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Anthony Charles brings his blues band to Piccolo Spoleto
Anthony Charles brings his blues band to Piccolo Spoleto Provided

Columbia-based Anthony Charles and the Blues Dolphins will play a harbor cruise show May 29 as part of the annual Piccolo Spoleto festival in Charleston. Charles, 66, is the band’s frontman and writes “old-school Chicago-style blues” with guitarist Rev. Marv Ward for the band to perform alongside blues classics. Charles named the band the Blues Dolphins in honor of South Carolina’s official marine mammal – “because even dolphins get the blues.” When he’s not performing, he likes to explore the food and arts in Columbia with his wife, Gail, with whom he lives in the Summerlin neighborhood in Lake Carolina.

EAT: “I am a married man, and usually Saturday night is date night for my wife and I. Our favorite restaurant is the Oak Table. We will often get a piece of meat there like a porterhouse. Their meat is fabulous, and their desserts are fabulous. Also, Terra in West Columbia and Mai Thai in West Columbia. We probably need to branch out to some places we’ve seen … In Columbia, the food’s fabulous all over. Southern cuisine is something we enjoy.”

PLAY: “The museums are fabulous. The art museum downtown, we love it. We always go to see when there’s a new exhibit.”

SEE: “We like to go to the movies. The Nickelodeon is our favorite theater – We’re always checking out what they got. Trustus is a place that we’ve seen some great theater at.”

PERFORM: “In the band, we’re all local people. We all live in Columbia. We’ve played at Polliwogs, Utopia Food & Spirits, Bill’s Pickin’ Parlor and, when it was open, Mac’s on Main. We’ve also played at the Palmetto Club and did a set down at ETV.”

IF YOU GO: Anthony Charles and the Blues Dolphins will perform Friday, May 29 on the Carolina Queen in the Charleston Harbor as part of Piccolo Spoleto. Boarding begins at 6:30 p.m., and the boat will cruise from 7 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $27 for adults and $23 for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased at piccolospoleto.com.

Amanda C. Coyne

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