If you'd like to take advantage of the 2022 Junior SOS early bird rate and to reserve your t-shirt, you need to register before June 30, 2022. Junior SOS will take place in N. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina July 12th - July 17th. You can register today by visiting their website. Be sure to take in all of the news and information they've shared on their website and through their social media pages.
Starting Tuesday, June 7, 2022, Don Bunn & Kathy Riley will begin another set of shag lessons at TJ's Night Life, 4801 Leigh Dr - Raleigh, NC 27616. New group shag lessons normally being the first Tuesday of each month with beginners at 7:00PM and intermediate at 8:00PM. You can call Don with any questions at: 919-231-1118 and also visit his website.
- Arrive 20 minutes prior to class time to register.
- No Partner Required
- No Pre-registration Needed (Sign up when you arrive)
- Cost $40 per month per person Cash or Check
- Price Includes:
* Class 4 Nights during the month.
* Early arrival and after class extra help.
* Low purchase price for Beginner Shag Instruction DVD - Only $15 for students taking class.
* Shag class related Emails from Instructor.
Contact Don Bunn at Don@DonBunn.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Brushy Mountain Shag Club 2022 dance schedule for the remainder of the year. The events will be held at the Holiday Inn Express at 1700 Winkler St., Wilkesboro, North Carolina 28697. You can call the hotel for special BMSC rates at: 336-838-1800. We've included a copy of their dance schedule below and please note this is subject to change without notice and we encourage you to contact the Brushy Mountain Shag Club to confirm event information prior to attending. Visit their website for contact information!
Saturday, June 4, 2022 - "Big Daddy" George Ward
Saturday, July 16, 2022 - Andy Barney
Saturday, August 6, 2022 - Curtis Treece
Saturday, September 3, 2022 - Don Stanley
Saturday, October 1, 2022 - Johnny B.
Saturday, November 19, 2022 - Donnie "Fish" Meadows
Saturday, December 10, 2022 - Mike Worley (Christmas Dinner Party)
Saturday, Decmeber 31, 2022 - Buck Crumpton (New Year's Eve Party)
Be sure you remember the new deadlines to be eligible to nominate and/or vote this year for your favorites within the Beach Music industry. Below you will find the dates along with the membership guidelines to help you determine which level you should join. You can print a paper application but you can also join electronically by visiting the Carolina Beach Music Academy Official Website and click "Join CBMA Today". Please note: "No one person may hold multiple memberships levels in the sameyear"
June 1, 2022 - Deadline to be eligible to nominate - DON'T DELAY!
June 1, 2022 - Nomination ballots will be sent on/around this date
August 1, 2022 Deadline to be eligible to vote
August 1, 2022 - Voting ballots will be sent on/aorund this date
November 10th - 13th 2022 - Cammy Weekend in N. Myrtle Beach, SC
The following information was taken from the CBMA website and is subject to change at any time without prior notice.
- INDUSTRY MEMBER To be an Industry Member you must be an Industry Professional with legitimate ties to Carolina Beach Music (Artist, Band,DJ, Record Company, Booking Agency, Sound & Lighting Technician, Promoter...etc. See membership benefits and perks for this level
- ACADEMY MEMBER - LEVEL 1 This level is primarily for the "Hard Core" beach music fan that wants to participate in the“Nominating & Voting”processesof the awards. Requirements for becoming an Academy Member is the payment of the $70annual dues or $120 for couples and you must be at least 16 yearsof age. See membership benefits and perks for this level
- ACADEMY MEMBER - LEVEL 2 This level is primarily for the "Hard Core" beach music fan that wants to participatein theVotingOnlyprocess of the awards. The only requirements for becoming an Academy Member is the payment of the $60annual dues or $100 for couples and you must be at least 16 years of age. See membership benefits and perks for this level
- ASSOCIATE MEMBER - LEVEL 1 This level is primarily for the "Hard Core" beach music fan that wants to participate in the“Nominating & Voting”processesof the awards.The only requirements for becoming anAssociate member are payment of the $35 or $60 for couples annual dues and you must be at least 16years of age. See membership benefits and perks for this level
- ASSOCIATE MEMBER - LEVEL 2 This level is primarily for beach music fans that want to participate in theVoting process of the awards. The only requirements for becoming an Associate member are payment of the $25annual dues or $40 for couples and you must be at least 16years of age. See membership benefits and perks for this level
Another SOS Spring Safari is in the books and the annual parade was held Saturday, April 30, 2022 in N. Myrtle Beach. The winners for the 2022 parade were announced and we've included the list below along with the original post on the Society of Stranders Facebook group by Vickie Harrison. Congratulations everyone!
