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Ex-Animal at Carolina Downhome Blues Festival

Blind Lemon BluesHilton Valentine, the legendary guitarist of The Animals with his new band Skiffledog headlines the 13th annual Carolina Downhome Blues Festival taking place October 1 to 3 in Camden, South Carolina, twenty-five miles outside of Columbia, one hour from Charlotte. Performances day and night are at 16 different venues including a pub crawl with many venues clustered on several downtown streets, an easy walk from gig to gig.

Valentine returns to his acoustic skiffle roots with his new group. Hilton played guitar on "House of the Rising Sun,” “We Gotta Get Out of This Place.” “It's My Life,” “Don't Bring Me Down,” and other Animal classics. A member of the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame, he has toured until recently with Animals founder Eric Burdon. See www.hiltonvalentine.com.

Other featured artists include: Southern Soul Extravaganza featuring Barbara Carr (Chess Records in 1960s), Roy Roberts (Otis Redding) and AJ Diggs Band; Andrew Jr. Boy Jones; John Dee Holeman & Andy Coats; Lil Dave Thompson; Veronica Jackson; and such regional favorites as Lightnin’ Wells, Pop Ferguson Duo, Drink Small, Rev. Marv Ward and WSNB.

Check out www.bluesbash.com/camden (being updated now); Tickets and information: (803) 425 7676. Daily tickets and weekend passes available from $10-$40.

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