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7th Annual Beach Fest Ticket Special
Monday, January 27 2020

January 27, 2020

The 7th Annual Beach Fest presented by Yeti coolers is coming April 25, 2020 to the Farm at 95 in Selma, North Carolina. Tickets for the event go on sale this Friday, January 31, 2020 at 10:00AM. SPECIAL - If you purchase your tickets before Midnight on Sunday you will save $10.00 (plus applicable sales tax). After Midnight the ticket prices will increase to $20.00 and if you do not purchase in advance, you'll pay $30.00 on the day of the event. If you're planning on taking a group, this is a great way to save a lot of money. 

The event will feature entertainment by:

  • Band of Oz
  • Chairmen of the Board
  • The Embers featuring Craig Woolard
  • Jim Qiuck and Coastline


To purchase your tickets visit their website: Parking opens at 10:00 AM, gates at 11:00AM with the music beginning at Noon. More details on the event can be found below from their event page:

 

 

From the official event page
Free Parking is available on site - furthest from the gate. Premier Parking is available for $10 and will get you a spot in the lot right next to the gate!

Big thanks to our sponsors:
-YETI
-Springhill Outfitters
-Backyard Bistro
-Farm Bureau Insurance-Charlie Young
-Kamado Joe grills
*Bojangles
-Sleep Inn & Suites of Smithfield

RULES/NOTES:
-Coolers are allowed, but NO glass allowed anywhere on the property, including parking lots
-No fighting
-No pets
-No weapons
-No grilling inside the venue gates
-Blankets and chairs are allowed
-NO RE-ENTRY, NO EXCEPTIONS. Please make sure you have your ID and anything else you might need before you get to the gates.
-Show is rain or shine
-Tents 10'x10' or smaller are allowed but will need to be set up in a designated area (no extra cost to bring a tent).
-All ages are welcome
-Kids 5 and under are free

This Week in Beach Music - 01/28/2020
Monday, January 27 2020

This Week in Beach Music sponsored by the Blackwater on Bluewater Cruise!

Jan. 28th –  Feb. 3rd 

North Carolina

JAN. 30th  –
Band of Oz
TJ's Night Life - Raleigh

JAN. 31st  – Hip Pocket
The Deck at River Twist – Jamestown
FEB 1st – Cat5 Band
Rack and Rolls - Burlington

South Carolina
JAN 31st  –
Riptide Radio Deck Party
Deckerz – N. Myrtle Beach
JAN 31st  – 4th Annual Charleston Shag Classic
Elks Lodge – Charleston
JAN 31st  – Konnection Band
Ducks – N. Myrtle Beach
FEB 1st – SC Shaggers HOF 2020 Induction
Announcement Party
Yacht Cove Clubhouse – Columbia

Virginia
JAN. 28th  –
Boogie on the Bay Shag Lessons
Big Woody’s – Chespeake
JAN. 29th  – Carolina Shag Dance & Lesson
Northern Virginia Shag Club
Arlington-Fairfax Elks Lodge – Fairfax
JAN 30th  –  Shaggers at Heart Kick off Dance
w. DJ’s Harvey Taylor and Jerry Hardy
Double Tree by Hilton - Williamsburg
JAN 31st – FEB 2nd  – Shaggers at Heart Workshop
and Dance Weekend w/ Boogie on the Bay
Double Tree by Hilton – Williamsburg
JAN 31stWinterfest Beach Bash w/ Band of Oz
Salem Civic Center – Salem
FEB 1st – Ashland Policeman’s Ball with KOS Band
Randolph Macon College – Ashland


Is your event missing from our calendar? That's because it wasn't submitted to us and we'd love to include yours. Click here to find out how to list your Beach Music events absolutely free!

Blackwater on Bluewater Cruise
Monday, January 27 2020

BlackWater on BlueWater Cruise - December 5, 2020 - December 12, 2020 featuring Blackwater Bandtoo MUCH SyLviAButch Halpin and Mike Brooks and others aboard the MSC Seaside. Contact Whet Travel directly at: 877-438-9438 or use the links found below to complete your reservations online. There's a 5% military discount available and there's a $250.00 per person deposit that's required at the time of booking. Don't miss on this event aboard the luxurious MSC Seaside with some of the best entertainment that Beach Music has to offer. 

