Drawing A Music Crowd
A fellah come down from Georgia.
Played us some "Dangerous Jazz" at the Pour House.
I had enjoyed Blair Crimmins and The Hookers before at a smaller venue - the Tin Roof - and was happy he was playing a larger room.
Be careful what you wish for.
"Well, yes, I'm pleased. Of course, a crowd this size would have packed the 'Roof' but they have a great sound system here, " answered Crimmins from Atlanta.
"We'll be back," he added.
On another night, at Home Team Bar-B-Q in West Ashley, was treated to some great harmonica by John Nemeth.
He just released 2 CDs.
One features the Blues and the other is a salute to Soul sounds.
Click on the Nemeth link to hear some of the tracks from both albums.
Looking around, I saw that it was "Take your child to work day" at Home Team.
I'm out in noisy and loud venues a lot and wear professional ear plugs to protect my hearing.
This young fellow is off to a good start.
Have to wonder if the man's wife knows where they travel when he's baby sitting??
Didn't know they made noise suppressors that small. Glad to see it.
Back at the Pour House for another fine show by Jimbo Mathus.
It was good to see he drew his usual large crowd.
The 45-year old Mississippi singer songwriter is best known for his time with the Squirrel Nut Zippers swing revival band.
But, around here, Jimbo has many devoted followers in the Lowcountry.
In fact a trio of guys in light colored suits came in just before the break.
One had on black polished shoes which stood out as the rest of the crowd was in shorts and flip-flops.
There was a LOT of hand waving and high fives between them and the singer.
It was as if his own cheerleader section had arrived. In suits and ties. Yikes.
At the end of the show, several of the well-dressed claque joined Mathus on stage and shared his microphone.
Guess he knew them.
(Click on the pictures for more detail.)
The music scene in Charleston is very. very good and it keeps me hopping around from place to place.
Some nights are golden and some are quiet.
Sometimes the music doesn't even start until after 11pm.
It's good to be retired and able to sleep in the next day.