Its time for the 16th Annual Carolina Downhome Blues Festivalone of the Souths premier blues festivals and a highlight in Carolina nightlife. Over a span of four days, the festival will feature 41 performances with 21 different performers. There is also a variety of venues, 16 in total, that are intimate indoor and outdoor settings to enhance the experience of hearing blues music. The festival is set in South Carolinas oldest inland city, Camden, from October 4-6.
Opening night will be held at the Jim and Pat Watts Performing Arts Wing at the FAC. Performances will also be held at two high schools, North Central High School and Lugoff-Elgin High School, as well as local restaurants such as La Fiesta, Indigo Jones, and Sam Kendalls. Other venues, like the Wood Auditorium, the Kershaw County Farmers Market and Old Towne Tavern, will also house part of the blues music event.
All kinds of blues will be featured, and the festivals presenter, the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County, will continue its tradition of introducing new musicians and bringing back the familiar ones, too. Music fans from all over the southeast travel to Camden for the festival since the Carolina Downhome Blues Festival has emerged and gained recognition on a national level, appearing in the 2010 October issue of Southern Living magazine.
Artists on the schedule include Shrimp City Slim, The Mobros, Marshall Ballew, and a few international artists. A full list of the musicians and schedule can be found on the official webpage of the festival. Take lots of pictures or video, as this is surely not an event to be missed, and you can share the experience with those who missed the festival with a cd duplication of the footage or pictures from this must-do weekend.
Festival armbands allow admission to all sites and cost $10 for Thursday night, $15.00 for Friday or Saturday night, or $35 for the entire weekend. During the festival, armbands can be purchased at The Blues Kiosk, which will be at the corner of Broad and Rutledge street, the FAC Box Office and various sites.