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Labor Day 2015 Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE
RELEASE

8th Annual
Labor Day Weekend

FREE
Floating SUNDAY SANDBAR CONCERT

PHOTOS AVAILABLE – PLEASE REPLY

ANNOUNCING . . .
The Labor Day Weekend Concert to be held on SUNDAY September 6th, 2015. Same
time and place . . . at the Sandbar . . . Noon to 5:00 P.M., weather and tides
permitting.

We have the talent
lineup for the Concert and it is as follows:

Opening the show is none
other than noted bluesman VIC SHERMAN! Vic is a slide guitar master and belts
out vintage vocals in the styles of New Orleans to Chicago!

Returning to the
floating stage this time is The Fabulous KEN KELLER. Ken delights the crowd the
popular tunes that will stimulate your musical memories and have you singing
along and playing Air Guitar! (think Marshall Tucker, Cheap Trick, Aerosmith
and more)

Then, HAL HAMMER, JR
 and THE CROSS CREEK BLUES BAND will be cranking it up with high energy
blues, Southern Rock and Old Time Rock ‘n Roll!  Lots of favorites and
some originals from the latest CD. Don’t miss sizzlin guitarist, Frank King,
"Joltin" Joe Z on bass, Jeff Williams from Blue Earth Arts doubling
on keyboard & drums, and "Gentleman" George Meigel on Sax!

Special Guest Star Band
– ┬áThe GEARZ! One of the most popular bands from up and down the West Coast of
Florida, these guys have been rocking beach bars for years! You will hear Pink
Floyd, The Who, Beatles, and many other tunes that will have you dancing in the
water! When these guys play, the excitement rolls.

FINALE – If weather and
tides permit, the Finale will be an Impromptu Jam Session with various of the
artists performing together as never before! This will be a HOT session and you
certainly won’t want to miss this show.

Tell everyone you know
and, by the way . . . There is an article in The Tampa Bay Times, July 31st on
Page 2 B. Check it out and spread the word!

When I announced that
this was the last year, I received an overwhelming response from people who
want the Concerts to continue. If that is the case, we musicians would love to
play and entertain you. Perhaps there are enough of you that want us to
continue, that you will continue to contribute and help us cover expenses. If
that is the case, please let us know by generously donating to the "Save
The FREE Concerts" fund. If you do, we can get the help we need to
continue the Concerts, and the fun goes on. If not . . . We have a really great
Band Barge and sound equipment for sale!

 

The
sandbar, in "P" Channel, is just past "Broken Bridge",
between Riviera Bay and Tampa Bay. 

Contact
Information:

E-Mail
SouthernStarCD@aol.com

Phone:
(727) 282-4425

Address:
Directly East, across the channel from
2189 Tanglewood Way
NE 33702  is the closest physical address to the sand bar location.

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GRAND OPENING 4th Street Tap & Tavern LIGHTNING PARTY

Go Lightning
4th Street Tap and Tavern

8th Annual Sandbar Concert

Here is a link to the interview about this FREE concert!
Hals Interview

2015 8th annual sandbar concert

Memorial Day 2014

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DONT FORGET THE FREE LABOR DAY CONCERT!

Click here to see the original announcement with MORE details.

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Labor Day 2013

6th Annual Labor Day SUNDAY CONCERT AFLOAT! Its FUN & FREE!

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Band Barge Launched!

Greetings Everyone . . . . .

Well . . . . . The BAND BARGE was launched yesterday. We put it in at the Riviera Bay neighborhood boat ramp and drove it to the dock behind my house. It performed well and was still proudly afloat this morning!

We launched it and it floats! We put brown tarps on it, temporarily, in order to protect musicians and equipment from rain and harsh sun. Eventually, we want to have a fitted top made for it BUT . . . . That costs $1000.00 and free concerts do not promote much cash flow! So . . . Until our ship comes in, we will be using the tarps.

While we have it built and fitted well enough to do Sunday’s Concert, it is still a work in progress. We have had some very generous people that helped work on it and also donated parts, materials, and cash. Without all the help, we would not have this barge. Thanks again, to everyone who helped. It was truly a team effort and we actually made it to the water in time. Now . . . If the weather just gives us a break . . . . !

We have current registration, numbers are on, life jackets, fire extinguisher, all legal and proper! We even have a small tool kit and a spare battery. Max likes it, too!

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Band Barge Update

We have received an overwhelming and extremely positive group of responses to the last “Band Barge Update”. It seems that lots of people are looking forward to the event. We have talked about which day to actually do the concert and it was suggested that we should do it on Sunday, and that would leave Monday open for folks to recuperate or be with family, prior to returning to work on Tuesday.

We still don’t know if the motor will run but, if it does not, we will tow the barge to the sandbar, as we have done in past years. As a reply we received so correctly said, “The show must go on”. We also had comments like, “We wouldn’t miss it!” and “Count us in”, “We’ll be there”, and the very excited comment, “I will be there if I have to walk on water!”, and so many more. We appreciate all the positive energy that comes from so many people.

We are in need of some volunteer services, if anyone can help. Lyle has a boating friend that has some lights and they will help out with that. Dave Summersill is a good musician and a pretty good electrician, so he has volunteered to wire up those lights and a few necessary DC items. We do not, however, have canvas for the top. We have built a pitched roof, tube frame that is about 8 1/2 feet by 22 feet long and covers the entire barge. We are in need of someone who can make a canvas cover to fit that roof framework. Also, if anyone knows how to rig a 50 horse Force outboard by Mercury, that would be helpful, as well.
In any case, we will be there, at the sandbar, and we will play. Batteries or generator . . . . we are not certain. Top or no top . . . that is also a question. But . . We WILL be there.

Thanks to each and every one of you for the encouragement and support.
Hal

Band Barge

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