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Tuesday, January 31 2023

On January 29, 2023 the Colonial Shag Club shared a post on their Facebook page showing the Certificate of Recognition presented to Lloyd "Scoop" Pitzen. The certificate reads: "Providing literacy excellence in publishing the Colonial Crier in 2022. Your efforts ensured members were informed of newsworthy events in our club and within the shag dancing community." The certificate is dated December 31, 2022 by Michael Dyson, President of the Colonial Shag Club. (See original post/photo below)

Congratulations Lloyd, it's never easy deciding what's newsworthy with all of the various topics available throughout the beach music community and our hats off to you. We've read many of the newsletters on your club website and we must say it's professionally organized and it looks great!

Based out of Newport News, Virginia, the Colonial Shag Club has a wonderful website that includes the above mentioned Colonial Crier along with photos, videos, club information, calendar and more. Use the links below to visit their Facebook page as well as their website.


SC Shaggers HOF 2023 Inductees
Saturday, January 28 2023

On January 28, 2023  the South Carolina Shaggers Hall of Fame announced the 2023 Inductees to the hall of fame. The induction ceremony will be held, May 19th and 20th at the OD Arcade. Congratulations from Flip Flop Live and we've also included the original post below from their Facebook page. Be sure to give them a like or follow! 

- Judy Duke
- Jo Jo Simokat
- Nancy Strother Leonard
- Ken Akin
- Bob Myrick
- Larry Edwards

Flem Whitt Beach Music Festival Lineup
Tuesday, January 24 2023

The 21st annual Flem Whitt Beach Music Fesitval is coming up Saturday, August 12, 2023 in Roxboro, North Carolina at the Hyco Lake Recreation Area. The 2023 lineup is a great one that includes; The Castaways, Jim Quick and Coastline and The Tams. If you'd like a chance to win tickets, you can enter to win on the Flem Whitt Beach Music Festival Facebook Page. To enter, look for the video that we've posted below on the Flem Whitt page and you need to like, share and comment Jaycees. Be sure you visit their Facebook page to be entered. The winner will be drawn on Friday, January 27, 2023. Make plans now to attend, we went last year and we had a great time!


2023 Atlantic Beach Music Festival Lineup
Monday, January 23 2023

The entertainment lineup for the ninth annual Atlantic Beach Music Festival has been announced. The event will be held Saturday, May 20, 2023 from 11AM until 6PM. on the boardwalk at The Circle, 115 Atlantic Blvd.

Band Lineup
- 11:00 AM until 12:00PM - Gary Lowder & Smokin' Hot
- 12:30 PM until 1:30PM - Band of Oz
-   2:00 PM until 3:00PM - Jim Quick & Coastline
-   3:30 PM until 4:30PM - I-42 Band
-   5:00 PM until 6:00PM The Mighty Saints of Soul


We've included additional event information below thart was published by the Carteret County News-Times on Friday, January 20, 2023.

ATLANTIC BEACH - With the ninth annual Atlantic Beach Music Festival on the horizon, the town of Atlantic Beach has released an event date and a schedule of performers. The festival is free to attend and will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 20 on the boardwalk at The Circle, 115 Atlantic Blvd.

Featured this year are Gary Lowder & Smokin' Hot from 11 a.m. to noon, The Band of Oz from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Jim Quick & Coastline from 2 to 3 p.m., I-42 Band from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. and The Mighty Saints of Soul from 5 to 6 p.m.

Sponsors are invited to business after hours at the Doubletree by Hilton on Wednesday May 17 which will feature a performance by The Embers and a sponsor’s reception on Friday, May 19 at Memories Beach Club.

In addition to live music, a variety of food trucks will be on site. Food vendor applications are still being accepted, and preference will be given to Atlantic Beach businesses.

Free and paid parking will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis for those who wish to attend. Free parking may be found at The Carteret Community College and The Atlantic Beach Town Park. The DoubleTree by Hilton also has free parking for guests or $10 for non-guests. Other parking may be located at 3505 Arendell St., Morehead City; 915 W Fort Macon Rd., Atlantic Beach; and 2717 W Fort Macon Rd., Atlantic Beach. Limited parking spaces will also be available for $3 at The Circle. Free shuttles to and from the festival will be provided from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. to any of the listed parking lots. Riders will be limited to coolers 32 quarts or smaller and may be subject to inspection. No open beverages will be allowed on the shuttle.

