This is the first of many shows to come at this highly regarded golfing community (three 9-hole courses designed by Nicklaus, Palmer, Player), and the Barn is a beautiful event space (http://www.championsretreat.net/the-barn/)! THIS SHOW IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC as well as members of the golf club.
We are still buzzing from our shows on 12/28-29....first at the Music Farm with the Killer Whales, Travis Allison Band, and Don Merkle & the Blacksmiths....then of course on the 29th for the "big show" (SOLD OUT!) at the Charleston Music Hall featuring The Connells, The Killer Whales, Peyton Tochterman, Leisure McCorkle, Holland Teed, Micah Nichols and the Blue Dogs Big Band (with James Bernabe, Dan Hood, Jamie Harper, Charlie Thompson, Greg Walker, Parker Dewitt, and of course Hank Futch and Bobby Houck). We already knew we had a dollar-for-dollar match with our foundation partner, the PRESS ON FUND....but then we were happily surprised to find that SHAWN JENKINS (who named the now-under-construction new MUSC Children's Hospital) was in attendance and who also pledged to match ALL funds raised.....meaning our take would be TRIPLED!! Thanks to $30k+ in sponsor money, and roughly $30k in net proceeds from ticket sales...we have raised a grand total this year of $180,000!!! (Starting in 2014, we raised roughly $5000, in 2015 $50,000, in 2016 $130,000, and in 2017 $180,000...bringing our grand total as an event over $370,000!!!
We want to thank everyone who came to the show, donated, volunteered....but most of all, our generous sponsors, many of whom have been with us since the beginning.....this year's sponsors were: BACKSTAGE WHISKEY, HOOCH, TITO'S HANDMADE VODKA, TACO BELL (JEM MARKETING GROUP), SC FEDERAL CREDIT UNION, MCLEOD LAW GROUP LLC, CAPITOL MATERIALS, HOMEGROWN HOSPITALITY, MAJOR GRAPHICS, MASHBURN CONSTRUCTION, BLACKBAUD (JON BOLT), CCBG REAL ESTATE GROUP (DAN HENDERSON), FINZ, REAVIS-COMER DEVELOPMENT, SEAMON WHITESIDE, SOUTHERN TRUST MORTGAGE (EDWARD WILSON), SOUTHWIND HOMES, SPENCER & SPENCER LAW FIRM, STOKES REGIONAL EYE CENTERS....and CB COMPANY (CHRYSTAL BARLEY), STAGE PRESENCE LLC, AND EAR FOR MUSIC!
THANK YOU....be on the lookout for the "save the date" announcement to take place on MLK Day, January 15, 2018!
THE BLUE DOGS are putting on their 5th Annual Benefit for MUSC's SHAWN JENKINS CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL and its PEDIATRIC ONCOLOGY RESEARCH program....along with the PRESS ON FUND, providing a dollar for dollar match of every donation, and an amazing group of SPONSORS, led by Darius Rucker's BACKSTAGE WHISKEY, HOOCH MIXER, TACO BELL, TITO'S VODKA, and South Carolina FEDERAL CREDIT UNION....amongst many others...
THE big show takes place FRIDAY, DECEMBER 29, AT THE CHARLESTON MUSIC HALL.
IF you are going, and you want some EXTRA fun...or if you are NOT going, and you want an intimate preview of the artists performing Friday night...and have a little more holiday cheer...
PLEASE JOIN THE BLUE DOGS and friends on THURSDAY, DECEMBER 28, AT THE MUSIC FARM STARTING AT 8PM for a night of great music. Tickets $10 adv/$12 at door (all proceeds going to MUSC)
Performing will be:
THE KILLER WHALES (one hour headlining set)
TRAVIS ALLISON BAND
DON MERKLE & THE BLACKSMITHS
THE "SUPER GOO JAM" featuring MEMBERS OF THE BLUE DOGS & THE CONNELLS, FINNEGAN BELL, and others
Solo acoustic mini-sets by PEYTON TOCHTERMAN, LEISURE MCCORKLE, HOLLAND TEED
JOIN US ON EITHER OR BOTH NIGHTS AND HELP PROVIDE RESOURCES FOR PEDIATRIC CANCER RESEARCH, BEING CONDUCTED RIGHT HERE IN CHARLESTON AT MUSC!
