Street Music on Paris Avenue is a free concert series that is a gift from the Town of Port Royal and produced by ARTworks. The rain location is The Shed, adjacent to the street venue, in Old Village Port Royal. For more information, contact ARTworks at 843-279-2787 or www.ArtWorksInBeaufort.org. Bring your chairs and dancing shoes. All shows start at 6:30 p.m.
The GrooveTones, Saturday, May 12: This South Carolina blues/rock outfit has been tearing things up. The band’s ace in the hole is guitarist Bill Luebke, who has been playing for 45 years and has a frightening mastery of the heavy-bending Stevie Ray Vaughan sound. Bassist Tony Reyes has a throat-shredding Texas blues vocal style, veteran drummer Greg Gresham was schooled in big band and jazz fusion, which gives his groove-laying, heart-skipping beats a heavily syncopated and funky edge.
Angela Easterling and The Beguilers, Saturday, May 26: Angela Easterling was raised in the South Carolina foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and her debut album, “Earning Her Wings” was chosen as “Americana Pick of the Year” by Smart Choice Music. She was selected for an official Americana Convention Showcase and also named a 2009 & 2010 Kerrville New Folk Finalist and a 2011 Telluride Troubadour.
HavanaSon, Saturday, June 9: Cuban native Rene Herrera is a seasoned veteran of Cuban symphonies and bands, recording artist, and accomplished composer and arranger. His wife and partner Llilian Herrera uses her background in classical music in concert with her Cuban roots to create an intoxicating and soulful sound of her own. Havana Son plays authentic Latin rhythms such as Salsa, Merengue, Son, Cha Cha, and Boleros in traditional and modern styles the way you would hear them in their respective countries.
Webb Wilder and The Beatnecks, Saturday, June 23: “Rock for Roots fans and Roots for Rock fans.” The Associated Press described the band’s music and stage performance as “a glorious amalgamation of grunge chords, killer grooves, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins theatrics, a healthy sense of humor, and great pop melodies.” It’s “full of wit and personality, and devoid of technological or conceptual gimmickry,” added the Houston Post. The Webb Wilder Credo: “Work hard, rock hard, eat hard, sleep hard, grow big, wear glasses if you need ‘em.”