Blue Dogs

The Blue Dogs take to the stage twice this weekend: Thursday at the Music Farm and Friday at Charleston Music Hall. Provided

This isn’t the kind of homecoming celebration that has kings and queens and sashes and crowns, although that could still be fun.

The Blue Dogs, Charleston’s “Americana veterans,” are back for an anniversary fundraiser, as well as a special pre-jam jam, and they are bringing some pretty remarkable friends with them.

Thursday night is the Super Goo Jam at the Music Farm, featuring local 1980s “rogue wave” band The Killer Whales, who appeared on Ed McMahon’s “Star Search” (it’s OK to age yourself) and opened for rockers Cheap Trick, Bonnie Raitt and REM, to name a few.

Also planning to rock things out are the Travis Allison Band and Don Merckle & The Blacksmiths, both locals.But that’s not all. There will be solo acoustic sets from Americana/folk/pop singer-songwriter Peyton Tochterman, Leisure McCorkle, (who has played dates with Southern Culture on the Skids, Cowboy Mouth and The Connells), and singer-songwriter Holland Teed out of Charlotte. And there’s more … a jam session with members of the Blue Dogs AND the aforementioned Connells.

WHEN: 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 28

WHERE: Music Farm, 32 Ann St., downtown Charleston

PRICE: $10-$15


Friday night’s 29th anniversary concert at Charleston Music Hall will feature the esteemed Blue Dogs, “jangle pop” band The Connells out of Raleigh, North Carolina, and The Killer Whales. Special guests include Finnegan Bell, Poppa Futch, Peyton Tochterman, Leisure McCorkle and Holland Teed. This concert is a fundraiser for pediatric cancer research at MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital by Dr. Jackie Kraveka and there also will be a silent auction. Proceeds will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the Press On Fund, which has been contributing to pediatric oncology research for more than 10 years.

WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 29

WHERE: Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St., downtown Charleston

PRICE: $30-$50; VIP options sold out

MORE INFO: 843-853-2252,,

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