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17th Annual Carolina Downhome Blues Festival


This year, the party hits the streets with live music, food vendors, activities for kids and much more. Named as one of the South’s premier blues festivals, the 2013 Carolina Downhome Blues Festival will be one of the best in years!

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Savoy Brown featuring Kim Simmonds will be the headliner for the 17th annual Carolina Downhome Blues Festival in historic downtown Camden, SC, October 3-5, 2013.

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The Carolina Downhome Blues Festival is an award-winning event recognized for featuring legendary blues artists from around the globe.  Produced and presented by the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC), this year’s Blues Festival will feature a legendary blues rock band, Savoy Brown with Kim Simmonds. Savoy Brown will headline the Saturday evening performance on the Broad Street Main Stage in downtown Camden. Savoy Brown, known as “one of the world’s longest, continuously running blues/rock bands in the world today.” Legendary...a blues/rock institution ... true innovators. These are just a few of the ways Savoy Brown has been described over the past 40 years by music critics and fans.

One of the earliest of British blues bands, Savoy Brown, with founder guitarist Kim Simmonds at the helm, helped launch the UK blues boom of the 1960’s movement that brought blues music back to the USA invigorating the style forever. In the process, the band became part of the framework that launched the rock and roll music of the 1970’s. Their influence now stretches into modern rock as we know it today.

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With a Main Stage set up on the corner of DeKalb and Broad, as well as performances in  16 other venues in and around Camden, this year’s festival will boast 15 artists performing more than 40 performances throughout the three-day weekend.

It all starts with an opening party beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the FAC on Thursday, October 3. A joint venture with the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce and its Business After Hours, there will be food, drinks and entertainment by Shrimp City Slim & Shelly Waters, plus Blind Boy Paxton to kick off this year's festival. Afterwards, head downtown and check out the dinner performances and more. Check the schedule for details.

On Friday, the day starts with Blues in the Schools, lunch shows and more. The street will close in the late afternoon, and while you are waiting on the first concert of the evening...enjoy one of several dinner shows at local restaurants, the join us for a street concert with the Shrimp City Slim and Shelley Waters Band on the Broad Street stage at 7:30 and more entertainment at various sites. The music will continue well into the late hours on Friday.

On Saturday, we start and the Farmers Market, then look for lunch shows; a free concert on the Town Green Saturday afternoon where you can bring a picnic lunch and enjoy some great music from some local talent; a late afternoon concerts on Saturday around town and don't forget all of the wonderful antiques during the ANTIQUE CRAWL and more.

CHECK OUT THE LIST OF SHOPS HERE:

The fun continues late Saturday afternoon with some street performances, food and art vendors and more well into the night on Saturday. Be sure to stay and enjoy Savoy Brown on the Broad Street Main Stage Saturday evening!

Others schedule to appear:

Jim Kweskin & Geoff Muldaur, a popular acoustic team playing jug band favorites, old time jazz tunes, and classic country blues. This duo is like a conversation between friends with the focus on music and on fun. They pick guitar and sing, and have also been known to perform on comb, kazoo, washboard, and jug.
Jim Kweskin & Geoff Muldaur

JIM KWESKIN (California)
http://www.jimkweskin.com/
Legendary jug band originator, celebrating the 50th anniversary of his Jim Kweskin Jug Band.  He was there when it all began.

GEOFF MULDAUR (California)
http://www.geoffmuldaur.com/
Maybe Richard Thompson said it best, "There are three great white blues singers and Geoff Muldaur is two of them"...a former member of the Kweskin Jug Band.

BLIND BOY PAXTON (New York)
http://www.myspace.com/jdogsblues
Remarkable neo-traditionalist is a master of guitar, banjo, fiddle, and piano...and sings, too!

JOHN PRIMER (Chicago)
http://www.johnprimerblues.com
Former member of the Muddy Waters band and Magic Slim & The Teardrops, Primer is one of the greatest real-deal bluesmen left in Chicago.


AND...

LUCKYMAN BEALL
(Virginia)
http://www.laurencebeall.com/
One-man honky-tonk blues combo works the thin blue line between Johnny Cash and Howlin' Wolf

JEFF BEASLEY ONE-MAN BAND (Savannah)
http://www.jeffbeasleyband.com/
Roots music and back-porch have a champion in this artist, one of the hardest-working solo acts in the coastal corridor

DIANA BRAITHWAITE & CHRIS WHITELEY (Canada)
http://www.braithwaiteandwhiteley.com/
Expressive vocals, charming original material, and telepathic musicianship from North of the Border

ANTHONY CHARLES & THE BLUES DOLPHINS (South Carolina)
http://www.reverbnation.com/anthonycharlesandthebluesdolphins
Rollicking roadhouse blues ensemble from the Midlands, sporting a new CD release

DOUG DEMING & THE JEWEL TONES
(Florida)
http://www.dougdeming.com/
Letter-perfect blues guitar and swingin' rhythm section know how to please the blues purists and shaggers alike

DENNIS GRUENLING (New Jersey)
http://www.dennisgruenling.com/
One of the nation's top harmonica men has a million hip tricks in his bag

MAXWELL HURST BLUES DUO
(South Carolina)
Guitarist Richard Maxwell & Vocalist Mary Ann Hurst perform a fun set of classic jazz flavored blues.


MIDNIGHT SHIFT (Pennsylvania)
http://www.mnightshift.com/
Led by harp player Mike Mettalia, this rockin' unit takes no prisoners.

SHRIMP CITY SLIM (Charleston)
http://www.shrimpcityslim.com
Perennial favorites bring their 'Blues on the Beach' back to town!  New CD is entitled "Star Marina".  John 'Clam Chop' Etheridge on drums, Steve O.J. Hardy, guitar.

SUNRISE BLUES CREW (South Carolina)
Chances are you will see Shrimp City Slim and John 'Clam Chop' Etheridge with friends and cups-of-coffee at the popular farmers' market.

PAM TAYLOR BAND (South Carolina)
http://www.pamtaylorband.com
Pam Taylor and her band really know how to rock the blues and are winning fans regionally (and beyond) with their impressive show.

SHELLY WATERS
(Louisiana)
www.shellywaters.net
Hailing from the heart of Cajun country, this singer/guitarist is a fresh new presence on the national scene with her blend of swamp pop, Gulf Coast rock 'n' roll, twangy country, and Crescent City R&B.

A full schedule will be announced soon.


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Price

  • $35.00 - Weekend Pass
  • $15.00 - Friday
  • $15.00 - Saturday
  • $10.00 - Thursday

Date

October 3, 2013 to October 5, 2013

Time(s)

  • October 3--Opening Party at 5:30-11:00 p.m.
  • October 4 at 9:30-1:00 a.m.
  • October 5 at 10:00 a.m.-11:45 p.m.

Venue

Varies