Beachin’ Fridays started in 2015, bringing the beach music scene to Mauldin. People come from all over the Upstate to converge on the Mauldin Cultural Center’s outdoor amphitheater for evenings of shag dancing, food trucks, and craft beverages. The final night always features a special performance and fireworks. All shows are FREE of charge, so grab your dancing shoes and bring your energy!
• All shows are FREE of charge and general admission.
• Lawn chairs and/or blankets are welcome for all outdoor shows.
• Outside food and beverages are prohibited.
• Food and beverage vendors will be on-site.
The Shag Doctorz | June 2, 7 p.m.
By way of the fresh water coast,The Shag Doctorz hail from the Upstate South Carolina,in and around the Greenville-Spartanburg area. A favorite among the shaggers and beach music crowd,this five piece band pumps out live Carolina Beach Music and some of your favorite oldies. From Edisto Island to Myrtle Beach and all around North and South Carolina,The Doctorz are out trying to do their part in preserving and keeping this music alive.
The Shag Doctorz have been nominated twice for the “Rising Star” award by the CBMA (Carolina Beach Music Association). The band members are a diversified group of musicians who love to entertain and, along with their sound production crew Music Maker, are ready to see you smile and shag the night away!
“We don’t have fans we have friends.” — The Shag Doctorz
The Hot Notes | June 9, 7 p.m.
Jonathan “Jon Boy” Bolding is a life long musician hailing from Liberty, SC. In his early days, he performed in Slewfoot and acted as lead guitarist for Sound Factory before joining The Hot Notes on vocals and bass. Neal McJunkin, also from Liberty and a past member of Slewfoot, spent his former years as a backup guitarist on cruise lines and has worked with several notable bands, including the Four Tops. Neal can now be found on lead guitar and vocals for The Hot Notes.
From Greer, Hot Notes drummer Scotty Hawkins performed as Reba McEntire’s drummer for 11 years. He has also played for Brooks and Dunn, Dottie West, and most recently, Jamie Johnson. Greenvillian Larry McNair writes songs with The Hot Notes and can be heard on vocals.
Carolina Coast Band feat. Rhonda McDaniel | June 16, 7 p.m.
The Carolina Coast Band evolved in 2013 from the efforts of six of the eight former members of The Out-Of-Towners Band as well as other well-known regional beach music bands from the Upstate. The band delivers a combined 90 years of experience in Beach, Motown, R&B, and Oldies music to satisfy the demands of today’s party requests. Their popularity continues to grow as they span the East Coast performing and promoting Carolina Beach Music.
The band is a member of the Carolina Beach Music Association, (CBMA), and several band members have been nominated for awards by CBMA during past years. The Carolina Coast Band travels with a seven piece band, which includes an award-winning horn section that has backed artists such as Chicago and the Temptations. They provide an action packed, high-energy stage presence along with great entertainment.
This year, they’ll be accompanied by five-time Carolina Beach Music Awards female vocalist of the year, Rhonda McDaniel.
The Holiday Band | June 23, 7 p.m.
For those who haven’t seen The Holiday Band, you don’t know what you are missing. They’ve experienced a few changes over the last few years, but are the strongest they’ve ever been. The band is standing tall with Mike Taylor (Vocals, Guitar & Keyboards), Bob Martin (Saxophone), Tim Taylor (Vocals, Bass Guitar), Ronnie Farrington (Vocals, Bass Guitar, Keys, Guitar), Wayne Moore (Drums, Vocals), and Lucas Cook (Keys). They’ve recently added Chase Given (Vocals, Trumpet, Keys, Guitar) and Maurice Leggett running sound. This line-up provides the strongest and most diverse band that the Holiday Band has seen ever, and it shows in the faces that see the band play.
The Sand Band feat. Terri Gore | June 30, 7 p.m.
It’s all about a good time! The Sand Band is a six-piece dance & show band, performing your favorite hits from a variety of musical genres.
A little about Terri Gore: When your first public appearance is at age 5 and the backing band is the legendary Joe Pope & the Tams, and your father is Jackie Gore, the man known as the “Father of Beach Music,” it is almost certain that your destiny is to become the all-time most popular and recognized female vocalist in the Carolinas.Known throughout the world as the “Original Carolina Girl,” Terri possesses a rare vocal ability that distinguishes her both as a top performer and recording artist.
