Blues legends play free outdoor shows at Kiawah’s Blues by the Sea

Mississippi Heat of Chicago will perform in Charleston for the first time during the 12th annual Blues by the Sea on Kiawah.

It’s pretty 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

Price: Free

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