Well, it’s been a fun few weeks at Southend Brewery Restaurant Charleston SC. As a venue for the annual Lowcountry Blues Bash, we welcomed a different blues artist each night during this two-week event. Blues greats from all over the Southeast set up shop on the Southend stage and played some awesome live music.  We heard Blues Bash founder Shrimp City Slim, Taj Majal-inspired Norman Taylor, Acoustic hippie-rockster Marshall Belew, pre-war blues player Lightnin’ Wells, just to name a few.

Our final performance comes from a Southend favorite, Jeff Beasley. He opened and closed the Bash at Southend with his own personal re-do’s of blues and rock classics on the guitar and harmonica. Even as a  Savannah resident, Jeff is a regular fixture on the Southend music scene and was obviously right at home on our stage.

The Lowcountry Blues Bash turned 21 this year. True to it’s party-time age, this year’s bash was one of our favorite festivals to date. In an interview with the Charleston City Paper, founder Gary Erwin said “I’m not sure where the time has gone, but my passion for this music has never waned, and the audience keeps growing. As Brownie McGhee said, ‘The blues is truth.’ Maybe in these difficult times, people need the truth more than ever!”

We agree and thank all the talented musicians who took the Southend stage. We and our beer-drinking, music-loving guests enjoyed getting the (good kind of) blues. We’re looking forward to next year already.

Really blue after the Blues Bash is over? Join us on Friday, February 24th for a live performance from our house jazz band, the E.S.P. Trio. Catch them at Southend Brewery from 7-10 pm.  Stay tuned for more music news. We promise to keep the good tunes rolling.