Terri has been awarded 8 CAMMY Awards. She was voted Female Vocalist of the Year 5 consecutive times from 1996 to 2000. Terri has won two “Solo Album of the Year” awards for both her “Carolina Girl” and “It Don’t Get Better Than This” CDs on Forevermore Records. Terri has recorded with artists such as the Embers, Russell Thompkins, Jr. & The Stylistics, Jay & the Techniques, Danny & the Juniors, Softones, Legendary Dukes, Jim Quick, the Catalinas, the Holiday Band, General Johnson and the Chairmen of the Board and Jackie Gore and the Legends of Beach. In 2003, Terri was the first female vocalist in the Carolinas to score two songs on the All-Time Carolina Top 40 Christmas Chart with two original songs “All Around The World” and “Carolina Christmas.”
In 2003, General Johnson and Surfside Records Terri signed Terri to a one-song deal, the first female vocalist ever for the label, and recorded the beach music hit “Sugar Daddy,” on the Surfside release “Beach Music Mermaids.”
In 2009, Terri’s song “Ten Kisses,” part of the Forevermore compilation “Summer Soultice,” stayed 13 weeks in the number one position making it the longest held number one song by a female artist for the decade. Her two follow-up singles “It May Be Winter Outside” and “Supernatural” both went to #1.
Terri is married to Daryle Lemonds of the Sand Band and frequently appears with them throughout the Carolinas.
Squeeze Play | July 7, 7 p.m.
Squeeze Play is a mature bunch of studio-quality, ex-pro musicians who can play any style of music. They especially enjoy music that reflects a Philly sound or a classic vibe but play old rhythm and blues, early soul, modern country, a little beach music, blues, funk and rock (sometimes sprinkled with a little jazz) from the sixties through today and more. Combined, they have over 200 years of stage experience and more than 250 years of overall music experience. With five vocalists who bring great harmony, exceptional lead vocals and lots of variety, you will be entertained. Squeeze Play’s songs are arranged in a manner to allow them to quickly expand from at 6-piece band to a 9-piece horn band for larger engagements. And their front vocalists are true entertainers who focus on getting the party started and keeping it going all night long!
The Tams feat. 14 Karat Gold Band | July 14, 6:30 p.m.
To hear it, you might think you just stepped into Motown. To breathe it, you smell a tropical breeze caressing a sandy beach. To feel it, you let the rhythm grasp your body and whirl it into motion. To see it, is like an extravaganza of light and energy. But to experience it, you must say it…”I want the Tams!”
The Tams are one of America’s all-time favorite recording acts. World renown for their special blend of music that makes up the Beach Music sound, the Tams entertain crowds around the globe nearly 300 days a year! The group began performing in local taverns and nightclubs for wages of $1.25 each. To them this money was from heaven. Imagine – getting paid to sing. Initial pay of these early days only provided enough money to buy matching multi-colored Tam O’Shanter hats on stage — local patrons of night spots nicknamed them “the Tams,” a name that would eventually be known around the world.
In 1962, producer Bill Lowery agreed to cut one demo single on the group. To his surprise, the record gained regional success, allowing him to negotiate a major recording contract with ABC records. Their first album, “Presenting the Tams,” produced a number one record, “What Kind Of Fool (Do You Think I Am).” This propelled The Tams into professional status and national popularity. They soon found themselves playing to sold out auditoriums from The Howard Theater in Washington, DC to the famed Apollo Theater in New York City.
A string of hits followed, including “You Lied To Your Daddy,” “Hey Girl,” “I’ve Been Hurt,” “It”s Better To Have Loved A Little,” and “Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy.” During this time, the Tams developed a spectacular revue touring with their own 14 Karat Gold Band.
After years of appearances and 10 albums The Tams have been honored with two Gold Records. In 1986 the group received the coveted award and title “Beach Band of the Decade,” at the Beach Music Awards. In 1988, The Tams were spotlighted as the Outstanding Black Musical Group by the Atlanta Black History Awards. In 1992, The Tams were inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.
The Tams are a group that has bridged the generations of music. Their unique sound spans all ages, styles and regions. They are classic with an exhilarating stage show. Charles Pope, original member, brother to the late Joe Pope, Lil Redd has been with the Tams for 22 years, since he was 7 years old and Joe Jones has been a member for 25 years. They are the Beach, they are good times, they are times, they are simply rock and roll at it’s finest.