Here is the lineup for the 13th annual Greenwood Blues Cruise that's part of the South Carolina Festival of Discovery in Uptown Greenwood in July. Acts are listed with time and location. Some venues have a cover charge Thursday.
Thursday, July 11
5:30- 8 p.m. - CenturyLink Tent - Deb Callahan Band (Free)
8-11 p.m. - Howard's On Main - Shrimp City Slim (No cover)
8-11 p.m. - T.W. Boons - The Hollerers ($4 cover)
8-11 p.m. - Mill House - The Hartness & Charles Project (No cover)
8-11 p.m. - Buffalo Grill - The King Bees ($4 cover)
8-11 p.m. - Polo's - Matt Walsh & Mookie Brill (No cover)
8-11 p.m. - Holloway's Sundance Gallery - Mac Arnold & Plate Full o' Blues (No cover)
Friday, July 12
6-8:15 p.m. - CenturyLink Tent - Travis "Moonchild" Haddix
9-11 p.m. - CenturyLink Tent - Albert Castiglia
9 p.m.-midnight - Howard's on Main - The King Bees
9 p.m.-midnight - T.W. Boons - Deb Callahan Band
9 p.m.-midnight - Mill House - John Bull & Sheffield Walker
9 p.m.-midnight - Buffalo Grill - Matt Walsh & Mookie Brill
9 p.m.-midnight - Polo's - Wanda Johnson & Shrimp City Slim
9 p.m.-midnight - Holloway's Sundance Gallery - Bill Heid & RJ Spangler's Blue Four, featuring Cee Cee Collins
9 p.m.-midnight - Uptown Sushi - Gail Storm
SATURDAY, JULY 13
10-11 a.m. - CenturyLink Tent - Shrimp City Slim (solo)
11 a.m.-noon - CenturyLink Tent - John Bull & Sheffield
1-1:50 p.m. - CenturyLink Tent - Wanda Johnson & Shrimp City Slim
2-3:15 p.m. - CenturyLink Tent - Bill & RJ Spangler's Blue Four, featuring Cee Cee Collins
3:30- 4:45 p.m. - CenturyLink Tent - Travis "Moonchild" Haddix
7-10 p.m. - CenturyLink Tent - Biscuit Miller & The Mix
9 p.m.-midnight - Howard's on Main - Pam Taylor Band
9 p.m.-midnight - T.W. Boons - Andy Poxon Band
9 p.m.-midnight - Mill House - Gail Storm
9 p.m.-midnight - Buffalo Grill - John Bull & Sheffield Walker
9 p.m.-midnight - Polo's - Wanda Johnson & Shrimp City Slim
9 p.m.-midnight - Uptown Sushi - Luckyman Beall
MAC ARNOLD & PLATE FULL O' BLUES (South Carolina) www.macarnold.com Upstate blues icon played with Muddy Waters, Otis Spann, John Lee Hooker, and more, now traveling internationally with his hot band.
LUCKYMAN BEALL (Virginia) www.laurencebeall.com One-man "honky-tonk blues band" walks the line between Johnny Cash and Howlin' Wolf.
JOHN BULL & SHEFFIELD WALKER (Alabama) www.facebook.com/johnbullbandal/info Blues harmonica powerhouse in duo with former Slim Harpo guitarist.
DEB CALLAHAN BAND (Philadelphia) www.debcallahanband.com Vivacious blues-rock vocal stylings with a great band and strong original material.
ALBERT CASTIGLIA (Florida) www.albertcastiglia.com Sensational guitarist, formerly with Junior Wells, now charting his own course through the blues world.
TRAVIS "MOONCHILD" HADDIX (Ohio) www.travishaddix.net Midwestern legend fronts a big horn-driven band that really knows how to jump the blues.
THE HARTNESS & CHARLES PROJECT (South Carolina) www.reverbnation.com/johnhartness www.reverbnation.com/anthonycharlesandthebluesdolphins Two notable Midlands blues experts in their fresh new duo format.
BILL HEID (Washington, D.C.) www.myspace.com/billheidmusic Globally-respected keyboard wizard freely mixes blues and jazz with soulful panache and superb technique.
THE HOLLERERS (South Carolina) www.reverbnation.com/thehollerers Roots-rock and blues ensemble recalls the pioneering energy of the early Rolling Stones, Fabulous Thunderbirds, and more.
WANDA JOHNSON (South Carolina) www.wandaj.com Perennial favorite, "The New Voice of South Carolina soul & blues" has just returned from a 17-show tour of eastern Europe.
THE KING BEES (North Carolina) www.kingbees.home.mindspring.com Enduring Tarheel blues unit arrives on the notoriety of their latest opus, "Carolina Bound".
BISCUIT MILLER & THE MIX (Indiana) www.biscuitmiller.com Exuberant, funky blues & old-school R&B band led by award-winning bassist/vocalist David "Biscuit" Miller.
