From the group's beginning, the goal of THE ENTERTAINERS has been to create an unmatched sound, coupled with high-energy choreography rarely seen in the Carolinas. Added to this fine-tuned precision unit were the ultimate in sound system technology, concert lighting effects, and quality wardrobe design.
In 1980, THE ENTERTAINERS scored their first regional smash hit with LIVING FOR THE SUMMER, a song that propelled the group to the forefront of beach music, and which led to their playing the finest clubs along the Grand Strand of Myrtle Beach and other clubs, from Virginia to Florida.
The group's years of performing experience culminated in the release of their first album, simply titled, THE ENTERTAINERS. Highlighting the group's incredible vocal harmonies and full bodied sound, this album is still played up and down the east coast.
At the Third Annual Beach Music Awards in 1988, THE ENTERTAINERS were nominated for both the Group of the Year and Single of the Year. The group's second album, DON'T LET YOUR LOVE GROW COLD, won Album of the Year honors.
In 1991, after 16 years with the Catalinas and 11 years with the Embers, Johnny Barker, on keyboard and vocals, joined partnership with Earl Dawkins as co-owner of the group. Barker, a noted musician and writer in the beach music industry, lists credits such as: Love Me, Always In Love, Facts of Love, and the fourth most popular beach music song of all time, Summertime's Calling Me, a song that spawned a new generation of beach music dance styles and tempo changes. Barker also co-produced the last six Embers albums.
Dawkins, founder of The Entertainers, as well as lead singer/front man, co-wrote the groups first regional hit, "Livin for The Summer." He appeared as a Male Vocalist contestant in1985 on "Star Search."
On sax and vocals is Beaver Robinette, a graduate from Appalachian State University with a degree in music. Beaver also plays trumpet and flute and teaches in the North Carolina school system. His energy and soulful sax solos are always present.
Eddie Brooks on drums, has been singing and playing drums for over twenty years. His strong vocals, easy to dance to beat, and spectacular solo ability sets him apart from the rest.
On guitar and vocals is Benjie Weaver. Benjie's guitar playing, unique vocal talents and friendly stage presence make him one of the most popular musicians around.
Barry White - Can't Get Enough of Your Love Baby
Barry White - First, Last, My Everything
Billy Ward and Dominoes - 60 Minute Man
Billy Ward and The Dominos - 60 Minute Man
Boz Scaggs - Sick And Tired
Chairmen Of The Board - Carolina Girls
Chairmen Of The Board - Gone Fishin
Chairmen Of The Board - On The Beach
Clarence Carter - Strokin'
Cornelius Brothers - To Late To Turn Back Now
Delbert McClinton - Leap Of Faith
Foundations - Build Me Up Buttercup
Four Tops - Baby I Need Your Lovin
Four Tops - It's The Same Ole Song
Four Tops - Reach Out I'll Be There
Four Tops - Sugar Pie Honey Bunch
James Taylor - How Sweet It Is
Jimmy Buffett - Margaritaville
Lou Prima - Just A Gigolo
Lou Rawls - Miss My Lovin
Lou Rawls - Sit Down And Talk To Me
Love Committe - Cheaters Never Win
Mel And Tim - Backfield In Motion
O.C. Smith - Brenda
Shape-Showmen - 39-21-40
Tams - Be Young Be Foolish Be Happy
Temptations - Ain't Too Proud To Beg
Temptations - Can't Get Next To You
Temptations - Get Ready
Temptations - I'm Losin You
Temptations - My Girl
Temptations - My Lady Soul
The Drifters - Dance With Me
The Drifters - Little Red Book
The Drifters - Under The Boardwalk
The Embers - I Love Beach Music
The Entertainers - Ten Ways of Lovin You
The Entertainers - Who Knows How To Make Love Stay
The Platters - With This Ring
The Spinners - I'll Be Around
The Trammps - Hold Back The Night
Tower Of Power - This Time Is Real
Big and Rich - Save A Hoarse
Billy Currington - Love Done Gone
Brooks And Dunn - Neon Moon
Brooks And Dunn - Play Something Country
Confederate Railroad - Trashy Women
