Goodbye Blues jam session at Bowens Island, 2/15

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This Sunday evening (Feb. 15), hot local blues-rock trio the Dr. Rev. Johnny Mac & The BootyRanch and blues/rock singer join harmonica player Andy “Smoky” Weiner and his band the Hot Links as they welcome a variety of local guests players for a “goodbye to winter” jam session on Bowens Island Restaurant (at the far end of Folly Road at 1870 Bowens Island Road). The gig happens after the Surfrider Foundation Oyster Roast wraps up.

“Say goodbye to the winter, say goodbye to some of the bad vibes of the past few months,” says Smoky (pictured at the left). “And say hello to the hope of spring and the hope of all of us meeting the challenge of life. Let us come together and create the sounds that can only come from an audience, a stage, and a bunch of old broken down equipment.”

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A longtime blues-rock staple in Charleston, the Hot Links specialize in an upbeat mix of blues-rock, surf, rockabilly, swing, and twang. Johnny Mac — the ordained doctor of electric blues, rock, and funk — is a highly revered, longtime Charleston musician and bandleader. His hard-working trio (pictured) features bassist Chris Watts and drummer Stevie Kent.

Music starts at 7 p.m. and runs until 10 p.m. A $10 donation is asked at the door. Proceeds benefit the Lowcountry Blues Relief Fund, which has, to date, distributed about $23,000 to musicians and their survivors who became victims of crime, disease, and accidents. “This fund has absolutely no administrative costs, says Smoky. “It’s there so we don’t have to have a benefit after something happens to someone. If there is a crisis the money is already there.”

(photos by T. Ballard Lesemann)

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