9th Annual American Music Celebration
On Sunday, we celebrated the 9th Annual American Music Celebration, hosted by Gary Erwin with Shrimp City Slim. The celebration coincides with a Blues Jam that will be held in April, 2015. People gathered under tents as the weather teased us with threats of rain throughout the day, but the bands were unfazed by impending showers. Music started just after 3pm with the final act closing up the event at 7pm.
The Karp Foley Band opened up the day with their bluegrass beats filling our ears. Songs like Analyzen Blues and Treat Me Right provided us with some good ol honky tonk that got our toes tapping. Sue Foleys flaming red hair and charming smile hooked us from the first verse. Having roots in Nashville, their engaging style is sliding them into their 2nd album, He Said – She Said, that focuses heavily on letters written between the two during a tumultuous time in both of their lives.
As we listened to the fabulous music provided by Shrimp City Slim Promotions, we indulged in the delicate barbecue and fixins served up by R&C Catering Services. Keeping dry under a tent, James Roper and Albertha Cohen Brown handed out huge platters of pulled pork sandwiches, spicy hot ribs and juicy jumbo hot dogs. Each dinner came with a choice of homemade potato salad, macaroni and cheese, or coleslaw. The rib dinner was just $12, while the pork sandwiches came at just $10. Mango lemonade was available to quench your thirst for an additional $1. Delicious!
The Lowcountry Women With Wings were on hand to provide us with information on ovarian cancer. The grassroots nonprofit celebrates life and honors one of its most powerful members who lost her life just under a year ago. Lynda Rock, a local resident, inspired many as she struggled with the disease. After being diagnosed in 2003, Rock began dragon-boat racing, a grueling sport where 20 rowers power their 41 foot boats through the water. Her team, comprised of many cancer survivors, won many awards over the following ten years. Unfortunately, Ms. Rock didnt overcome her disease and succombed to it in October, 2013.
As the day progressed, the rain gods conjured up a storm that would last throughout the evening. Even so, the event was a huge success. We cant wait to see what Gary Erwin puts together for the Blues Jam in April! Its always a good time, so plan on bringing your lawn chairs, snacks and some libations for the next event! Or, visit one of the many shops, delis and restaurants conveniently located at Freshfields Village.