Guests dancing to Blue Orleans

On Saturday longtime drinking establishment The Sandbar threw a block party in Downtown Lawrence to celebrate their 22nd birthday. There was something everyone could enjoy at this party. I was particularly fond of the bands that played.
I only caught Blue Orleans and The Magentlemen. Blue Orleans did a fantastic job of getting people to dance, and their accordion player had a particular flair for performing.

A shark devours guests at The Sandbar's block party

In between bands we spotted a giant inflatable shark and a couple of pirates wandering about. In true rocker fashion, local boys The Magentlemen took the stage only after the sun had set.
We’ve enjoyed watching The Magentlmen in the past, and Saturday’s performance was also a real treat. They delivered on their solid rock hooks and songs you could cut a rug to. The weather had also (finally) calmed down. Long gone were the triple digit temperatures. In its place was a nice cool breeze, perfect for head banging during this set. Considering how rocking The Magentlemen were, you almost couldn’t help it.


The Magentlemen perform at The Sandbar's Block Party

It should be noted that Mark Valentine and the Hammerheads (get the shark theme here? get it?!) were set to close out the night. We were sorry we missed the band.