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Charleston Music Hall, 37 John Street, Charleston, SC
Sunday, December 29, 2019, 8 – 9pm

DOORS: 7:00PM / SHOW: 8:00PM

$25 TIER 3 | $35 TIER 2 | $60 TIER 1 I $125 VIP


Also featuring performances by:
David Ezell
Greg Humphreys
Sean Kelly
Fayssoux Starling McLean
Mitchell Lee

“This annual celebration at the Charleston Music Hall brings folks who love music together around one important mission: helping to end pediatric cancer by raising funds for cutting-edge research.

The Blue Dogs and their famous musical friends perform an unforgettable show filled with surprises to benefit the Medical University of South Carolina Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital. Specifically, funds raised each year support Dr. Jacqueline M. Kraveka, who runs the only pediatric oncology research lab in our state. With the help of special guests like Darius Rucker, Hootie and the Blowfish, Edwin McCain, Radney Foster, Drivin n Cryin, Peter Holsapple and many more local and regional musicians, as well as a generous partnership with The Press On Fund who shares this event’s mission, almost half a million dollars have been raised since 2013 to support pediatric cancer research.

Join us for a great time for an even better cause on Sunday, December 29 at the Charleston Music Hall.

Since their earliest days in 1987, the Blue Dogs have been blending the genres they grew up with – bluegrass, country, rock and soul, “turning bluegrass on its ear by creating what’s now referred to as ‘Americana’ or ‘alternative country’ before those terms were commonplace” [Charlotte Observer, 2012]. More than thirty years later, The Blue Dogs continue to play 50-100 shows a year.

Fans that have joined them on their journey since the beginning stay close to the pack for the unpredictability of their live shows. Known for breaking the fourth wall and interacting with their audience, the Blue Dogs shine when the environment allows for spontaneity. This has become the catalyst for the success of their annual Homecoming shows at Charleston Music Hall, a reunion of famous musical friends filled with surprises to benefit the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital. In the 6 years they’ve hosted the fundraiser, the Blue Dogs and guests like Darius Rucker, Hootie and the Blowfish, Edwin McCain, Radney Foster, Drivin’ N Cryin, Wyatt Durette and more have helped fetch over half a million dollars to fund pediatric cancer research at the hospital in Charleston, SC. 

Lead singer Bobby Houck and upright bassist Hank Futch, lifelong friends and natives of Florence, SC, founded the band after recognizing that Futch’s exposure to early country and bluegrass by his guitar-pickin’ dad joined with Houck’s early education of the incomparable singer-songwriters of the ‘60s and ‘70s produced something lively and special. When both relocated back to the Carolinas in 1990 after college, they were joined by another SC native, Phillip Lammonds. From the beginning, songwriter Lammonds was right at home in the Blue Dogs’ musical stew, being an accomplished mandolin and harmonica player while mightily flatpicking acoustic guitars and playing slide electric guitars with beer bottles. Lammonds and Houck’s creative partnership on writing original music contributed significantly to the Blue Dogs’ three major studio recordings, Blue Dogs (1997), Letters from Round O (1999), and Halos and Good Buys (2004).

Nine albums, two DVDs, their success in songwriting for their own albums and for other artists, and over two decades of touring the country and sharing the stage with artists like Willie Nelson, Hootie and the Blowfish, Cracker, Bruce Hornsby, and Widespread Panic have recently earned the Blue Dogs an induction into the South Carolina Lowcountry Music Hall of Fame. Original founders Bobby Houck and Hank Futch, along with guitarist Dan Hood, drummer Parker Dewitt, pedal steel player Charlie Thompson make up the band and are often joined by James Bernabe on the mandolin, Jamie Harper on the fiddle, and Travis Allison on the keyboard. They continue to perform all along the East Coast on a regular basis. Currently, they’re looking forward to upcoming festivals and special events, continuing to write songs, and their annual homecoming show celebrating 31 years in December of 2019.

We are thrilled to announce the addition of two very special guests to the Blue Dogs’ annual homecoming show.

Jerry Douglas, contemporary master of the Dobro and member of the Earls of Leicester and Alison Krauss & Union Station, has been added to the lineup.

He’ll join the Blue Dogs and Greg Humphreys, of Dillon Fence, Hobex, and Greg Humphreys Electric Trio, with more special guests to be announced soon.

This year’s fundraiser for pediatric cancer research at MUSC will be held on Sunday, December 29th at Charleston Music Hall.

Sponsorships of the event, packages which include new perks and VIP tickets to the show, are still available through November 1. Please contact Mimi Dorman at MUSC at for more information.”

Event Type: Concert