South Carolina Blues Alliance
Tickets are available for online purchase up until 3:00 pm the day of the show. If you would like tickets the day of show please visit us at 185 King Street anytime after 4:00 pm.
Tickets are non-refundable
$7 a seat/must reserve entire table/tables are limited
The S.C. Blues Alliance is a Charleston based blues collective founded by John Picard, Brian Widlowski, Eddie Phillps, and Ross Bon. The Alliance is made up of a dozen musicians in the Lowcountry of South Carolina with a common interest, and shared vocabulary in the blues.
Drummer Brian Widlowski is from Charleston S.C., where he began performing professionally the late 90s. As a student of recent Grammy award winning drummer Quentin Baxter, he graduated from The College of Charleston with a major in Jazz Performance. Over the past 25 years Widlowski has performed many styles and venues throughout the U.S. from local bars, to opening for Ray Charles at The Charleston Coliseum. Brian currently resides in Brevard.
Guitarist, Eddie Phillips, is a native of Lancaster, SC. He relocated to the SC Low Country in 1977. He has performed professionally since he was 18 years old. His musical influences are from all over the music spectrum, but he has a particular fondness for traditional blues. Eddie has toured and performed extensively throughout the eastern US, numerous countries in Europe, Columbia and Macau (China); playing a wide variety of music festivals including the Chicago Blues Fest, Pocono Blues Fest, Lugano (CH) Blues to Bop Fest, Cognac (FR) Blues Fest, the Lionel Hampton Jazz Club (Paris) and the Maxwell Café (Paris) to name a few.
Ross Bon (vocals, guitar and harmonica) was part of the Chicago music scene beginning in 1992, where he recorded with artists such as Willie “Big” Smith, Buddy Scott, Pinetop Perkins, Junior Wells, Dave Specter, James Cotton and Kim Wilson. In 1995, he joined with guitarist Gareth Best, bassist Jimmy Sutton, drummer Bob Carter, pianist Donny Nichilo and saxophonists Samuel Burckhardt and Jerry DeVivo to form the Mighty Blue Kings. They made their debut performance opening for the late Junior Wells at Buddy Guy's legends in Chicago; and followed up with a weekly residence at Chicago jazz club The Green Mill. Later, the band toured the US. The band's lineup for their 1997 release, Come One, Come All, consisted of Bon, Best, DeVivo on drums, bassist Brett Simons, keyboardist Simon Sweet and saxophonists Jonathan Doyle and Mark Colby. The Mighty Blue Kings disbanded around 2001. In early 2010 Ross Bon formed a new band under the name, Ross Bon & The Mighty Blue Kings.
Todd Edmunds is a bassist and sousaphonist from Augusta, Georgia. He has performed in a wide variety of musical situations. His exposure to the blues circuit came as a five-year stint as full-time bassist for Jason Ricci & New blood. He is a lifelong student of music with a foundation in jazz.
Live shows will be looking a little different in order to do our part with social distancing while still filling the space we have available efficiently. The garage door at the rear of our stage will remain open during all performances so that you can enjoy the show from inside our venue space OR in our outdoor courtyard. Tickets will be sold as table reservations. There are tables for groups of 2,3,4,6, and 8 people. You must purchase the entire table in order to make a table reservation. We do not issue physical tickets; however, your name will be on a guest list when you arrive for the show. If you are arriving at a different time than the rest of your party be sure they know the last name that you made the table reservation under. You can use the graphic below to see the layout of our space and the description of different seating options. Make a note of which tables would suit your needs and then click the "tickets" button above the artist bio to proceed with your purchase. We look forward to having you! Please remember masks are required for entry.