Pets and glass containers are not allowed, and there will be a limit of one folding chair per person.
For questions or concerns, contact director Morgan Gilbert at


Justin Rubow Coming to Riptide Radio!
Sunday, January 22 2023

On Saturday, January 14, 2023, Ray Scott of Riptide Radio announced that DJ Justin Rubow would be joining the Riptide family of DJs starting Thursday, March 2, 2023. Justin's new show, "Rhythm and Waves" will air from 7PM until 10PM every Thursday and you can stream the show on their website and on the TuneIn app. We've included the announcment video from the Riptide Facebook page below along with the new logo. Congratulations Rubow, we look forward to tuning in.


Pink Slips Welcome New Drummer
Saturday, January 21 2023

On Monday, January 16, 2023 the Pink Slips Band announced their new drummer Frankie Burney. If you were at the 2022 Carolina Beach Music Awards in November, you had the pleasure of hearing Frankie on stage with the guys. We've included the band's official release below and we'd like to congratulate Frankie and we look forward to seeing the guys on the road soon.

“RE”introducing FRANKIE BURNEY!
The Pink Slips Band is proud to “re”introduce you to Frankie Burney! Frankie is a very familiar face in the band as he has been our front of house sound engineer for the past 4 years. Recently our drummer, Billy Prease, decided to bid farewell to the band in order to spend more time with his grandchildren and travel with his lovely bride. With Billy’s departure, Frankie stepped up with interest in filling the spot of drummer with the band.
Frankie started showing signs of rhythm at a very young age, tapping on the dashboard, counter top, or anything else he was near while listening to music. His parents bought his first drum set when he was in the fourth grade. Frankie's inspiration as a child was Peter Criss, the drummer of the band Kiss. He liked Peter because he played drums and sang. Frankie played with too many bands to count from ages 15 to 30 including Catch 22, Scott Free, Atlantic Spotlight, several young garage bands, and was the original drummer for The Blackwater Band. In 2008, Frankie was in an auto accident that took half of his right arm. The loss of his arm hindered his drumming. With unmatched dedication, perseverance, and practice, he has developed a method of drumming that you would never know he doesn’t have 2 arms! After many years of not playing drums full time Frankie has stepped up to the plate, shown what he has to offer, and blown people away with his growth and abilities. We are beyond proud to announce that he is the new drummer for The Pink Slips Band.
Frankie worked as a specialist with autistic children, contracting with Whiteville City Schools, for 15 years until being forced into retirement in 2009 by the accident. He is a walking miracle and living proof that life can knock you down but as long as you're determined you'll come back swinging (or drumming) stronger than ever. When not with the band Frankie breeds and sells ball pythons, he is also the District Director for Dixie Youth Baseball in Bladen and Columbus County. Frankie and his wife, Christy, have 2 grown children, Whitney and husband BJ, and Sky. They have 3 amazing grandchildren, Riley Grace, Hunter and Aubree.
With this transition we will miss having Billy on the backline. Billy was essential in the formation of The Pink Slips Band and contributed in more ways than we can count. At the same time we know that Frankie is the perfect person to fill those shoes and we are beyond excited where he will take us in 2023 and beyond. Show Frankie some love and next time you see him at a gig make sure to say hey!"

2023 Second Saturday Concerts Announced
Wednesday, January 11 2023

The town of Hillsville, Virginia has announced their 2023 Second Saturday Concert schedule and as always, admission is free! The concerts are located at Courthouse Square (corner of Court & Pine Street) and cruise-in on N. Main Street.

May 13, 2023 - Cat5
June 10, 2023 - Robby Danison Band
July 8, 2023 - Too Much Sylvia
August 12, 2023 - The Tonez
September 9, 2023 - Camel City Yacht Club

From the Town of Hillsville, Virginia - 2023 is going to be a great year of music and cars for Hillsville! Friends of Hillsville Inc. and the Town of Hillsville, VA present Second Saturdays beginning in May. Concerts are held at Courthouse Square (corner of Court & Pine St.) and start at 7:00 p.m. Admission is FREE. At 5:00 p.m. on N. Main St., Blue Ridge Summer Thunder - Carroll Cruisers has their cruise-in. Hot rods, antiques,'ll see them in historic downtown.

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