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Do You Like Carolina Beach Music?
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Do You Like Carolina Beach Music?

I live in North Myrtle Beach, probably the mecca for beach music lovers. When I tell someone I listen to Carolina beach music, I am often asked "What is Beach Music?" - To some beach music is simply the music they play in the beaches of North and South Carolina. To others.. its music that people that dance the shag. I like a definition I once heard Jim Quick tell a room full of people at one of the many beach music clubs in the coastal regions of the Carolinas. "Beach Music is a lifestyle" Its not defined by a specific beat or specific sound, its the music we listen to when we are hanging out with friends and having a cold drink at the beach.

There are groups that have defined themselves as Beach Music bands that have been around for many years and are still playing today, bands like the Band of Oz, The Catalinas, The Entertainers, The Attractions, Fantastic Shakers, The Holiday Band and The Embers. The Coastline Band started out as a beach music band. Now known as Jim Quick and Coastline, after 20 years, they are still entertaining the crowds at the beach clubs as well as country, southern rock, and southern soul.

Groups like the Chairmen of the Board and The Tams have been entertaining beach music fans for over 50 years. One of the biggest legends of the industry is General Norman Johnson, who performed with the Chairmen of the Board . He passed in October of 2010. Anyone that ever saw General Johnson sing "Give Me Just a Little More Time" will not forget him.

With the growth of Internet Radio, the style of music is growing and gaining more fans. The social radio network, Shag City USA, is a site similar to facebook, is dedicated to promoting the Shag Dance and Carolina beach music industry. Fans and artists can set-up profiles, listen to beach music, share pictures, information, stories and their events.

One of the best places to experience beach music is one of the many festivals that happen each year in the Spring, Summer and Fall. They may be held at the beach, in a parking lot or even a cow pasture. Multiple artists, a lot of friends, a few beverages and the best music in the world at one event!

Top Festivals include:

  • Triangle Beach Music Festival
  • Stuart Beach Music Festival
  • Budweiser Flem Whitt Fest
  • Carolina Beach Music Festival
  • Lost in Paradise Beach Blast

If you have never heard of it, I encourage you to listen and explore the lifestyle we call Carolina Beach Music.


Street Talk

Huh, cool to know that a setting like the beach has created a musical lifestyle!

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  about 4 years ago

Back when the term "Beach Music" first started being used...it was music that could not be played on the radio... It was the music they played at the beach in the bars and clubs at the coast of NC and SC.....

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  about 4 years ago

I have never heard of this but next time I'm in the area I will definitely check it out

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  about 4 years ago

Pop over the ShagCityUSA website and listen online - You will probably like it!

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  about 4 years ago
Jacob Q  

While Beach Music isn't my favorite style of music, I think the idea of having an actual concert on a beach would be awesome!

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  about 4 years ago

There are only a few of them left, but Carolina Beach has one in June every year - on the actual beach - The Triangle Beach Music Festival is in a cow Pasture right outside of Raleigh, NC - the last Saturday of April - Its a Blast!

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  about 4 years ago

My favourite music is classic rock but any thing that gets you movin and havin fun is good with me...

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  about 4 years ago

Its not abnormal to see a beach music band jump out with a Journey song!

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  about 4 years ago

I like all types of music too, Bo. Keep up the writing !

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  about 4 years ago

Thanks for the comments - I will work on it. So many projects here at the end of the year - lots of beach music events here at the beach this week.

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  about 4 years ago
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