Music has long been an important aspect of the quality of life in Kershaw County. The Community Concert Band is one example of the community's love of music. The band has some 40+ local musicians, who participate in several public concerts each year to the enjoyment of all in attendance.
There are several music events and festivals throughout the year. The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County produces and hosts a large number of these events. The Fine Arts Center presents the popular Carolina Downhome Blues Festival annually.
The Fine Arts Center hosts other such music events as: Charles Wadsworth Chamber Music Series with four concerts during the year. The Center also provides music programs for Kershaw County Schools through their Arts in Schools Program. The Camden Community Theatre presents fine musical productions from time-to-time.
Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site is the host for the well appreciated Jammin' in July. This outdoor concert invites attendees to come to the event with lawn chairs and picnic food to enjoy the live entertainment under the stars.
Several restaurants in the community feature live music and a little karaoke for their customers. Our festivals, The Elgin Catfish Stomp and the Bethune Chicken Strut all feature a wide range of music.
Kershaw County's people enjoy music! Visit our festival pages and the Calendar of Events for more information on music events around the county.
Carolina Down Home Blues Festival
In its thirteenth year, the Carolina Downhome Blues Festival continues to be a must-do weekend in Camden featuring legendary international talent. Each year the festival boasts several performances by 20 different bands at a variety of sites. The festival features blues for all tastes from traditional acoustic and classic soul to horn-driven funk and powers blues rock, and all points in between. Performances take place in a variety of intimate venues, both indoors and out, bringing you the best in blues artistry, up close and personal, the way it is meant to be experienced.
For more information, contact The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County at (803) 425-7676, or visit them online at www.fineartscenter.org.
Jammin in July
Whether you fancy the music of Folk, Country, or R&B, this is one night of acoustic music you and your family are sure to enjoy. Chill out under the stars at Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site from 6:00 to 11:00 p.m. Spectators are welcome to bring their lawn chairs, blankets, and coolers. No glass containers, or pets please. For ticket information, please call (803) 432-9841, or online at www.historic-camden.net.
The Camden-Lugoff Area Shag Society (CLASS) hosts their big "Shag Blast" each year for CLASS members, as well as first time shaggers. The event features lessons for beginners and a whole lot of dancing for lovers of beach music. Usually there is a DJ, as well as; live music.