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Island Vibe bring tropical sound to “Beach Party”

Posted: Friday, December 13, 2019

The beach party sound of Jimmy Buffet and the Caribbean will fill the stage as tropical music duo Island Vibe returns New Year’s Eve to Roanoke’s Cottage Event Center.  The event, which includes appetizers and dinner, is a fundraiser for Oak Hill Farm.

Island Vibe is a popular party band from Fort Wayne featuring steel drummer and percussionist Doug Laughlin and guitarist Rod Bowers from Huntington. The duo performs throughout Indiana, Ohio and Michigan at platforms ranging from the Three Rivers Festival to Put-in-Bay.

The group boasts a staggering repertoire of over 600 songs, giving them the ability to customize their song list on the spot for any audience. This will be their first public appearance at the Cottage Event Center, but they have performed for a number of private parties at the venue to enthusiastic crowds.

The “Trop Rock” genre has always been popular at the Cottage Event Center, from their very first concert in 2012 by Buffet tribute artist Captain Jac to Michigan duo Two Dudes in Flip Flops. Walnut Hill Catering will prepare the meal.

The menu for the night include appetizers of charcuterie and cheese with antipasto and crackers, shrimp cocktail, vegetable display with dip and fresh fruit. Dinner includes tropical greens salad, Hawaiian marinated chicken, red beans and rice, roasted garden vegetables and dinner roll and butter. Dessert includes white chocolate panna cotta with mango gelee and coffee.

A cash bar will also be available. Tickets are $49 and may be purchased by phone at (260) 483-3508. Tickets are also available at John’s Meat Market in Roanoke, online at or from Oak Hill Farm.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m., the music at 7:15 p.m., going until 10 p.m. Sponsors are Larry Elliott Insurance Agency and First Federal Savings Bank.

Shown in the photo, at left, are Rod Bowers, guitar and vocals, and Doug Laughlin, percussion and vocals.