NOW that Thanksgiving has come and gone, ticket sales for our 5th Annual Homecoming show have, as expected, begun to accelerate and will continue to do so until they are gone...AS OF 11/27/17 there are ONLY 29 VIP TICKETS AVAILABLE. A fairly good number of TIER ONE and TIER TWO tickets remain, about 150 of each. IF YOU ARE PLANNING ON BEING A PART OF THE SHOW THIS YEAR, DON'T MISS OUT -- get your tickets NOW! You'll get the best remaining seats available. VIP TICKETS INCLUDE admission to the Blue Dogs' "Super Goo Jam" on Thursday evening, December 28; admission to the VIP PRE-SHOW RECEPTION on the night of the 12/29 show--which includes open bar and heavy hors d'oevres; a show laminate and poster; and other goodies!
SPONSORSHIPS ARE STILL AVAILABLE UNTIL FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1, and begin at $500! PLEASE CONTACT Mimi Dorman at MUSC: email@example.com OR 843-792-0350!
MORE GUEST ARTISTS TO BE ANNOUNCED ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1!
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
Crown Town Throwdown Cornhole Tournament
Proceeds will help individuals with autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and other disabilities secure and maintain gainful employment.
InReach is a private non-profit providing residential service and community supports to individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities and their families since 1974.
To be a leader in providing innovative housing, employment and community services to support people with intellectual, developmental and other disabilities and their families.
Come on out and Raise The Woof-Top for a good cause, The Hilton Head Humane Society. Join us for Charleston sensation The Blue Dogs at the Rooftop Bar
A portion of the proceeds to benefit The Hilton Head Humane Society.
$10 Tickets General Admission Only
Sponsored by Tito's Vodka
21 & OVER ONLY
NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES
38 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island SC 29928
RoofTop at Poseidon
NEW LOCATION: FMU Performing Arts Center, Downtown Florence
Preparations for Francis Marion University’s Arts International festival in downtown Florence are underway.
The longstanding festival, one of the Pee Dee’s great spring traditions, will bring its regular mix of art, music and food to its new location on April 11. The 38-year-old festival has been held in previous year on FMU’s campus.
Activities will now center on FMU’s Performing Arts Center.
The festival runs from noon to 6 p.m. There is no admission charge and all the entertainment is free and open to the public. There is a charge for food and craft items that are on sale.
The premier event at this year’s festival will be a 2 p.m. performance by the Blue Dogs in the PAC’s amphitheatre. The “Dogs” are an earthy, Southern rock band from South Carolina, and a well-known favorite of Pee Dee music fans. FMU’s Music Industry Ensemble and the Celtic rock band Stirling Bridge are also slated to perform in the PAC amphitheatre.
The FMU String Ensemble, Vocal Edition, pianist Paolo Gualdi, violinist Terris Roberts and pianist Sumire Worman are all scheduled to perform in the PAC Black Box.
Other scheduled acts include the Jabali African Acrobats, the Chief Kamu Fire and Hula Show and the Chinese Acrobats. They will offer festivalgoers a unique perspective on arts from around the world on the festival’s International Stage. A variety of strolling musicians and performers will patrol the festival area, providing impromptu entertainment throughout the day.
Other events will include Florence-Darlington Technical College’s famous welding sculpture competition. The competition will feature teams of experienced craftsmen who will create breathtaking pieces of art on the fly, using a pile of scrap material brought in for the occasion.
Also on tap: an arts and crafts fair featuring the work of local and regional artisans, children’s activities, art displays in the Florence County Museum and Waters Building Annex, and an international food court.
The City of Florence is joining FMU as a major festival participant for this year’s events. Other sponsors include FDTC; St. John’s Episcopal Church, which is providing space for festival parking and events; Honda of SC; Nan Ya Plastics; Florence County; Pepsi Cola of Florence; and the Florence Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The festival is the union of two former festivals, Art’s Alive and the Pee Dee International Festival. Its roots date back to 1977.
For more information on this year’s Arts International festival, go to http://www.fmarion.edu/news/artsinternational.