Cruise Fares:
Inside Cabin - from $749.00 per person, dble occup
Oceanview - from $1,079.00 per person, dble occup
Balcony - from $1,229.00 per person, dble occup
Suite - from $1,619.00 per person, dble occup


Day    Port of Call 
  1      Miami Florida
  2      At Sea
  3      Ocho Rios, Jamaica
  4      George Town, Cayman Islands
  5      Cozumel, Mexico
  6      At Sea
  7      Ocean Cay MSC Reserve, Bahamas
  8      Miami, Florida

 

Purchase your tickets online or by phone. Use the links below:

Tickets: https://www.blackwaterband.com
Whet Travel: https://booking.whettravel.com/Booking

Blackwater and Too Much Sylvia Cruise Information Group

MSC Footage property of MSC Cruises
Blackwater Footage property of Flip Flop Live
Too Much Sylvia Footage property of Too Much Sylvia
Whet Logo property of Whet Travel

We have a winner!
Sunday, January 26 2020

The winner of the ECSC Super Prize Pack is.... MELISSA POTEAT. We'll be in touch to get your address information. DIDN'T WIN? Don't worry, we have your chance to win another prize pack coming up this week! Be sure you've liked our page and joined our mailing list to be notified when that contest launches.

Friday, January 24 2020

Janaury 24, 2020

The Beach Music industry has taken another hit with the loss of Jim Bowers. Posts on social media began circulating about the loss of Jim and the love from so many friends is clear to see how much he was loved. An event has been planned in his honor and was shared in a post by Sharon Fuquay Fries that reads; "A “Big Party” will be held on Monday, February 3, 2020 at 1 pm Summerville Country Club, 400 Country Club Blvd, Summerville, SC 29483. Come as you are (flip flops, hats, and Gamecock wear are welcome😘)and enjoy music, food, fun, family, and friends. We expect a lot of memories, and storytelling, AND I’m willing to bet there will be dancing! Hope to see you there, and THANK YOU all, for the tremendous outpouring of support for his family❤️"

Once an obituary has been posted we will share that information with you here. You can read many of the posts below from his friends on Facebook by visiting his page. Our prayers to his family and friends and the Beach Music community. 

 

December 2019 Newsletter
Thursday, January 23 2020

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

We hope your Christmas was magical and your New Year is full of family, friends and Beach Music. 2019 was filled of memories both good and not so good but nevertheless they’re memories that we’ll always carry with us. As we look at 2020 we have a new slate ready for us to make it best it can be and for the Beach Music community. With the upcoming events throughout the winter months, it’s a good opportunity for you to help introduce the lifestyle to your friends and family that are itching for something to do and somewhere to go. Several upcoming events feature numerous bands in a single day with ticket prices that can’t be beat. What better chance to help gain new Beach Music fans and supporters and show them everything our community has to offer?

CBMA NEWS
Reminder to Renew your CBMA membership
Let’s make a big push for new and renewing CBMA members. No matter your role in the industry whether you’re a fan, music lover, band, DJ, artist, venue or shag club, invite your family and friends to join. Single memberships start at only $25.00 for the year and couples start at $40.00. We have all of the information for you on our website: www.flipfloplive.com/cbma In order for our industry to grow and to increase votes for your favorites during the awards show it takes members to make it count.


UPCOMING DATES TO REMEMBER
January 16th-19th 2020 – Mid-Winter SOS – Visit: www.flipfloplive.com/winter_sos
February 9, 2020 – Cabin Fever Throwdown – Visit: www.flipfloplive.com/cabinfever
February 13th–16th 2020 – East Coast Shag Classic - Visit: www.flipfloplive.com/ecsc
March 14, 2020 – Shaggin’ for a Cause – Visit: www.SouthsideShag.org


BAND / ARTIST NEWS

HIP POCKET
Dustin York

In a Facebook post on December 10, 2019, Dustin York announced he would be leaving Hip Pocket and the prior weekend show was his last appearance with the band. He went on to thank the band members and fans and said “I’m sad to see it end, I’m also excited to see what the future holds”. We’d like to wish Dustin all of the best in his future endeavors. We had the opportunity to see the band perform during the 2019 CBMA weekend and they put on a great show.


The Embers featuring Craig Woolard
Christmas Show at the Roanoke Rapids Theatre

Is there a city the Embers’ Christmas show didn’t see in 2019? On December 12, 2019 we were able to catch the show in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina. We must say, the star of the 2019 Christmas show had to be Julio Eubanks with his rendition of Feliz Navidad as seen in Bob Blair’s video posted on December 17, 2019. If you missed your opportunity to see it live, you missed out on a great show!


