Like Bluffton itself, the local music scene continues to grow and evolve.
Bluffton has been going through major changes lately: new breweries, new boutiques, new bands and new venues. I would like to take a few moments to give props to the dedicated local musicians and venues of the Lowcountry.
How great it is to live in an area where Johnny O and Doug Marshall play at local establishments every single week? Guys like Harry Santana are smiling and singing songs they love right down the street from Zack Stiltner doing a gig and flippin’ his flowing locks. And then there’s Whitley Deputy being all smooth when he’s not makin’ videos. And David Carroll with Jarrod Valenti smokin’ on the sax.
Mike Schultz and his son are killin’ it.
Irritating Julie and their biggest fan, Julie. Liam, I did not forget you and your dad. The Chiggers always put on a fun show. Tim Horan has had bands in the area for 20 years.
Savannah E and Chris Broome are doing their thing over here, Brad Wells is rockin’ over there. Daubert, Korbar, Coyne. The cats from La Bodega are always giggin’. Groove Town Assault doesn’t play here enough! Cranford Hollow and Angie Aparao are always pullin’ in the peeps at The Roasting Room. Ben Hughey sings his heart out! Tommy and Trevor’s duo, Ross 2. LCB. NGITW. Jeff Gilmer and Muddycreek, doin’ their thing. I’m just scratching the surface of Bluffton’s growing music scene.
Our local music scene includes all kinds of dudes and ladies.
Dude looks like a lady sometimes, too, Jani St. James. John Blanken puttin’ on the house shows. Bob Myhre and his two boys are spreading the love. Chris Jones playing guitar, bass, trumpet and crazy fast guitar lickety splits.
This is the Bluffton music scene. The Corks-Calhoun’s-Dispensary-Cheap Seats-Fat Patties-Peaceful Henry’s-Roasting Room-Gastropub-Wild Wing thing. All kinds of us musicians out there rockin’, yachtin’, twangin’ and, most importantly, giving the people their music.
Local music fans love going to see their friends, hear their favorite songs and shake their tail feathers. Drink the Bud Lights and Ultras. Dance to some Sublime, skip over to this place and watch homegirl belt it out.
The venue owners make it happen.
The Bens and Jons and Joshies. The Jordings and Burts. It’s all part of what makes things go bang in the night around here. The bands and bartenders hang out.
This is what we have in Bluffton. Is it just getting started? Definitely.
I urge all the musicians to learn a few new tunes. Write a song. Make a shirt. Do a request. Tell a bad joke this year. Buy your bud a Bud.
Most of all, I just want the music scene to grow. What can you do to help? Support live music. Look for new CDs comin’ out and buy ‘em. All of us make this place what it is. (I’m sure I forgot a few of “us,” and for that I apologize.)
By Jevon Daly