Cover image: Eric Nelson

Beach Music is a style of music that incorporates rhythm and blues (R&B), pop, soul, and maybe even a little bit of rock and disco. Originating in the Carolinas, it is also known as Carolina Beach Music, Shag Music, or Beach & Shag. It is mostly associated with the official dance of North Carolina and South Carolina, the Carolina Shag, a style of swing dance.

This genre of music and dance originated around 1946, experienced a transition in the 60s and 70s, and experienced a resurgence in the 1980s. Today, new, original beach music is still produced and enjoyed, particularly in the coastal regions of Southeastern U.S.

On Saturday, September 22, from noon to 8 pm, the Colonial Beach Community Foundation, in collaboration with the Colonial Beach Chamber of Commerce, will host the first-ever Northern Neck Beach Music Festival, including shag dance lessons and a shag dance contest, in the Town of Colonial Beach, Virginia, on Town Hill.

Tickets for the concert are $30 in advance. For more information and to purchase tickets, click HERE.  Tickets purchased at the gate on the day of the event will be $40.

Headlining the event will be two legendary beach music artists, The Embers and The Rhondels. The Embers recorded “I Love Beach Music”, which consistently ranks at the top of Greatest Beach Music Songs of all time.



The Rhondels were one of the first big-band rock bands to emerge in the mid-late 1960s.  Their most popular song was the catchy 1969 hit “What Kind of Fool Do You Think I Am?”



Discounted tickets for local residents will be available at the Colonial Beach Chamber of Commerce, Raggs and Denson’s Grocery and R&B Oyster Bar, and all Colonial Beach Outfitters events starting Saturday, August 4th.