BAND OF OZ
Aubrey’s Christmas Bash

On December 20, 2019 we attended Aubrey’s Christmas Bash at the Old Towne Civic Center in Petersburg, Virginia. Photos and videos from this event will be posted shortly on our website. As to be expected, they put on a fantastic show in BOZ fashion. With the addition of Chris and Dustin they’ve really added another dimension to an already stellar lineup of musicians and performers. It was great talking to the guys and we appreciate the positive comments regarding Flip Flop Live and you can look for more giveaways coming soon from KHP Music and Flip Flop Live.


STEVE OWENS AND SUMMERTIME
We were invited to attend a private event with Steve Owens and Summertime in Lawrenceville, Virginia on December 21, 2019. The band didn’t disappoint as they kept the dance floor full all evening and our very Andy Lucy had the chance to show off his drumming skills on “Mustang Sally”. Videos from the event have been posted on our website. Steve and the guys performed their newest single, You can’t fall up (You Just Fall Down) that’s included on the Party for a Lifetime CD. If you haven’t heard their version of this song, call your favorite DJ and request it. We had the chance to enjoy dinner with the band thanks to the generous hosts, Daven and Lynn Lucy of Virginia Pallets and Wood, LLC. Thank you for inviting Flip Flop Live to take part of this event.

AMMON’S ALLSTARS PERFORM
On Sunday, December 29, 2019 we travelled to “The Banque” in Norfolk, Virginia where Ammon’s Allstars performed for an early New Year’s Eve event at the club. If you’re ever In the area we highly recommend you visit this venue. It has a large dance floor, three bars, delicious food and the staff is very attentive. The band performed a wide variety of Beach, Motown and of course the Rhondel’s hits. Bassist for the group is Don Quisenberry who was inducted into the CBMA Hall of Fame during the 2019 awards weekend in N. Myrtle Beach and playing in Ammon’s place was Wilton “The Animal” Ferguson who is the current drummer for the Feature Attraction Band (FAB). They put on a great show and it featured five horns, a video compilation can be found on the video page of our website.

CAT5
Hugh “Tuff” Blanton Update

On December 30, 2019, Billy Darr (current performing bassist) provided an update on Tuff. Billy said “he looks great and is doing well”.  He also said that Tuff will be back with the band soon. If you’d like to see the photo and post by Billy, it can be found on our website along with the link to make a donation to help offset medical expenses.


INDUSTRY NEWS

BEACH MUSIC COMMUNITY WELCOMES YOUNGEST MEMBER
Congratulations Scott and Jordan Walker

On December 23, 2019, Scott and Jordan Walker announced the arrival of the newest addition to their family and the Beach Music community. Davis Brooks Walker was born at 8lb 10oz and 22 inches long. Scott is the host of “Thursday Night Beach Therapy” that airs tonight at 8:00 on Beach Shag Rhythm and Blues Radio. Congratulations from Flip Flop Live and we can’t wait to meet Davis!
 

WNCT ANNOUNCES NEW WEEKEND SHOW
The Craig Woolard Show

You read that correctly! Steve Hardy along with his son Britt hosted the final show for “Steve Hardy’s Original Beach Party” on Sunday, December 29, 2019 on WNCT 107.9FM. On Monday morning the station announced on their Facebook page and on their website that a new show would debut on Sunday, January 5, 2020 with the one and only Craig Woolard as host. The show will air every Sunday from 6:00-10:00 PM and if you’re outside of the listening area you can stream the show from their website and with the Tune-in app. Congratulations Craig and we’re looking forward to listening.


STEVE HARDY TRIBUTE CD AND PARTY
First Run – Sold Out

The party for Steve Hardy was certainly one to remember. It was an emotional night for everyone in attendance, especially for Steve’s family. We captured one of those moments on video when Steve was on stage with the Band of Oz. You can view that video on our website!  The first run of the CD sold out, quickly! If you’re lucky enough to get your hands on a copy, you won’t be sorry as it’s packed full of great music by the best of the best in Beach Music. There will be another run of 500 and no other copies will be made available. This was announced on December 20, 2019 and on December 28, 2019 they’ve already reserved 350 of the 500.  You can check to see if you can reserve your copy by texting “Tribute CD” to 252-413-8273 however there may not be any copies left so act quickly.


ON DEMAND STREAMING
John Hall launches on demand streaming

DJ John Hall has launched an on demand streaming service for his listeners on Johnny’s Jukebox on Riptide Radio. If you happen to miss his show you’re now able to replay it at your leisure. We have all of the links on the news feed of our website and we thank John for continuing to be a sponsor of Flip Flop Live.

