Friday, May 28 2021
Since April, Gary Barker of the Catalinas has been sick with COVID and so many prayers have been extended over social media as well as through cards and other sources. His wife Cyndy made the following post on May 12, 2021; "Thank you all for Garys cards! He will enjoy them all! And thanks for my cards too! Thank You for the prayers and support! We love you all!!!"
Johnny Barker setup a GoFund me to help offset the medical bills for Gary's treatment. The GoFundMe page reads: "Gary Barker has been the glue and driving force that has held The Catalinas together since 1965. He had never missed a job in his 56 years with the band until Friday May 14, 2021. His dedication to his craft is unquestionable. Gary has spent the past month in the hospital fighting Covid-19. Now we need your help. Rehabilitation is only covered by insurance for 3 weeks. After that you're on your own. As you know, medical bills are astronomical. Also you may send donations to Cynthia Barker, 230 Houpe Rd., Statesville, NC, 28625. Thank you!"
If you'd like to donate, we encourage you to visit the GoFundMe page or mail donations to the address above. Our continued prayers are with Gary and the family as he continues to fight to regain his strength. Thank you for anything y you're able to give!
Thursday, May 27 2021
Rick Strickland released his new music video for the single "Dream Come True" on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at 7:00PM on the Rick Strickland Band's Facebook page. The video was produced, edited and filmed by Lesa Hudson and we must say she did a great job. We always love it when Rick and Lisa team up for a collaboration and now with the video. Great job guys and we're looking forward to see what the rest of 2021 holds for all of you.
You can watch the video below and be sure to head over to their social media pages below to like and/or follow to keep up with them.
Tuesday, May 25 2021
On March 15, 2021 The Catalinas released their new single: "Just a Little Misunderstanding" featuring Barry Duke. It was originally released in 1966 by the Contours and composed by Stevie Wonder. Your favorite DJ's and stations have the song so be sure to call and request it. As always, the Catalinas have done a phenomenal job on this release and you can stop by their Facebook page and drop them a note once you've heard it. We look forward to seeing all of the members of the band on the road this summer!
Sunday, May 23 2021
The South Carolina Shaggers Hall of Fame announced the dates to celebrate the 2020 inductees that they had to postpone last year due to COVID-19. The dates will be August 20th and 21st and we have the details listed for you below. You will need to RSVP to Becky Coley (864) 915-9850 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by clicking here to take care of it online today.
August 20th - Warm Up Party and open dancing with DJ Butch Davidson
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Sunday, May 16 2021
The deadline to renew and/or join the Carolina Beach Music Academy is fast approaching. You can take care of your membership and tickets to the 27th Annual CBMA Awards Show and Weekend online today. The CBMA announced new membership levels for 2021 and we have those details for you below. Now would be a great time to also invite family and friends to join and this would make a great gift for that music lover. For full details on memberships we encourage you to vist the CBMA website and to purchase your tickets to the awards show, visit the Alabama Theatre website.
Academy Member - JOIN TODAY!
Academy Member A: (CBMA Weekend Attendee Membership)
Associate Member A: (Non-Weekend Attendee)
"No one person may hold multiple memberships levels in the same year"
The details above are subject to change without notice. Flip Flop Live, it's employees nor agents shall be held responsible for any incorrect information or details associated with the CBMA memberships, awards show tickets, travel or overnight expenses. We're not responsible for any cancellations, refunds or payments. We're promoting this informaiton as a courtesy to the Beach Music industry and the Carolina Beach Music Academy. For rules, regulations, payments and refunds you would need to seek that information on the CBMA and Alabama Theatre websites as we're not selling any of the above.
Saturday, May 08 2021
Are you single and like to shag - If you're in the N. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina area there's a new Facebook group that you'll want to visit: "The Beach Shagging Singles". Visit the group and join if you'd like to keep up with the discussions and announcements.
Friday, May 07 2021
Our prayers go out to the family of Janis Sistare as we learned about her passing from the Sand Hill Shag Club announcement. Her Celebration of Life Service will be at 3:00 PM on Monday, May 10, 2021 at The Chapel of Burgess Funeral Home and the family will receive friends from 2:00-3:00 pm, one hour prior to the service. We've included her full obituary below and if you'd like to send your condolences to the family, please visit the funeral home website.
