PARTY LINE: The Duke knows how to draw a crowd, even in the rain

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Duke Bardwell celebrated his 70th birthday last Sunday by sitting in with Dread Clampitt at The Red Bar.

Deborah Wheeler/The Sun
Published: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 20:24 PM.

The rain was pouring down in South Walton last Sunday afternoon and roads were closed, but that didn't stop loyal fans from getting out in it to converge on The Red Bar to help Duke Bardwell celebrate his 70th birthday. The Duke sat in with his "godsons" -- the members of Dread Clampitt -- that day and performed several of his numbers. I had not seen him perform with them in quite a while and he seemed to really enjoy himself. Dwight Ward, Jennifer and Andy McAlexander, Dan Mueller, Franko Jackson, Mark Thompson, David and Sally Smith were some who were there. It was standing room only around the band's living room.

Several local ladies turned out Monday night at Alys Beach in support of Jane Comer and her GirlSpring Foundation chapter organizing. Anne Hunter, Sheila Goode, Claire Bannerman, Tammy Massey, Gina Shiflett, and Allison Schultz were there.

Kent and Peggy Lillie entertained friends from Nashville last weekend, Marc and Linda Carter, who have a home in Burnt Pine. The foursome went to Seagar's. The bar was packed, the piano was playing and one of the best bartenders in town is now working there, Johnny Chicago from Ruth's Chris, said Peggy. Tracey and Billy Clay, Liz and Ralph McMaster were there also.

DuRee Stewart ran into Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley in Publix last Saturday.

Superstar Food Network Chef Emeril Lagasse dropped in at Barefoot BBQ in Seaside. He was also spotted at 723 Whiskey Bravo. Emeril has been making the 30A rounds. Word is his crew was also seen at Chan's Wine World in Grand Boulevard.

Robin Wiesneth was checking out the folk art show at the North Atlanta Trade Center last weekend when she ran into our Artist of the Year Andy Saczynski.

Boukou Groove announces they are opening for the Isley Brothers at Bayfest on Oct. 6.



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