By Katie Hatfield
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Just because the curtains have closed on summer’s HarbourFest, doesn’t mean the show is over for the fall. All season long, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort hosts Music and Taste on the Harbour, every Thursday night from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Shelter Cove Harbour. The fun kicked off September 10 with Deas Guyz and ever since, crowds have shown up to support local restaurants and bands.
This is the fourth year that Music and Taste on the Harbour has brought local bands to perform for visitors and locals alike around the Neptune statue in the heart of Shelter Cove Harbour. During opening night, bistro lights were hung around the statue to provide more of a festive feeling and ambience.
“The visitor feedback is always fun to hear,” said Kelly Lloyd, marketing coordinator for Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort. “They are mind blown at the concept of a free outdoor concert in such a beautiful setting.”
The Neptune statue provides the perfect place within the Harbour to dance the night away while listening to Deas Guyz, The Headliners, Target, the Band and the Chilly Willy Band. Seating is limited to a few benches and chairs, so guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs so they can relax and enjoy the cool night along the harbor while listening and dancing to some great tunes.
“The entertainment is all from local bands,” said Lloyd. “Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina restaurants and shops are all owned by local owners, so we feel as if the music should reflect that as well. Each band has their own unique feel but appeal to a wide audience.”
Many of the bands are also crowd favorites and are invited back to perform for multiple seasons.
“We book local entertainment based on the feedback from the crowds,” said Lloyd. “Some years, we stick to crowd favorites and sometimes we try something new!”
In fact, all of the bands performing at this years Music and Taste have all performed here in the past and are large crowd pleasers. They include: The Chilly Willy Band on October 1, The Headliners on October 8, Target, the Band, on October 15 and Deas Guyz on October 22.
While the bands play, the six waterfront restaurants, located within Shelter Cove, take turns each night setting up tents and selling small appetizers, house drinks and cocktails for attendees. Two restaurants set up their tent to be featured each Thursday, except for opening night when all six restaurants were featured. While this event is free, food and drinks are not so be sure to bring some money and an ID for alcoholic drinks.
Attendees are also encouraged to bring canned good donations for the Deep Well Project, a local nonprofit Hilton Head Charity.