DJ Ray Melton
We later learned that DJ Ray Melton also offers an on-demand service for his listeners and we’ve also provided the links for his show on our website. Thank you for getting that information to us Ray Ray!


SHAG NEWS

MID-WINTER SOS IS ALMOST HERE!

Mid-winter SOS is almost here and runs from January 16th – 19th. We’ve almost completed our Mid-Winter SOS Guide and it will be released in the coming days on our website to help you easily navigate all of the events in N. Myrtle Beach.

South Carolina Shaggers Hall of Fame Announcement Party
The South Carolina Shaggers Hall of Fame Announcement Party will be held on February 1, 2020 at the Yacht Cove Clubhouse in Columbia South Carolina. For full event details visit our website news feed.

National Shag Dance Championship Application DEADLINE TODAY
The National Shad Dance Championship Application deadline was extended and it ends TODAY for the following categories: Pro, Junior 1, Junior 2 and Masters. The event will be held, March 12, 2020 at the Ocean Drive Beach and Golf Resort in N. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. We have the link to their website posted on our new feed.

Shaggin’ at Harold’s
Eddie Monsour Memorial Mixed Doubles Contest

On November 29, 2019 the Eddie Monsour Memorial Mixed Doubles Contest was held at Fat Harold’s Beach Club in N. Myrtle Beach. The event was sponsored by South Atlantic Bank and the DJ was Butch Metcalf. Videos from the event can be found on the news feed of our website.


HAPPENING AT FLIP FLOP LIVE

Flip Flop Live visits WLUS 98.3FM

Jonathan “JJ” Sharpe of Flip Flop Live visited the WLUS studios in Oxford, North Carolina with DJ’s Mike Brooks and Allan Daniel during their “Eggnog Edition” of their weekly Beach Music show, Carolina Ocean Drive. Throughout the afternoon they had many visitors at the station including listeners, sponsors, members of the Castaways, JB and the Get Down Browns and the Feature Attraction Band (FAB). Mike invited Jonathan for an on-air interview talking about our upcoming event on March 14, 2020 in South Hill, Virginia “Shaggin’ for a Cause”. Jonathan also participated in the “sing-a-long” with the above mentioned band members as they sang “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”. It was a great afternoon of fun and laughs and of course we made sure to video the various segments and they can be found on our website.


NEW WEEKLY FEATURE
This Week in Beach Music
If you follow us on social media and if you read the news updates on our website, you’ve probably seen our newest feature, “This week in Beach Music”. Every Tuesday we post a complete list of events happening in the world of Beach Music for the week. Also included in the weekly updates is a short video highlighting various events throughout Virginia and the Carolina’s. We’ve received great feedback on this feature and it’s just another way for us to easily update you on upcoming events.


NEW PHOTOS AND VIDEOS ADDED
We’ve added new videos to our website along with new photos from Fotoz by Rickie! Visit our website and look for the Photo and Video button at the very top of every page.

WE NEED YOUR SUBMISSIONS
Bands, DJ’s, Shag Clubs, Venues, Radio

We have lists organizing the various aspects of the industry by category. Make sure your organization is listed on our website and make sure we have the correct details and links. If your band, club, venue, station or organization is hosting a beach/shag event, send us the details to: events@flipfloplive.com  The industry is made up of so many aspects within the Beach Music community and we want your information included and all details to be listed correctly. You can also join the members in the “Flip Flop Live Shaggers” group on Facebook. Share your information, events, photos and anything else you’d like.

GIVEAWAYS
Various giveaways included on FFL
While visiting our website, be sure to check out the “Giveaways” page. We include giveaways from various sources in the industry. These are not hosted by Flip Flop Live and it includes bands, artists, DJ’s,  radio stations and more. Visit our homepage and scroll to the bottom of the page and you will find the banner. If you’d like to submit your giveaway, feel free to contact us.


THANK YOU!
Thank you to Butch Halpin and the Carolina Sounds Beach Show and John Hall from Johnny’s Jukebox for your support In 2019. They’ve sponsored Flip Flop Live and they both came on board from day one and they’re continuing their support in 2020. Also to Sunset Sounds Concert Series, Lake Life Live Concert Series, ECSC Fall Breeze, Cabin Fever Throwdown, Hope Abounds, East Coast Shag Classic, Julian B. Fowler and the We Be Jammin’ Concert Series for allowing us to partner with you on the promotion of your events. We have special events in Virginia and the Carolina’s to bring you ticket and/or merchandise giveaways and vital information on the events. The 2020 season is going to be an awesome ride, stay tuned!
 

