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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!

Countdown To Blue Dogs 4th Annual Homecoming & 28th Anniversary Concert 

Happy December!! We have a busy, busy month ahead, but we are closing it out with the event of the year including special guests Shawn Camp and Cary Hudson and many more. Get your tickets now! Proceeds are being donated to the Campaign for the MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children's Hospital and the Press On Fund for pediatric cancer research. MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children's Hospital has been caring for children for the past 28 years, however, they believe that they can do more and give more in order to better care for the children who struggle with cancer everyday. For this reason, MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children's Hospital is teaming up with Press On Fund, 4Good, and Blue Dogs, along with all of our friends, to raise money to build a new building equipped with state of the art technology and staff in order to give the children a higher chance at beating their fight with cancer. Join us on December 27th and 28th as Ear For Music Presents 2nd Annual Super Goo Jam and Blue Dogs 4th Annual Homecoming & 28th Anniversary Concert with special guests Shawn Camp and Cary Hudson, during this season of giving, and help us raise money and bring awareness to this great cause! 

We are thrilled to have Grammy award winning artist producer Shawn Camp as one of our headliners for this year's event. He has earned wide respect as the top-tier penman behind #1 Billboard hits for George Strait (“River of Love”), Josh Turner (“Would You Go With Me”) and Brooks and Dunn (“How Long Gone”), in addition to the Brooks smash “Two Pina Coladas.” Camp frequently splits pages with legendary tunesmiths like Guy Clark (“Sis Draper,” “Magnolia Wind”) and Jim Lauderdale (“Forever Ain’t No Trouble Now). Shawn also penned Blake Shelton’s “Nobody But Me”. A true artist, Camp’s previous solo albums – including 1993’s Shawn Camp, 2004’s Live at the Station Inn and Fireball in 2006 – consistently have turned heads. The accomplished instrumentalist, who has accompanied luminaries including Guy Clark and John Prine, frequently backs seamless lyrics with his fiery fiddle, guitar and mandolin riffs. Shawn is also a talented producer; a skill that won him a Grammy nomination in 2013 and a Grammy win for 2014’s Best Folk Album of the Year (Guy Clark’s, My Favorite Picture Of You). Most recently, Shawn formed the band with NRBQ’s “Big Al” Anderson to make the World Famous Headliners (along with Pat McLaughlin, Greg Morrow and Michael Rhodes). Their debut album spent over 6 weeks in AMA’s top 20 and was named one of the Top 100 Americana Albums of 2012.


 

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UPCOMING SHOWS

Previous events

Aug2

Palmetto Bluff Summer Concert Series

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Palmetto Bluff Village Green, 19 Village Park Square, Bluffton, SC

Event is 5pm Doors. $25/car. Music 6:30-8:30pm. Proceeds benefit Family Promise of Beaufort County, whose mission is to provide temporary shelter, family stability, and permanent housing solutions for homeless families with children by mobilizing community resources. See link for more information!

Jul30

Private Event

Jul9

Private Wedding

Jun18

Private Wedding

Greenville, SC

Crown Town Throwdown - InReach Cornhole Tourney

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The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, 4150 Yancey Rd, Charlotte, NC

Put a team together and sign up now! 11am Registration; Event 12-4pm. Or just buy a gen. admission ticket to come hang out and eat & drink & listen to some music. The proceeds from this event will help individuals with Down Syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy, and other developmental disabilities in six core areas; good places to live, jobs, volunteer opportunities, community connections, independence, and help in reaching personal goals.

May7

McClellanville Shrimp Festival

McClellanville, SC

The Blue Dogs circa 1996 (Bobby, Hank, Phillip, and Greg) play one set in mid-afternoon. Details to follow.

STAC House Show with Hank, Bobby & Phillip

St. Thomas Anglican Church, Cainhoy, SC

STAC House Shows are a partnership between founders Shane and Warren of Finnegan Bell, Eddie White of Awendaw Green, Gil Shuler Graphic Design, The Charleston City Paper, and the St. Thomas/Denis Church. Tickets go on sale April 13. Information to be released soon!

May1

Jones Landing Fish Camp "Outdoor House Concert"

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Location on the James River, Richmond, VA

Open to members and their guests...limited admission to the public. $20 minimum donation suggested. Please email dogtalk@bluedogs.com for information on how to be included. BYOB/food/picnic/chair/blanket! Guests will pass the hat to pay the band and sound crew! Rain cancels.

SCAN Progressive Dinner & Fundraiser

The Tuckahoe Woman's Club, Richmond, VA

The Greater Richmond SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now) chapter hosts its 14th Annual Progressive Dinner and Auction. Information tba. For tickets and information, see:

http://grscan.com/events/progressive-dinner/

Apr29

Private Event

Charleston, SC

Apr28

All Saints' 55th Anniversary

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Roseneath Farm, Florence, SC

Event open to faculty, staff, families and alumni and friends of All Saints' Episcopal School.

Apr2

Bridge Run Finish Line

Marion Square, Charleston, SC

For the Cooper River Bridge Run finish line this year, Greg Walker has once again put together a group of musicians to perform. Featuring Skylar Laine, American Idol finalist from Season 11, the band will include Walker on drums, Bobby Houck on acoustic guitar and vocals, and our friend Jason Moore on keyboards and sax. Set from 9:15-10am and 10:30-11am!