Dirks Bentley - How Am I Doin
Heartland - I Loved Her First
John Michael Montgomery - Be My Baby Tonite
Keith Urban - You'll Think Of Me
Kieth Urban - Somebody Like You
Lee Greenwood - God Bless The USA
Osborne Brothers - Rocky Top
The Tractors - Boogie Woogie Choo Choo
Tim McGraw - Watch The Wind Blow by
Trace Adkins - Honky Tonk Badonkadonk
Travis Tritt - Trouble
Zach Brown Band - Overnite
Dance and Party Music
Alan Jackson/Jimmy Buffett - It's Five O'Clock Somewhere
Black Eyed Peas - I Gotta Feelin
Blake Shelton - Some Beach
Calloway - I Want To Be Rich
Cameo - Word Up
Carl Carlton - Bad Mama Jama
Chic - Good Times
Commodores - Brick House
Danny And The Juniors - At The Hop
Dion - Run Around Sue
Dion - Sea Cruise
Earth Wind And Fire - September
Earth Wind And Fire - Sing A Song
Eddie Floyd - Knock On Wood
Hall and Oates - I Can't Go For That
James Taylor - How Sweet It Is
Jimmy Buffett - Margaritaville
Justin Timberlake - Suit and Tie
KC & The Sunshine Band - Get Down Tonight
KC & The Sunshine Band - Shake Your Booty
KC & The Sunshine Band - That's The Way I like It
Kool And The Gang - Celebration
Kool And The Gang - Fresh
Kool And The Gang - Hollywood Swingin
Kool and The Gang - Ladies Night
Kool AndThe Gang - Get Down On It
L.T.D. - (Every Time I Turn Around) Back In Love Again
Lisa Marie Presley - Dirty Laundry
Lou Prima - Just A Gigolo
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Sweet Home Alabama
Marcia Griffiths - Electric Slide
Maroon 5 - Moves Like Jagger
McFadden and Whitehead - Ain't No Stoppin Us Now
Michael McDonald - Ain't No Mountain High Enough
Midnight Star - No Parking On The Dance Floor
Natilie Cole - Pink Cadillac
Otis Day And The Nights - Shout
Prince - Kiss
Robin Thicke - Blurred Lines
Stevie Ray Vaughn - Pride and Joy
Stevie Wonder - Signed Sealed Delivered
The Ohio Players - Fire
The Silhouettes - Get A Job
The Tractors - Boogie Woogie Choo Choo Train
The Trammps - Disco Inferno
Usher - Something Special
Village People - YMCA
War - Low Rider
Wild Cherry - Play That Funky Music
Wilson Pickett - Mustang Sally
Wilson Pickett - Stagger Lee
Standards, Swing, and Jazz
Natalie Cole - Pink Cadillac
Standards - A Foggy Day In London Town
Standards - All Of Me
Standards - Come Fly With Me
Standards - Could Have Danced All Night
Standards - Crazy
Standards - Girl From Ipanema
Standards - I've Got You Under My Skin
Standards - In The Mood
Standards - New York New York
Standards - Night and Day
Standards - One Note Sam
Standards - Our Day Will Come
Standards - Perdido
Standards - Satin Doll
Standards - September Rain
Standards - String Of Pearls
Standards - Tequila
Standards - The Summer Wind
Standards - The Way You Look Tonight
Bette Miller - Wind Beneath My Wings
Elvis - Can't Help Falling In Love
Eric Clapton - Wonderful Tonite
Etta James - At Last
Frank Sinatra - The Way You Look Tonite
Heartland - I Loved Her First
Heatwave - Always And Forever
Honey Drippers - Sea Of Love
John Mayer - Daughters
Kenny Rodgers - Through The Years
Larry Graham - One In A Million
Louis Armstrong - What A Wonderful World
Nat King Cole - Unforgettable
Rod Stewart - Have I Told You Lately
The Four Tops - I Believe
The Righteous Brothers - Unchained Melody
The Temptations - My Girl
Van Morrison - Someone Like You
Mr. Farber - I am writing you on behalf on myself, my family and my guests who were at my daughter/son-in-laws wedding the past Saturday-October 22, 2011. The Entertainer's played for us and ABSOLUTELY were awesome. Not only was the music out of this world, the entertainment was just as good. Numerous guests told me the band was great! I have never been so pleased with the personel interaction with our crowd. The dance floor was packed from the minute they began to sing up until the very last song. They were great to work with and I would have them back to any function I host. At one time, one of the bridesmaid's asked if we could do this again next weekend!! Awesome, awesome band!!
