UPDATES

Long Weekend of Shows May 18-21! 

We had a great weekend on May 5-6 at the Strawberry & Crawfish Festivals, and we look forward to a great long weekend of shows coming up from Thursday, May 18 through Sunday, May 21! The weekend is going to be "bookended" by two shows involved with the "Isle of Songs Festival" put on by members of the Zac Brown Band, which will last all weekend at the Windjammer, with all kinds of bands and jamming going on day and night.

5/18: The Windjammer, Isle of Palms SC...that Thursday will feature two "songwriter-in-the-round" shows, with Bobby joining in on the 2nd show. The music is 7-10pm.

5/19: The Dogs perform in the Pee Dee region for their first time at "Mac's Place" in Hartsville...show is "an evening with" and is sure to be a throwdown!

5/20 EARLY: An early set (12:45-1:45) at the 15th Annual Birdfest! With special guest Phillip Lammonds!

5/20 LATER: Reid's Fine Foods at Southpark, Charlotte NC...7-10pm....full band!

5/21: Back at the Windjammer for the final night of Isle of Songs....Bobby & Hank and friends! 8-9:30pm!

A Busy MAY! Festivals This Weekend in Fort Mill & Columbia SC! 

After taking a little bit of a breather this winter, we are ready for some Spring shows this May!! Hope you guys are ready too! Check out the "SHOWS" tab for the COMPLETE details including links to websites and ticket info! Looking forward to seeing you all soon.

THIS WEEKEND:
Friday May 5: STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL, FORT MILL SC - Dogs headline from 9:15-10:30
http://www.scstrawberryfestival.com/strawberry-jam-stage

Saturday May 6: ROSEWOOD CRAWFISH FESTIVAL, COLUMBIA SC - Dogs direct support 4:30-5:30pm to headliner Spin Doctors (6-7:30)
http://rosewoodcrawfishfest.com/music-3/

COMING UP:
Thursday, May 18: "SOUTHERN ROUNDS" at THE WINDJAMMER, ISLE OF PALMS SC - an evening of songwriter rounds as a part of ZBB's "Isle of Songs Festival" 5/18-21, all at THE WINDJAMMER. Two sets of rounds will take place from 7-10pm. Bobby joins Zac Brown Band lyricist/songwriter Wyatt Durett, ZBB bassist & solo artist/songwriter John Driskell Hopkins, and rising country artist Brian Collins in the 2nd set.
http://www.the-windjammer.com/wp/events/

Friday, May 19: Blue Dogs Full Band at Mac's Place, Hartsville SC 9pm - https://www.facebook.com/macshartsville/

Saturday, May 20: Birdfest 15, Pinewood SC - 12:45-1:45pm: Blue Dogs early afternoon acoustic set with special guest Phillip Lammonds
https://birdfestmusic.com

Saturday, May 20: Blue Dogs Full Band at REID'S FINE FOODS Southpark, CHARLOTTE NC 7-10pm - monthly special event
www.reids.com

Sunday, May 21: Bobby Houck & Hank Futch of the Blue Dogs AND FRIENDS, as part of "ISLE OF SONGS" MUSIC FESTIVAL at THE WINDJAMMER, ISLE OF PALMS SC - playing 8:00-9:30 just before The Piedmont Boys
​​​​​​​http://www.the-windjammer.com/wp/events/​​​​​​​

these shows and more can be found by clicking on the "SHOWS" tab above....grab tickets in advance when you can...be safe and see you soon!!

Best Fan eMail Ever 

This email came in via the website on 2/10/17:

"You guys have been a part of my tears and cheers for over 20 years. I'm sitting here listening to you in my living room. (Half of my mistakes) thank you for being tangible. You make the great times amazing and the hard times not so hard. You guys will always be rich, even with a dollar in your pocket. (That is a quote from the times when all we could carry was cash. Before LOL and debit cards). Cheers, you guys are as real as a shot of warm crusty bourbon from the Windjammer after jamming with the the Georgia Satellites singer. Thank you Blue Dogs!"

Thank YOU. We are blessed with amazing fans. Onward...

Welcome 2017! 

As we enter our 29th year as a band, we have much to be thankful for, but mostly for YOU...for taking an interest in our music. We also want to thank everyone who attended, played, sponsored and otherwise gave good vibes to our UNBELIEVABLY successful 4th annual Homecoming and benefit for MUSC Children's Hospital and pediatric cancer research....with donations, sponsorships, money from ticket sales, and a match from our good friends at the Press On Fund, we raised over $151,000 on December 28!! There's more to come on that, with our official check presentation happening in early February...stay tuned.

In the meantime, we have a few shows on the books, starting with a good SC weekend at two of the old standbys...Fri/Sat FEB 3/4 at the Music Farm Columbia and The Windjammer on the Isle of Palms! See our "SHOWS" page for details and links to purchase advance tickets (save at least $5 by getting them in advance)...we hope to see some of our Carolina friends for a good winter weekend...and we'll see the rest of you soon as well!! Cheers to all and be safe...Bobby & Hank

Happy Holidays! & 4th Annual Homecoming WED 12/28! 