Submit your news!
We work hard finding the latest and most up to date information pertaining to the Beach Music industry. If you have anything that you feel our visitors would find interesting or if you have an upcoming announcement etc, we want to know about it. If you have something you’d like to include, you can contact us on our website or send an email to: webmaster@flipfloplive.com
 
We have one goal at Flip Flop Live and that’s to be your one stop destination for EVERYTHING Beach Music. Our platform is not focused on one artist, band, venue, station, shag club or DJ, we're here to promote Beach Music in its entirety. We've built our website around the "community" and the only way we will be able to grow is with your input, suggestions, and submissions. Thank you for the emails we currently receive and we look forward to growing with all of you.

Do you know someone that would like to receive our emails? Forward this to them and
they can also sign up at: www.flipfloplive.com


Andy and Jonathan “JJ”
Your Flip Flop Live Team!

Lake Life Live 2020 Schedule Released
Thursday, January 23 2020

January 23, 2020

Lake Life Live Concert Series announced their 2020 Beach Music lineup for Clarksville, Virginia. The event continues to grow year after year and it has become a top event for local residents, visitors to the lake and people traveling from around the state. Flip Flop Live is a proud supporter and sponsor of Lake Life Live and we  have all of the details for you below.

Lake Life Live Calendar
Lake Life Live Facebook

Win from ECSC and Flip Flop Live
Thursday, January 23 2020

January 22, 2020

Your chance to win a super prize pack from Hope Abounds East Coast Shag Classic and Flip Flop Live is available right now. We have two ways for you to enter with the two links below. The first link is an entry form on our website which will gain you one entry and the second link will take you to our Facebook page. Find the post we made on Facebook and share it for your second chance to win. Each time you share the post on Facebook on your page, a friend's page or in a group, you will gain an additional entry. You must enter via our website and/or share the entry by January 25, 2020 at 11:59PM in order to be eligible for this prize package. Good luck!

Website Entry

Facebook Entry

Prizes in this package:
- 1 ECSC Canvas Bag
- 3 ECSC Shirts
- 2 ECSC Koozies
- 1 ECSC Visor

Eric Bowman Launches on Demand
Wednesday, January 22 2020

January 22, 2020

Eric Bowman from WDZD 99.1 FM "The Fun One" has launched an on demand service for his weekly "The Wave New Beach Music Countdown". You can listen live every Saturday to Eric's show on 99.1FM that you'll also find streaming on the Tune-In app. We also encourage you to check out the show on his Facebook page and on the WDZD page as Eric spins your favorite hits and incorporates videos and photos from various events and from live cameras around the beach. Eric is a great guy and we're honored to call him a friend here at Flip Flop Live. 

Eric's Facebook
WDZD Website
WDZD Facebook

This Week in Beach Music - 01/21/2020
Tuesday, January 21 2020

January 21-27, 2020

North Carolina
JAN 23rd
Jim Quick and Coastline
TJ’s Night Life – Raleigh
JAN 23rd – The Embers feat. Craig Woolard
Bralie’s 2 – Durham
JAN 24th – Sugarfoot January Shag Party
Lane Tree Event Center – Goldsboro
JAN 24th – The Embers feat. Craig Woolard
Rack and Rolls – Burlington
JAN 25th – The Embers feat. Craig Woolard
Maxwell Center – Goldsboro
JAN 25th – Funky Leroy Harper Jr’s All Starz
Locals Tavern – Leland

South Carolina
JAN. 24th  –
Riptide Radio Deck Party
Deckerz – N. Myrtle Beach
JAN 25th – Carolina Coast w/ Rhonda McDaniel
Spartanburg Shrine Club

Virginia
JAN. 21st  –
Boogie on the Bay Shag Lessons
Big Woody’s – Chespeake
JAN. 22ndCarolina Shag Dance & Lesson
Northern Virginia Shag Club
Arlington-Fairfax Elks Lodge – Fairfax
JAN 24th – Boogie on the Bay Shag Social
Big Woody’s – Chesapeake
JAN 25th – Too Much Sylvia
Kazim Shriners – Roaonoke
JAN 25th – The Attractions Band
The Rex Theater - Galax



