I’m fortunate to live very near the most beautiful beaches in the country. My favorite music jobs are beach bars. We played a place called The Plantation several years ago on the Gulf beach and had huge fun. Playing “beach music” at a seaside bar with gulf breezes and people laughing and waves pounding on the beach is just the epitome of the music business…. to me, anyway.
Beach music has to include this song. “The Drifters” recorded it in 1964 but it’s still recognizable and creates a certain atmosphere of free living and sweet romance. The song is about a boy and a girl meeting “under the boardwalk” to share their secret love. Oddly, “The Drifters” prior hit had secret lovers meeting “up on the roof”…. whatever happened to dinner and a show?
Anyway, download the midi off the Pop/Rock list and take your audience to the beach.