2018 North Carolina Blueberry Festival, Celebrating 15 Years!
Festival Kickoff ~Friday June 15th
7-10 pm The Embers featuring Craig Woolard
The Embers are widely considered a musical MARVEL and have laid the groundwork for what has become known as ‘Beach Music’ in the Carolinas, Virginias, the gulf coast region of North America and every beach in between. They are a true musical tradition with which many Americans have listened to from childhood to adulthood. The Embers consider the genre of Beach Music as “music with a memory” and have been creating lasting memories since its inception in 1958. Simply put – Heart and Soul, Rhythm and Blues, Feel Good Music.
The Embers are truly one of the finest entertainment experiences of our lifetime. Come to their show and they will put JOY in your step, LOVE in your heart and BEACH MUSIC in your soul!
Saturday June 16th
1-3 pm – Gary Lowder & Smokin’ Hot
Known as a Soul, R&B party band based out of North Myrtle Beach , SC. Their musical repertoire covers decades of hits from your favorite artists and genres of music including soul, rhythm & blues, funk, reggae, jazz standards, country, 50, 60’s and Carolina Beach Music. In addition of performing some the most current hits that are topping the charts today, the group has had many successful chart topping hits on local radio and internet stations across North and South Carolina , Virginia , Georgia , and Florida. Gary Lowder & SMOKIN’ HOT .. are comprised of multi-talented musicians who have come together to produce incredible performances each and every time they take the stage.
4:30-6:00 pm – The Catalinas
THE CATALINAS were inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame in 2013 and into the Beach Music Hall of Fame in 1995.
2017 marks the 60th Anniversary of THE CATALINAS which began in 1957. A special stage show commemorating our 60th Anniversary will be performed during the summer of 2017, spotlighting our musical roots with music by groups such as Hank Ballard and the Midnighters, Jackie Wilson, Marvin Gay, Huey Smith, The Falcons, The Del Vikings, The Gladiolas, Ray Charles and more. THE CATALINAS Summertime’s Callin’ Me, recorded originally in 1975, is still being played by bands and DJs all over the world. This song is credited by many as the genesis for a genre of music called “Beach Music”, popular in the Carolinas, Georgia and Virginia. Want to hear beach music on Pandora? Just create a station called “Summertimes Callin Me”.
7:00-10:00pm – The Entertainers
Beach Music has long been a tradition in The South, and The Entertainers are proud to have shared in that tradition for over 30 years.
The Entertainers were founded In 1980 and scored their first regional smash hit with “Living For The Summer” that same year. This song helped propel the group to the forefront of beach music, which led to their playing the finest clubs along the grand strand of Myrtle Beach, corporate conventions, weddings and festivals from Washington, DC to Naples, Florida.