Blues meets bluegrass at the First Annual Firefly Distillery Southern Spirit Festival, a benefit for the Windwood Farm Home for Children on Sat. Nov. 6. Held at Windwood Farm, the event features a full afternoon day of local and national performing artists, kid-friendly activities, plus a tailgating section for the adults wanting to catch the game. The event aims to raise money for Awendaw’s Windwood Farm (windwoodfarm.org), a nonprofit that provides residential support to boys throughout South Carolina that have been abused or neglected.
“We know what a great service Windwood Farm Home for Children provides for our community, but we really want to help increase awareness of what they do and give the community a chance to get involved. It’s a perfect way to blend a good cause with a good time,” says Scott Newitt, co-owner and co-creator of Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka.
“For 25 years Windwood Farm has been a safe haven for boys in South Carolina who have gone through unheard of abuse, trauma and neglect,” says Debbie McKelvey, executive director at Windwood Farm. “It is surprising to me how many people had misconceptions of whom and what we are. So when Scott from Firefly came to me and said he wanted to partner with us, I knew it was time to bring the community to us instead of us to the community.”
Two stages will be set up at 4857 Windwood Farm Road in Awendaw. Headlining the blues stage at 5 p.m. is Mississippi-based singer/guitarist James “Super Chikan” Johnson, winner of the 2010 BMA Traditional Blues Album of the Year. Super Chikan’s latest album Chikadelic was released at the Notodden Blues festival last year 2009. He may have a collection of custom-built cigar box and wood-carved guitars for sale at the show. Virginia-based picker and singer Larry Keel and his combo Natural Bridge wrap things up at the bluegrass stage at 4 p.m. Keel and the band recorded an album with Keller Williams last year titled Thief.
Local talent on the bill includes bluegrass combo Triple Lindy, Americana band Holy Ghost Tent Revival, The Donna Hughes Band, and Camden-based bluesman Jeff Norwood and his band Blue Mother Tupelo. The live music starts at noon and concludes at 7 p.m.