by Nick Smith
A quick tip: if you want to catch the JAC Jazz Series at McCrady's Restaurant, book your tickets in advance. Both the 7 and 10 p.m. shows have been selling out at the small Unity Alley venue. On Monday, the Charlton Singleton Sextet had peddled all its tickets long before audience members arrived at 6:30 p.m.
So if you want to hear any of this week's performances by Tenor Madness, the Cobblestone Quartet, or the Charleston All-Stars (featuring Ron Free), grab a ticket before they're all gone.
The Early Bird Blues gigs at the Mad River Bar & Grille have also been very well attended. It's advisable to get there early if you want a good seat for the last set of the festival, Rev. Marv Ward & Congaree Wednesday at 5 p.m.