Happy Holidays from all of us here at The Kennel...we wish you a Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah, a Joyous Kwanzaa, and the Best New Year! We hope you have the opportunity to spend peaceful, restful quality time with your family and loved ones. WE HOPE you enjoy the track that came up on your browser automatically...It's our version of  "The Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth," (from the 1975 Bing Crosby Special with David Bowie), that we recorded in 2015.

Then, next week, we turn our attention to our annual celebration--of our 28 years of playing music as the Blue Dogs--and a chance to get together with our current band, bandmates from the past, and a bunch of special musical guests from Charleston and beyond, and play a great show for you. Tickets are running out, and we have sold out every other year....so our best holiday advice is...get your tickets now!! www.charlestonmusichall.com!!

This show is also a chance for us to do something meaningful for others, for our community...maybe beyond our community. Because with this show we will raise money and awareness for and about pediatric cancer, and in doing so we will be supporting the CAMPAIGN FOR THE MUSC SHAWN JENKINS CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL (http://imagine.musckids.org).

Thanks to our new partner, the PRESS ON FUND (www.pressonfund.org), we are donating funds directly to MUSC's Dr. Jacqueline Kraveka, whose career has been devoted to finding a cure for pediatric cancer. And thanks to our new partner 4 GOOD (www.4good.org), we now have a digital platform whereby we can take DONATIONS NOW....and through December 31, these donations will combine with those of our sponsors, and concertgoers, and be matched by PRESS ON!

So please click here to DONATE NOW!! bluedogs.4good.org.

Our special guests this year: Shawn Camp, Cary Hudson (of Blue Mountain), Phillip Lammonds, Poppa Futch, Danielle Howle, Doug Jones, Wallace Mullinax, and Finnegan Bell (Warren Bazemore & Shane Williams)...with appearances by Shayne Floyd & members of River Boy, Reid Stone, Ryan Bonner, Lauren Mascitti, Jenn Thornton, Turner Simkins...

And featuring the Blue Dogs Big Band: Bobby & Hank with Greg Walker, Parker Dewitt, James Bernabe, and Dan Hood, with Daren Shumaker, Jamie Harper, Charlie Thompson, Travis Allison, and Jason Moore! 

THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS THIS YEAR:

Presenting Sponsor:
TITO'S HANDMADE VODKA
Big Dog Sponsor:
JEM RESTAURANT GROUP/TACO BELL
Canine Sponsor:
SOUTH CAROLINA FEDERAL CREDIT UNION
UNITED RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY MGMT, LLC
Pooch Sponsor:
CAPITOL MATERIALS COASTAL
HOMEGROWN HOSPITALITY GROUP
YOUNG CLEMENT RIVERS LLC
Puppy Sponsor:
ATLANTIC BAY MORTGAGE GROUP - Edward Wilson
CBRE REAL ESTATE - Michael Carmody
CORBIN'S HITCH SHOP
EAR FOR MUSIC 
FINZ
FOOD FOR THE SOUTHERN SOUL
HANK FUTCH REAL ESTATE
LANGDON'S / OPAL
PALMETTO COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES LLC
REAVIS-COMER DEVELOPMENT
RICHARD B. HOMES CPA LLC
SOUTHWIND HOMES
STAGE PRESENCE LLC
WEBSTER ROGERS LLC

Be safe, have a great holiday, and we hope to see you soon!

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UPCOMING SHOWS

Previous events

Mar4

The One Stop at Asheville Music Hall (SoConf B-Ball Championships)

Asheville, NC

Hey Folks (and Especially Davidson Folks and SoCon fans in general),
We're gonna do a special show up in the 'Ville on the Sunday of the SoConf B-Ball Championships.
Show is 5-8pm in the "One Stop Deli" located in the Asheville Music Hall, just a few steps from the UNC-A basketball arena.
Happy hour will be in full force, and there's great food for the whole family. Check out the menu and other info at www.ashevillemusichall.com.

Woof...and Go Cats! But good luck to all.

$10

Mar3

Sylvia Theater

27 N Congress St., York, SC

A great venue that we try to play a couple of times a year. They are celebrating the the 10th anniversary of Sylvia's reopening!!
Bobby and Hank with special guest Daren Shumaker. "Bluedogs Bluegrass!"

Doors 8:30
Showtime 9:00
first set 9-9:50
second set 10:10-11pm
www.sylviatheater.com

$12 Advance / $15 Day of Show

Mar2

Presbyterian Healthcare Fundraiser

Charlotte, NC

 invitation only fundraiser.

Age limit: 18+

Feb29

Pawleys Front Porch (Bobby Solo)

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Five Points, Columbia, SC

First show of the year...hopefully doing the last Wednesday of every month in the spring/summer. Will post that info soon! Come by for a drink...the weather is going to be nice...

Feb28

Pawleys Front Porch **Bobby Houck Solo**

827 Harden Street Columbia, SC 29205, Columbia, SC

Feb25

The Southern

103 South 1st St., Charlottesville, VA

Hank and Bobby with special guests from Charlottesville to be announced!
The Pickin' Shack opens the show!
Doors 8pm
Pickin Shack 8:30-9:15
Dogs 9:30-11
jam 11pm-until!