Best Shag Theme
First Place - Burlington Shag Club
Second Place - Palmetto Shag Club
Third Place - Boppers Shag Club
OD Shag Club
Bass Lake Shag Club
Camden Lugoff Area Shag Club
Society of Brunswick Shaggers
Capital Area Shag Club
Northern Virginia Shag Club
Best Club Vehicle
Rock Hill Shag Club
Lancaster Shag Club
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On April 28, 2022 at 11:0AM on WVCO 94.9FM The Surf the Carolina Beach Music Academy announced the 2022 Carolina Beach Music Hall of Fame Inductees. The awards ceremony for the inductees listed below will be held November 11th during Cammy weekend in N. Myrlte Beach, South Carolina. We'd like to say congratulations to each of the inductees! CBMA logo is property of the Carolina Beach Music Academy!
Have you joined or renewed your membership with the Carolina Beach Music Academy? Everyone within the industry contributes and supports the music and lifestyle that we love and they do so in many different ways. By joining the CBMA, it enables you to help recognize the groups, individuals and professionals during the annual awards weekend in N. Myrtle Beach while also providing you with discount Cammy weekend passes, discounts at select vendors, discount awards show tickets and more.
You can view the new membership levels by visiting the CBMA Official Website which includes: Industry Members, Academy Members and Associate Members. Please note that "All Industry professionals or organizations must be a member of the academy to be nominated for an award or to participate in the Awards
Let's make 2022 the biggest year yet by inviting a few friends and/or family members to join the Beach Music family and show them why we love it the way we do. Sign up on the CBMA website today and if you have any questions, the academy can be reached by calling: (910) 281-4400 Be sure to download the Flip Flop Live mobile app to receive deadline updates etc for nominations and voting and once you join watch for your membership card and newsletters.
CBMA Logo Property of the Carolina Beach Music Academy.
The Beach Shaggers National Hall of Fame announced their 2022 Inductees on March 19, 2022 at the Spanish Galleon Beach Club in N. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The induction ceremony will take place during the Shagattack Fall Party October 14th and 15th 2022. For full information on that event, we ask that you visit the ShagAttack website. We'd like to say congratulations to Sara West Kemp, E.A. Neelon, Tonya Brantley, Sydney Kale Rhame, Sam West, Sy Creed, Ervin Ellington and Jimmy Mills.
Photo property of the Beach Shaggers National Hall of Fame - Click to view full size!
The 2022 Keepers of the Dance Inductees were announced March 19, 2022 at the Spanish Galleon in N. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina as announced by the Beach Shaggers National Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will take place during the Shagattack Fall Party October 14th and 15th 2022. For full information on that event, we ask that you visit the ShagAttack website. We'd like to say congratulations to Myers Varn Floyd and River Harmon! There's a video of the announcement from the Beach Shaggers National Hall of Fame Facebook page.
About Keepers of the Dance - Copied from their official website "Keepers Of The Dance - By Bob Myrick The Keepers Of The Dance was started in 1998 by the Beach Shaggers National Hall Of Fame to honor former junior shaggers who have continued to participate in our dance, music, and lifestyle after their junior years and have been instrumental in "keeping" the dance and music alive. The brain child of Harry Driver and Chick Hedrick, fostered by Vickie Carter and a host of other Hall of Famers, this organization has grown and flourished over the years.
Photo property of the Beach Shaggers National Hall of Fame - Click to view full size!
On November 17, 2022, the Beach Music industry lost another DJ with the passing of DJ Betty Brown. The South Strand Shag Club shared, "May 14, 4-7pm, a memorial will be held at Fat Harold's backroom". Many of Betty's friends have expressed their love across various social media pages and groups. We send our condolences to Betty's family as we know this will be an emotional time during the celebration of life.
The address for Harold's is: 212 Main St, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582 and if you have any questions on the memorial, please call the club directly at: (843) 249-5779
Next week, many will be headed towards N. Myrtle Beach to take part in the 31st Annual DJ Throwdown presented by the Association of Beach and Shag Club DJs. The event will be held March 3rd, 4th and 5th at Fat Harold's Beach Club. This will be a free event! In a recent post, the ABSCDJs stated: "This is a 3 day event in Ocean Drive beach and is dedicated 100% to preserving the origins of the Shag. We will be going back to basics with 2 afternoons (11 hours) of Vinyl music! There will be 70+ DJs playing all of your favorite songs by the original artists! The Beach Music DJ Hall of Fame inductions will occur on Friday night, Shag lessons with Mandy Holt and River Harmon on Saturday morning and FREE FOOD on Saturday afternoon. We hope to see you in the Fat Man's House!"
