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December 2019 Newsletter
Thursday, January 23 2020

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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?

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: 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.

January 16th-19th 2020 – Mid-Winter SOS – Visit:
February 9, 2020 – Cabin Fever Throwdown – Visit:
February 13th–16th 2020 – East Coast Shag Classic - Visit:
March 14, 2020 – Shaggin’ for a Cause – Visit:


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!

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.

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.

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.

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.


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!

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.

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.

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!



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.


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.

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.

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.

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:  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.

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 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!

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