Music in the park
The free concert, which is the first of the Sunset Sounds series, will begin at 7 p.m.
Perry Wing has gathered several Port Aransas musicians to form the band.
Originally from Kansas City, Wing moved to Austin in 1986, where he played rhythm guitar and has written songs for the last 25 years. His original band, Wingspann, played Austin’s Sixth Street clubs and toured Canada in the 80’s and 90’s. He has played three tours in the Netherlands and Belgium with The Perry Wing Band, promoting the band’s three CD’s: Walking on Backstreets, Austin Bound, and Weather the Storm.
After moving to Rockport last year, Wing brought together some of the island’s best musicians and singers to form Tropical Punch.
L. Leon Sands is playing lead guitar for Aqua Vox and Tropical Punch. A native of San Antonio, Sands started playing guitar at the age of seven. He has won several awards for writing and performing music jingles.
His gigs in the 80’s and 90’s included playing clubs on the River Walk and touring the U.S for the Job Corps. He also played the music scene in Chicago before moving to Port Aransas last year. From his new studio on the island, Sands enjoys recording music and painting.
An accomplished bass player and vocalist, Woodie Ray Lawson is active in the music scene in Port Aransas. He plays in three bands: The Ones, Aqua Vox and Tropical Punch.
Lawson was raised in Stephenville. He began playing bass on his dad’s electric guitar as a teenager.
He co- founded his first band, Resurrection, in Stephenville, then moved to Austin in the early 70’s. He played bass guitar in several bands in the 80’s.
The most popular of those bands were Doak Snead Band, Dogs at Play, The Octave Doctors, Wingspann and Old Number Seven.
He moved to Port Aransas in 1990 and co-founded The Dynamics and Triggerfish, which released two CD’S.
A native of Aransas Pass, Andrew Blankenship plays drums for Aqua Vox and Tropical Punch.
Blankenship started playing drums at the age of 14 on his brother’s drum kit. He soon joined his church’s Praise and Worship Band for several years. This helped him expand his dynamic rhythms and back beat on the drums.
He moved on to The Del Mar Jazz Band for several semesters.
The Sunset Sounds concerts are held the second Friday of each month, April through October, at the Patsy Jones Amphitheater in Roberts Point Park. Concerts are sponsored by the Port Aransas Parks and Recreation Department.
Bring a chair, friends, food and drinks and enjoy an evening of musical entertainment as the sun sets over the Corpus Christi Ship Channel.
The full line-up this year will be:
April 13 - Tropical Punch (blues, country, classic rock)
May 11 - Alma & Luis
June 8 - Aqua Vox (surf music)
July 13 - Latin Gypsy Combo (Latin jazz)
August 10 - Samantha Aiken & the Rodeo Drive band (country and popular)
September 14 - David & Barbara Brown (hill country serenade)
October 12 - Rosewood