Support for Live Music at Freshfields Village.Twice a year, I head down to Kiawah Island for a musical treat.
Actually, at Freshfields Village, just outside the gate.
In the Spring it's to attend the Blues By The Sea.
In the Fall, it's the American Music Festival.
Both are presented by "Shrimp City Slim," local blues player/event organizer/promoter.
This one was the 8th annual free "By The Sea" concert.
I was comfortable under the new tent and looked around at my fellow music lovers.
Not only is the concert free, but you're allowed to bring your fold-up chairs.
And your cooler.
Even your favorite wine-by-the-glass.
Close at hand is the local Piggly-Wiggly if you're looking for a snack or run low on your beer.
Or finish your book and want to start a new paperback.
Oops. I misspoke.
Here it's called Newton Farms.
Or, as I heard a local call it, the "Pig Newton."
We all have to play the hand we are dealt.
But, good rockin' music in the background makes it all worthwhile and you are the winner.
The main act for the day was Lucky Peterson, featuring his wife Tamara on vocals.
He sang a few upbeat songs and then stepped down from the stage and waded into the audience.
The crowd got up to dance.
Novels were put aside.
Cards went back into the deck.
For fans not under the tent, parasols were closed and tucked away.
Tamara appeared with her microphone and the party got REALLY serious.
(Click on the pictures to see a larger image.)
I have thanked Gary Erwin (Shrimp City Slim) many, many times for his efforts to bring us the blues.
He convinced the Kiawah tourism tax commission to support the blues.
Good job Gary!