It’s Spoleto Festival season in Charleston and that means visitors can take in as much music, theater, arts, literary readings and dance they can squeeze into their schedules. Piccolo Spoleto also opens this weekend and showcases local and regional talent in a variety of free and low-cost performances.
Charleston Harbor Tours has partnered up with Piccolo Spoleto for a special Blues Cruise series, which combines Southern blues, country, Cajun and soul music with incredible views of the Charleston harbor.
May 24 Shrimp City Slim – Gary Erwin’s Chicago roots blend with New Orleans traditions in a jubilant, upbeat blues and boogie performance.
May 26 Juke Joint Johnny & The Hurricanes – The “Harmonica High Priest of the Southeast” is one of the Carolinas’ top blues harp players.
May 31 The King Bees – Queen Bee Zamagni (bass/vocals) and Hound Dog Baskerville (guitar/organ) and their drummer kick a feisty songbook of swingin’ tracks off their latest CD “Carolina Bound.” (pictured right)
June 2 Steve & The Stilettos – Guitarist/singer Steve “O.J.” Hardy began his blues/soul/funk career in Pittsburgh and moved his classic rockin’ blues show to the Lowcountry in the early 1990s.
Each cruise is 7-9 p.m. with boarding at 6:30 p.m. on The Carolina Queen, located at the City Marina, 17 Lockwood Drive in Charleston. There is a cash bar on board.
Tickets are $27 for adults; $23 for students and seniors. To reserve a spot, call 866-811-4111 or purchase online through Piccolo Spoleto.