Below you will find a poster for the event along with a DJ schedule.
The 2021 Keepers of the Dance inductees were announced and they "will be honored at the Keepers of the Dance contest on February 4th and 5th 2022 at Fat Harold's and inducted at Spring Shag Attack with HOF (Beach Shaggers National Hall of Fame) March 18th and 19th 2022". Be sure to visit their website for upcoming dates.
Photo property of the Keepers of the Dance - Click for larger view!
"Keepers Of The Dance - By Bob Myrick The Keepers Of The Dance was started in 1998 by the Beach Shaggers National Hall Of Fame to honor former junior shaggers who have continued to participate in our dance, music, and lifestyle after their junior years and have been instrumental in "keeping" the dance and music alive. The brain child of Harry Driver and Chick Hedrick, fostered by Vickie Carter and a host of other Hall of Famers, this organization has grown and flourished over the years.
There were three candidates for the 2022 SOS Board of Directors and the election was held January 15, 2022 at the ACSC Winter Workshop. Your three candidates are listed below and you can read more on each by clicking their names.
Did you receive your ballot email from the Carolina Beach Music Academy? If you didn't receive it, be sure to contact Bo Gilbert by email or by calling: 843-280-9000 and let him know. The deadline to submit your nominations is August 13, 2021.
**Please note at the bottom of this page the venues, people and/or entities listed below that are not longer eligible to be nominated"
Below you will find the categories available for the 2021 Carolina Beach Music Awards along with their descriptions!
- Engineer of the Year
This award goes to a person who is responsible for engineering recording sessions that yield a specific single or album. This award is also based on final sound quality. You MUST list song title/ project, artist and engineer:
- Producer of the Year
This award goes to the person who is responsible for the style and/or arrangement of a specific recording, either single recording or album.
You MUST list song title/ project, artist and producer:
- Michael Branch Award
This award is presented to a company or individual who has made a significant contribution to the promotion and advancement of Carolina Beach Music. Recipient can be a booking agency, agent, personal manager, paid-promoter, record label, label promotions person, or music distributor
- Song Writer of the Year
This award goes to the person or persons who write songs targeted at the beach music industry. You MUST List writer and song title:
- Female Vocalist of the Year
This award goes to the individual female artist based on her recording or in-person performance.
- Male Vocalist of the Year
This award goes to the individual male artist based on his recording or in-person performance.
- Entertainer of the Year
This award goes to the individual that goes above and beyond to promote and entertain the public as best he/she can during live performances.
You MUST list artist name and group affiliation if any:
- Song of the Year
This award goes to a group or individual based on vocal performance, instrumentation, song selection, production and engineering.
You MUST list song and artist:
- Group of the Year
This award goes to a group that exudes excellence and pure love for Carolina Beach Music during performances. The group must consist of three or more persons that normally perform live or record together.
- Rising Star Award
This award goes to an individual or group, involved in Beach Music for “5” years or less, that has recorded a song that has been verifiably played in regular rotation “AND” charted on our Beach Music Air Force and/or individual Beach Music charts or compiled charts like Beach Music 45.com.
- Smoothie - Ballad
This award goes to a group or individual based on vocal performance, instrumentation, song selection, production and engineering. A smoothie is classified as a "shag" song that has a "soft" edge to it and ranges from 90-110 beats per minute (bpm), but not limited to such. A ballad is classified as a slow dance song.
You Must list Song Title & Artist:
- Collaboration of the Year
This award goes to the artists (male, female or group) who have collectively recorded an album or single release, featuring at least two artists that normally do not record together. This award is based on vocal performance, instrumentation, song selection, production, and engineering.
You MUST list song title and artists:
- Group Album of the Year
This award goes to a group of performers based on vocal and/or instrumentation, performance, song selection, production, artwork, liner notes, and engineering for a Compact Disc / DVD release of five songs or more. You MUST list title and artist:
- Solo Album of the Year
This award goes to an individual based on vocal and/or instrumentation, performance, song selection, production, artwork, liner notes, and engineering for a Compact Disc / DVD release of five songs or more. The primary artist must be featured individually on 60% or more of the tracks. You MUST list title and artist:
- Compilation Album of the Year
This award goes to the company for the release of a specific Beach Music compilation containing songs from at least three different artists or groups. You must list CD title and Production Company:
- National Dance Song
This award goes to the group or individual based on vocal performance, instrumentation, song selection, production and engineering. The award goes to a song that has been released nationally and received national airplay. You MUST list title and artist:
- Live Production Award
This award goes to the individual that shows outstanding service in the Live Performance area. This award can go to a Sound Tech, Light Tech, Road Manager or any other live support staff. You Must List Name & Band Affiliation
- Instrumentalist of the Year
This award goes to the individual that has perfected his or her ability to play an instrument above and beyond others in their chosen field
Please list name, instrument played and band
- Music Video of the Year
This award goes to a group or individual based on vocal performance, instrumentation, song selection, video production and engineering.
