Bringing together electric harmonicas and traditional blues, Smoky Weiner’s Old-Time Blues Revue, a part of Piccolo Spoleto’s Blue on the Dock Series, serves up three different local blues artists in this year’s Piccolo Festival. Without his usual crew, The Hot Links, local celebrity Smoky Weiner will perform with acoustic trio Old Crow, which features Bob Culver on fiddle and Jim Crow on the dobro. Their specialty is traditional blues and folk from the 1860s to the 1960s.
After Weiner’s performance, which will feature a heavy dose of harmonica-playing and personality, Nature Boy Nik take the stage with their old Piedmont acoustic and electric guitar and early blues influences. The third act to grace the scenic back porch of Bowens Island Restaurant will be Juke Joint Johnny, who specializes in the stylings of Chicagoan early electric harmonica blues from the 1940s through the 1960s.
The leader of this revue, Weiner, knows his local music. His column “The Blues Around Town” is featured in Charleston’s Free Times and describes and promotes local blues acts and venues. His credentials as a local character also include a run for mayor of Folly Beach, and not one, but two greatest hits volumes with Smoky Weiner and the Hot Links.
A prime feature of the Blues on the Dock series is the atmosphere. Covered in graffiti, Bowens Island Restaurant is a shabby oyster joint with creekside views, making it the perfect place for a tribute to the blues.
SMOKY WEINER’S OLD-TIME BLUES REVUE • Piccolo Spoleto’s Blues on the Dock • June 4, 4-8 p.m. • $12 • Bowens Island Restaurant, 1870 Bowens Island Road, James Island • 554-6060