Local musicians host Atlantic Beach concerts

  • Musician Mike Shackelford hosts Atlantic Beach's Songwriter and Acoustic Night concerts. (photo submitted)
    Musician Mike Shackelford hosts Atlantic Beach's Songwriter and Acoustic Night concerts. (photo submitted)

When Mike Shackelford was a kid, he was always listening to music or singing. He grew up in a house that encouraged singing, and his mother taught him to sing harmony at a young age. His dad’s cousin, Jody Payne, was a professional musician and played in Willie Nelson’s band for decades, as well as with other great country artists.
"I’ve been singing all my life," said Shackelford. "I grew up in a house that encouraged singing … either to the radio, record player, church or family gatherings."
Shackelford moved to Atlantic Beach in 1978. He quickly put together his band with himself, Justin and Kent Lindsey. They were based out of Lexington, Ky., and traveled the country through 1982. Shackelford still occasionally goes out of town or state for a concert.
He has been on stage with The Everly Brothers; Crosby, Stills and Nash; Kenny Loggins; The Beach Boys; Chicago; Hall and Oates; Gary US Bonds; and many more.
The Songwriter and Acoustic Night concept was the brainchild of Atlantic Beach resident Steve Piscitelli who, at the time was on the AB Cultural Arts Committee.
"He and I started it 14 years ago," Shackelford said. "The city of Atlantic Beach's support and facilitation has been paramount to its success. I am honored to be the caretaker."
Shackelford is also the guy who takes care of people at the monthly concerts in Atlantic Beach. He encourages men and women of all ages to pick up a guitar and play with them.
During the summer, Songwriter and Acoustic Night concerts are held outside and are open to families. Visit www.coab.us for more information or to participate as a musician.

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