Blues Legend and Greenville Native, Dr, Mac Arnold is proud to present his 11th Annual Cornbread and Collard Greens Festival , on April 27th to the 29th at Dr. Mac Arnold’s Blues at 1237 Pendleton Street, in the Village of West Greenville.
to assist in buying instruments for young musicians and assist teachers in the school music programs.
Advance Tickets are on sale for $30 per person, to enjoy dinner and the show. Dinner tickets must be purchased in advance, at drmacarnoldsbluesrestaurant.com.
Tickets for the show only are $15 to see the blues legends band Dr. Mac Arnold and Plateful of Blues with special guest each evening. Put on your dancing shoes and come enjoy a fun filled weekend at Dr. Mac Arnold’s. Doors open at 5:00 PM, dinner is served at 5:30 pm with the show starting at 6 PM.
On Thursday the festival will feature Dr. Sheila Song and Kami Ocean, Friday will feature The Snopes Family Band and Jamie Wright and Saturday with Tru South and Mz. Wanda Johnson. Dr Mac Arnold and Plateful o Blues will be performing all 3 days.
Mac had a dream to build the world’s greatest blues venue where friends could gather, jam and enjoy the Best Blues Music around coupled with some great soul food, friends and family. Being a Blues man who had played with the likes of James Brown, Muddy Waters and other blues greats, he understood the importance of passing on the tradition of America’s Roots Music, THE BLUES and continues to keep the music alive with the “ I Can Do Anything Foundation” For the preservation of music and arts education in the public school systems.
The vision of the Foundation is to partner with music teachers in the public school systems to showcase the talent of the student musicians and choirs, while raising money through events to provide financial support for music and arts programs. Mac has donated many instruments to student musicians and has assisted school music programs and young musicians with lessons, instruments and guidance. Mac and the band also participates in Blues In The Schools, a program thru the National Blues Foundation, inspiring young musicians to keep the Blues Alive !
Mac Arnold must have known at an early age that his music career would read like a “Who’s who” of Blues/R&B Legends. His high school band “J Floyd & The Shamrocks” were often joined by none other than Macon, Georgia native, James Brown on piano. After deciding to pursue a professional music career, he joined the Charles Miller group until 1965 when he made the move to Chicago to work with recording artist/saxophonist A. C. Reed.
In late 1966, at age 24, came the opportunity of a lifetime to join the Muddy Waters Band and help shape the electric blues sound that inspired the rock and roll movement of the late 60’s and early 70’s. Regular guests of the band included Eric Clapton, Paul Butterfield, Mike Bloomfield, and Elvin Bishop. The Muddy Waters Band (as a unit) shared the stage with the likes of Howlin’ Wolfe, Elmore James, Jimmy Reed, Junior Wells, Big Joe Williams, and Big Mama Thornton just to name a few. During this time, Mac played on John Lee Hooker’s “live “album, Live at the Café Au Go-Go, as well as Otis Spann’s classic recording “The Blues is Where It’s At”.
After more than a year with Muddy Waters, Mac formed the Soul Invaders which backed up many artists, including The Temptations and B. B. King. In the early 70’s, he moved to Los Angeles to work at ABC Television and LAFF RECORDS (Redd Foxx). This led to working on the set of Soul Train from 1971 to 1975 and then working with Bill Withers (“Lean On Me”) before moving back to South Carolina in the 80”s.
Mac in his field
Mac now resides in Pelzer, SC, where at the age of ten he got his first taste of the blues when he learned to play his brother Leroy’s home-made guitar. Going back to his roots. Mac is serving up a mess of Blues with his own band, “Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’ Blues” and passing on his musical tradition.
Stay tuned for more great acts and events coming to Dr. Mac Arnold’s Blues.
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The Band “Plateful O Blues”
Austin Brashier – guitar & vocals Austin Brashier, guitar slinger and vocalist, has been exposed to music his whole life being from a very musical family. But it was the exposure of guitar monsters like Buddy Guy, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix and Albert King that sent him spiraling through the tunnel of Blues. Not wasting any time, he took his band on the road after high school, released a CD, and had the privilege of opening for or playing with many Blues greats such as B.B. King, Koko Taylor, Tinsley Ellis, Derek Trucks, and Nappy Brown. When he was not on the road, Austin was backing up many Blues artists traveling through town such as Eddie Kirkland, Phil Guy and the list goes on. Now with Mac Arnold and Plate Full O’ Blues and getting to work alongside artists such as Bob Margolin, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, Eddie Shaw, and Hubert Sumlin to name a few, he looks forward to the next musical adventure.
Max Hightower – keyboard, harmonica, guitar, bass & vocals Max was born and raised in the Upstate of South Carolina. At age 12, he bought his first Blues cassette tape Muddy Mississippi Live by Muddy Waters. The new and mysterious sound of the music had such an immediate impact on him that in no time he was banging around on his Grandmother’s Silver tone guitar. However, it was the Harmonica that became his instrument of choice. He found that there was something almost spiritual about having an instrument that close to his voice, giving every breath meaning. That little 10 hole harp led him down the path of composing his own songs, playing the piano, bass, guitar, singing, teaching and producing. As one of the founding members of Plate Full O’ Blues, he now tours the USA, Canada and Europe. He has even shared the stage with some of the very legends that fueled his passion for the music, like Hubert Sumlin, Willie Smith, Bob Margolin, Eddie Shaw and Leon Everette to name a few.
Jeffrey Scott Hawkins – drums Scotty Hawkins is a native of Greer, SC and moved to Nashville, TN in 1986. Scotty has toured extensively with top grossing country tours including Reba McEntire, Brooks & Dunn, Joe Nichols, Daryll Worley, T. Graham Brown, Dottie West, and many more. He has appeared on more than 50 awards shows including Johnny Carson, David Letterman, Jay Leno, Today Show, Good Morning America, HBO, Austin City Limits, etc. Scotty has performed on Platinum awarded albums, #1 Hits, Grammy awarded songs. Collaborated with yesterday’s and today’s top musicians and still adding to a 29 year career in Music City. Currently recording & touring with Kix Brooks as well as other great artists. Teacher, clinician, producer for all genres of music.