Carolina Downhome Blues Festival

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 5:30pm to Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 12:00am

3 days, 20 acts, 14 venues, 36 shows!!!!

For 23 years, the Carolina Downhome Blues Festival has been known for its legendary blues artists from around the globe, performing in multiple venues in an “up-close and personal” atmosphere, as well as its “blues crawl” format. Deemed by Southern Living as a “destination weekend,” the Carolina Downhome Blues Festival attracts both blues aficionados as well as fans new to the blues music genre.

All access armbands are $15 for Thursday, $25 for Friday and Saturday and $60 for a Weekend Pass and will be available for purchase along with commemorative t-shirts and limited edition 23rd Annual Carolina Downhome Blues posters.

Sponsors of the 23rd Annual Carolina Downhome Blues Festival are

  • Sandhills Medical Foundation
  • First Citizens Bank
  • Mr. Fix It Handyman Services
  • South Carolina ENT Allergy & Sleep Medicine 

Media partners for 2019 are

  • Grace Outdoor
  • Chronicle – Independent
  • KOOL 102.7/Startime 1590
  • The State Media Company
  • Camden Living Magazine
  • Community Broadcasters, LLC

Host hotels are the Comfort Inn & Suites, the Holiday Inn Express and the Hampton Inn. Special rates are available for Blues patrons this year -- be sure to mention the festival when you make your reservation.

The 23rd Annual Carolina Downhome Blues Festival is also made possible through funding provided by the City of Camden and Kershaw County.


Thurs, Oct 3

  • Food For the Soul, 1130 am-1 pm: Robert Lighthouse
  • Performing Arts Wing, 530-7 pm: Gerard Delafose & the Zydeco Gators
  • Sam Kendall’s, 7-9 pm: Jeff Liberty
  • Salud, 7-8 pm: Suzie Vinnick
  • Steeplechase, 7-10 pm: Robert Lighthouse
  • Salud, 8-10 pm: Randy McAllister
  • Gadgets, 8-11 pm: Downtown Abby & the Echoes
  • Baron’s, 9 pm-12 am: Shawn Holt & the Teardrops

Fri, Oct 4

  • Lugoff-Elgin H.S., 9:30-10:30 am: Shrimp City Slim with John Clam Chop Etheridge, Suzie Vinnick, and Randy McAllister
  • Sam Kendall’s, 12-2 pm: Robert Lighthouse
  • Salud, 12-2 pm: Shrimp City Slim
  • Sam Kendall’s, 7-10 pm: Suzie Vinnick
  • Salud, 7-10 pm: Rockin’ Johnny Burgin
  • Steeplechase, 7-10 pm: The Blues Doctors
  • La Fiesta, 7-10 pm: Downtown Abby & the Echoes
  • Gadgets, 8-11 pm: John Lee Murphy
  • Performing Arts Wing, 8-10 pm: Randy McAllister
  • Baron’s, 9 pm-1 am: Chris O’Leary Band

Sat, Oct 5

  • Farmers’ Market, 9-10 am: Shrimp City Slim with BBQ Bob Donnan and John Clam Chop Etheridge
  • Sam Kendall’s, 12-2 pm: Shrimp City Slim
  • Salud, 12-2 pm: Blues Deluxe Duo
  • Steeplechase, 12-2 pm: Jeff Liberty
  • Davis & Sons Guitar Shop, 1-4 pm: Rusty Davis & Friends
  • Bassett Gallery, 1-2 pm: Rockin’ Johnny Burgin
  • Bassett Gallery, 2-3 pm: Chris O’Leary
  • Books on Broad, 2-315 pm: The Blues Doctors
  • Wood Auditorium, 3-4 pm: Drink Small
  • Performing Arts Wing, 4-6 pm: The Blues Doctors
  • Performing Arts Wing, 7-9 pm: Chris O’Leary Band
  • Sam Kendall’s, 7-10 pm: Professor Bottleneck
  • Salud, 7-10 pm: Rockin’ Johnny Burgin
  • Steeplechase, 7-10 pm: Suzie Vinnick
  • La Fiesta, 7-10 pm: Randy McAllister
  • Gadgets, 8-11 pm: Kyle Yardley Blues Band
  • Baron’s, 9 pm-12 am: The Good, The Bad, and the Blues

Sun, Oct 6

  •  Grace Episcopal Church, 1030 am: Professor Bottleneck and Shrimp City Slim


All over Camden!

Fee or Admissions Info

$15 Thursday | $25 Friday | $25 Saturday 3-day pass: $60

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Stephanie Keel

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