You MUST List Song and Artist
- Event of the Year
This award goes to the promoter of a single show or concert that includes three or more acts performing live with a band or music tracks.
You must list event name & City:
- Shag Club Event of the Year
This award goes to the "Shag Club" or promoter of a single event dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the dance, “The Shag". Please List Event, Club & City:
- Concert Series of the Year
This award goes to an organization or event that presents a series of live beach music concerts. The series must consist of at least 4 concerts in a calendar year. Must List Name, Location & City of Series
- Club/Mobile DJ of the Year (Richard Nixon Award)
This award goes to a DJ who is known primarily for playing or supporting Carolina Beach Music in a club setting or during mobile performances.
- Club of the Year (Bill Griffin Award)
This award goes to the club that primarily uses and promotes Recorded Music and DJ’s throughout the year
Must list Entire Club Name and City located
- LIVE Music Venue of the Year (Cecil Corbett Award)
Formerly Show Club of the Year
This Award goes to the club that primarily promotes live artists and bands throughout the entire year. Must list Entire Club Name and City located:
- Radio Station
This award goes to the FM or AM radio station that has or is providing airplay of Carolina Beach Music in a regular rotation or with specialty programming.
You must list station frequency and City:
- Radio DJ (Ted Bell Award)
This award goes to the radio DJ that best promotes Carolina Beach Music and the industry in general on a daily or weekly broadcast.
**This award is for DJ’s that originates from a terrestrial broadcast, streaming of the DJ and/or Show is not a factor in consideration for this award You must list DJ name, station frequency & City
- Syndicated Radio Show of the Year
This award goes to the DJ that is featured weekly on more than one radio station with a single or multiple recorded or live produced program(s). Simulcasts are not eligible. You must list Name of Show and Host:
- Radio Show of the Year (Steve Hardy Award)
This award goes to the DJ & Radio Station for the best produced weekly terrestrial Radio Show. This show can be simulcast and streamed but must be done simultaneously on all stations. You must list show title, station and host:
- Internet Radio "Show"
This award goes to the “Internet Only” Individual Radio Show that runs on a schedule and best promotes Carolina Beach Music and the industry in general. This award does not apply to shows that are also broadcast terrestrially. You must list show title, host:
- Internet Radio "Station"
This award goes to the "Internet Only" Radio Station that streams 24/7 - 365 days a year and best promotes Carolina Beach Music and the industry in general. This award does not apply to shows that are also broadcast terrestrially. You must list full station website address:
- Internet Radio DJ
This award goes to the “Internet Only” DJ that best promotes Carolina Beach Music and the industry in general. This award does not apply to persons that also broadcast “terrestrially”. You must list DJ Name & Show or Station Name:
**The following people venues or entities are NOT ELIGIBLE for nomination due to withdrawing their names or because of a Hall of Fame induction.**
Fat Harold's - Withdrew
Fat Harold's - Withdrew
Gary Bass - Hall of Fame
Chad Sain - Withdrew / HOF
Ray Scott - Withdrew / HOF
AM Radio DJ
Charlie Brown - Withdrew
FM Radio DJ
Ray Scott - Withdrew
Charlie Brown - Withdrew
Ted Bell - Withdrew
FM Radio Station
WRDX 106.5 FM - Hall of Fame
WVCO 94.9 FM The Surf - Hall of Fame
WNCT 107.9 FM - Hall of Fame
AM Radio Station
WLWL 700AM Big Waves - Hall of Fame
Event of the Year
Carolina Beach Music Awards - Withdrew 1996
Craig Woolard - Withdrew 2019
Internet Radio DJ
Ray Scott - Withdrew 2019
Internet Radio Show
Ray Scott Live - Withdrew 2019
Syndicated Radio Show
Carolina Sounds Beach Show, Butch Halpin - Withdrew 2019
if you were planning to join the Carolina Beach Music Academy and you'd like the opportunity to nominate your favorites in the various categories, time is running out. Thursday, July 15, 2021 is the final day to join in order to be eligible to nominate for the 2021 Carolina Beach Music Awards. You can join online by visiting the CBMA website and we also have links setup on the CBMA page here on our website.
