Mudcat (from Atlanta) and our own Skye Paige.
***All shows at Bowens are $15, $10 for blues club card holders. In fact, if you are a blues club member and have a card then you can bring a date and they will also get in for $10.***

Whatever you do, be safe and have fun. Until next time...

kmw 5-13-09