DJ Throwdown began as a concept of the Association of Beach and Shag Club DJ's during a general meeting in the summer of 1991. This meeting provided the format for a weekend party with multiple DJ's to be held in Ocean Drive, SC--free to the public--a concept unheard of at the time! It was decided to present this concept to all the club owners at SOS in September 1991. Not surprisingly, all of the club owners said No! Except one, that being Mr. Norfleet Jones, proprietor of Ducks at the time. He gladly accepted the idea of a bunch of DJ's hosting a party at the beach. So DJ Throwdown was born. The first one being held at Duck/Ducks Too in March 1992. When the weekend finally approached, we had no idea if anyone would show up. But show up they did, Ducks/Ducks Too was packed all weekend long.
With our newfound success it was decided to add an additional day to DJ Throwdown. In March of 1993, we kicked off DJ Throwdown on Thursday night with bands (with a small cover charge for this night only) and have continued this format to this day. Many national Blues acts have performed during DJ Throwdown such as the Nighthawks, Eddie Clearwater, Mark Hummel, Roomful of Blues and Anson Funderburgh. In March of 2001, we again changed the Thursday night format by asking the Fantastic Shakers to be our DJ Throwdown house band. Together with the Shakers, The Embers, The Band of Oz, The Craig Woolard Band and Johnny Barker have helped to solidify the overwhelming success of Throwdown.
Each year, DJ Throwdown is held in North Myrtle Beach during the first full weekend in March. Throughout the weekend you will hear over 80 DJ's from various regions of the country. If you are a budding DJ or just a wanna-be, there are computer courses throughout the weekend. The Richard Nixon DJ Memorial Award is presented during the weekend to the DJ who has gone above and beyond the call of duty. Inductions into the Beach Music DJ Hall of Fame are also held this weekend.
After spending 2010 at the Ocean Drive Beach and Golf Resort, DJ Throwdown moved back to Ducks where it has remained ever since. For 2018 we will again also have your favorite bands for you on Thursday Night. The Association of Beach and Shag Club DJ's are constantly striving to bring you the best and will continue to do so.
DJ Throwdown has now become the premiere party at Ocean Drive (not including SOS) bringing thousands from many states to dance, to hear new music, listen to bands and renew old friendships as well as develop new ones. We sincerely hope that each of you will mark your calendars and join the Association of Beach and Shag Club DJ's for 2018’s DJ Throwdown to be held from March 1-3, 2018.