Blue Suede Shoes: An Evening of Blues & Rockabilly

Kick Up Your Heels for the Night in Your Blue Suede Shoes


York, S.C.,- The McCelvey Center, on behalf of the Culture and Heritage Museums, will be hosting an evening of live blues and early rock-and-roll music from the 1940s and 50s, Friday, June 22, 2012 at 7p.m.  The concert will be “Blue Suede Shoes: An Evening of Blues & Rockabilly,” in conjunction with the New Harmonies; Celebrating American Roots Music exhibit. 


Local musicians being featured of the Blue Suede Shoes will be Mike Scoggins on lead vocals and lead guitar, Tim Hartis on bass, John Harshaw on rhythm guitar and background vocals, and James Wells on drums. 


Old blues classics that will be showcased include songs from Howlin’ Wolf, Big Bill Broonzy, Bo Diddley, Robert Johnson, and T. Bone Walker.   The “rockabilly” portion of the evening will include rock and roll music of the late 1950s performed by well-known artists like Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Buddy Holly, Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, and Roy Orbison.


Several original blues and rockabilly songs have been written for the evening by lead vocalist Mike Scoggins.  Special guest Margaret Lynn Scoggins, who is a professional singer on major cruise lines, will be sitting in on several songs with The Blue Suede Shoes.


New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music exhibit provides a fascinating, inspiring and toe-tapping listen to the American story of multi-cultural exchange.  The exhibit examines Americans’ creative expression through music-music known by names like blues, country-western, folk ballads, and gospel.  The main beat of the exhibition is the ongoing cultural process that has made America the birthplace of more music than any place on earth.


The exhibit is now open and will run until July 28th and will feature many more concert series. 


Admission to the concert is free and is open to the public.  It will begin at 7 p.m. and will last until


9 p.m. For more information about “Blue Suede Shoes: An Evening of Blues & Rockabilly,” please contact Michael Scoggins at 803.684.3948, ext 31 or mscoggins@chmuseums.org.