What is it? One of the major blues/roots events of Piccolo, replete with a variety of S.C. and national acts (and happy-hour prices).

Why see it? This year’s Early Bird Blues series, organized by Gary “Shrimp City Slim” Erwin, is the first one being held at Mad River in the wake of Cumberland’s closing. The lineup looks cool: dapper singer/guitarist Drink Small (pictured), slide guitarist and singer Davis Coen, roots trio Congaree, Aussie singer/guitarist Geoff Achison, Upstate bluesmen Jeff Norwood & Li’l Jimmy, Charleston variety band Smoky Weiner & The Hot Links, electric blues guitarist Shane Pruitt, and Atlanta blues/Americana combo Delta Moon.

Who should go? Fans and novices who dig boogie, authentic country blues, indigenous roots music, and a gritty bar atmosphere should make plans to attend.

PICCOLO SPOLETO • $10 • 3 hours • Drink Small: May 26 and June 3 at 4 p.m.; Motherless Chillin’: May 27 at 4 p.m.; Cotton Blue: May 28 at 4 p.m.; Old Crow: May 29 at 4 p.m.; Davis Coen: May 30 at 4 p.m.; Geoff Achison: June 2 at 4 p.m.; Matt Walsh Duo: June 5 at 4 p.m. • Mad River Bar and Grille, 32-B N. Market St. • (888) 374-2656