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Wayne Free Undergoes Surgery
Tuesday, August 31 2021

If you've noticed on various photos that were recently shared of the Embers featuring Craig Woolard, you may have noticed a difference face sitting behind the drums. On August 30, 2021, Rita Free made a post on Facebook regarding Wayne Free and his recent procedure. Wayne told us earlier today "I’m recovering great, driving Ree up the wall" and went on to talk about how supportive and understanding the band has been. He appreciates all of the messages they've received! We know he's ready to get back on the road doing what he loves and we'll continue our prayers for Wayne.

The original post reads:
"As some of you know, Wayne had to have surgery. We try to guard and protect our private lives as so much of our life is public but we wanted to do a quick update for everyone! Wayne is great and recovering, now at home. He is a hard one to keep still to recover but I'm doing my best! lol  He can not wait to get back on the road with The Embers and back to his Beach Waves Radio show "The Freeway". We would like to thank The Embers Organization for their support and encouragement throughout, everyone has been absolutely amazing! The crazy crew of DJ's at Beach Waves have provided support and laughter for both of us! We love both of our professional families ❤ We continue to be thankful for prayers and well wishes from many. We feel very blessed to have caught this "hiccup" and fixed it before there was a major problem!! The Good Lord was watching over us! Morale to the story, if you feel something is off....go get it checked!We would love to have continued prayers and continued respect for privacy. Please understand there is no way Wayne or I can respond to all of the messages but we see them ❤ Special thanks to our family circle, without my mom staying in the waiting room with me for days and my sister taking care of EVERYTHING else on the homestead, I would have truly lost my mind! We were able to to come home to a spotless, sterile house with a fridge full of food thanks to Rhonda and Stephen. Our friends and family are the best of the best! #thisishowthefunkindoodaldo"

        Photo Property of Rita Free

Update from Tim Morris
Wednesday, August 25 2021

On August 24, 2021 Tim Morris posted an update on his Facebook page. This is great news and we can't wait to see Tim back on the road full time. We will continue to keep him in our prayers. 

"Thank you everyone for your prayers, calls, messages and donations. You have made this terrible health setback much easier to go through. I am still recovering and have 2 more procedures that will take place in the coming weeks to months, but I am feeling so much better! I am feeling well enough to hit the stage again with BOZ this week. I will be taking it slow and it will take some time to rebuild my chops, but I am excited to do what I love once again and to see you all!! Thanks to everyone!!!♥️♥️♥️"

Battlefield Boogie Club
Monday, August 23 2021

On Sunday, August 22, 2021 the Battlefield Boogie Club posted on their Facebook page to "brush off your dancing shoes" as they begin hosting their weekly dances again. We've included their original post below with all of the details.

"WE'RE BACK  Brush off your dancing shoes.

The BBC is back to hosting our weekly dances at Moose Lodge 1655, 11917 Cherry Rd, Fredericksburg, Va. 22407, starting Wed Aug. 25th from 7pm to 9:30 pm. Dance lessons are free.There are a few changes to our venue this year. We are able to dance weekly, as opposed to bi-weekly. In addition, this year, all participants need to enter by the front door. If you are not a Moose Member then one of our BBC members (who are Moose Members) will sign you in as a guest. This is a requirement of the Moose Lodge and needs to be adhered to. Hope to see everyone there.

Roanoke Valley Shag Club Dances Resume
Sunday, August 22 2021

On August 21, 2021 the Roanoke Valley Shag Club shared on their Facebook page that their monthly dances will resume in October. This will be their first dance since February of 2020. Some things have changed including the venue and having a cover charge and we've included that information below.

"Hey everybody, finally some good news to share, our monthly dance schedule will resume in October. This will be our first dance since February of 2020. As previously stated, your 2020 membership is still good for the rest of the year. 2022 membership information forthcoming.