$12

Feb24

Ashland Coffee & Tea

100 North Railroad Avenue, Ashland, VA

This awesome intimate venue has been the backdrop of some great shows for the Dogs over the past couple of years. Lawrence Gray, a native of Richmond and a high school friend of Bobby's, has been a part of most of them! Lawrence fronted the band Smokin' Phones and then Mary on the Dash out of UNC-Chapel Hill, only to put his guitar down for the business world for 20-odd years. He's been woodshedding and even writing new tunes of late, so come out and hear Lawrence. BUT this time, we've got more. Bobby's first band ever was in high school with Rick O'Hara, then Spanish teacher and now headmaster at a school in Maryland, on the piano, and Lawrence on guitar and vocals. What did Bobby do...drums! Rick is coming down to sit in and make the opening show, and part of the Blue Dogs show, an official GH&O (Gray, Houck, and O'Hara...get it?) Reunion! The first ever....

Doors 7pm
Lawrence 8-8:25
GHO 8:25-8:45
Dogs 9-10:15
GHO and Dogs 10:15-until!


$15 Advance

Feb18

Smith's Olde Bar w/ The Corduroy Road

1578 Piedmont Ave, Atlanta , GA

Dogs featuring Patrick Blanchard (Shawn Mullins Band) on guitar and Daren Shumaker on mandolin!
The Corduroy Road from Athens GA opens the show!
Doors 8pm
Tba 8:30-9:15
Corduroy Road 9:30-10:15
Dogs 10:30-midnight

$15.00 advance Age limit: 21+

Feb17

The Handlebar w/ Crowfield

304 East Stone Ave , Greenville, SC

The Dogs featuring Patrick Blanchard (Shawn Mullins Band) on guitar and Daren Shumaker on mandolin!
Doors 8pm
Crowfield 9-10pm
Dogs 10:30-midnight

$15.00 Age limit: 18+ or w/adult

Feb9

Bobby Houck & Sadler Vaden Duo @ The Evening Muse

3227 N Davidson Street , Charlotte , NC

Bobby Houck & Sadler Vaden Duo Live @ The Evening Muse opening for the Luke Cunningham Band 
This is the traditional "late" show at the Muse
Doors 10:15pm
Bobby and Sadler 10:30-11:30
Luke Cunningham Band 11:45-1am

$10 ADVANCE / $12 @ Door

Feb4

The Windjammer with The Corduroy Road

The Windjammer, Beachfront, Isle of Palms, SC

Featuring Sadler Vaden on electric guitar and Phillip Lammonds on acoustic guitar, mandolin, harmonica, etc. 
The Corduroy Road from Athens GA opens (www.thecorduroyroad.com)
Doors 9pm
CR 9:15-10
Dogs 10:20-midnight

$10 Age limit: 21+ or w/adult

Feb3

Lincoln Theatre w/ Old Habits and Old Man Whickutt

126 E. Cabarrus Street, Raleigh, NC

Dogs featuring Sadler Vaden on electric guitar!
Doors 7pm
Old Man Whickutt 8-8:40
Old Habits 9-10
Dogs 10:20-midnight
Expect some jammin' too!

$12 ADVANCE / $15 DAY OF SHOW Age limit: 18+

Jan28

Mac'n at the 'Drome (Benefit Concert for Mac Leaphart)

The Hippodrome, 360 Concord Street, Charleston, SC

 Hank and Bobby to appear on a couple of songs toward the end of concert. Benefit concert featuring Five Way Friday, Mark Bryan of Hootie & The Blowfish, Greg Payne & members of The Piedmont Boys, Shovels & Rope with Jamie Resch, Doug Jones of Cravin' Melon, John Wesley Satterfield, Luke Cunningham, Ryan Bonner, Ballard Lesemann, Joal Rush, Donnie Blackwell, Jim Marshall, John Totaro's Classic Woodies & of course Guilt Ridden Troubadour with members of My Ragged Company.

Jan21

Blue Jean Ball

Open House on the River, 1213 Old Plantation Road, North Augusta, GA


$60

Dec30

Hog Heaven

7147 Ocean Hwy, Pawleys Island, SC 29585

 Come on down for a Lowcountry Holiday Tradition at Hog Heaven for some Acoustic Dogs.

Dec29

Ziggy's

170 W. 9th St., Winston-Salem, NC

 

Dec28

Neighborhood Theatre w/ The Connells

511 East 36th Street, Charlotte, NC

 

$18 Advance / $20 Day of Show

Nov25

Tin Roof w/ Patrick Davis Band

1022 Senate Street , Columbia, SC

 

TBA

Nov23

Red Bone Alley W/ Midway Blue

Florence, SC

 Its that time of year!!! Blue Dogs in Flo-Town for Thanksgiving!!!
The Dogs play first at 9pm, Midway Blue plays the late night slot.
Hope to see you there.

TBA Age limit: 18+

Nov19

The Old Town Tavern - Acoustic Duo

1044 Broad Street , Camden , SC

  Bobby Houck & Hank Futch Acoustic Duo

$10 in Advance ($15 Door)