Local music fans, floral shirt-clad tourists, and hep cats have enjoyed the happy-hour blues gigs at Mad River Bar & Grille (32-B N. Market St.) during Piccolo‘s Early Bird Blues series, which kicked off Fri. May 22. Series organizer and local musician Gary “Shrimp City Slim” Erwin and others with the festival have been spotted in the doorway giving patrons a warm welcome, and most of the acts on the cozy stage under the big stained glass windows have been quite well-received.

The Early Bird Blues continues this week with sets from Aussie blues-rock guitarist Geoff Achison (pictured) on Wed. June 3 and Bishopville’s legendary blues man Drink Small on Fri. June 5. Admission is $10 (and the beer is only two bucks per pint!).

Visit geoffachison.com and drinksmallblues.com for more.