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GALVESTON ISLAND BEACH REVUE RETURNS MAY 19-21 WITH BATHING BEAUTIES, VINTAGE BANDS AND CLASSIC CARS

Galveston’s vintage past meets present day fun for the Ninth Annual Galveston Island Beach Revue May 19-21. Presented by Hotel Galvez & Spa® and held at Beach Central, 2102 Seawall Blvd., this year’s event features a weekend of vintage inspired fun, headlined by the Bathing Beauties contest, next to Galveston’s historic shoreline. Admission is free to the public and complete information is available at www.galvestonbeachrevue.com.

“This year’s Galveston Island Beach Revue shines its spotlight on vintage music and classic fun,” explains Will Wright, Galveston Island Beach Revue promoter. “We’ve got a fantastic lineup of music, cars, and more all leading up to the Bathing Beauties contest.”

2017 HIGHLIGHTS

Vintage Music Takes Center Stage

No vintage themed weekend is complete without the right music and this year’s Galveston Island Beach Revue features two of the nation’s best period-inspired bands performing throughout the weekend. Returning from last year’s acclaimed performance is Dandy Wellington & His Band from New York City. In addition, Dallas’ Matt Tolentino Band is bringing their signature sound to this year’s event. Wellington is performing Friday at Galvez Bar & Grill from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. and Saturday at the Revue from 4 to 4:45 and 7 to 7:30 p.m. Tolentino is scheduled Saturday at the Revue from 2 to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hotel Galvez & Spa’s® Sunday Brunch.

Friday Night Revue Prevue at Hotel Galvez & Spa®

Galveston’s iconic “Queen of the Gulf”, Hotel Galvez & Spa®, 2024 Seawall Blvd., opens its doors for a special night of live music, craft beer, speakeasy inspired cocktails and more as part of a Friday Night Revue Prevue. Galvez Bar & Grill is featuring New York City’s Dandy Wellington & His Band from 6 to 9 p.m. The Prevue also offers the public’s first introduction to the 2017 Bathing Beauty contestants, Admission is free and vintage attire is encouraged.

Bathing Beauties Contest

Always a crowd favorite, the weekend’s main event is the Bathing Beauties Contest, held at Beach Central, 2102 Seawall Blvd., on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. Retro swim wear is chic and vintage is king as contestants from across the country catwalk across Galveston’s historic shoreline modeling vintage and vintage inspired swim wear and accessories that echo the “good ole days” of Galveston’s summertime history. Classic pinup styles, the likes that Esther Williams, Marilyn Monroe and Bettie Page made famous, will heat up the beaches as 40 contestants vie for cash prizes and top honors.

Classic Car & Vintage Trailer Show

Hot rods, rat rods, vintage trailers and more are lining up to take part in the Galveston Island Beach Hot Rod + Classic Car and Vintage Trailer show on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. at Beach Central, 2102 Seawall Blvd. Admission is free for the general public to view the cars and is part of a full day of vintage inspired programming. Car and trailer owners can register online at www.gavestonbeachrevue.com. Registration is limited to cars from 1975 or older.

Sunday Brunch and Baseball

Sunday Brunch at Hotel Galvez & Spa® is widely known as a “can’t-miss” experience in Galveston. For this year’s Beach Revue, Brunch takes a step back in time with the Matt Tolentino Band. Enjoy vintage music with contemporary fare on your Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Advance reservations are recommended and available by calling (409) 765-7721 or via Open Table.

As the weekend comes to a close the public is invited to a special vintage baseball game played between the Gulf Coast Sugar and Texas Playboys from 2 to 4 p.m., at Hooper Field, 3110 83rd Street. This sandlot-inspired game features two of Texas’ most seasoned unorganized league teams. Admission is free.

ABOUT THE GALVESTON ISLAND BEACH REVUE

Dubbed the “Pageant of Pulchritude” by C.E. Barfield, Galveston’s Bathing Beauties Contest began in the summer of 1920 and marked the kick-off for tourist season each year. By 1928, the event, which had morphed into the “bathing girl revue” had become so popular, the Island’s population was said to have tripled during the event weekend. These Island pageants were the beginning of what we know today as the Miss Universe Pageant. The famed Galveston Bathing Beauties pageants ended in 1932 due in part to the Great Depression and were resurrected in 2009.

Always a crowd favorite, the weekend’s main event is the Bathing Beauties Contest, held at Beach Central, 2102 Seawall Blvd., on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. Retro swim wear is chic and vintage is king as contestants from across the country catwalk across Galveston’s historic shoreline modeling vintage and vintage inspired swim wear and accessories that echo the “good ole days” of Galveston’s summertime history. Classic pinup styles, the likes that Esther Williams, Marilyn Monroe and Bettie Page made famous, will heat up the beaches as 40 contestants vie for cash prizes and top honors. 

For more information on the Ninth Annual Galveston Island Beach Revue presented by Hotel Galvez & Spa®, visit www.galvestonbeachrevue.com or call Will Wright at 806-236-0715.

ABOUT HOTEL GALVEZ & SPA®

Hotel Galvez & Spa®, A Wyndham Grand® Hotel and National Trust Historic Hotel of America, is the only historic beachfront hotel on the Texas Gulf Coast. This 224-room, century-old hotel offers 13,000 square feet of meeting space, a 9,763-square-foot spa, fitness center, full-service restaurant, lobby bar, pool with a swim-up bar and Hall of History. The hotel is rated four diamonds by AAA and is owned by the Cynthia and George Mitchell family as part of Mitchell Historic Properties. For reservations, call (409) 765-7721 or visit www.HotelGalvez.com.

ABOUT GALVESTON ISLAND

Galveston Island is a historic beach town located on the Gulf of Mexico just 50 miles from Houston. The island is best known as a vacation destination, offering 32 miles of beaches, a variety of family attractions, Texas’ premier cruise port and one of the largest and well-preserved concentrations of Victorian architecture in the country. For more information on Galveston Island visit www.galveston.com or call 1-888-GAL-ISLE.

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