Smokey Joe’s Café

The names Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller may not be familiar, but you will know many of the timeless songs they wrote during the 1950s and 1960s.

Smokey Joe's Cafe, SummerTide Theatre, University of Alabama, Gulf Shores, Meyer Vacation Rentals

Don't miss the highly entertaining Smokey Joe's Cafe! Performances by SummerTide Theatre of University of Alabama through June 29 in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Among their most well-known pieces are “Stand By Me,” “Love Potion #9” and “On Broadway,” as well as novelty songs “Yakety Yak” and “Charlie Brown.” Others you will likely recognize include “Ruby Baby,” “Poison Ivy” and “Spanish Harlem.”

Smokey Joe’s Café is a revue of the music of the prolific Lieber and Stoller writing team. Filled with rock ’n’ roll as well as rhythm and blues, you’ll also pick up on a few hints of country and even Vaudeville in the 39 songs presented by eight highly talented SummerTide Theatre performers.

Since the entire production is a collection of songs with no dialogue, you might expect to sit through a concert, politely applauding after each number. But rest assured, this is a highly entertaining show. Each song is a production within itself, thanks to clever and well-executed staging and/or choreography.

You’ll find yourself applauding enthusiastically and even cheering throughout the performance, especially following the bring-down-the-house “I’m a Woman” that highlights each of the ladies and then brings it home as they join together for a powerful final refrain.

Capitalizing on that momentum, the full ensemble immediately follows up with a high-energy “Jailhouse Rock” song and dance sequence. It’s almost impossible for audience members to keep from dancing then and many other times during the 90 minutes of entertainment.

There’s just not enough room in this blog to share all the wonderful moments of song and dance, melancholy and laughter. So do yourself a favor—get your tickets today for Smokey Joe’s Café.

Performances are Tuesday through Sunday evenings through June 29 at 8 p.m. at the George C. Meyer Performing Arts Center, 2022 W. 2nd St., Gulf Shores. Tickets may be purchased online at, or by calling 251-968-6721; adults $18, children under 12 $12, groups of 10 or more $12 each.

Each June for nine years, students and recent graduates of University of Alabama have brought their gift of musical theater to Pleasure Island. Each year it has been a must-see experience, and this year’s Smokey Joe’s Café continues their string of smash hits.

If you haven’t made your summer beach plans yet, don’t miss out! Consider staying at any of our vacation rental condos or houses in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Fort Morgan (Alabama) or Perdido Key (Florida). But book now before your favorite property is taken!

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Hey, Elvis Fans!

What is it about Elvis that has folks, all these years later, still in love with him and with his music? Was it his costumes? His hairstyle? His dance moves? His voice? The songs he chose to sing?

Elvis, country legends, concert, impersonator, eddie miles

Is it really Elvis, or impersonator Eddie Miles? Find out for yourself Saturday, February 25, 2012, in Orange Beach, Alabama.

Entertainer Eddie Miles may not be able to give a definitive answer to that age-old question, but he sure gives a definitive performance as Elvis. And Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Conway Twitty and other country legends. The country legends will appear during the first half, and the second half is all Elvis, from his early to his final days. You’ll be singing along with all of them!

Eddie will bring his show, Elvis and Country Legends, to the Orange Beach Event Center at The Wharf on Saturday, February 25, 2012, at 7 p.m. Tickets—ranging from $15 to $30—are available by calling 251-504-2122, or you can stop by Nibbles Gourmet Market and Deli in The Wharf.

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Shrimp Fest – Children’s Activity Village

Yes! Bring the kids to the Shrimp Festival October 13–16, 2011!

Children's Activity Village, Shrimp Festival, Gulf Shores, Alabama

Bring the kids and enjoy loads of family fun during Shrimp Fest, October 13–16, 2011, in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles are encouraged to bring the younger set to enjoy this hugely popular event in Gulf Shores, Alabama. There is an entire section of the grounds dedicated to making the children’s days at the festival just as fun as the adults’ experience.

Free snacks of snow cones and popcorn will keep the kids fueled between meals. Many free events and activities will be provided, including sports inflatables, arts & crafts, video games, Build-a-Bear coloring books, jet ski simulator, face painting, make-your-own T-shirts, safety lessons and ID tags from the Alabama Marine Police. You’ll also find H2O Ballz, outdoor family adventures, and children’s clothing and accessories.

A full slate of live stage acts by or for children is offered throughout the four-day festival. Babin House of Party will supply free all-day entertainment on Thursday and Friday, October 13 and 14 (10 a.m.–5 p.m.), plus shorter stage segments Saturday and Sunday (see schedule below).