Let's make 2021 one to remember and invite your friends to join. Introduce them to the various events throughout the industry and of course the one and only Cammy Weekend in November. Last year was tough for so many within our industry so let's bring everything together for 2021 and have the largest membership to date. We look forward to seeing everyone soon and we thank you for supporting Beach Music and the Carolina Beach Music Academy.
Spring SOS is upon us and we know many bands, DJs and shaggers that have been waiting for this! Beautiful weather, the best music in the world and great friends. That's what Beach Music and SOS are all about. We know the information is out there for the various clubs and events but as always we try to make things a little easier for you. Just like in years past, we've created the "Flip Flop Live SOS Guide" to help you easily find the events you're interested in for various events in N. Myrtle Beach.
If you have our mobile app downloaded to your mobile device, the guide is preloaded and you'll see it as soon as you open the app. If you do not have the app and you'd like to download it, you can search your Google or Apple store for "Flip Flop Live" and download it there, and we also have the links for you here!
If you'd like to download and/or print a copy, we have this available for you here, on the Spring SOS page.
We hope you will find this information helpful as others have in the past. Thank you for supporting Beach Music and we look forward to seeing everyone this summer up and down the East Coast. Be safe and we're looking forward to seeing all of your pictures and videos.
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: email@example.com or by clicking here to take care of it online today.
August 20th - Warm Up Party and open dancing with DJ Butch Davidson
August 21st - Private Party 6:00-10:00PM - $5.00
August 21st - Induction Ceremony - 8:00PM
Savilles on 2nd Avenue, N. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
All Weekend - Cash Bar - NO CREDIT CARDS
Your 2020 Inductees are:
Pat Creech - Columbia
Garrett Humphries - Columbia
Norfleet Jones - N. Myrtle Beach
Linda Walker - Charleston
Jeff and Dede Ward - Greenville
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.
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.
We'll be streaming the show LIVE right here on Flip Flop Live!
Today (Friday, April 23, 2021) join DJ Mike Worley and Peter Carpenter at 12:00 Noon as they announce the 2021 Carolina Beach Music Hall of Fame Inductees LIVE on 94.9 The Surf. Tune in and be the first to hear! These individuals will be inducted Friday November 12th at 6pm in the Ocean Drive Beach & Golf Resort Ballroom. Also support your favorite bands, artists, DJ's, shag clubs, venues and the entire industry by joining the academy today! The biggest Beach Music party of the year is coming November 11th - 14th in N. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for the 27th Annual Carolina Beach Music Awards.
You can listen to the broadcast live on the Surf's website and we'll also have it available for you here on our homepage. If you're unable to listen live, we'll be sure to post the inductees afterwards here and on our mobile app.
On April 6, 2021 big news for shaggers and Beach Music fans came in the form of a Facebook post from Lulu Quick-Rigsby. The post read: "BIG ANNOUNCEMENT ...As I’ve been saying the minute I find out the SAVE THE DATE...you would be the first to know. Get those calendars out and dust off your shoes...The House The Fat Man Built will open the doors on Thursday, April 22nd at 4pm. I’m so excited, I’m shaking in my shoes"
At the time of this article, the post on the Fat Harold's Facebook page had been shared 285 times and followers of the page were commenting in celebration of the announcement. The club closed it's doors on March 18, 2020 by orders of the Governor of South Carolina due to the COVID-19 pandemic and we're so happy to see they're going to be able to re-open the doors in just a couple of weeks. Be sure to head over to their Facebook page and follow them for club updates.
It's hard to believe but it's time for the 2020 Carolina Beach Music Academy Nomination Show. 2020 has certainly been interesting and we've missed seeing all of our friends this Summer and we can't wait to get together with everyone. Today let's celebrate what we love, Beach Music! So many work behind the scenes daily keeping our tradition alive and this is our turn to show them how much we appreciate what they do. Once you receive your ballots to vote for the nominees announced today be sure to watch for the notification email or notice in the mail advising how to complete your ballots and the deadline for submission. Good luck to everyone!
Start time - 12:00PM - Click the button below to access the stream is live now!
We love watching the younger generations carry on the tradition of Beach Music and of course that includes shaggin'. Since July, new episodes of the #ShagKids "docu-series" were made available every Friday on the ShagKids website.According to the site, "This documentary was produced and privately funded by TJ and Wendy Zito with WJTZ Media of Birmingham, Al. TJ and Wendy are PHD Communications students at Liberty University and have been involved in the couples dance scene together for 20 years in swing, ballroom, and hustle. WJTZ Media produces unique video projects for education, charity, and other business purposes. They have attended Jr SOS for the past 9 years with their son, Jay, and have enjoyed all the positives that Carolina Shag brings to a family. TJ and Wendy have been married since 2004 and are regulars on and off the floor at USA Grand Nationals in Atlanta, Ga every Memorial Day weekend."
