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

Dec2

private event

Oct25

Thanks Joe! Festival

Brittlebank Park, Charleston, SC

Free event in Brittlebank Park: 3-7pm! Blue Dogs (with an all-star Charleston band) performs 5-5:30pm. Finale at Joe Riley Stadium (with Edwin McCain & Emmanuel AME Choir): 7-9pm, $5 tickets! For more info: www.thanksjoe.org

Oct22

Coastal Conservation Association Banquet

Rock Hill, SC

Fundraising event open to CCA members and guests.

Sep18

Border Bash

Downtown Augusta , Augusta, GA

Bobby Houck from the Blue Dogs will be performing along with Kevin Kinney (Drivin' and Cryin'), The Joe Stevenson Band, and many more!

Jun27

COPPER MOUNTAIN RESORT

Copper Mountain, CO

10k Run - Gone with the Dogs Event @ Burning Stones Plaza Aaron Burdett Band to perform 12pm - 1:35pm

May24

WHITE SQUIRREL FESTIVAL (Bobby & Hank duo)

Brevard, NC

http://whitesquirrelfestival.com/

About the White Squirrel Festival

Some people won’t believe it when you tell them white squirrels exist. We weren’t so sure ourselves until we saw our first one. A relative of the gray Eastern tree squirrel, white squirrels are thriving in Brevard, NC accounting for an all-time high of 40% of the Eastern tree squirrel population. This particular species of squirrel made its way to Brevard in 1949 as a result of a carnival wreck in central Florida and the town is gearing up for their 10th annual celebration of this unique wildlife population.

This nutty Memorial Day Weekend festival has a little bit for everyone. The 2014 festival kicks off Friday night with Love Canon followed by George Porter, Jr. and the Runnin’ Pardners in a free concert Throughout the weekend, bands like Scythian, the Jeff Sipe Trio, Shannon Whitworth, and many others are performing live and for FREE.

The family fun continues with a memorial parade organized by the American Legion on Saturday morning at 9 a.m., followed by a Presentation of the Wreath at the county courthouse War Memorial at 10 a.m.

Thrill-seekers will enjoy the 8th Annual Squirrel Box Derby in which creatively-designed derby karts race down Jailhouse Hill clocking in at 35mph or more. Races are open to kids 8-11 and 12-17, adults and businesses. Contestants compete for trophies awarded for the fastest critter and nuttiest design and the Golden Nut which is awarded to the local business with the best overall speed and design.

For those who are still skeptics, attendees will have a chance to meet Pisgah Pete, a rescued white squirrel, who will make his annual appearance at the festival. In addition, festival goers can learn more about how white squirrels live and what we can do to help rehabilitate wounded or rescued squirrels.

Additional events include the 6th Annual White Squirrel 5K/10K foot race, the White Squirrel Photo Contest, the White Squirrel Dance-off and street festival. This Memorial Day Weekend, there will be plenty of nutty fun for everyone in Brevard.

More information can be found by calling the festival organizer, Heart of Brevard at 828-884-3278

Free admission Age limit: All ages