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Blues band returns to rock the beach

Posted on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 2:30 pm

Suzi Smith of Sweet Suzi Blues performs in Colonial Beach

Australian band Longreef graces the stage.

High Tides and the Black Pearl Tiki Bar hosted two world-renowned bands this weekend on the Tiki Bar stage.

Longreef of Sydney, Australia started their North American tour Saturday night to a standing room only crowd on the sand in front of the stage. The band consists of members: Josh Barker, lead vocals and guitar; Nick Miller, lead guitar; Jim Wark, bass and backing vocals; Tristan Davies, drums.

The band is no stranger to the Town of Colonial Beach or High Tides having performed there in the past. Longreef flew into the USA in 2016 for a benefit for High Tides’ owner Vickie Coffman, when she was diagnosed with brain cancer.

In August of 2015, High Tides held a benefit for Barker’s father, which raised $8,000 to help in his treatment after his cancer diagnosis. Vickie and Barker’s father both later lost their battles with cancer.

Longreef also filmed portions of a video for their song, “Battle Plan” in Colonial Beach. The song is an anti-bullying rocker that features a number of teenagers and children from Colonial Beach as well as various spots in town.

On Sunday, New York City band, Sweet Suzi Blues, took the sunny stage to play the blues for the gathered crowd. With no breeze, but a perfect temperature, people up and down the boardwalk rocked to the beat of the band.

Suzi Smith has won three New York Blues competitions and competed in the International Blues Competition. With a sultry voice reminiscent of Janis Joplin crossed with Ettie James, Smith’s is a voice not to be missed.

Sweet Suzi first played in Colonial Beach at the Second Annual Colonial Beach BikeFest.