Beaufort Water Festival welcomes performances for Motown Monday

emoody@beaufortgazette.comJuly 16, 2012 


  • Festival art and craft market: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Promenade, Waterfront Park

    • Tropical Tuesday: 8 p.m.-11 p.m., Waterfront Park. 7 p.m., gates open. 8 p.m., show by Tsunami Wave Riders. Tickets, $12.
  • Croquet tournament (continued): 9 a.m., Waterfront Park

It only took a few bars of "Papa was a Rolling Stone," for Jan Kelly, 68, to jump to her feet Monday night in the middle of the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park.

With a hand out to her husband, Bob, she shimmied and swayed to the sound of one of her favorite local bands, Deas-Guyz, the featured band for Motown Monday at the 57th Annual Beaufort Water Festival.

"They're rhythm stays the same throughout their songs, so that you can keep a constant rhythm while you dance," she said as she shook her hands in time to the music and danced in her fold-up lawn chair.

As president of the Sun City Hilton Head Ballroom Club, Kelly was part of 10 club members who headed to Beaufort to celebrate two birthdays at Panini's on the Waterfront before the band took the stage at 8 p.m.

Kelly and her friends weren't the only ones dancing, as within a few songs, Deas-Guyz brought most audience members in the crowded park to their feet with songs like "Mustang Sally," "Ain't Too Proud To Beg" and "Shotgun."


The start of the croquet tournaments, sponsored by Modern Jewelers. Sixteen people, eight teams in all, registered for the competitions, which started at 9 a.m. in Waterfront Park. The tournaments continue at 9 a.m. today through Thursday, when finalists will face off.


Relax with the Tsunami Wave Riders, who will bring a beachy sound to the Tropical Tuesday festivities in Waterfront Park. The rock and reggae group incorporates traditional island instruments, such as ukuleles and steel drums, to make relaxing music, according to its website, Tickets: $12. Gates open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m.


Dave Helmer, 33, of Beaufort smiled and called himself "the enforcer" Monday when describing his job assisting the productions crew.

A student at the University of South Carolina at Beaufort and president of student theater group "Roges and Vacaboundes," Helmer was talked into volunteering last year by the current productions director, Van Brown. He serves as one of Brown's two right-hand men, making sure work is delegated and getting done to set up and put on the nightly shows.

"I enjoy the hard work and getting out there and doing something that creates a result," he said. "This festival brings together people from all over the community and all over the United States."


"Great weekend out on the water with some good buddies. ... Ready for this weekend down in the Lowcountry." -- Patrick Fish, via Twitter.

Related content

  1. Beaufort Gazette's Water Festival page
  2. Official Beaufort Water Festival page
  3. The Beaufort Gazette's story on Storify, a roundup of Water Festival news on social media and elsewhere around the Web

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