Around 300 people gathered in scenic Awendaw for the first Firefly Distillery Southern Spirit Festival on Saturday. The music festival, created to raise awareness and funds for the Windwood Farm Home for Children, was held on the nonprofit’s property. Windwood Farm provides a long-term home for abused and neglected children.
A variety of musicians — including North Carolina’s twangy, horn-loving Holy Ghost Tent Revival — played on the fest’s two stages. A small-but-dedicated crowd fought off the evening chill by dancing to the blues grooves of 2010 BMA Traditional Blues Album of the year winner James “Super Chikan” Johnson.
Super Chikan was accompanied by his all-female band, the “Fighting Cocks,” which featured his daughter on drums. Johnson played a variety of bejeweled guitars, including one shaped like rooster and another an axe. At the end of nearly all of his songs, he proclaimed “Somebody shoot that thang!” — a Super Chikan catchphrase — and the crowd cheered.
But as much fun as the fest was, it would have been nice to see a larger turnout, since the event was held for such a great cause. Hopefully, next year’s Spirit Fest will draw a bigger crowd.