ANDY POXON BAND (Maryland) www.andypoxon.com An old soul, this young guitarist/singer represents real hope for the future of traditional blues and sweet soul music.
SHRIMP CITY SLIM (Charleston) www.shrimpcityslim.com Lowcountry blues ambassadors return with their new CD "Star Marina" (featuring, among the 14 cool new original songs, a tidbit of Greenwood folklore entitled "The Starlite Room."
R.J. SPANGLER'S BLUE FOUR, featuring CEE CEE COLLINS (Detroit) www.rjspangler.com www.myspace.com/ceeceecollins Shufflemaster R.J. Spangler works the skins with his Motor City road warriors featuring the feisty Cee Cee Collins at the microphone.
GAIL STORM (New York) www.gailstormmusic.com Charismatic blues/jazz/cabaret singer & pianist returns to The Cruise by popular demand.
PAM TAYLOR BAND (South Carolina) www.pamtaylorband.com Dynamic blueswoman turns up the heat and rocks the night away in her Greenwood debut.
MATT WALSH & MOOKIE BRILL (North Carolina) www.mattwalshblues.com www.mookiebrill.com Two torchbearers of the classic Chicago blues sound have combined to bring us twice the grease, twice the fun.
The Greenwood Blues Cruise for the 13th annual South Carolina Festival of Discovery in Uptown Greenwood in July could get even bigger. The 2013 Blues Cruise lineup features 18 acts with more to be added.
Already the biggest lineup in the history of the Blues Cruise, there is a chance more performers could be added, according to Greenwood city manager Charlie Barrineau.
"Every year we say this: It gets better every year," Barrineau said. "I'm just shocked at how long it took me to scroll down the page to see how many musicians we had booked."
This year's Blue Cruise lineup, once again sponsored by the Index-Journal, brings some of South Carolina's best known blues musicians to Greenwood along with others who are nationally known.
"We are excited to again be associated with the Blues Cruise," Index-Journal president and publisher Judith M. Burns said. "The festival and musical lineup has expanded over the years and clearly is a a wonderfully successful event right in the heart of Greenwood. Sponsoring the Blues Cruise is a perfect match for us."
The Blues Cruise lineup is South Carolina's Mac Arnold and Plate Full o' Blues, Virginia's Luckyman Beall, Alabama's John Bull and Sheffield Walker, Philadelphia's Deb Callahan Band, Florida's Albert Castiglia, Ohio's Travis "Moonchild" Haddix, South Carolina's The Hartner and Charles Project, Washington D.C.'s Bill Heid, South Carolina's The Hollerers, South Carolina's Wanda Johnson, North Carolina's The King Bees, Indiana's Biscuit Miller and the Mix, Maryland's Andy Poxon Band, Detroit's R.J. Spangler's Blue Four with Cee Cee Collins, New York's Gail Storm, South Carolina's Pam Taylor Band, North Carolina's Matt Walsh and Mookie Brill, and South Carolina's Shrimp City Slim, aka Gary Erwin, who is also artistic coordinator for the event."It's just phenomenal," Barrineau said.
"Year in and year out, Gary Erwin has come through with incredible talent to showcase in Uptown Greenwood during the Blues Cruise," Index-Journal executive editor Richard Whiting said. "This, the 13th year, is no different, and the Index-Journal couldn't be happier to be a part of it. It's great to see some returning artists, such as Luckyman Beall and The King Bees, and as always, we're thrilled to know the sultry sound of Miss Wanda's (Johnson) voice will return."
The South Carolina Festival of Discovery is July 11-13 in Uptown Greenwood is a celebration of barbecue and blues. Greenwood City Council voted Monday night to approve closing a portion of Main Street for the celebration. Now, the City has to work with the South Carolina Department of Transportation on details.
Jon Holloway's Sundance Gallery on Maxwell Avenue in Uptown Greenwood is again one of the stops. Other places on the Blue Cruise are Howard's on Main, T.W. Boons, Mill House, Buffalo Grill, Polo's and Uptown Sushi.
There will also be performances under the CenturyLink tent.
"We're very excited about that. Jon has been a great partner with us, and he was able to work out the financials to make it work. It's an awesome venue to have live blues," Barrineau said.
The reason more performers could be added is because Uptown Greenwood could be getting another restaurant, which could be used as another venue.
"We're working with one more restaurant that is hopeful to sign a lease in the Uptown within the next month," Barrineau said. "If they do, we will add another venue."
Barrineau said the lineup would grow once the venue is secured.
"We would have to bring in more talent," Barrineau said.
The Arts Center of Greenwood on Main Street will again host the Blues and Brews event. The Arts Center coordinates its own musicians for that.
The Blues Cruise has taken another step by expanding more into Thursday night of the Festival of Discovery weekend. Two of the venues, T.W. Boons and Buffalo Grill, will have a $4 cover change. The other sites will not charge.
Learn about Greenwood Blues Cruise at www.greenwoodbluescruise.com.