No sooner did saltwater-veined Texas singer-songwriter Jerry Jeff Walker blow town than another popular salt-water singer-songwriter from Texas strode in to take his place, Kelly McGuire.
(UPDATE: Link to more and better pictures added to bottom of this post. Check ’em out, ya’ll!)
The pattern is similar. Texan McGuire will be showing up at venues around town to sing some of the popular stuff from his Belieze-inspired songbook, like “A Boat in Belize, ” “Daddys & Daughters,” “King of the Island,” “Blame It On Buffett,” and “Girls of the Island.”
Wednesday afternoon was given over to celebrating McGuire’s birthday at the perfect haunt, The Palapa Bar, about a half-mile north of the Sir Barry Bowen Bridge (if you believe the signs).
The place was packed and even the stilts were swaying to the music. He not only has a decent voice and some pretty nice Ambergris Caye-inspired songs, but Kelly McGuire also sincerely likes his fans. On a break, he walks through the bar calling some folks by name, shaking hands with everyone and just plain enjoying the pleasure of the company at hand.
You can see why folks look forward to his annual visits — two or three times a year. He even does public service messages for the local animal shelter.
A regular guy with a guitar.
On Friday, McGuire plays a beach concert at Ramon’s Village, 2-5 pm. Saturday includes a snorkeling trip to Hol Chan and the Palapa Bar (11-4 pm). On Sunday, its the Island Time Bar (2-5 pm) at the south end of the island, followed by an evening dinner concert at Ramon’s. Here’s the schedule.
Kelly McGuire’s concerts are free — he’s still kind of a for real bar singer — with the exception of the snorkel cruise, which also requires a reservation, as does the dinner at Ramon’s. So, you know the drill when there is a musician in the house: drink up, be nice to staff, tip your waiter and if there is a jar in front of the microphone drop some big money in it! If not, thank your musicians for their service.
Below is a selection of photos from McGuire’s Palapa Birthday Bash on Wednesday.
For some more great photos from Kelly McGuire’s Birthday Bash at the Palapa (OK, more and BETTER!), check out Rebecca Coutant’s San Pedro Scoop post here. You’ll be glad you did.