Check out their videos below and be sure to visit their website at: www.ShagKids.com and show them your support along with the creators at WJTZ Media Productions. They have two additional webisodes to come so be sure to bookmark their website for the remaining videos.
In three emails shared earlier today, they've released information on Cammy weekend in November along with an extended nomination window due to COVID-19. We have information from all of the messages below. **Please note** as of right now (Wednesday, July 8, 2020), Cammy weekendHAS NOTbeen canceled. They're not making the determination at this time but they do plan on announcing the plans during the nomination announcement show that will broadcast live on 94.9 FM The Surf on Friday, September 25, 2020. Stay tuned for more updates! Also if you haven't joined the academy yet, you can visit this link for more information.
Covid-19 / The 2020 CBMA's
Due to the Covid19 pandemic, it does not look like the 2020 CBMA Weekend will be taking place due to the rising surge in the virus and the age demographic of many of our supporters.
Currently, we are still planning to do the nomination and voting process and to have some sort of either small scale event at OD Resort and/or a virtual event in November to present the awards.
We are not making a final decision at this time for the weekend but plan on making an announcement during the September Nomination Announcements on 94.9FM The Surf on Friday September 25th as to what type and kind of event we will have in November.
We are extending the Nomination window this year until July 31st for availability for a project to be nominated due to the virus. Ballots will be mailed and/or emailed around July 20th so you can have some time to get them filled out and back in by the August 14th Deadline.
****There have been some changes on this year’s ballots in the following categories,
1.) All projects must now be released “and charted” by the deadline. In prior years, the project was eligible if released “and played” by the deadline on at least 3 or more shows.
2.) FM & AM Radio DJ have been combined to Radio DJ of the Year. We will allow up to 7 Nominees in this one category. This change came about as of a result of the many networks doing shows on many different formats which made the category hard to define fairly.
3.) Rising Star has changed the Eligibility period from 3 years to 5 years due to the lack of new artist entering the industry.
We here at CBMA are keeping a close eye on the Covid-19 situation and hope and pray that this pandemic will end soon and we can all get back to the Live Carolina Beach & Shag Music we love so much!!
Please support your local businesses that are struggling to stay afloat and make sure that when the time comes to patronize those establishments that keep our music and dance alive.
Last year with the help and direction of Bo "The Web Guy" Gilbert, we found out it is possible to do the Nominations and Voting online which we might have to do 100% this year due to the Coronavirus and postal restrictions.
We are not making a final decision at this time for Cancelling the Weekend but plan on making an announcement during the 2020 Nomination Show on 94.9FM The Surf on Friday September 25th as to what type and kind of event we will be able to have in November.
(This show is when we announce who is nominated in each category for the November Awards)
**It all depends on the Virus and the Restrictions we must follow in November!!
We do our best here at Flip Flop Live to keep our event calendar updated but of course like most bands, artists, DJs, shag clubs and venue calendars, the COVID-19 pandemic has completely changed the way we do things the past couple of months. We HIGHLY encourage you to check with the venue or entertainer listed on any event on our calendar to confirm it will still be held as scheduled. While we do list/create many of the events on our platforms, the majority are hosted by others are updated on their end and we have no control over the information listed.
At times it seems as though some areas on the East Coast are getting back to "normal" but plans are changing quickly and we try our best to keep things updated daily but it's not getting any easier. Should you need the address or phone number to the various venues we have those available on our Venue Page. If you're a venue owner and you're not listed here, please contact us today so that we can add your information for our visitors.
Stay safe, keep supporting Beach Music and we hope to see everyone soon!
It was just announced that the 2020 Fun Sunday and Fun Monday events have been canceled. The two dates originally scheduled this year were Sunday, September 20, 2020 and Monday, September 21, 2020 in N. Myrtle Beach. Due to issues beyond their control, they've announced the cancellation of the two day event and we've included that for you below!
