Friday, October 28, 2011

Finals coming soon

Hi All -

All the bands that played in the Blues Challenge Round 2 were great, and we thank them all for coming out!! Thanks go to everyone who helped put this together, including Billy Gadol, Rob Lowe, Encore Music, and the judges - Dan Wright (past winner of Guitar Center's "King of the Blues" and two time IBC winner), Wilton Elder (saxophone player from Super Deluxe and music professor at Trident Tech) and Tim Kirkendall (bassist/singer from the Port City Prophets who recently opened for Robert Cray at Blues-Stock in NY). It's awesome to have a guitarist, sax player and bassist who are all seasoned veterans.

We sincerely thank all the musicians. And Captain Kirk did a great job collecting money which will help the winning band get to Memphis! The finals will consist of the four top-scoring bands from the two rounds combined, and they are: The J Edwards Band, Highway 17 Blues Band, Nate Mills and the Blue Plate Specials, and Momma & the Redemption Band. Mark Sunday, November 6, 3:30 pm, on your calendar, so you won't miss the fun, at Home Team BBQ/West Ashley! We don't have confirmation yet, but we hope to be able to have a jam after the finals, as well.

Music this weekend:

Tonight - Friday: Starling (w/ Captain Kirk) is at Skynyrd’s in St. George. Mason Dixon Band (w/ Scott Bucholtz) at Fat Boys in Moncks Corner. The Hibachi Heroes (w/ Rob Lowe and Sammy Derrick) are taking over the Village Tavern, 9pm.

Saturday: Starling (w/ Captain Kirk) is at Smokey’s Place. 3 X Lucky (w/ Scott Bucholtz) is at KC Mulligan’s. The Victoria Station Band (w/ Big Mike Llewellyn, Tim "The Big Guy" Shaw, Jerry Newman, Don Taylor and Steve Clayton) will be opening for Headrush at Wolf Track Inn, 1807 Parsonage Avenue. They will be featuring original tunes from their first CD together. Check it out!

Wednesday: The Blues Club jam at Home Team/WA of course, and Sarah Cole & The Hawkes is at Art’s Bar & Grill.

Starting Sunday November 13, The Lowcountry Blues Club will have TWO weekly jam nights. Smokey’s Place at 1213 Remount Road in North Charleston will be hosting a weekly jam from 5 pm to 9 pm, organized by Captain Kirk.



If you feel like a road trip, coming up soon is the 4th annual PEE DEE BLUES BASH Friday-Saturday, November 4-5 in Florence, South Carolina - - Mostly FREE performances on two outdoor stages, the public library, and several clubs, featuring THE NIGHTHAWKS, THE NOUVEAUX HONKIES, BISCUIT MILLER & THE MIX , DRINK SMALL, LIGHTNIN' WELLS, SHRIMP CITY SLIM and lots more!

If you want to see your band's gigs in this newsletter, send all the details to, with "For the blog" as the subject line. We usually send out the newsletter on Thursday or Friday, so get the info in before Wednesday, please. Or just post to facebook directly!

November's featured artists are Dr. John, Delbert McClinton, Bonnie Raitt, and Susan Tedeschi.

Check out some of our recordings from the Wednesday jams at

See you at the jam!

LMW and SB, October 28, 2011

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