All Music Magazine covered the east coast of Florida Saturday night, June 13, 2020. The 1970’s cover band, Swamp Dawg, was performing at the legendary Earl’s Hideaway Lounge and Tiki Bar in Sebastian, Florida, and Mark Horan of MarkHoran.Pictures LLC was on hand to take in the scene. Earl’s rests between US Highway 1 and The Indian River. The covered stage is in the sand and is secluded from view of US Highway 1 by a think bamboo growth that conceals the venue on two sides. A full service tiki bar and a snack shack witch offers hot sandwiches and fries are at the location. The beauty of the venue is the view of the Indian River opposite the towering bamboo. Fans can lounge in the sun and enjoy live music while watching boats glide by on their way to the Atlantic Ocean. Earl’s is a popular destination for concerts and especially on Sunday afternoons when Earl’s hosts national artists.
Swamp Dawg, a Palm Bay, Florida band, performed southern rock and blues covers. Right from the beginning I saw the crowd getting into the show when Gator, the lead guitarist left the stage mid solo and started to walk the crowd. Everyone in attendance was now a part of the show up close and personal.
The band had the crowd eating out of their hand so they even threw in an original, “The Boot” to their set of the local crowd favorites. The atmosphere was primarily a beach party and with a sand dance floor where barefoot dancers partied in front of the sage. The band utilized the diversity in vocals of Gator on lead guitar, Jack on rhythm guitar, and George on bass to mimic the tone of the songs they covered.
The audience had a great time and appreciated the catalog of songs chosen for the show. I have to admit, I knew almost every word of every song performed. Swamp Dawg appeals to an older crowd that remembers these rock and roll/blues classics from when they were a bit younger. For a great night out with friends, Swamp Dawg is the perfect live music to facilitate an enjoyable gathering day or night!
George Nowak – Bass/Vocals
Gator Milden – Guitar/Vocals
Michael Evanchik – Drums
Jack Childs – Guitar/Vocals
- Swamp Music (Lynyrd Skynyrd cover)
- Somehow, Somewhere, Someway (Kenny Wayne Shepherd cover)
- I know a Little (Lynyrd Skynyrd cover)
- Ride Till I’m Satisfied (Walter Trout cover)
- One Way Out (Allman Brothers Band cover)
- Tore Down (Eric Clapton cover)
- Big Boss Man (Kentucky Head Hunters cover)
- Whipping Post (Pat Travers cover)
- Cheap Sunglasses (ZZ Top cover)
- Thank You (ZZ Top cover)
- The Boot
- South Bound (Allman Brothers Band cover)
- Curtis Lowe (Lynyrd Skynyrd cover)
- Lie to Me (Jonny Lang cover)
- Dreams (Molly Hatchet cover)
- Bounty Hunter (Molly Hatchet cover)
- Ticket to Ride (Beatles Cover)
- Nasty Dog (ZZ Top cover)
- La Grange (ZZ Top cover)
- T-Bone (T Bone Walker cover)
- Can’t You See (Marshall Tucker Band cover)
- Foxy Lady (Jimi Hendrix cover)
- Pride and Joy (Stevie Ray Vaughan cover)
- Blue on Black (Kenny Wayne Shepherd cover)
- Slow Ride (Kenny Wayne Shepherd cover)
- Knocking on Heavens Door (Bob Dylan cover)
- House is a Rockin (Stevie Ray Vaughan cover)
- Shaky Ground (Delbert McClinton cover)
- Redhouse/Hot Dog (Jimi Hendrix/Led Zeppelin cover)
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