Gas up the boat and stock the coolers. School may be back in session, but summer partying isn’t over yet.
On Saturday, the Intracoastal Waterway will be the venue as two unrelated floating entertainment events make individual debuts.
Starting about noon, the Boynton Beach rock-and-reggae band, “The People Upstairs,” will play a free offshore concert on a barge anchored between Peanut Island and the Blue Heron bridge.
The water fest has been dubbed “Live at the Nut” since Palm Beach County prohibited the band from using the name Peanut Island in publicity releases. The island is a county-owned park.
Boat decks will have to serve as dance floors, since the nearby sandbar will be submerged under high tide at the time, but organizers expect fans to arrive in boats, kayaks — even paddleboards — and raft up for the four-to-five hour concert.
The location can only be reached by boat.
A band spokesman said the group obtained the necessary permits from the Coast Guard and requested additional patrols by the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office’s marine patrol. Organizers hope to prevent the kind of rowdy bacchanal that spurred fights and arrests among a large crowd near Peanut Island on Memorial Day.
“We’re all locals who grew up here and we want to get back to old school Peanut Island,” said Elizabeth Hollman, the band’s manager and publicist. “We appeal to the 25- to 50-year-old age group so we don’t think it will be a wild group.”
“The People Upstairs” is recording a new CD, which will be released in November, Hollman said.
For more information, go to www.liveatthenut.com or www.thepeopleupstairs.com.
The floating fun continues Saturday night with what organizers hope will be the first of a series of “boat-in” movies on the downtown West Palm Beach Waterfront.
The “Pirates of the Caribbean” film will be shown on the seawall facing the water, with audio broadcast over FM radio.
“I’ve been wanting to do this for about five years,” said organizer Ray Graziotto, president of Loggerhead Marina, which owns five marinas in Palm Beach County. Graziotto is also president of the board of the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County, an event sponsor along with the City of West Palm Beach and the city’s Downtown Development Authority.
“We looked up and down the Intracoastal and thought the West Palm Beach public docks would make a fabulous location,” Graziotto said. “We hope this will bring awareness to the city’s day docks, where people can tie up, go have dinner and come back that night to watch a movie.”
The movie starts at 8:15 p.m. Landlubbers may be able to find a spot on the three downtown docks, but should bring a radio for the audio portion of the show.
“Boaters are always looking for something new to do on their boats,” said Graziotto. “We hope this is the first of several movies on the water.”
IF YOU GO:
WHAT: Live at the Nut, a free concert by “The People Upstairs,” a rock-and-reggae band.
WHEN: Saturday, starting at noon.
WHERE: On a barge in the Intracoastal Waterway, between Peanut Island and the Blue Heron Bridge. (No access except by boat.)
FOR MORE INFORMATION: go to www.liveatthenut.com
WHAT: Boat-in Family Movie Night
WHEN: Saturday, 8:15 p.m.
WHERE: Downtown West Palm Beach public docks. (Some space will be available on the docks. Bring a radio to hear the movie’s sound.)