The five-minute rain shower did nothing to dampen the spirits of the thousands in attendance at tonight’s .38 Special concert at the Pompano Beach Seafood Festival. If anything, it added to the feeling that this was a special night, in a special place. When the drops began to fall, all manner of folk – whether decked out in their finest cowboy attire or their beachiest sundresses, and everything in between – happily ducked under the “small stage” tent.
“It’ll blow right over,” we confidently assured each other, smiling. This is the beach, after all, where the sun is almost always shining, and this is .38 Special on stage – we’re not going to let a little rain stop this party.
Sure enough, five minutes later, the clouds were gone. The band hadn’t missed a beat – what’s a little rain when you’ve been rocking the house for over 30 years?
The near-90 minute show was just great. What a class act .38 Special is – it’s great to hear a band that has contributed much of the soundtrack to so many of our lives say goodnight by saying, “Thank you all so much for letting us be a part of your lives for all these years.” And what fun it was to sing “Hold on Loosely” in unison with thousands of others, on such a happy, happy night.
Happy not just because nearly everyone had enjoyed the magnificent seafood that is, of course, the highlight of the festival, but because this felt like Pompano Beach’s true coming-out party. Yes, we had a great celebration and “grand re-opening” on April 5, but the Seafood Festival , which draws not just locals, but thousands of others from near and far, can be considered one of our annual marquee events, a decades-old tradition (this is its 29th year) that draws people who, we’d guess, don’t ever come to Pompano Beach at any other time.
Listening to the conversations of those around us confirmed this suspicion. “I’d say,” said a woman walking next to us, “that this beach is prettier than Fort Lauderdale.” “I don’t ever think to come to this beach, but now this is where I’m going to come!” said another. Our favorite: “Dude, you’ve been holding out on me! I didn’t even know this place existed!”
Ahhhhh. Finally. Thanks, .38 Special, for a great, great show. And thanks, Pompano Beach – we know that this is just the beginning of so many more great things to come.
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