The 13th annual Rendezvous, hosted by the Panama City Parrot Head Club, is taking place on April 26th – 29th directly on the sugary sands of Panama City beach. Four days of trop rock musical entertainment, drink making contests, fundraising and a ton of Parrot Head fun.
Along with the famous beach and emerald waters, Sharky’s Beachfront Restaurant is the host venue for Rendezvous. Sharky’s expansive back deck is dubbed the “Rendezvous Deck” for the duration of the event, serving good food and cold drinks. Plus Sharky’s will have a bar on the beach for Rendezvous attendees, offering several drink specials.
Making it super easy for attendees, the Rendezvous beach area is where you set your chairs or tent (if you purchase a tent space) and leave it throughout the event. Rendezvous hires overnight security so you don’t need to move your stuff for the duration. Tent spaces are limited and go up for auction to all registered attendees in early March. These spots sell out fast, maybe because you’ll have more shade or maybe because everyone wants to have fun decorating their tent. But, no matter if you’re chillin’ in your tent or lounging in your camp chairs, a unique benefit of Rendezvous is you can bring your own cooler. Fill it with your favorite mixers, alcohol and beer (remember, no glass on the beach) and make your own drinks in the sand!
And you can listen along with Danny Lynn of Tiki Man Radio, and this year Eric and Gina Babin will also be streaming on Radio Trop Rock too! (trivia note of the day – RadioTropRock started in Panama City from Panama City Parrot Heads—pre Eric!)
The Trop Rockin’ Magazine Gals will be there, and of course a nice table for all the musicians to sell their bling too.
Rendezvous Music Lineup
Every year the Rendezvous committee looks for new ways to make this event even better and this year, the continuous flow of music is an exciting improvement.
Jeff Brewer is the President of the Panama City Parrot Head Club, and a key member of the Rendezvous committee. He’s probably best known by his stage name, Jeff and the Camaros. Jeff and the Rendezvous committee are excited to announce there will be two music stages this year to keep the music streaming. Jeff reveals they are “borrowing several ideas from other events.” He laughs as he says “I won’t say the name of the event, but it’s initials are MOTB.” Jeff explains that by attending other great events, such as Music on the Bay or Pardi Gras, they are incorporating the best ideas into Rendezvous. Now with two stages, music will be continuous instead of needing a small break between bands to switch out equipment. By utilizing the Rendezvous Deck as the second stage, attendees will enjoy even more music, and more artists
The entertainment schedule is full of the best talents in the Trop Rock genre and as Jeff describes ” it is the strongest lineup Rendezvous has ever showcased.” Kicking off on Thursday evening with the first surprise guest artist who may (or may not) open with his song written specifically about this event “Let’s Rendezvous Tonight.” You may have guessed who this artist is since he’s opened the event for the last 7 years, but this year there is a second surprise guest! You’ll have to be there to find out as the event coordinators are keeping this one under wraps. The Thursday night headliners are the powerhouse duo Drop Dead Dangerous. Kitty Steadman and Melanie Howe will kick it up with their country sound.
Friday opens on the beach stage at 1pm with Steve Hopper and the Wolf Island Band which is surely the most appropriate spot to hear their new Trop Rock CD titled “Anywhere There’s a Beach.” They are followed by one of the nicest guys in Trop Rock, Reggie Starrett, who is also a very talented singer/songwriter. Next up is Steve Tolliver and the Trop Rock Junkies with their rock to trop vibe and closing out the night on the beach stage with music that will keep you on your feet is Jerry Diaz and Hanna’s Reef. There will even be an 11 pm set by Reggie for the late-nighters!
Saturday is a full day starting off with Trop Rocker Jack Mosley, then followed by Matt Hoggatt who will keep you laughing with his hilarious stories that lead right into his original songs. The Texas duo, The Detentions, will perform their wide variety of well written songs which leads into one of the most in-demand bands in Trop Rock, Donny Brewer and the Dock Rockers. Donny pulls in the crowd by getting everyone to sing along and for sure you’ll substitute the word “rum” into every possible popular lyric. Then you can dance the night away with Jimmy Parrish and the Waves.
The stars of the Sunday showcase on the Rendezvous Deck are Brent Burns —who played at the first Rendezvous way back when. Brent wrote “Parrothead Rendezvous” which has been the theme song for many years. Rendezvous is happy and proud to have Brent back when with his funny stories and songs. Then closing out Rendezvous is the country-trop duo Thom Shepherd and Coley McCabe who switch back and forth between their heart swelling ballads to funny Parrot Head original songs.
Rendezvous Fundraising Fun
Fundraising is always an important aspect of Rendezvous and in the past 12 years, the attendees of this event have raised $263,000 for local charities!
What’s even more amazing is how much fun everyone will have this year raising money for the Rendezvous beneficiary, Girls Inc., an organization designed to help young girls be “strong, smart and bold” through quality after school programs. Girls Inc. is a National organization, but all the Rendezvous fundraising dollars will benefit the local Bay County chapter.
The fundraising starts well before the event with the Tent Space auction. Your purchase of a tent space goes directly to charity. These tent spaces sell out fast and you must be a registered attendee of Rendezvous to bid on a tent.
Always a big hit, attendees look forward to the annual Jello Shot contest. You can either enter your own recipe to compete, or for a small donation, be a judge and taste test all the concoctions! Remember to pace yourself (or not). There is also a Boat Drink contest. A small number of people actually become judges for both the Jello Shot contest and the Boat drink contest – PACE YOURSELF!
New this year, attendees get the chance to win money and donate with the first annual Rendezvous Poker Run on the beach! This 50/50 fundraiser gives everyone a chance to win for a small entry fee. You’ll draw cards at various stations setup around the venue, which means you won’t have to walk far to play. The winner with the best poker hand gets half the money raised and the other half will be added to the donations for Girls, Inc
The always popular Cork Pull fundraiser is another chance for attendees to give and get. Sponsors generously donate a bottle of wine or liquor with a value of no less than $20 ensuring that each bottle is a good quality. When you purchase a cork draw for $20 you’ll get to pull a cork and win a bottle of something, most have values well over the $20 and some up to $100.
While the main goal of Rendezvous is to provide a fun time for Parrot Heads all over the country on the beach, Rendezvous always raises a solid donation for our charity and this year will be no different.
The deadline to register for the full event is either April 1st or when the attendance limit is reached, so book now to be safe!
It’s time to make your plans by registering on the Panama City Parrot Head Club website, book your hotel room at one of the 3 host hotels (make sure you get the group rates by using the booking code you can find on the event registration page) and if you’re looking to nab a tent space, watch for the auction announcement in early March.
It’s the best music on one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, how could you possibly miss it?
Dates: April 26th – 29th
Location: Sharky’s & Panama Picty Beach
Registration Deadline: April 1st
Website: Panama City Parrot Head Club – Rendezvous