Beach, Blues & Bayou Boil - Flagler Tavern
  414 Flagler Avenue New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169
  (386) 402-8861

Beach, Blues & Bayou Boil

Add one part kickn swampy blues, one part crazy good low country seafood boil to the best beach bar in New Smyrna and you’ve got The First Annual BEACH BLUES AND BAYOU BOIL this Sunday from 2pm to 5pm on Flagler Tavern’s main stage.

Join us this Sunday during Mardi Gras weekend for Packrat’s Smokehouse Swamp Blues Band playing from 2pm to 5pm. Admission is free. And don’t forget to order a Hurricane and an order of our soon to be famous “Bayou Boil”. It’s our take on a low country boil with crawfish, shrimp, corn, potatoes and all the fixins!


PACKRAT’S SMOKEHOUSE IS A FLORIDA SWAMP BLUES BAND CREATED BY ANTHONY “PACKRAT” THOMPSON IN 1989. Anthony “Packrat” Thompson is a raw, greasy harmonica player, evoking the swamp sounds of Baton Rouge that has spread and taken root in the steamy Florida lowlands. His voice is reminiscent of Little Walter and Howlin’ Wolf. The lowdown guitar sound of guitarist Robert “Top” Thomas who is equally impressive, can spit out fiery solos and muscular riffs reworking the deep, swampy groove of New Orleans and Delta blues, that make you think of the pine flatwoods and cypress bottoms of Central Florida.

Top is from New Smyrna Beach and Packrat is from Lake Helen Florida. Although they have shared bandstands since the late 1970’s, It wasn’t until 1988 that they began to explore their common roots and their love of the Blues. SmokeHouse” recorded four groundbreaking CD’s in the 90’s that defined the genre of Florida Swamp Blues. Opening for such acts as “Third Eye Blind”, “Jim Belushi and The Blues Brothers Band”, “Elvin Bishop”, “Canned Heat”, “Grinderswitch”, “The Del Vikings”, “The Fabulous Thunderbirds” Taj Mahal, Koko Taylor, Noble “Thin Man” Watts, Kenny Neal, James Peterson and Lester Chambers.