Blackwater Rhythm & Blues rocking out with volunteer singers.

What a great way to kickoff the summer. Sitting on a beach chair on the lawn at the Whalehead Club in Corolla, a nice breeze blowing off the sound, the sun is out and Blackwater Rhythm & Blues Band is kicking out some great beach music.

It’s hard to imagine a better way to spend Memorial Day Weekend.

Sanctuary Vineyards form over on the mainland is on hand pouring wine or offering their wines by the bottle; there’s beer on tap; local organizations are selling hot dogs, hamburgers and chicken dinners for charity. The kids are having a great time with face painting; and for kids of all ages there’s a corn hole tournament.

The day started with local band Aquarium. Great vocals, tight arrangements with some some really good percussion and lead guitar work.

But Blackwater Rhythm & Blues Band really stole the show. Playing hits from the 1950s up until today, with a horn section, sax and great vocals they were perfect for the day. People were up and dancing—and when they broke out the Bruno Mars hit “Uptown Funk” they took the performance to a new level.

A couple of kids—teenagers— in the audience got up on stage and sang with them. It must have been spontaneous because when they asked the volunteer singers where they were from it was everywhere from Washington, DC to a local girl.

There’s always next year, but for 2016, things have started about as well as they could.