2019 PERFORMING ARTISTS
The 11th Annual Galveston Island Beach Revue isn’t just great competitors and vintage cars. It’s also a stage for great vintage and vintage-inspired music!
Swimwear Department’s songs are all inspired by their name. When the band shot its 2018 Tiny Desk Contest entry in a pool, NPR’s Marissa Lorusso called the Houston band’s obsessive commitment to only writing songs about swimming holes and shopping malls “delightfully on-brand.” Their album, Turn Over! Go Under! is peppered with moments of sincere nostalgia for bygone summer swims and cool mall strolls. Reminding listeners that everything changes, but there’s always fun to be had.
Learn more at www.swimweardepartment.band.
The Broken Spokes
Free Press Houston’s David Garrick sums it up with “There was a time when country music had less pop and a lot less sheen, reserved for honkytonks and dancehalls. In today’s crowded music landscape, it’s become hard and harder to find traditional country acts, but Houston’s Broken Spokes are as traditional as the genre gets. Full of twangy guitars and honkytonk undertones, the five-piece makes the kind of country music that would make Johnny Cash and Hank Thompson proud.”
Learn more at www.brokenspokesmusic.com.
Dandy Wellington & His Band
3:45 – 5 p.m.
Born and raised in Harlem and inspired by the Big Band Era of Jazz, Dandy Wellington has 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 tthe wo books; I Am Dandy: The Return of the Elegant Gentleman and Style Like U.
“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.