A Musical Signature...Went to hear some James Island Blues at my favorite non-smoking club, The Pour House,on Maybank Highway and also checked out my newest new favorite club, A.J.'s Sports Bar & Grill at 1291 Folly Road by the Wal-Mart, in the shopping center with Gold's Gym.
Actually, it's very easy to find and has lots of free parking.
Miss Wanda Johnson, our own Upstate musical Blues star, was showcased with Shrimp City Slim's band at AJ's ...AND she graciously signed the 2005 Kiawah Island Blues Festival t-shirt I was wearing. Shrimp City also added his signature so I was on a total Blues fan kind of night.
AJ's has been opened only about 3 months but is doing it right. Cold beer and drinks selection, tasty food, speedy staff and a room set up to benefit the musicians on stage and the fans in the comfortable booths, tables and chairs.
Oh, did I mention they decided not to have smoking inside.
Mac Arnold and Plate Full O' Blues started right at 11 at PoHo and, since he had been bass man to Muddy Waters and others, it wasn't long before there were dueling basses. At the break, Mac added his signature to the t-shirt so 3 of the performers from the Kiawah festival had signed in.
Miss Johnson was relaxing in the Pour House crowd and said she seldom has the opportunity just to sit and enjoy performers she had worked with so this was a treat. Naturally she was asked to come up onstage and she unleashed a torrid rendition of "Rock Me Baby, All Night Long".
If her earlier performance at AJ's was family-friendly PG, this was the R rated Blues highlight of the evening.