Port City Shakedown Delivers the Dance Party

by Apr 10, 2019Brunswick County Life, North Brunswick


Wear your dancing shoes for this band’s performance at Brunswick Forest.

Do you just want to let loose, belt out your favorite songs and dance like nobody’s watching? You can when Port City Shakedown plays at Brunswick Forest.

An award-winning, seven-piece party band, Port City Shakedown guarantees lots of dancing, singalongs and fun. A lively mix of male and female musicians, the band was built to entertain, which is why they’re a popular act for wedding receptions, private parties, corporate events and festivals.  They get the fun started and keep it going from the first song to the encore (which, according to many reviews, guests will beg for).

“We strive to make every performance an energetic singalong, party-like-it’s-1999, blow-out dance party,” says Tim Meyer, the band’s drummer and manager. Port City Shakedown’s greatest hits range the ‘50s right up to the current chart toppers, anything from Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake to classics like “Killing Me Softly” by the Roots, “At Last” by Etta James and “Respect” by Aretha Franklin. And they add their own creative touches, too.   

“Over the years, we’ve come to separate ourselves from other performers by creating our own unique live arrangements to songs or a medley of songs,” Meyer explains. “We perform with more of a Las Vegas–style production to make every song pop when performed live.”

From the start, Port City Shakedown has been all about serving the listener. In fact, the group came into being when one of Meyer’s coworkers asked if he could do her a favor and throw together a band for her wedding reception — in just three months. One Craigslist ad and a handful of auditions later, Port City Shakedown was born. After a successful show, one guest hired the band to play a private party in Raleigh. Then the gigs just kept coming.

For Port City Shakedown, playing an event means far more than showing up on time for sound check and rocking the house. “As with any successful business, there’s a lot of behind-the-scenes work that goes into making a performance happen,” Meyer says. “Building the trust of a client is very important to us.” Of course, their rave reviews don’t hurt either. Port City Shakedown is proud to have a perfect 5-star rating on Gigsalad.com and Weddingwire.com, and they’ve received the Couples’ Choice Award for the past three years.

If you’re craving a night full of music and dancing, you don’t have to wait for your friend to tie the knot to see Port City Shakedown live. For a dance party you can bring your kids, friends and grandparents to, head to Brunswick Forest on April 12.


A Concert in the Park with Port City Shakedown
When: Friday, April 12, 2019, 7 to 9 pm
Where: Annsdale Park in Brunswick Forest
What to bring: A cooler, blankets and chairs

Port City Shakedown is:
Tim Meyer – Drums & Management
Chris Marcellus – Lead Male Vocal & Keys
Tarsha Murphy – Lead Female Vocal
Harley Blasingame – Keyboard & Vocal
Daniel Pesavento – Bass Guitar & Vocal
Madison Bunting – Guitar
Marlon Mosby – Trumpet