Local and regional acts fill out the weekend days:

10–11 a.m.       South Baldwin Dance Center
11–11:30           Melange Dance Company of Pascagoula, MS
11:30–noon     Alabama International Girl Youth Development
Noon–12:30    Flip City
12:30–1:00      Babin House of Party
1:00–1:30        Southern Edge Dance
1:30–2:00        Wheeles Karate Academy
2:00–2:30        Southern Edge Dance
2:30–3:00        Babin House of Party
3:00–3:30        Flip City—Gulf Coast Little Princess Pageant Crowning
3:30–4:00        Gulf Coast Tae Kwon Do
4:00–5:00        Babin House of Party

10:30–11 a.m. Alabama Entertainers Music Theater Group
11–11:30           Babin House of Party
11:30–noon     International Miss Youth Development
Noon–12:30    Brandy Brown Studio
12:30–1:00      Miss Seafood Queens
1:00–1:30         kbDanz
1:30–2:00         Babin House of Party
2:00–2:30        Alabama Entertainers Music Theater Group
2:30–3:00        Alligator Alley
3:00–3:30        Alabama Entertainers Music Theater Group
3:30–4:00        —
4:00–5:00        Babin House of Party Grand Finale

Although not directly a part of Children’s Activity Village, the Sand Sculpture Contest on Saturday (11 a.m.–3 p.m.) offers a creative opportunity for age groups starting as young as 5 years.

So pack up the entire family for fun, fun, fun at the 2011 Shrimp Festival!

While at the festival, you won’t want to miss the wide variety of musical acts at both ends of the festival grounds. Take a look at the full line-up, including links to many of the performers, on our Shrimp Fest—East Stage and Shrimp Fest—West Stage pages.

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Smoke on the Mountain

It’s the 1930s, and the fictitious Sanders Family Singers is holding a “singin’” of traditional and bluegrass gospel music on a Saturday night in North Carolina. And you are a member of the congregation, eager to hear the music, witness the witnessing, share in the lives of the realistic (and non-preachy) characters, and be uplifted by a big helping of laughter.

South Baldwin Community Theatre, Gulf Shores, Alabama, Smoke on the Mountain, musical, play

Down-home gospel and bluegrass music woven into the lives of the fictitious Sanders Family Singers of the 1930s. Be part of the "congregation" at South Baldwin Community Theatre in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

As the dozen-plus cast members tell their stories, they segue naturally into great old hymns, some well known, others obscure. You’re sure to recognize sacred standards such as “Rock of Ages,” “I’ll Fly Away” and “Church in the Wildwood”—but even the unfamiliar tunes will bring on a sense of nostalgia for the little ol’ one-room community church that everyone in town attended.

Smoke on the Mountain will play Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1 at 7:30 and Sunday, October 2 at 2:30—and again the weekend of October 7–9 at the same times. Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for students; group rates are available. Call to reserve at 251-968-6721. South Baldwin Community Theatre is located at 2022 W. Second St. in Gulf Shores, across from the Erie Meyer Civic Center and Bodenhamer Recreation Center.

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The Jungle Book Kids—This Weekend!

Remember the animated musical about Mowgli, the young boy raised by wolves in the jungle? It was a childhood favorite, including the popular song “The Bare Necessities.”

The Jungle Book Kids, musical, South Baldwin Community Theater, children, Gulf Shores, Alabama

Enjoy the stage musical version of The Jungle Book Kids this weekend in Gulf Shores.

This weekend—Friday and Saturday, August 12 and 13, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, August 14 at 2 p.m.—you and your children and grandchildren can relive this wonderful story of The Jungle Book in a staged children’s presentation.

This one-act musical has been carefully adapted from the original, keeping it family friendly, and making it sparkle with energetic music and colorful characters. When the villain tiger Shere Khan decides that the young boy is no longer welcome in the jungle, Bagheera the panther and Baloo the bear try to escort Mowgli safely to the “man village.” But they encounter some interesting characters along the way.

The Jungle Book Kids includes an age-old moral to the story and, of course, a happy ending. Don’t miss your opportunity to watch the young stars shine at South Baldwin Community Theater in Gulf Shores, 2022 W. Second St., across from Bodenhamer Center and the Erie Meyer Civic Center. Adult tickets are $10, student tickets $5, and ages 2 and under are admitted free. Call 968-6721 for further information.

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SummerTide Theatre: Dames at Sea

SummerTide Theatre: A small group of current and recently graduated college students and faculty members who easily transport their audience away from their hectic days and into a world of musical theater entertainment. As the professional summer theatre of the University of Alabama, these talented folks have brought innumerable smiles to Gulf Shores for the past 7 years, and this 8th season is no exception.

This year’s show, Dames at Sea, is everything you would expect from a 1930s musical: a self-centered star, a sweet young thing who wants to be a star, a helpful friend, a handsome love interest, his friend, and an authority figure. They rekindle old flames or fall in love at first sight, they get caught up in misunderstandings, they kiss and make up. But mostly, they sing and they dance. And they do it well.

Each Tuesday through Sunday evening from June 3 through July 1, SummerTide Theatre will tell the story of a new Broadway show that almost closed when the theater was sold, but instead was staged aboard a nearby battleship. In spite of the mid-show setbacks to the characters in the story, you will leave feeling happy and lighthearted thanks to the tap dancing, the music and, of course, a fairy-tale happy ending.

Curtain is at 8 p.m. each night. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for children under 12; group rates for parties of 10 or more are available. Box office hours are Tuesday through Sunday from noon until 8 p.m., so you may reserve or pick up your tickets ahead of time or at the door. The George C. Meyer Performing Arts Center is located at 2022 W. 2nd St. in Gulf Shores, across from the Erie Meyer Civic Center and the Bodenhamer Recreation Center.

Enjoy a break from your routine in this intimate setting and get a glimpse of 1930s Broadway with SummerTide Theatre’s Dames at Sea.

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