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Admiral of The Fleet

David Nettles recently passed away but will always be remembered as a true Blufftonian. His wife Julie will be representing him as Admiral of the Fleet.

David Brian Nettles was born in Fort Campbell, KY in 1961. He moved to the Lowcountry while still a child. David’s love and respect for nature started at a young age. As a child, and into adulthood, he spent every available second in the woods or on the water. In his early 20s David worked for local shrimping legend Woody Collins.

He always delighted in recalling his adventures with Woody. David spent several years working at the Bluffton Oyster Company with both the Reeves and Toomer families.

Throughout the remainder of his life David spent every spare minute in the water; shrimping, crabbing, or fishing. His two favorite fish to catch were redfish and trout. He also enjoyed sharing his knowledge and love of the water with his wife, children, and grandchildren.

Lavon Stevens

October 17, 2021

4:00 pm, during Blessing of the Fleet and Boat Parade

Lavon Stevens is known for his soulful jazz, contemporary and blues music. A native of Savannah, Ga. Lavon began singing and playing piano at the age of 7. He began performing in local groups across the Southeast at the age of thirteen. His first instrument was the violin. He later studied voice and piano at Dekalb College in Atlanta, Ga. from 1979 to 1983.
He has traveled and performed all over the country including Aspen, Co., Atlanta, Ga. and Orlando, Fla. The resort vacation destination of Hilton Head Island, SC has been his home since 1981. He is one of the premier entertainers in Hilton Head Island, SC. Lavon is affiliated with BMI as a Publisher/Songwriter.

He serves on the board as a member of The Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra and is one of the music producers for The Native Island Gullah Festival. He is very active with The Junior Jazz Foundation at The Jazz Corner and he is also a member of the Circle of Songs organization. His CD “I See Love” was released in 1996 and features all original compositions. He is producing a variety of shows and recording projects including other R&B, Jazz, and Gospel artists.

This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a leisurely picnic lunch on the bluff of the May River and be entertained by the music and boat parade. What better way to begin our festival! 

Join us Sunday at 4:00 PM at Wright Family Park for a memorable time.

May River boat tour

Monday – Sunday

Every hour on the hour

Join Capt. Chris Shoemaker and his crew at May River Excursions for a one hour guided “Skiff” cruise on the May searching for local wildlife, discussing history and soaking up the tidal estuary air.
$30/person…subject to availability.
ALL TRIPS LEAVE ON THE HOUR EVERY HOUR FROM THE COUNTY DOCK AT THE END OF CALHOUN STREET. PLEASE CALL CAPT. CHRIS FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION. 843-304-2878

Outdoor pops in the park with hilton head symphony orchestra

October 21, 2021

7:30 pm (rain or shine)

Martin Family Park

68 Boundary Street

Celebrate the return of live concerts! Enjoy the sweet sounds of your own Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra and Erica Gabriel, 2018 Gold Medal Winner of the American Traditions Vocal Competition, in a fun performance featuring universally loved film and popular music. General lawn seating; please bring your own folding chairs and blankets.

 

Music line-up: Street fest weekend

Main Stage (Martin Park)

October 23, 2021(Sat.)

10:00 – 12:00 pm

12:45 – 2:30 pm

3:00 – 5:00 pm

Jason Bible

Spike Ivory

Gary Byrd and the Outlaws

October 24, 2021(Sun.) 

11:00 – 1:15 pm

1:45 – 4:00 pm

Howard Paul Trio

J. Edwards

Stage Two (Bridge & Calhoun Street)

October 23, 2021(Sat.)

10:30 – 1:15 pm

1:45 – 4:00 pm

Keystone Postcard

Bottles and Cans

October 24, 2021(Sun.) 

11:00 – 1:15 pm

1:45 – 4:00 pm

Julie Gribble

Vanna and the Rumpshakers

Spike ivory band 

Spike Ivory has crafted his unique sound and style by drawing on many influences through the years.  Spike played many of the instruments heard on his debut album and put a very personal stamp on each song. The resulting sound and amazing energy were felt through the live shows as Spike Ivory and his newly formed band began touring.

After the release of The Velvet Chains in 2005, the band toured many intimate sized venues and played more than 225 shows all over the USA, Puerto Rico, Hong Kong, Canada and Asia! Spike recently signed with the New LowCountry Music Label. His new Single “Rollin’ Thunder” (a tribute to our Troops and Military Vets past and present) has been gaining momentum on many radio stations across the states. Spike is currently scheduled to release an EP featuring Rollin’ Thunder along with 3 other tracks in September, followed by a full length album. 

muddycreek

Muddycreek is a five-piece variety cover band that became a Lowcountry favorite almost overnight. From their first public performance for the Bluffton Chamber of Commerce Business After-Hours party in the Spring of 2014, this group has been pleasing different types of audiences with their surprising array of ever-growing musical offerings. Unlike other variety bands that all seem to play the same song list, Muddycreek has their own approach to song selection for putting together a show that suits just about any gathering to create an exciting experience. The band roster includes members who are multi-instrumentalists and the songs they perform often include multi-part vocal arrangements for a band sound that is unique to the area and dynamic throughout their shows.

Put together all of these capabilities and you have a band that has performed at formal private weddings, Bluffton’s annual Mayfest, fundraising events like the Leo’s Legacy Festival, private parties and business grand openings, and many venues throughout Hilton Head Island, Bluffton, Daufuskie Island, and beyond. Audiences throughout the Lowcountry have enjoyed and danced to this band’s unique mix of Pop, R&B, Country, Classic Rock, Blues, Disco, Rockabilly Swing, and more.  And for you musical purists:  no computer accompaniment or alteration, just live music played with the hopes of connecting with the listener. MUDDYCREEK is simply a collection of fun-loving, highly experienced musicians who play music straight from the heart.

Julie gribble

We are lucky to have Julie Gribble back again this year. This is a show not to be missed! It just comes naturally for Julie Gribble, writing, singing, and performing.  But what she loves most is to inspire, to reach people with her music.  With her Traditional Americana/Country Music, Gribble has entranced audiences with her modern stories of life, love and relationships.  When you think about the edge of an artist like Lucinda Williams, the melodies of Allison Krauss, and a likeness to Natalie Merchant, you’ll find Julie.  Audiences connect immediately to the unique lyrics because they’re not the same old love clichés. As Craig Ferguson said, on his show about her record, So Typical, “It’s Fantastic!”

Gribble has toured the US and Canada, opened for major label artists, become the face of Hotel Indigo’s Featured Artist and be asked to perform on many national television shows around the country as well as numerous radio spots. With her recent endorsement through Martin Guitars, Julie has been touring supporting her newest release, “Letting Go.” This is followed by her appearance in October, 2010 on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.  After wrapping up her supporting role in the upcoming Sony Pictures Film, Quarantine 2, she also was a songwriting teacher and performer on Seth Green’s new web show, ControlTV. Before her recent move to Nashville,TN, she managed to gain a full page interview in Atlanta’s Finest Mag, a finalist in GA Lottery’s All Access Music Competition, and is nominated for a GA Country Music Award.

Rockin’ on the dock fireworks & Party

October 23, 2021

6:00 pm – Dusk

The annual Historic Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival fireworks spectacular will present the best fireworks show in Bluffton at dusk on Saturday evening, with music by The Chiggers. Shot from the May River and viewed riverside at the Bluffton Oyster Factory Park on Wharf Street, this will be the grand finale to a day full of festivities, not to be missed!