By LAUREN LAUGHLIN
Special to the NEWS
The South Padre Island Parks and Recreation Committee sponsored the first annual Red, Wine, and Blues Concert on Sunday, May 29 from 8-10 p.m. on the beach behind Boomerang Billies.
The event was free to the public. Over 200 people brought lawn chairs or beach towels and listened to SPI’s own Pelican West and Houston’s Blues Star Texas Johnny Brown.
Texas Johnny Brown started his music career in 1949 and has since won many honors and is a member of the Texas Blue’s Hall of Fame and a WC Handy winner.
Several months ago a survey went asking the public what events they would like to have on the Island and one of the top votes was a beach concert. Since the survey the city of SPI has been working on this event and has planned another later in the year.
At the event t-shirts were sold to raise money for the city to continue doing events like this one. Rob Kniech a member of the Parks, Recreation and Beautification Committee said, “The concert was a great idea, it’s what the public wanted and the public came out to support it.”
The Parks, Recreation and Beautification Committee thanks its sponsors for making the event a reality: Ben’s Liquor Coastal Current, Island Services, Island Furniture, Pronto Insurance, City of South Padre, South Shore Auto, Island Native Surf House, Valley International Airport, Boomerang Billies, Paragraph’s Bookstore, Island Fitness, Jake’s Flowers, Padre Island Sweepstakes, Wagoner Real Estate, Lynne Tate Real Estate, Troy Giles Realty, Remax Kori Marra, Cafe Kranzler, Jam Healthcare Recruiting, El Paseo Arts Foundation.
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