As has been customary for the past several years, The Sand Band makes its annual appearance in Port Aransas. It’s like a band rising from the ocean mist, they just appear somewhere during #TexasSandFest.
This year, the group will be performing at Treasure Island on Friday, April 29th. The Sand Band plays their own original music and many TropRock covers. Port Aransas local, Alan White, plays in the group and says the first time they played was at the Tarpon Ice House (now Treasure Island) several years ago. (I was there. They were simply fabulous!)He says the transformation of the Tarpon Ice House to Treasure Island is nothing short of phenomenal. White said Tommy and Linda did a great job in creating a first class music venue.
The group consists of Kelly Brown, Randy Brooks, Louie Chambers, all from the Dallas area. Also, Mike Eiras from Austin and Alan White from Port Aransas. Brooks is well known for writing the popular Christmas song, “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer.” White said, “ all but Eiras play in the Dallas based group, The Bad Monkeys, “ so they know all the music. Eiras sits in from time to time; however, the configuration of The Sand Band never rehearse or practice together. Its simply a jam session from a bunch of talented musicians. That’s what makes it upbeat and fun for the crowd and the band as well.
“We bring our own crowd as well,” says White. “Fifty or more people from the Cedar Creek Lake Parrothead Club will be there headed up by their leader, Robert Render. The Cedar Creekers won the coveted Golden Coconut award for the best Parrothead Club in the nation. Those folks truly know how to Party With a Purpose. There will also be many Parrotheads from Port Aransas (President Deno Fabrie) and San Antonio (President Dave Spenny).”
You can get an idea about their sound by listening to the trailer for Naked Came the Sharks. The soundtrack is “Song of the Ocean” by The Sand Fest’s Kelly Brown.
So, if you are looking for some music to keep you on your feet, be at Treasure Island on the 29th.