Debbie H. (Oct. 22nd, 2011)
Dear JR - We wanted to let you know that the band you booked for our daughter's wedding reception on June 25, 2011, The Entertainers, was a hit for us and for our guests. Everyone so enjoyed their music. We even had a neighbor share that during the reception, she sat on her porch several yards away and listened to our music - she said it was wonderful.
Earl Dawkins had a warm and inviting manner. He was a great encourager to get people up and dancing - something that was important to us. He was very sensitive to playing the music that John, Dori, and Lucy (the Mom) had requested. He stayed responsive to our needs to make announcements and was a pleasure to talk to. We spent time after our guests had left talking about his daughter's mission trips. The band was easy to get along with and a joy to be around. Our guests had a great time celebrating John and Dori's wedding and marriage. It was a special day for all of us, with The Entertainers' music helping to make it such a blessing. Hope you have an enjoyable weekend.
Lucy and Ted C. (June 25th, 2011)
Parents of the Bride
The Entertainers did a fantastic job for us at last October's (Charleston Symphony Orchestra) Benefit Ball: "Artists Helping Artists". This band lives up to its name, in many ways! In particular, Earle Dawkins was a true gentleman and a class act; he went the extra mile, to help us with our event! I would hire them again (in a minute!) and will be interested in attending any future event where this talented band is playing.
Peggy V. (October 2010)
Chairperson – CSO Benefit Ball
Hi Doug! - First let me say that I hope your 4th of July weekend was as great as ours. Just wanted to drop you a line or two to let you know that the band "The Entertainmers" was GREAT!!! OMG! They played songs that took everyone at the park back (BIG SMILE). They had folks of all ages up dancing and singing and having a good time! We definately picked the right band for our July 4th celebration! They were truely worth every penny spent. Thanks for helping me book them. We had so much fun with them, I think I'm going to have to create another event so I can have them back!!!
Thanks again Doug!
Kim M. - Special Events Coordinator
City of Columbia Parks & Recreation Dept.
I wanted to let you know what a great time we had at Benedict's Friday Feb. 6 - thanks to Earl Dawkins & The Entertainers. All 155 guests have ranted & raved about how great & TALENTED these guys were. Ages of those present ranged from 25 to 75 so it can be hard to please everyone but this group sure did!! Earl has great rapport with an audience & really charmed all who attended. I saw couples who usually leave right after dinner (about 9:30 pm) still dancing & partying after midnight. Earl called the week before our event to check with me on any special requests, dress, etc. - extremely professional AND personable. Wish we had a reason to book these guys every month. I will be spreading the word to friends having daughters getting married to not look any further than Earl & The Entertainers. WHAT A GREAT GROUP!!!! Thanks for everything!
The Bendict's Club
The Entertainers were FABULOUS!! They were a perfect fit for our Shagging on the Shore event. All of our residents loved the night filled with beach music and great hits! Thanks for recommending them!
August 24th, 2012
Shaggin on the Shore
We had a fantastic event and The Entertainers really played to the guests. Our members had such a good time! We would most definitely hire them back again.
It was a nice change up for us with a little more beach music that brought out all the "great shag" couples on the dance floor.
Thank you for your recommendations, they worked out great.
Karen C. 7/28/12
Country Club event
Larry - I wanted to drop you a note and tell you how much The Statesville Cotillion Club enjoyed the Entertainers on February 10, 2012. We have a wide range of ages from 40-85. It is hard to hit the right mix of music with such a diverse club, but the Entertainers pulled it if off beautifully. Everyone was so impressed with the music. The Country Club was late in serving our dinner, but the band handled it so well and made everything really easy. Earl Dawkins was my contact and he is a real pro.
On behalf of our club, thanks for a terrific evening of music.