The announcement reads as followed:
"It is with a heavy heart that we must write this note, as SOS Fun Sunday / Fun Monday has been cancelled for 2020. Due to projected revenue of our event being compromised due to Covid 19, a decision was made and agreed upon by the SOS Enhancement Committee in conjunction with SOS and the ACSC. Approximately 85% of our revenue comes from shag club raffle sales and since they are not currently allowed to hold meetings or socials and no time line as to when clubs will be able to meet, a decision had to be made, at this time. We are so sorry to have to cancel this great event but due to circumstances beyond our control, it is our only option. We appreciate all of your support in the last 20 plus years and are looking forward to 2021! - The SOS Enhancement Committee
" The future of our music industry is in dire straits. I understand that there are a lot of serious issues at hand today. However, when this is all over we may have a crisis in the music world. Small music venues are the foundation of live performing artists. Without them there is no musical expression. From small clubs to amphitheaters, they complete the circle that is the relationship between the artist and the music lover. We as the writers, singers, and performers have been most creative during these insane and most unusual times. But, we need to be mindful of the dormant structures that we all call home for the healing with sounds of soul. Please go to saveourstages.com and write a letter to legislators asking them to save our independent music venues. #saveourstages"
On April 22, 2020 we told you about the new single from the Randy Clay Band, "That that hat". Well the dance for the new single has been released and we have it for you below. " Dance choreographed by Bubba Carl Williams and Joy Williams featuring the Top Hat Dancers". Watch the video and comment below and let us know what you think about the song and new dance.
Beach Music Loses Another Legend DJ Steve Hardy This past year has been filled with so much news surrounding legendary Beach Music contributor and DJ, Steve Hardy. From the announcement of his retirement, to the release of the “Party for a Lifetime” CD, his final farewell during his “Thanks for Listening Christmas Party” and now to the sad news of his passing. The Hardy family members have been through a lot but the love shown throughout various areas of the industry for Steve and the family surely is a blessing. We will continue to keep them in our prayers as they move forward with the arrangements and final preparations.
COVID-19 We hope you and your family are staying safe during the recent health issues facing our country and the rest of the world. We know everyone is ready to get back to the clubs and events and we’re praying for the bands, artists and venues who are feeling the biggest effect of the shutdown. We’re so thankful for the connections we still have with everyone because of technology and we’re at least able to see each other online.
CBMA NEWS 2020 Hall of Fame Inductees Did you catch the 2020 Carolina Beach Music Hall of Fame Inductee show on 94.9FM The Surf with Mike Worley and Peter Carpenter? Congratulations to all of the inductees and we can’t wait to see you in November in N. Myrtle Beach.
Johnny B Barkley
Neal "Soul Dog" Furr
Bob Collins and the Fabulous 5
Loafers Beach Club in Raleigh, NC
WNCT 107.9FM in Greenville, NC
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. Every vote counts!
UPCOMING DATES TO REMEMBER
July 15, 2020 – Deadline to join the CBMA and be eligible to nominate
September 15, 2020 – Deadline to join the CBMA and be eligible to vote
November 12-15, 2020 CBMA Weekend and Award Show
BAND / ARTIST NEWS
Blackwater Band / Too Much Sylvia The Boys are Back in Town
Back in March, Green dot records released “The Boys are Back in Town featuring Blackwater and Too Much Sylvia. Expect a forthcoming compilation CD, including “THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN” and other
new music from Carolina artists very soon!
Hip Pocket Band Member Lineup Changes
Through a Facebook post on March 14, 2020, the band announced that Jaron Bradley “Breeze” was no longer with the band. No other information was offered at that time and we haven’t been notified of any further updates to their lineup. We wish the band and Breeze nothing but the best going forward.
Bands/Artists Perform Live Online
Several bands and artists are using the internet and social media to continue to entertain their fans. We’ve shared several videos on our website from these sessions and we will continue to add them as we receive the submissions. This is the dedication and creativity that we love in our industry. So many refuse to take a break and they keep the music playing and we’re loving it and so are many others.
Swingin’ into a New Website
The Swingin’ Medallions announced April 17, 2020 that they’ve launched their brand new website and they also provided updates to their upcoming shows. We have the video posted on our website news feed if you have a few minutes and would like to watch.
Rick, Lesa and Mike Debut New Music
On April 20th, Rick Strickland, Lesa Hudson and Mike Taylor announced the release of a new song “A Little More Love”. It was released on April 19th during a worldwide Facebook Live event where Rick and Lesa were joined via webcam by Mike as they discussed the details and allowed viewers the chance to preview the new track. We have more details and the video posted on our website news feed.
Randy Clay Band Release New Song
The Randy Clay Band’s new song “Tip the Hat” debuted today, (Saturday) on Eric Bowman’s show on WDZD 99.1FM The Wave. On their announcement they state; “Get ready line dancers! This is one you’ll love”. We have the full store along with links to Eric’s live stream and the band’s website. Be sure to tune in Saturday to hear the new release.
Beach Music and Covid-19 Let’s all support the industry during this period…
On March 17, 2020, we posted on our website an article on what we felt everyone could do to help the industry continue to thrive during the pandemic. You can read the full article on our website newsfeed but some of the ideas were to call your favorite DJs and while we’re at home support their shows. We suggested how you can interact with the bands and artists online helping boost their exposure as well as buying merchandise to help support them financially. We also included shag club, venue and industry ideas. If you have a few minutes, you can the entire article that goes more in-depth.