LANCASTER, SC ~ Janis Melita Hegler Sistare, age 73, entered eternal rest on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at the Wayne T. Patrick Hospice House, Rock Hill, SC. A native of Lancaster, Janis was born on June 11, 1947 to the late Roachel Hegler and Willie “Melita” Dunn Hegler. Janis will be remembered for her passion of Shag for over 40 years. She shared this passion with her husband Gene as Shag instructors for many years. Janis was the recipient of the 2004 Icon Shagging Award and served as a past president of the Lancaster Shag Club. Janis retired from Springs Industries as a Purchasing Agent. She enjoyed spending time with her family and her dog, Bella, and loved spending time at the beach.
Janis leaves to cherish fond memories her husband of 29 years, Gene Sistare, who was the light and love of her life; four children, Rachel Ray of Lancaster, SC, Jason Ray (Richard Louie, Jr.) of Charlotte, NC, Dayna Schock (Andy) of Pottstown, PA, Gene Sistare, Jr. of Fort Myers, FL; a brother, Ernest Hegler (Helen); three sisters, Shirley Mackey, Vicki Vincent (Danny), and Kathy Harrison; five grandchildren, Triston, Corey, Skylee, Chevy, and Millie Joan; two sisters-in-law, Barbara Hegler and Bobbie Hegler.
Janis was preceded in death by her parents, Roachel and Melita Hegler; two brothers, Bruce Hegler, and Charles Hegler; two brothers-in-law, Sonny Mackey and Ken Harrison; and her dog Charlie. The Celebration of Life Service for Janis will be at 3:00 PM on Monday, May 10, 2021 at The Chapel of Burgess Funeral Home. Services will be officiated by Rev. Dr. Bennie L. Stinson. The family will receive friends from 2:00-3:00 pm, one hour prior to the service, Burgess Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, for those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box, 22478 or American Heart Association 7272 Greenville Ave. Dallas, TX 75231.
Monday, May 03 2021
On Friday, April 30, 2021 the Feature Attraction Band announced on their website and Facebook that their guitarist and vocalist, Jonathan "JJ" Sharpe had submitted his resignation with the band. JJ started performing with the members of FAB back when they were called "Overtime" until his return in 2017 when he rejoined the band members after the name change to "Feature Attraction Band".
Their post reads: "OFFICIAL RELEASE: Jonathan JJ Sharpe, guitarist and vocalist for The Feature Attraction Band announced his resignation on Wednesday, April 28, 2021.We've traveled a lot of miles with JJ over the years including with the Overtime Band and we will miss his playing, singing and fellowship in the band. His wife Shanon and children J.W. and Miranda will also be missed at the summertime events we have planned this year. Thank you for everything you've done to move the band forward as FAB wouldn't be where we're at today without your hard work and dedication. We love you brother and we'll miss you!"
Jonathan is also co-owner here at Flip Flop Live and in response he says: "Thank you to everyone that has called, sent a text or messaged me via social media. It's so special to know that I've made so many friends because of my time performing live music. Giving my notice with the Feature Attraction Band was bittersweet and I will always cherish my time with such a great group of talented individuals and close friends. I look forward to seeing them on the road soon during a Flip Flop Live road trip and of course I live within mintues of most of the members so I will still be able to see them often and we still text daily. They have a talented guitarist coming on board so stand by because he will be a great asset to the band. So many people have asked what I will be doing and as of right now I will be getting settled at my new office as I'm transferring to another location with my employer and I will be enjoying a little more family time. I'm not removing music from my life as I have Flip Flop Live, I'm working on personal recordings here at home and you just never know where you may see me doing in the near future so I will just say stay tuned."
We've included the band's original post below and we encourage you to visit them on Facebook and give their page a like/follow. You can also keep up with band news by visiting their website.
Saturday, May 01 2021
A large number of Beach Music lovers showed up on a beautiful day in N. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for the 4th Annual Ocean Drive Beach Music Festival on Saturday, May 1, 2021. We've seen several photos, videos and posts and it looks like everyone is having a great time and things are starting to get back to normal for the Beach Music community. The event today was hosted by Mike Worley and Chad Sain and featured musical entertainment from Too Much Sylvia, Band of Oz and Jim Quick and Coastline. The content below does not belong to Flip Flop Live and remains property of the person(s) that posted.
Saturday, May 01 2021
In a recent post on Archie Bell's Facebook page, Randy Overton updated the fans on Archie. You will find the original post below along with Archie's mailing address to send him cards, lettters etc. We send our love and prayers to Mr. Bell and we look forward to hearing good news throughout his recovery.
I just spoke to Archie and he would love to hear from his friends. If you could send him a postcard, note, a get well card, anything for him to catch up with his fans/friends and cheer him up would be appreciated.
Please send to:
Mr. Archie Bell
PO Box 24334
Houston, Texas 77229 USA"
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