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'Flash mob' helps psych up Motown Monday crowd at Water Festival

Claude and Coretta Towns of Columbus, Ohio, dance as Deas Guyz rock the Beaufort Water Fest during Motown Monday.
Claude and Coretta Towns of Columbus, Ohio, dance as Deas Guyz rock the Beaufort Water Fest during Motown Monday. Sarah Welliver/Staff Photo

Tracy Gandhi got a text message at 4:20 a.m. Monday.

"I'm so nervous. Are you?" it read.

At 6:45 p.m., Gandhi and a dozen of the women she teaches zumba to leaped to their feet in the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park for a "flash mob" style performance before the 58th annual Water Festival's Motown Monday concert.

In front of a crowd on the grassy lawn, they danced, shook and spun to the sounds of "Pause" by Pitbull and "Sexy Movimiento," a zumba song.

"I think it was a lot of fun, and it got a lot of people up and clapping," Gandhi said. "Everyone had been kind of quiet, maybe because of the rain, and I think it psyched them up."

Anytime Fitness owners Jode and Julia Kirk, who are helping sponsor the festival, suggested the surprise performance to Gandhi, who teaches at their center and at the Wardle Family YMCA.

Despite a late-afternoon downpour, concert attendees started lining up at festival gates before 6:30 p.m. for the annual concert, performed by Deas Guyz of Hilton Head Island.

Hope you didn't miss: The Battery Creek Boys Varsity Soccer Team has been hard at work raising money for next year's weeklong summer soccer camp. The team set up a concession stand at the back of Waterfront Park on Friday and manned it again Monday. It received a portion of the proceeds each day. Other teams will work the stand during the week, and each one will receive money from sales. The soccer team hopes to send 30 players to camp next year, at a cost of $100 per player.

Better not miss: A1A Band and GG's Ballroom Entertainment will heat up the party at Tropical Tuesday starting at 8 p.m. in Waterfront Park. A1A is the "official and original Jimmy Buffett tribute show" since 1992, according to its website. A1A founder Jeff Pike has performed with Buffett in concert, is in the "Fruitcakes" MTV video with Buffett and is a featured soloist on Buffett's "Barometer Soup Radio Special CD."

Volunteer of the day: Jason DuBois, 35, Hilton Head Island.

DuBois gestured to his post at the beer ticket table in Waterfront Park on Monday night. "Do you notice where I am?" he said. "I'm the closest of all the volunteers to the stage."

A member of the Beaufort County Bar Association's Young Lawyers Association, DuBois volunteered specifically for the Motown Monday shift so he could listen to Deas Guys.

This was his second year volunteering at the festival.

"I love meeting all the festival-goers," he said. "They're all nice and excited, and the music is amazing."

Socially speaking: @Jasonbrock28, Jason Michael Brock: "What an amazing place #Beaufort sc is. it's so hard to leave and head back to life, back to reality. :)"

The competitive edge: The croquet tournament (gold), which started Monday, resumes at 9 a.m. Tuesday in Waterfront Park.

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