The Blue Dogs
Tickets are $18 in Advance $25 Day of the Show …Doors 9PM Show time is 10ish
On Friday, December 29, 2017, the Blue Dogs once again took over The Charleston Music Hall in their hometown to celebrate 29 years of making music. This show marked the Americana band’s fifth “homecoming” since their 25th Anniversary show in 2013, and to solidify it as annual affair, in 2014 the band brought in the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Children’s Hospital as a charity partner. By evening’s end of the 2017 show–thanks to support from a variety of local sponsors, donations of ticket holders, as well as a generous gift by an anonymous donor and the overall match by The Press On Fund (for pediatric cancer research)–the Dogs fetched over $180,000.00, all of which benefited the capital campaign for the new MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital by funding the pediatric cancer research of MUSC Hematologist-Oncologist Dr. Jacqueline Kraveka. Their four-year total is close to a half a million dollars raised.
The show was again a sellout, and as in years past, the show included special guest appearances–this year featuring two legendary bands from the Carolinas: The Connells from Raleigh NC and The Killer Whales from Charleston SC.
Guests at past shows have included Darius Rucker, Hootie and the Blowfish, Edwin McCain, Radney Foster, Grammy-award-winning songwriter and producer Shawn Camp, 2015 Georgia Music Hall of Fame inductees Drivin’ N Cryin’, SC native Sadler Vaden (former Blue Dogs sideman who is now guitarist for Grammy-nominated Americana artist Jason Isbell), Cary Hudson (formerly of Blue Mountain), Pat McGee, Doug Jones of Greenville SC’s Cravin’ Melon, acclaimed South Carolina singer-songwriter Danielle Howle, Matthew Mayes & John Felty of Brevard, NC’s Jupiter Coyote, and most of the former and current members of the Blue Dogs. Unannounced guests are expected each year.
The band continues to perform in 2018 on a regular basis at venues mostly on the East Coast, including clubs, festivals, and colleges as well as for a variety of events. They continue to maintain an international fan-base, with all 9 of their recordings available through iTunes and other digital portals via their distributor, Redeye, and their CD’s, DVD’s and other merchandise offered exclusively at their website, www.bluedogs.com.
2018 marks 30 years since standup bassist Hank Futch joined forces with longtime friend, fellow Cub Scout, and acoustic guitarist/vocalist Bobby Houck under the band name “Blue Dogs,” and so they will celebrate their 30th Anniversary on Saturday, December 29, 2018, once again at The Charleston Music Hall, and with special guests to be announced later in the year.