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Eighth Annual Charleston Beach Music & Shag Festival Slated For August 24 & 25

Posted in Live Performance Previews/Reviews by darielb on August 11, 2013

Featured acts are Carolina Breeze Band, Shrimp City Slim with Juke Joint Johnny, Legends of Beach, Angel Rissoff, Fantastic Shakers and Jim Quick & Coastline; deejays Gerry Scott, Andy Todd, Betty Brown and Jim Bowers. Shag instructors will offer instruction and demonstrations.

Preservation Logo WebThe eighth annual Charleston Beach Music & Shag Festival will be held on August 24 and 25 in the ballroom of the North Charleston Performing Arts Center, which is connected to the Embassy Suites, organizer Harriett Grady has announced. Featured acts are Carolina Breeze Band, Shrimp City Slim with Juke Joint Johnny, Legends of Beach, Angel Rissoff, Fantastic Shakers and Jim Quick & Coastline; deejays Gerry Scott, Andy Todd, Betty Brown and Jim Bowers. Shag instructors will offer instruction and demonstrations.

Charleston-based Carolina Breeze Band plays classic beach music along with tunes from the 50s and 60s, R&B and classic rock. The festival will be their inaugural performance. Keyboard player Shrimp City Slim takes his blues revue on tour annually. For this event, he’s teaming up with harmonica wizard Juke Joint Johnny, sure to be a favorite with shaggers.

North Carolina-based Legends of Beach is the quintessential beach music band featuring powerhouse vocals along with a breathtaking signature horn section. They boast not only beach music icon Jackie Gore, but also his high-energy daughter Terri Gore. This will be a performance to see.

Soul singer Angel Rissoff comes to the festival all the way from New York City. Formerly with Little Isadore & the Inquisitors (he was Little Leopold), Angel sang lead for the group’s smash single, “Harlem Hit Parade.”  He has performed with pop star Cyndi Lauper, teen idol Dion and more.  Grady says, “I met Angel in the 90s when he was singing with Little Isidore at Fun Monday [part of the annual ten-day Fall S.O.S. event]. I can’t wait to hear him with the Legends.”

The Fantastic Shakes, led by the inimitable Bo Shronce, deliver a high-power performance wherever they go. One of the best dance bands around, they’ll cover beach, blues, boogie and more. Over the years, this six-man band has become one of the most popular in the Carolinas. According to Grady, “I still think Bo Schronce is the hottest thing on the beach music market.”

Jim Quick & Coastline bring a combination of power, charm, humor and talent to the stage. Performing their own brand of blues-edged swamp funk and soul, the group has a following that will sing along with every tune they play.

Doors open at 1 p.m. each day. On Saturday, Carolina Breeze Band performs from 1 – 2 p.m. There will be shag lessons and demonstrations from 2  – 3 p.m. Local blues icons Shrimp City Slim & Juke Joint Johhny take the stage at 3 p.m. with deejay Gerry Scott spinning tunes from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Legends of Beach featuring Jackie Gore and daughter Terri Gore perform from 6 – 8 p.m. Deejay Scott returns for another hour at 8 p.m. Soul singer Angel Rissoff, backed by the Legends of Beach, is scheduled from 9 – 10 p.m. Saturday entertainment winds down with deejays Gerry Scott and Andy Todd from 10 p.m. until midnight.

Deejay Jim Bowers kicks off the Sunday schedule starting at 1 p.m. The Fantastic Shakers will play from 2:30 – 4:30. Deejay Betty Brown is set to provide dance music after the Shakers set until 6 p.m. when beach music’s bad boy Jim Quick and his Coastline band hit the stage running. Betty Brown will come back to close out the event at 8 p.m. All times are approximate.

Grady says she is thrilled to have this year’s entertainment and expects the festival to be bigger than ever. “Carolina Breeze” is a brand new band made up of some of beach music’s most experienced players,” she adds. “We’re very excited that they chose our festival for their debut performance.

Sponsors for the annual event include:  City of North Charleston, Strom Altman Suzuki,WDEK “The Deck”  and SUNNY 103.5FM Talk, Stuhrs Funeral Homes, Urquit Morris State Farm Agency, Tom Tolley Attorney At Law, Cornelia Shag Club, Soul-Patrol, DarielB-Flying Under the Radar (DarielB.wordpress.com) and Big Mamma Entertainment. In kind beverage donations are from Burris Liquors.

Tickets & Information

For information, call 843-814-0101 or email shutupandshag1@gmail.com.  Weekend ticket prices are $45/members and $55 nonmembers of the Beach Music and Shag Preservation Society of S.C.  Single day passes cost $25/members and $30/nonmembers. Tickets are available online at www.charleston.beachmusic.co or at Pivots 61

Location

The North Charleston Convention Center Ballroom is located at 5001 Coliseum Drive, North Charleston, SC. The address for Embassy Suites Convention Center Hotel is 5055 International Blvd., North Charleston, SC. This is the online link for accommodations: http://embassysuites.hilton.com/en/es/groups/personalized/C/CHSEMES-BCH-20130823/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG

Websites

Charleston Beach Music and Shag Festival: www.Charleston.beachmusic.co

Beach Music and Shag Preservation Society of South Carolina: www.beachmusicandshagpreservationsocietyofsouthcarolina.com

Shrimp City Slim: www.shrimpcityslim.com

Legends of Beach: www.legendsofbeach.com

Angel Rissoff: www.angelmusicinc.com

Fantastic Shakers: www.fantasticshakers.com

Jim Quick & Coastline: www.jimquickmusic.com

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