The commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day this year will be marked by special musical celebrations in addition to the annual parade. The 2nd Thursday Blues organization, which aims to “Revitalize Chester, One Song at a Time” has planned a full menu of jazz and blues musical performances for the Olde English Blues Festival. The celebration starts off the weekend on Thursday, January 15th at Carolina Hall, 119 College Street, Chester with Biscuit Miller & the Mix. This concert is 7-10 p.m. and admission is a $15 donation.
If jazz and blues are your favorite dishes, you can fill your plate all day on Friday, January 16th and enjoy a buffet of music while you get breakfast, lunch and dinner. Several legendary musicians and some Chester favorites are performing at various venues throughout the town.
Shelton Poe – breakfast at Genes Restaurant (156 Gadsden St.) 9:00 a.m-10:30 a.m.
Shelton Poe – lunch at Anna’s Arbor Restaurant (129 Gadsden St.) 11:30 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
John “Stagger Lee” Westley – lunch at Cyclone Restaurant (249 Columbia St.) 11:30 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
John “Stagger Lee” Westley – at Caldwell Insurance (162 Gadsden St.) 1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Shelton Poe – at Quality Cuts (170 Gadsden St.) 3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Al Jasper & Friends – happy hour/dinner at Summit Restaurant (134 Main St.) 5:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Drink Small and Johnny Rawls at Carolina Hall 8:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. Admission is a $15 donation.
The blues and jazz continue on Saturday. January 17th. Performances include:
John “Stagger Lee” Westley – breakfast at Genes Restaurant (156 Gadsden St.) 9:00 a.m-10:30 a.m.
John Westley, Chester Blues & Jazz, Sanctuary Blues Band, Reggie Buie Group – at Carolina Hall (119 College St.) 11:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.
Sanctuary Blues, Reggie Buie, Johnny Rawls – at Summit Restaurant 6:00 p.m.- 11:00 p.m. Admission is a $15 donation.
Sunday will see Chester's historic Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade in downtown, and following that, the Woods Carwash Celebration will take place at Carolina Hall, 119 College St. Bands to be announced.
In conjunction with these events, an Economic Empowerment Yard Sale will be held at Carolina Hall on Friday, January 16th from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, January 17th from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Other places of interest include Brainerd Institute, 115 Marquis St., Chester County Historical Society Museum, 107 McAliley St., Chester County Transportation Museum, 157 Wylie St., and the Olde English District Gift Shop, @ I-77 exit 65, Richburg.
For more information, or to download and print a copy of the entire schedule of events, click here. (803) 379-1683.