The RiverDogs are returning to The Joe for the 20th season this week, and the opening-night game just so happens to fall on one of the most popular nights of the week: Thirsty Thursday.
As loyal fans may know, the weeknight promotion means attendees can drink draft Budweisers for a buck each at the Ashley View Pub, where Charleston’s DJ Natty Heavy spins his eclectic mix of party tunes.
At 7:05 p.m., the RiverDogs will take on the Columbia Fireflies, the newest members of the South Atlantic League. The crowd also can look forward to the first postgame fireworks show of the season. The fun continues with a string of home games through the week until April 14, when the team heads to its first away game of the season in Augusta.
The Joe also has plenty of deals and entertainment booked this year, including Kids Club Sunday, when kids eat free, and “Dog Day” Mondays, when fans bring their canine companions and enjoy $1 hot dogs and $1 beers. For a full schedule and a list of special promotions throughout the season, visit www.riverdogs.com.
Where: 360 Fishburne St., downtown Charleston
Price: $9-$21 for opening night; otherwise $8-$20
Folly Beach will host the 26th annual Sea & Sand Festival this weekend, the latest of its springtime parties held on Center Street. The event begins at 7 p.m. Friday with the third annual Miss Sea & Sand Pageant in Folly River Park, 1100 W. Ashley Ave. The fun continues bright and early Saturday with the Coffin Island 5K race, starting at 8:30 a.m. at the Folly Beach Edwin S. Taylor Fishing Pier on Arctic Avenue. Runners head east to 12th Avenue to complete the second half of the race on the beach. Participants are encouraged to dress up as their favorite pirates.
At 11 a.m., traffic is shut down across four blocks on Center Street to make way for 100 art and food vendors, and two stages for live music. Performers scheduled this year include Sunflowers & Sin, James Justin & Co., the Shakin’ Martinis and more.
Price: $30 for the race, otherwise free
More info: www.facebook.com/follybeachfestival
Blues by the Sea
It’s hard to have the blues while spring is in the air, but the timing feels just right for an outdoor blues music festival. This weekend, the town of Kiawah Island brings us the 12th annual Blues by the Sea, a free showcase of regional musicians at the Freshfields Village Green. Randy Mcallister, a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, makes his way to the Lowcountry for the first time from Texas with his new band for a set at 2:30 p.m. Mac Arnold and Plate Full O’ Blues will take the stage afterward at 4 p.m. Arnold’s band is now based in South Carolina, but he’s perhaps best known in the blues circuit for playing with legends such as Muddy Waters, James Brown and Otis Spann throughout his career. He also was a producer of “Soul Train.” The Chicago-based, all-star blues band Mississippi Heat will make its Charleston debut for the closing set at 5:30 p.m. Starring Belgium-born Pierre Lacocque, the songwriter and harmonica player, Mississippi Heat is world-renowned for its take on classic Chicago blues. The event will be tented, so it’s happening with or without blue skies. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets, and coolers are allowed.
When: 2:30-7 p.m. Sunday
Where: 165 Village Green Lane, Kiawah Island
More info: www.freshfieldsvillage.com
10 Years of Burgers & Beer
Sesame Burgers & Beer is celebrating its 10th year in Park Circle this weekend with a free block party featuring live music by local bands Dallas Baker and Friends and Whiskey Diablo. There will be beer from Revelry Brewing Co., Coast Brewing Co. and Pabst Blue Ribbon. In addition to food from Sesame, the party will have plenty of kettle corn, frozen pops, boiled peanuts and ice cream sandwiches to go around. Other festivities include a dunking booth, hula hoop dancing, face painting and other crafts for kids.
When: 12:30-5 p.m. Sunday
Where: 4726 Spruill Ave., North Charleston
More info: www.facebook.com/events/842118299253253
Aaron Neville, a prominent figure of the New Orleans R&B scene, is heading to the Lowcountry this week for a performance at the Charleston Music Hall. While well-known for his time with the Neville Brothers, the singer recently has begun promoting his earlier, lesser-known works. Many were originally arranged, written and produced by the late Allen Toussaint, another music legend who contributed to New Orleans-style R&B. Neville’s solo projects have often centered on re-releasing those earlier works, but he’s also been keeping busy with new material. In 2010, he made his gospel debut with the album “I Know I’ve Been Changed.” And in 2013, he released a collection of doo-wop covers on the album “My True Story,” co-produced by Keith Richards and Don Was. Expect a mix of all these traditions at his show this week.
When: 8 p.m. Sunday
Where: 37 John St., Charleston
More info: www. charlestonmusichall.com