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Not to be outdone by the tribute paid last year to The Man in Black, the Surfside Sunday Serenades will present this year a tribute to John, Paul, George and Ringo.
This special event on June 3 will be an “All Beatles Day” which will begin with the four members of the Rich Johnson Band for an hour and a half.
This will be followed by an open invitation to everyone to “ride” and sing their favorites for another hour and a half.
The Surfside Sunday Serenades is located at the Passive Park kiosk on the corner of Surfside Drive and North Willow Drive, right next to the Surfside Library.
You can not miss it. You’ll see around 100 people tapping their feet, clapping, and maybe even dancing a bit.
The event begins on May 27 and takes place every Sunday until September 30 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Founder, organizer and host Glenn “Hounddog” Hanson said when the event started ten years ago, less than a dozen people turned up.
“There were maybe 10 people and three of them were artists,” he laughed.
Then word got out, people started telling others about it, and within a week, when local bluegrass band The Crave & Company performed, a record 175 people came out.
This year, to celebrate 10 years of the Surfside Sunday Serenade, Hanson has invited everyone who has performed there over the years and expects at least 60 of them to attend.
He said everyone should bring a chair or blanket to sit on – “And bring the dog too” – and plan to buy hot dogs and soft drinks when hunger strikes.
On May 27, Hanson will start things off, followed by Parnell Diggs.
“Yeah,” said Hanson, “The same Parnell Diggs who ran for South Carolina attorney general four years ago, and who’s amazing playing guitar and singing.”
Also on May 27, Perlino, a classic and contemporary country duo enters the scene, followed by Lana Guy.
Guy, said Hanson, is “a 15 year old boy who is phenomenal. She sings and plays and she is so good and has such energy.
June 3 is a tribute to the Beatles.
June 10 is Singers / Composers Day. Anna Corley, John Billigen and Brian Roessler and the band Wind round out the afternoon.
Hanson said the variety of entertainment at the Surfside Sunday Serenades certainly offers something for everyone.
There will be small groups, keyboardists, a ventriloquist and ukulele players.
“We have songwriters who write their own music, a lot of young people and a lot of artists in their 40s, 50s and 60s who will be playing some of the older songs,” Hanson said.
The audience, generally made up of people between the ages of 40 and 70, “likes to hear music that they recognize and are comfortable with”.
That’s why I mix it up, ”he said. “We have country, we have soft rock, we have originals, we have everything.”
The scene is in a wooded park covered with holm oaks, so no matter how hot it is always at least 10 degrees cooler under the trees.
“It’s nice,” Hanson said. “There is parking, there are bathrooms, it’s free, and we laugh and have fun.”