227 Maple Ave E
Vienna, VA, 22180
Doors 6:30 PM / Show 7:30 PM
This event is all ages
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 60’s and 70’s 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.
Kyle Davis is a singer/songwriter from just south of Richmond, Virginia who has shared the stage live opening for everyone from Sheryl Crow, Dave Mathews, Bob Dylan, Hall & Oates and John Prine. His voice is a familiar one on national TV, with his songs appearing on shows like One Tree Hill, Joan of Arcadia, CSI and many others. You also hear him singing the theme songs on television for national company’s like Miller Lite, Tropicana Orange Juice and others. Through manager Bill Reid, his music caught the ears of legendary producer Phil Ramone (Billy Joel, Paul Simon and Paul McCartney). Together with good friend, Don Dixon, they released several records charting on AAA radio. He is currently excited to be working on an acoustic compilation release to pave the way for the first new
material since releasing the country tinged “River City Gang” self-titled debut in 2010. Davis says that music cannot exist without passion and there certainly is an ebb and flow. After a little break it certainly is rejuvenating to feel that creativity again.
Advance GA $15 | Day of GA $20 | Premier Plus $30
• Full dinner and drink menu available
• The Premier Plus section is a raised area with great views and reserved seats and tables. There is a dedicated server for faster service