Make plans and find out more at: www.flipfloplive.com
Cabin Fever Throwdown – Raleigh, NC – Feb. 9, 2020
East Coast Shag Classic – Wrightsville Beach – Feb. 13-16, 2020
Shaggin’ for a Cause – South Hill, VA – March 14, 2020
Blackwater on Bluewater Cruise – December 5-12, 2020

Coastline with Lynyrd Skynyrd
Monday, January 20 2020

January 20, 2020

Earlier tonight, Jim Quick and Coastline announced two tour dates with Southern Rock legends, Lynyrd Skynyrd on their "Last of the Street Survivors" tour. The two dates currently scheduled are April 17th in Allentown, Pennsylvania and April 18th in Providence, Rhode Island. Nick Campbell (drummer for Jim Quick and Coastline was the former drum-tech for Lynyrd Skynyrd prior to joining the Coastline lineup on September 5, 2019. According to Nick's Facebook page, he started with Skynyrd in 2011 until joining up with Coastline late in 2019. Congratulations to Jim and the guys and we're looking forward to seeing what the future has in store for the Coastline crazies!

Tickets:
For tickets to the April 17th show in Allentown click here
For tickets to the April 18th show in Providence click here

Happy National Disc Jockey Day!
Monday, January 20 2020

January 20, 2020

It's time to celebrate the ones we allow in our homes daily, during our travels and those who support the industry we love. Beach Music is comprised of a diverse group of DJs that keep our favorite songs alive and for that we say thank you. They bring us the hottest new tracks while at the same time bringing back old memories with the classic music we cherish. Share and give your favorite DJs a shoutout today on their social media pages or give them a call on-air and thank them for everything they do. Without the DJs and stations many artists and/or bands wouldn't be able to do what they love every single day and they're an extremely important part of every genre of music, however none can compare to the ones we have in Beach Music. Love to all of our DJ friends and thank you from Flip Flop Live!

View and Connect with the Beach Music Industry DJs

 

Information from National Day Calendar

Each year National Disc Jockey Day recognizes the DJs playing the music and spinning the records. The observance takes place annually on January 20th. 

A disc jockey, or DJ for short, is a person who plays recorded music either on the radio or at a club or event.

The first disc jockey was an experiment on the airwaves. In 1909, sixteen-year-old Ray Newby was a student under the supervision of Charles “Doc” Herrold at Herrold College of Engineering and Wireless. He played the first records over the airwaves before the word disc jockey even existed.

What started as an experiment from the Garden City Bank Building where the college was located in San Fernando, California, was soon being replicated by radio broadcasters across the country. Initially, Newby primarily broadcast his news, music, and entertainment live.

It wasn’t until 25 years later that radio commentator Walter Winchell coined the term disc jockey.

Today, contemporary DJs play music from vinyl to digital. Regardless of the medium they use, the term disc jockey still applies.

Hip-hop DJs became popular in the late 70s and 80s using multiple turntables and using the turntables themselves as an instrument to alter the music. Mobile DJs often act as the master of ceremonies at events or parties directing the evening’s activities.

Paul Craver Obituary
Saturday, January 18 2020

January 18, 2020 from Lee Funeral Home

Lester “Paul” Craver, 71, died January 14, 2020 at MUSC, Charleston, SC.

Born on August 30, 1948 in Greensboro, NC, he was the son of Lester Paul and Ruby L. Brandon Craver, Sr.

The music bug bit Paul Craver at an early age. The Ripete Records recording artist and Greensboro, NC, native entered high school - trumpet in tow - and quickly joined the school band. After graduation, he took his place in the United States Navy as a Signalman and served in Vietnam.

In 1972, he joined a group called Medium Cool and from his very first gig with the group, no one could keep him away from the microphone. He knew from that point that he had found his calling. After reconstructing the O’Kaysions, now known as the Fabulous Kays, Paul moved to Columbia, SC, in 1981, where he teamed up with Willis Blume to form Shagtime, a band that produced "Mr. Beach." Paul sang lead vocals on the project, and the single became a defining milestone in his career. Paul was a part of several bands over the years, but in 1993, the Men of Distinction band was formed. He sang lead vocals for them and they earned four Carolina Beach Music Awards. Paul has a history of his own in terms of the CBMA with a string of nominations and a good number of wins. He was a 2002 inductee into the Beach Music Hall of Fame. In 2007, he received Smoothie of the Year for "Emperor of My Baby's Heart," released on KHP Music's Keep On Shaggin compilation. In March 2008, Paul retired from the Men of Distinction and devoted more time to his solo career and deejay opportunities. In 2016, he was inducted into the DJ Hall of Fame. Since then, he has had many incredible opportunities to share his musical love and talent with others. In 2011, he was invited to sing in Belgium and was loved by all the people. During a University of South Carolina home game, he performed to the many fans in attendance.