Since losing our home base, Billy's Barn, we have been researching various locations. As most of you are aware, Billy never charged us to use his place but now we are back to the good old days of having to rent a venue.
With the rental, deejay fee & ABC license we are forced to have a cover charge again ($10 members, $15 non-members) We will need at least 60 members per dance just to break even. The future of our club will depend on your participation. We will be going back to BYOB & bringing a snack to share days.
We have selected to return to the American Legion on Sunday afternoons & their only Covid rule is a temperature check @ the door, no mask needed. Of course, we all know that could change but that is the current plan.
Mary Beth Layman & her team have come up with some exciting ideas for our 3 dances. We hope & encourage everyone to be a part of the fun. The club will have a information tent @ Party in Elmwood on Sept. 2 (Embers). We hope to pick up new members or have some former members return. Anyone joining now will be able to attend the last 3 dances of 2020 as a new 2022 member. We have selected 3 outstanding deejays for your entertainment.
Our schedule: Sundays 3:00-6:00
Party info to come:
October 17 - Tailgate Party - DJ Larry "Bigfish" Calhoun, Kingsport, TN
November 14 - RVSC "BAMMYS" Awards Party - DJ Larry & Cindy Black, Virginia Beach, VA
December 12 - Holly Days Party - DJ Frank Price, Rock Hill, SC"
Nomination Deadline is Here!
Wednesday, August 11 2021

The deadline to submit your nominations for the 2021 Carolina Beach Music Awards is Friday, August 13, 2021. You should've received your nomination ballot information and if not, we encourage you to reach out to the Carolina Beach Music Academy at: 843-280-9000 or email Bo Gilbert. Also be sure to check your junk email folders just in case. Good luck to all of the industry members and we can't wait to see everyone in November in N. Myrtle Beach.

For full information on the Carolina Beach Music Academy or to become a member, please visit:

Sea-Cruz ends after a 20 Year Run
Sunday, August 01 2021

On July 29, 2021 Dino Fair announced on his Facebook page the end of Sea-Cruz. His post reads:

"IMPORTANT!!! After twenty years I am closing the book on Sea-Cruz. I have re-injured my right arm lifting band equipment. For those that remember, I injured my neck, shoulder, elbow and hand two years ago just before “The Making Waves Cruise” with “Craig and The Embers”. I’m sure they remember me sucking on their stage. I opted not to have surgery because I was not ready to leave the stage. I dealt with my issues long and hard and now I have added a possible detached retina in my future. This decision breaks my heart. You that really know me will realize that this decision does not come easy but it is one that I alone have to make. I have had the honor of working with the best, first 19 years in “The Fantastic Shakers” and lately 20 years with “Sea-Cruz”. I will cherish my memories for the rest of my life. Thanks to Molly Askins Ford and Allie Privette this transition will be somewhat easier because they both want the best for myself and my recovery. Molly and I have been through so much together and I am going to miss backing her as well as Allie. They both “ROCK”. I want to thank all of our clients from all the past years especially “Creek Ratz” who kept us every week for twenty years. I would also like to thank all of you that came to see both bands do our thing. You included us in your families. You invited us to your homes. We played your weddings and you invited us when a loved one passed away. In other words you appreciated us not just by your presence at a performance but you included us in your lives. While I recover know that I am surrounded by friends and family but especially Debbi Bridges Fair, Megan Croft, my two Grandaughters, my Mom and my best friend “Cruz”. On a good note “Mental Case” is recovering nicely and I hope to spend more time with the company and I plan on studio time at home and at “Mental Trax” in Nashville. I feel like the luckiest guy on the planet because of my experiences with all of you and I look forward to an Incredible future with Debbi and Cruz. I love you all and wish you all the brightest of futures. Dino"

We wish him all of the best in his future endeavors as well as his health and we've included his original post below if you'd like to comment on it to send him your well wishes.



From the Sea-Cruz website:
"ProSound Entertainment proudly presents THE SEA-CRUZ BAND. This group has received numerous nominations and awards from the Carolina Beach Music Award Association.

This dynamic group features the advantages of modern technology, years of stage experience and a BOAT LOAD of personality!

SEA-CRUZ is a sequenced group, consisting of heavy keyboards and two or three lead vocalists. This combination gives you a big band sound without the big band PRICE and promises to deliver a complete and fun entertainment experience.

SEA-CRUZ musical menu includes the best of 60’s Oldies, Classic Rock, 70’s Disco, Carolina Beach and today’s hottest new songs. All of this flavored with Pop, Country, Rhythm and Blues and Standards gives you and your guests the Itinerary for a SPECTACULAR VOYAGE.

SEA-CRUZ has become one of the Southeast’s top entertainment groups so ALL ABOARD for a fun filled SEA-CRUZ. "

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