Vintage style isn’t restricted to the contestants in the 8th Annual Galveston Island Beach Revue, as this year’s event welcomes New York City’s Dandy Wellington as the headline musical act of the May 20th and 21st event. 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.
“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 featured in; 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.
Galveston’s own Harbors Over Highways will take the stage Friday, May 20th and 7 p.m. for the event kickoff party. A group of five musicians who’ve planted their roots in Galveston, each have enjoyed musical comradeship in various bands. The sound of HoH, as they are often referred to, has been a culmination of paying dues in dingy bars and Texas ice houses, all creating their unique Gulf Coast sound. Shades of Americana and Alt Country blossom as Kevin Anderson, John ‘Mudd’ Kovacevich, Broc Adams, Clark Duhon and Hunter St. Marie take the stage.