By PAMELA CODY
Special to the PRESS
South Padre Island’s own singer/songwriter Joel Melton will be performing this weekend at the 2nd Annual South Padre Island Folk Festival, along with an impressive array of more than 30 different folk artists and musical groups from all over Texas. The four-day free event will take place at Clayton’s Beach Bar & Grill from September 10th through the 13th, and is slated to kick off Thursday evening and run through Sunday afternoon. There will be two stages with different performers playing continually from 3:45pm until 2 am. In addition to the non-stop music, there will also be activities patrons can opt to participate in for the price of a wristband, such as yoga and sandcastle lessons, musical workshops, kite building, and volleyball. Again, all of the music at the festival is free for all ages to enjoy, making it the perfect place to bring the family for some great entertainment, as well as taking advantage of the beautiful beach and amenities available from various vendors and Clayton’s.
Melton, originally from Checotah, Oklahoma, is a talented singer, songwriter and musician who performs regularly at Island venue Tequila Sunset. He also hosts an open mike night on Thursday evenings at Palm Street Pier. With his easy-going style and large repertoire of songs, musicians and singers congregate there weekly to play, sing and enjoy a variety of musical styles. On any given night, performers can range from young aspiring guitarists like Chase James, to Jonathan Dotson, noted classical performer and guitar professor at TSC.
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