Jim J. (Feb 10, 2012)
Statesville Cotillion Club
I wanted to give you feedback on our daughter's wedding reception last Saturday night, March 26, at Bonterra Dining and Wine Room in Charlotte. We booked The Entertainers to play for us back in May, 2010. It's hard to find the words to describe how pleased we are with that decision.
My husband and I have been following Earl and his band for many years, and we knew they would put on a great show. What we never could have anticipated is how accommodating Earl and the entire band would be. From the very beginning we had concerns about the venue we wanted to use. There was no stage, the area for band setup was limited, and tables would have to be cleared after dinner to make room for the dance floor. Earl offered to make a special visit to the venue early on to see if he thought they could make it work. All of the rest of the planning hinged on that decision. He called back to say they could do it. That was the best news I could have gotten since we really, really wanted The Entertainers.
Throughout the planning process, I made several special requests of Earl. We asked for special songs. We asked Earl if he would arrive a little early and emcee the event. We even asked if my husband could sit in with the band for a song or two. Earl was always very prompt in responding to my emails and phone calls, and his answer was always "yes". This was so reassuring.
The day of the event, the setup crew showed up right on time, were extremely polite and very flexible. Earl even called me that afternoon to make sure everything was OK and to see if there were any last minute requests.
My husband and I knew the music and showmanship would be flawless, which it was. From the very first note, the guests were in "party mode". Since we are a little older crowd, we were concerned that many of our guests might leave early. But once The Entertainers' show started, no one was thinking about getting out of there anytime soon. Most of the guests were still on their feet for the last song.
After the show, Earl and the band and crew were so engaging and complementary of our group. As I said, we knew the show would be great, but we had no idea just how warm and engaging Earl and the entire band and stage crew would be. Thanks to The Entertainers, it was just about a perfect evening. We are so happy with our decision to book them and will do it again when our son gets married.
Please know that if you ever need a reference for The Entertainers or EastCoast Entertainment, I am one very satisfied customer!
Thank you very much,
Mrs. Campbell (March 26th, 2011)
Mother of the Bride
The Entertainers were fabulous. People stayed longer this year in my 14 years of attending the Art Ball and I am sure it was because of the band. Everyone had a great time. Please thank the Entertainers for a great party. Thanks, Joy
Cary Visual Art
Good Afternoon Larry,
I wanted to thank you on behalf of the Cape Fear Valley Health Foundation Friends of the Heart Center, for the wonderful band the Entertainers! They completely made our entire event on September 22. I cannot brag about them enough. It is such a wonderful feeling to have an event and know that the one thing you don't have to worry about at all, is the band. Everyone single person there enjoyed it. The guys were a pleasure to work with, I hope they had a good time with us. They were nothing, but professional.
Thank you again!
Rachel R. (September 22nd, 2012)
Earl Dawkins and The Entertainers were the perfect addition to our Block Party. In fact, they became the main attraction as more than 400 people strolled the main street of the NC Research Campus in celebration of our 3rd College President.
The group was well received and projected positive energy that rippled through the crowd. Our audience was diverse in every way. The Entertainers made us all feel right at home at our "Block Party" with good music for our souls. Thanks for your recommendation. I look forward to working with EastCoast Entertainment again.
Rowan-Cabarrus Community College - Director, Student Life & Leadership Development
The Entertainers let by Earl Dawkins have given two extremely successful performances for Providence Country Club in Charlotte NC. They played for both our Member Gala and New Year's Eve Gala in 2008. Each person in the band and crew was a pleasure and extremely professional and respectful to everyone they came into contact with at the Club. The band played a variety of songs to keep everyone happy! They catered to song requests and had everyone on their feet dancing!
For our New Year's Gala, Mr. Dawkins even went as far as to customize a CD of songs requested by our members to play during their breaks. Everything went smoothly from the clean and efficient set-up all the way through the night until the final song was played. I would recommend this band with high regards - anyone would be lucky to attend one of their performances!
Jamie G. Providence Country Club
Memership Event Coordinator
I heard nothing but great things about them from our client and our staff! They are awesome and we should use them more.
Meredith R. (March 26th, 2013)