Kelly McGuire Packs Fido’s: SUPER Fun Crowd Dances & Sings for Three Hours

I’ve written about Texas artist, Kelly McGuire a few times in my blog.  He is now visiting San Pedro 2 – 3 times a year and February is his biggest set of shows.  1.  Because it’s one of the busiest months on the island.  Just look at the crowd that he drew last night…

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And 2. because it’s his BIRTHDAY and he always does a big birthday bash on Ambergris Caye.

I arrived early for the 6pm show.  A good 15 minutes early (which in Belize is like arriving the day before) and saw Kelly unloading his equipment from a taxi.  This guy needs roadies!

I caught up with Kelly and Brian, the General Manager of Fido’s, while they were setting up.

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The crowd was in an excellent mood and the crew sitting at the bar cleared a spot and pulled up two stools for me and my friend Twilla.  We were surrounded by fun, lovely people.  Met some new friends for sure.

The bar crew & staff were hard at work.  Here’s my buddy Chris behind the bar looking all sheepish.  If I was this good looking?  I’d never wear a shirt AND be posing for pictures left and right.

Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful.

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People were sitting at first…

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And then the dancing started…this awesome couple started it off…

IMG_8225And then NORM arrived.  NORM!  Norman has been coming down here for YEARS.  Each February.  This is his FORTIETH TIME.  40!  Love the hat…he’s been wearing a HI… hat since I met him 7 years ago.

IMG_8226Fun, fun, fun.

IMG_8232The dancing girls brought the percussion…

IMG_8233 IMG_8235Singing along to every song.  Even if you don’t like this style of music, last night was VERY fun.  And, lucky for you, Kelly is doing a bunch of shows at Fido’s.  Including the always HUGE SAGA Humane Society fundraiser which includes Kelly as the auctioneer for lots of great stuff.

Did I mention that he spent a full afternoon earlier this week filming a Public Service Announcement for SAGA?  He really is a good guy and totally devoted to Ambergris Caye.

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Oh yes!  I also forgot to mention that it wasn’t just Kelly last night.  Amauris, who lives in San Pedro but is originally from Cuba, is an AMAZING guitarist.  Even Kelly, I think, was seriously impressed.   I’m not sure how he makes his fingers move that fast.

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IMG_8231And Dean Cavall was playing that awesome sit down slide guitar like thing…let me google this…

IMG_8108but it makes that amazing WOOOOWWW sound.  Very 70s Steve Miller Band.  I love it.

There you go.  It was only the first of many shows at Fido’s.  Here is the full schedule.

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It all should be VERY good times.

For all the information on Kelly, check out his website Red Fish Island.  And see you there for sure.

 

 

 

 

 






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  • Mike

    We met Norm about 7 years ago, spent the better part of several evenings with him at Fidos. Great guy!

    • Belize Blog

      I love that he is still coming down here SOLO and everywhere he goes around town, you hear…NORM!

      • vlksue

        I was excited to see your picture and words about Norm too. We just met him at Fido’s last year and I hoped he was still doing okay! Bless his little heart! Wishin’ for more Norm’s in the world!

  • Daddywags

    That is a pedal steel guitar

  • charlotte

    Never heard of Kelly McGuire. Is country music big there? He got a packed venue. Nice to see the crowd having so much fun.

    • Belize Blog

      I’d never heard of him before I came down here either. But then…I am from NYC and this sort of music isn’t so big there. Very Jimmy Buffett-like and sings lots of songs about Ambergris Caye. So it is super fun. And he comes down a few times a year and has a pretty big following. In fact, people come down to visit just to see him.

      • charlotte

        That’s great. I love Jimmy Buffet and live vicariously through him. Wasting away again in Margaritaville…..

    • Belize Blog

      Oh…and country music is much bigger here than I would have thought. One of the original music stations (maybe the only one) back in the day was country. So people over about…35 years old love the classics!