2017-09-01 / Features

GBHS CLASS OF ’76 PLANNING A PARTY FOR EVERYONE!


Duane Betts, son of the legendary Dickey Betts of the Allman Brothers Band and Paulette, a personal assistant to Cher, will perform at Breezers Musicfest. Duane Betts, son of the legendary Dickey Betts of the Allman Brothers Band and Paulette, a personal assistant to Cher, will perform at Breezers Musicfest. Approximately six years ago, Gulf Breeze High School Class of 1976 graduate Scott Dixon was sitting on Pensacola Beach with many of his classmates, reminiscing. He suggested that friends who shared as much history as they did should get together every year, instead of waiting for a fun event every five years.

Everyone agreed, but they left it up to Scott to pull it all together. As he has a lot of experience putting on large social events, he took up the challenge and promptly contacted GBHS class of ’71 graduate Brent Sibley to help him out.

Sibley is considered to be the finest guitarist ever to graduate from GBHS, so the pair decided to make the event a music festival and Breezer Music Fest was born. Brent’s band, The Skydogs, out of Birmingham have been the headliners each year since, joined by various other groups and local talent, such as Loaded Goat, an area favorite.

Last year, the event moved to the Sandshaker Lounge on Pensacola Beach and was bigger than ever. This event attracts folks from all over the country and even though it was started by Breezers, it is not limited only to GBHS graduates. There is no cover charge and any music lover is welcome.

This year, organizers have even bigger and better things planned. On Saturday night, Sept. 23, Duane Betts will be joining the Skydogs on stage from 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Duane is the son of the legendary Dickey Betts, guitarist from The Allman Brothers Band. Named for Duane Allman, the younger Betts played for years with his father’s band, Great Southern, and now has his own group, The Duane Betts Band.

On Friday night, Sept. 22, Jason Carter and The Healers from Tupelo Miss., will open the Music Fest from 7-9, followed by The Skydogs from 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Opening for The Skydogs and Duane Betts on Saturday, Sept. 23, will be South of Heaven Band out of Athens, Ga., from 7-9 p.m. On Sunday, Sept. 24, BB’s Fault will open from 2-3:30 p.m., followed by local favorite Loaded Goat from 4-8 p.m.

For those who work up an appetite grooving to the tunes, Lone Star Kitchens 2 Go food truck, a Gulf Breeze favorite, will be on site at the Sandshaker from 5 p.m. til midnight Friday, Sept. 22, and from 3 p.m. til midnight on Saturday, Sept. 23, featuring a Tex- Mex Grill for the festival crowd. It is owned and operated by local resident Michael Windhorst. Join the grill’s Facebook page @ lonestarkitchens-togo and feast on the best quesadillas from here to Texas, says a GBHS alum.

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