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Return of the Beach Show


By Hana Frenette

Bands on the Beach is back. The concert series kicks off Saturday, March 30 and will continue every Tuesday night with a different band playing at the Gulfside Pavilion on Pensacola Beach until October. A wide variety of local bands are booked for the summer, so there will always be something new to listen to and see. Bring your own lawn chair or blankets and prepare to sit, relax and enjoy a laid back evening on the beach.

March 30 – Superband

Superband is somewhat of a “supergroup” of Pensacola, consisting of musicians who have played in bands locally since the ‘60s and ‘70s and continue to play hits from years ago.

April 2 – Not Quite Fab 

Get out your round purple glasses and prepare for a time of peace and love. Quite Fab is Northwest Florida’s only Beatles tribute band and they plan to take you on a trip through the Beatles greatest hits. Expect to hear songs like “Hey Jude,” and “A Hard Day’s Night.”

April 9 – True Blue Band
True Blue plays a mix of soul and roots music during their upbeat sets and will have you wanting to shake your booty before the sun even goes down.

April 16 – Dr. Breeze
A little bit of everything comes out of a Dr. Breeze set. Blues, rock ‘n’ roll and jazz can be felt throughout this lively show. The band promises a “good time for all.”

April 23 – Mass Kunfuzion

This jam band plays their own unique versions of popular songs by artists ranging from Eric Clapton to Katy Perry. Seeing what a 15-minute version of Perry’s “Firework” would be like is reason enough to check the set out.

April 30 – Big Muddy

Quite a bit of country gets mixed in with the southern blues sounds of Big Muddy. They’ve got a harmonica player on deck and mix in some of their own original tunes with their traditional blues covers.

May 7 – Robert Wayne 

Country singer Robert Wayne isn’t here to mess around. He performs his own songs while backed by a professional group of musicians. He recently recorded an album in Nashville and is quite the crowd engager.

May 14 – Southern Breeze
Southern Breeze is true to its roots. The band’s southern rock has had people stomping their feet since the late ‘80s. They even released an album in 1983 with the two top 40 singles, “She’s a Lover,” and “Just an Imitation.”

May 21 – 13th Hourglass 

A popular Pensacola rock band from the ‘60s, 13th Hourglass will have you reminiscing about a time you didn’t even grow up in as they play their favorite songs from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s.

June 4 – One Accord

Nothing but soul. One Accord is a funky, soulful band with a smooth groove all their own that will be perfect for a balmy summer night.

June 18 – Category 4

This band’s motto is “Live music that will blow you away.” They play everything from top 40 to the classics, but with enough gusto to get you out of your seat.

June 25 – Mr. Big and the Rhythm Sisterz
This jazz band will appeal to even the staunch jazz haters. You’ve been warned.

July 30 – ClassX

With a plethora of high-energy covers from the last 40 years, ClassX lives up to their name. Classic covers mixed with a variable or two.

October 1 – Southern Soul
Southern Soul is a tribute to all that is southern and all that is rock, like fried chicken and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Expect to hear references to both during their closing season set, as well as some of the Allman Brothers and Johnny Cash.

BANDS ON THE BEACH
WHEN: 7-9 p.m. Saturday, March 30, then 7-9 p.m. every Tuesday, Apr. 2 – Oct. 1
WHERE: Gulfside Pavilion, Pensacola Beach
COST: free
DETAILS: visistpensacolabeach.com