He was the owner/operator of Craver Tile Co. and many will remember the hilarious radio commercials he and Gail made. He loved this country and the veterans that have helped keep us free. He had a great affinity for golf and his golf buddies. He was always on the go, but found the time to spend with Gail and his family. They were the most important to him.

Survivors include his wife of 16 years, Gail Angel Craver; sons Tripp Craver (Jenny), John Stephenson (Amber); daughters, Dotte Watts and Angela Stephenson; and nine grandchildren. He is predeceased by his son, Chris Craver, and brothers Bobby and Frank.

A memorial service, with military honors, will be held at 2 pm on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at Ocean Drive Presbyterian Church. The family will receive friends following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Veterans’ Welcome Home & Resource Center, 421 State Hwy 57 South, Little River, SC 29566.

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This Week in Beach Music - 1/14/2020
Tuesday, January 14 2020

 

 

North Carolina
JAN 17th  –
Punch
42nd Street Oyster Bar – Raleigh
JAN 18th  – The Konnection Band
Rack & Rolls – Burlington
JAN 19th  – Winter Rock Blast w/ Cat5
Village Inn Event Center – Clemmons
JAN 19th  –Jam Out for Josh
The Embers feat. Craig Woolard
Pantana Bob’s – Greenville
JAN. 17th  – Rockin’ the Forest Series
Legacy Motown Review
Wake Forest Renaissance Ctr – Wake Forest

South Carolina
JAN 14th  –
Funky Leroy Harper JR’s All Starz
Captain Archie’s – N. Myrtle Beach
JAN 15th  – Mid winter SOS - View Our Guide
JAN 16th  – Mid winter SOS - View Our Guide
JAN. 17th  –
Riptide Radio Deck Party
Deckerz – N. Myrtle Beach
JAN 17th  – Mid winter SOS - View Our Guide
JAN 18th  – Mid winter SOS - View Our Guide
JAN 19th  – Mid winter SOS - View Our Guide

Virginia
JAN. 14th  –
Boogie on the Bay Shag Lessons
Big Woody’s – Chespeake
JAN. 15th  – Carolina Shag Dance & Lesson
Northern Virginia Shag Club
Arlington-Fairfax Elks Lodge - Fairfax
JAN. 17th  – Boogie on the Bay Shag Social
Big Woody’s – Chesapeake
JAN 14th  – JB and the Get Down Browns
North Street Press Club - Farmville

Band of Oz Voted Number One!
Thursday, January 09 2020

January 9, 2020

WRAL's Voter's Choice Award goes to The Band of Oz. The event was held Thursday, January 9, 2020 at Union Station in Raleigh, North Carolina. The WRAL website said they received a record-breaking number of votes this year. Congratulations on a well deserved award!

Video of the show can be seen below. 

 

The Great Q & Brew Caper
Wednesday, January 08 2020

January 10, 2020

Jim Quick and Coastline will be hosting "The Great Q & Brew Caper January 10th-12th in Ahseville, North Carolina. Two packages are available and both include; the brewery hop on Saturday, optional Sierra Nevada Brewery Tour, convenient access to Biltmore village, tickets for Jim Quick and Coastline concert Saturday night at Sierra Nevada's new permier entertainment venue "High Gravity", fan brunch buffet with the band on Sunday, shuttle services to the events and a souvnir event shirt. For more information, visit their website

This Week in Beach Music 01/07/2020
Tuesday, January 07 2020

North Carolina
JAN. 9th
The Entertainers
TJ’s Night Life - Raleigh
JAN. 10th  – Big Time
Pittsboro Roadhouse - Pittsboro
JAN. 10th  – Randy Clay Band
Statesville Zodiac – Statesville
JAN. 11th  – Too Much Sylvia
73 & Main – Mt. Pleasant

 

South Carolina
JAN 7th  –
Funky Leroy Harper JR’s All Starz
Captain Archie’s – N. Myrtle Beach
JAN. 9thThe Embers featuring Craig Woolard
25th Annual Island Winter Classic
Hilton Head Mariott - Hilton Head Island
JAN. 11th  – Funky Leroy Harper JR’s All Starz
Deckerz – N. Myrtle Beach
JAN. 12th  – Band of Oz
Wilbur’s Restaurant & Lounge - Santee
JAN. 12th  – Cat5
Deckerz – N. Myrtle Beach
JAN. 13th  – Funky Leroy Harper JR’s All Starz
Star Tavern – Little River