Good News Anyone? Firefighter helps a Virginia Beach Music celebrity
Have you ever visited the Virginia Beach oceanfront during one of their Beach Music events? If so, chances are you’ve seen or met Travis Thereault! You will usually find him announcing the bands, helping with equipment or hanging out backstage. Travis is a local celebrity and friends to all of the Beach Music bands. A local firefighter heard that Travis’ bike was stolen and he jumped into action. You can watch the heartwarming news segment on our website. We were so happy to finally hear good news for once in the past few weeks.
FFL Launches Online Station Flip Flop Live Radio
On Thursday March 19, 2020, Andy Lucy and Jonathan “JJ” Sharpe announced the newest addition to the FFL platform, Flip Flop Live Radio. We’ve been planning to launch an online station for some time but we ushered in the idea several months early with the launch of a new website and radio show. Currently Andy Lucy is hosting a weekly show every Saturday from 7:00-11:00PM called the “Saturday Night House Party” which is an all request show playing a wide array of genres. For more information you can visit: www.FlipFlopLiveRadio.com Last weekend we also debuted the “Flip Flop Live Radio Show” on WEVA 860AM in Emporia, Virginia. A twenty-four hour format is planned with several featured shows in the works. Thank you to everyone for your support and join us on Saturday evening where you can text your requests and join our live chat!
Johnny Draper Blasts into Saturday Nights
Host of the weekly show “Friday Beach Blast”, Johnny Draper launches a new show on Saturday on 107.7 FM The Lake based out of South Hill, Virginia. His Friday night show can also be heard on 107.7 along with WTRG 97.9FM, EARL 98.3FM based out of Weldon, North Carolina. Johnny plays a great mix of music including a weekly tribute to Charlie Byrd who was host of “The Charlie Byrd Beach Blast”. Congratulations Johnny!
Highway 17 with Ben Morris Beach Shag Rhythm and Blues Radio
On April 20, 2020, Beach Shag Rhythm and Blues Radio announced the addition to their current lineup as they announced “Highway 17 with Ben Morris. Loving music from an early age, Ben talks about when he was around seven years old, “I was taken back by the sounds of those old Brunswick labeled records and I was hooked on the R&B music sounds.” Also he recalls “my Mom singing to Far Away Places, Washed Ashore and other songs that eventually woke me up to Beach Music.
Society of Stranders Make Tough Call SOS Spring Safari Canceled
The ACSC/SOS Board members made a tough decision to cancel SOS Spring Safari due to the coronavirus. Nobody likes to cancel or reschedule events and surely an event like SOS that impacts so many, it makes the decisions even harder. In their release it stated: “it is our responsibility for your safety and well-being, as we are an older group and it seems to affect our group the most. Your understanding of the situation will help us get through this.” They are talking about planning for an expanded Fall Migration in which we hope the Covid-19 situation will not be of any concern.
Online Shag Lessons Sam and Lisa West
In an attempt to bring some normalcy to the shag community, Sam and Lisa West offered online shag lessons and we think that’s a great idea! After their first lesson the response was so positive they’ve decided to continue the classes on Sundays and Thursdays and includes; Music and Warm-up, Beginner Class, Music and Break followed by an Intermediate Class. They also started a “Virtual SOS” on YouTube for $75.00 for a single and $100.00 for a couple/household. Visit their website or Facebook page for details and you can find those links on our website news feed.
HAPPENING AT FLIP FLOP LIVE Flip Flop Live Tests New Feature
We’re getting closer to the launch of a brand new feature for Flip Flop Live. We’ve been working on this feature for several months and we’re now in the final testing stages before our official launch. We hope to release more details in the next couple of weeks on the official announcement.
Lake Life / Salt Life…..does it matter? Give us water and Beach Music!
Lake Life Live and Flip Flop Live are teaming up for something special and we plan on bringing you this announcement this weekend or at least by early next week. Stay tuned!
WE NEED YOUR SUBMISSIONS Bands, DJ’s, Shag Clubs, Venues, Radio
We have lists organizing the various aspects of the industry by category. Now is the perfect time to 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 once we get back to normal.
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Also to the following: 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.
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The "Keepers of the Dance" contest winners were announced yesterday on the Facebook page for Fat Harold's Beach Club. The contest was held on February 8, 2020 at Fat Harold's Beach Club in N. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina We've included videos below from various sources shared on social media. The winners are: