In celebration of the opening of lobster season, local party promoter, TJ Hayes, and Hill Billy Brand have joined forces to present Lobster Fest from 8 pm to 4 am on Saturday, August 7 at the Holiday Isle Resort & Marina Tiki Bar in Islamorada.

The highlight of the event will be a live country music concert, starting at 9 pm with Jason Thomas followed at 10 pm by headliner, Amber Leigh.

Specializing in crossover country music mixed with rock, Celtic, and soul, Leigh’s lead vocals are gripping, while her fiddle and mandolin playing leaves audiences always wanting more. She has just released her fourth independent CD, Reckless, recorded in Nashville and produced by Billy Austin, Michelle Poe, and Grammy Award winning engineer, Silvio Richetto.

In recent months Leigh, has opened for Nashville acts such as Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Toby Keith, Sugarland, Keith Urban and more.

“Amber has a great following down here,” Hayes said. “She’s really on her way to stardom. Everyone should come out and see her now, while she’s still playing some smaller venues.”

People are invited to bring in their freshly caught lobster, which can be cooked up on site by the raw bar on the water for $9.95. There will also be a contest for the largest lobster caught with $100 awarded for first place and a $50 bar tab for second place.

The mechanical bull will be back and ready for potential cowboys and cowgirls to ride into the night.

“The mechanical bull is always a huge favorite,” Hayes said. “It’s so much fun that people ask me all year long if we are going to have it again.”

No party thrown by TJ Hayes would be the same without a costume contest, and this time, women can compete starting at 11:30 pm to be the Hill Billy Hottie with a $1,000 cash purse up for grabs. The Hill Billy girls will be making the rounds at the party, and the clothing label will have a tent where their merchandise will be available.

“This will be the second year we’ve put on the Lobster Fest, and last year we had a great turnout,” said Hayes. “I think it’s a great event to do every year. There are always a lot of tourists in town, and there’s never a lot for them to do at night this time of year. With our event, they can spend the day out on the boat, and then come off the water to wind down and enjoy their catch at a fun party.”
Lobster Fest will be held from 8 pm – 4 am on Saturday, August 7 at the Holiday Isle Resort & Marina Tiki Bar in Islamorada. Call 305 664-2321 or visit Eye Catchers Signs on Facebook for more information.


Country singer, Amber Leigh, will be performing at TJ’s Lobster Fest at 10 pm on Saturday, August 7 at the Holiday Isle Resort & Marina Tiki Bar in Islamorada.



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