Virginia
JAN. 8th  –
N. Virginia Shag Club - Dance & Lesson
Arlington-Fairfax Elks Lodge – Fairfax
JAN. 11th  – Cabin Fever Music Series with Cat5
Community Market – Danville
JAN. 11th  – En’Novation
Visions Dance Club – Richmond
JAN. 12th  – Part Time Party Time Band
Billy’s Barn – Salem

2020 Mid-Winter SOS Guide
Monday, January 06 2020

January 6, 2020

The Mid-Winter SOS Guide from Flip Flop Live is ready for you to download, print and/or save. We've compiled the latest list of events including bands, DJ's and workshops all in one easy to read and follow guide. Save it to your phone, PC or mobile device for easy viewing anytime. Use the links below to access the Mid-Winter SOS informaiton. 

Download the Guide

View SOS posters and information

Monday, January 06 2020

January 6, 2020

Dotte Watts posted information on her dad Paul Craver and step-mom Gail. Paul is a longtime Beach Music industry veteran DJ and singer. If you're able to help out momentarily please click here.

Dotte's post:
As most of you know, back in August my Daddy went for a regular routine checkup at the VA and they did an X-ray on his chest and found 2 aneurysms in his heart. The next day he went to Duke university in NC and had open heart Surgery as well as a double bypass. He ended up staying in the hospital for almost one month and since then he has been going downhill. One of the bypasses failed. Now he is battling low oxygen and blood pressure as well as fluid continuously building up. My step mom Gail has been by his side 24/7 taking care of him. He has been in and out of hospitals at least 10 times since. This past Saturday night he was rushed to McLeod Hospital in North Myrtle Beach and then Sunday was rushed to MUSC. He is still in ICU at MUSC and Charleston is over two hours away from their hometown of Little River, SC, so I’m trying to raise some money to help my Stepmom with food and lodging expenses as she is having to stay in a hotel close by every night. Even if you can’t help financially, can you please pray for them? The Bible says where two or more are gathered, there I will be! Thank you for all of your prayers. They mean so much through this difficult time and I know that if my Daddy could say thank you he would!!!

2020 Cabin Fever Throwdown
Sunday, January 05 2020

January 5, 2020

Cabin Fever Throwdown 2020 is coming up in just a few weeks and we have all of the event information for you. Entertainment includes: Steve Owens and Summertime, Band of Oz, The Embers feat. Craig Woolard, Jim Quick and Coastline and DJ Jimmy Pearce.  Discount rooms are available by using a special discount code. For full details click here!

Keith Stone's Departure from Smokin' Hot
Friday, January 03 2020

January 3, 2020

In a Facebook post on January 3, 2020, Keith Stone (Trumpet) from Gary Lowder and Smokin' announced his departure from the band. Keith put in his notice earlier this week and performed his last show with Smokin' Hot on New Year's Eve. He went on to say that he's now a fulltime member of Leroy Harper Jr's All Starz and that a new website is forthcoming. We wish Keith the best of luck as well as Gary Lowder and Smokin' Hot and Leroy Harper Jr. All Starz. 

Jukin' Oldies Adds a New DJ
Thursday, January 02 2020

January 2, 2020

Steve Baker with Jukin' Oldies announced today that "DJ Steve Stack-o-wax" will debut on January 8, 2020 at 9:00PM. He's located in the U.K. and his show will be the "Wednesday Night Rockin' Party". You can stream the show live on their website, on their free andriod or IOS app and through your Alexa device. Baker says: "We will continue to bring you the Greatest Music on Earth, 24/7/365"

She said YES!
Wednesday, January 01 2020

Tim Morris of the Band of Oz made the most of the 2020 celebration last night at Pinehurst Resort during the band's New Year's Eve show in Pinehurst, North Carolina. Congratulations to Tim and Lisa!  Video and photo property of Rob Baker. 

 

Happy New Year!
Wednesday, January 01 2020

Happy New Year to all of our friends! We hate to see 2019 go because it was such an eventful year for us here at Flip Flop Live. We began this journey earlier in the year and the success and support that we've recieved has been much more than ever expected. To put the cherry on top the CBMA members awarded us the 2019 Michael Branch Award. Happy New Year and thank you for everything this past year and we can't wait to see what's in store for Flip Flop Live and Beach Music! 

Andy & Jonathan "JJ"
Flip Flop Live

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