The Crossroads Blues concert...
You don't have to go through security.
We park in the Newton's grocery store parking lot at Freshfields Village. It's on Johns Island between the two island gated communities
Arrived early enough to watch the final stages of the giant tent being erected on the village green.
I first saw the 40' x 90' tent in October 2011 and thought then it was a great idea.
It was purchased with Kiawah Island accommodations tax dollars and would ensure such events happen rain or shine.
Good for businesses and encourages more visitors to come check out the area. I'm sure concerts result in increased spending for dining, shopping and room nights.
I was pleased to see a line forming for BBQ at the Low Country Street Eats truck.
There was a booth for a few years by Taco Spot and I regret I never tasted what they offered at the shows I attended at Freshfields.
I discovered them later next to Home Team BBQ in West Ashley. Glad I did. Check it out.
Shelly Waters plays guitar and belts out songs.
Born in Louisiana in the heart of Cajun country, Shelly is known as the Swamp Pop Princess.
Yes, the fisheye lens effect has captured the entire stage...with a bit of distortion, as usual.
A cloudy day was predicted and the sun never did break through. It was pleasantly cool.
The rain held off until just a few minutes before the final act was finishing so the entire 2pm to 7pm was completed.
Gary met them overseas and invited them to his Kiawah bash.
They were the opening act, followed by Gary and his band, featuring Miss Waters.
Next up was Frankie's Blues Mission, from Atlanta.
Their "mission," Frankie announced, is to present Blues, Jazz, R&B and Zydeco with all the energy they can muster. And they did.
Billy Flynn, who, as they say, has been a mainstay of Chicago Blues style music since the 1980s.
He was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin, only a 3- hour drive from Chicago, and got started when he was 14 years old.
Flynn plays with the show's headliner Billy Boy Arnold who came on to get the crowd up on its feet, dancin' to the beat.
His 1955 Vee Jay record had several songs that were covered in England by The Yardbirds, The Animals and David Bowie.
In the printed program, we were reminded this is his first performance in the Carolina Lowcountry.
It also was announced that the Accommodations Tax Committee has already approved funding for NEXT April in 2014.
There will be a 10th annual Blues By The Sea.
(Click on the photos for more details.)
It was part of Gary's winter annual Blues Bash.
Glowing gas heaters fought hard to keep out the cold, the rain, the fog and the chilling wind.
Frankie and his crew had another "Mission".... Warm up the joint.
And, they did.
Today was a delightful Spring Day in Charleston.
Admiring the bright azaleas.
He really is having a good time.
I could tell he is smiling and his beer looks cold.
A happy drummer.
Hard to beat.
"We've done this since he was 3-years old. He's good at it," he said proudly.
And displayed his fine Frisbee follow-through.
Nice Job Gary. Give yourself some
Labels: Billy Boy Arnold, Billy Flynn, Blues By The Sea, Frankie's Blues Mission, Kiawah Accommodations Tax Committee, Professor Bottleneck and Herr Harmonica Frank, Seabrook Island, Shelly Waters, Swamp Pop Princess