Vintage fun isn’t restricted to the contestants in the 9th Annual Galveston Island Beach Revue, as this year’s event welcomes New York City’s Dandy Wellington and Dallas’ Matt Tolentino as musical acts. Presented by Hotel Galvez & Spa® and held at Beach Central, 2102 Seawall, this year’s event features two nights of great live music in addition to a weekend full of family friendly fun. Admission is free both days and complete details are available here. This year’s Bands & Bombshells Concerts are presented by Southern Star Brewing Company and 2-Row Distributing.
“No vintage themed weekend is complete without the right music,” states Will Wright, Galveston Island Beach Revue promoter. “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.
About Dandy Wellington & His Band
“I’ve always wanted to perform. I remember sitting in my room and watching Gene Kelly dance and wanting to do everything he was doing. That bug bit me so early.” says Wellington. “It’s important, with the music, for me to make people feel good and to engage people actively. There’s something about going back to another time but not to any time specifically. I think that’s a really important thing, to transport people through music and the dress, but not make them feel like we’re going back to such a specific time that they can’t be a part of it.”
Born and raised in Harlem and inspired by the Big Band Era of Jazz, Dandy Wellington and his Band have taken the sounds of the 1930’s and 40’s and created a world of well dressed music. With a passion for obscure songs steeped in the Jazz tradition, Dandy Wellington has assembled a catalog of music that invokes an atmosphere of class. From the golden age of cinema, to the bounce of New Orleans, each song is hand selected and played to perfection by a band cut from the cloth of elegance. Dandy’s vintage style has been featured on CBS Morning, in Nylon magazine, the New York Times, Ebony, Vogue, the Wall Street Journal and numerous other outlets. He is also author of two books; I Am Dandy: The Return of the Elegant Gentleman and Style Like U. Dandy Wellington and His Band will perform on Saturday, May 21st at 4:30 and 7 p.m. Learn more at dandywellington.com.
About Matt Tolentino
Matt Tolentino, who shares a birthday with Fred Astaire, was born May 10, 1985 in Dallas, TX. He was not born 80 years too late, rather, he is placed in the perfect time- the present day- to preserve the music of generations past, to bring the music of yesterday to the modern audience of today.
In 2007, Matt formed his Singapore Slingers orchestra with a group of dedicated, talented players. The Slingers play a wide variety of musical styles, including “rag-a-jazz”, a brief period in music between the late teens and early twenties, a musical hybrid of ragtime and jazz. Matt also heads up The Matt Tolentino Band, and various other smaller incarnations of the larger Slingers, which usually boasts 4 or 5 musicians, and plays for small jazz clubs, private parties, dances, and anywhere that hot jazz music is requested.
He continues to focus exclusively on pre-swing popular music of 1895- 1935, including rags, fox trots, marches, one-steps, two-steps, and waltzes and is dedicated to preserving traditional music. A true multi-instrumentalist, he is equally at home on accordion, clarinet, tuba, piano, tenor guitar, banjo, and saxophones, specializing in baritone and bass sax. Matt will continue to bring the music of yesterday to the audience of today, presented with respect and reverence. The way it should be. Learn more at matttolentino.com.
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.
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.