June 2020

21 Faces of Lowcountry Hospitality: Jevon Daly

Author: Special to CH2 | Photographer: M.KAT Photography

Jevon Daly

When your parents are local rock stars, chances are, you are going into music. Jevon Daly knew at a young age he wanted to entertain people, and he’s been doing it for almost all of his 48 years. Forever the class clown, Daly started playing the saxophone at age 11. By age 13, he had joined his parents’ band and had taught himself guitar. If you’ve seen live music at a local bar or restaurant, you’ve probably seen Daly perform. Through the years, he’s been an integral part of Lowcountry Boil, JoJo Squirrel and the Home Pickles, Unicorn Meat, and Silicone Sister. Currently though, this dad’s favorite show to play is in Coligny Plaza, where he entertains children (and parents) with original songs like “Don’t Feed Your Dog People Food,” “Sharks are our Homies,” and “Mama Loggerhead”—a song with a message to visitors to look out for those sea turtles while they are here.

Unofficial Poll: Where do most of our visitors hail from?
Hmmmm. I know a song about that.

What is your most requested song at shows?
Oh jeez. It’s funny. There are so many songs. So, so many good Jevon songs that people have never heard before. Generally speaking, though, “Born in the Lowcountry” is the most requested song I’ve ever written.

What is your favorite song to sing?
They all serve different purposes. Some songs are for getting the kids up and dancing. “You kiss my daughter, I’m gonna kiss you” is a pretty fun one though.

What is the most frequently asked question by our visitors, and what is your answer?
Do you think you’re a good singer? Do you think you’re funny? And my answer is always, “Look. I’m the one up here doing this, not you, so sit down.” And that’s usually like a five-year-old, a six-year-old. Maybe an eight-year-old.

How long have you lived here and what do you love most about it?
I’ve lived here since 1983, and I love that all the Yankees and Southerners pretend to hate each other, but secretly love each other.

How long have you been entertaining guests and residents, and where can they find you?
I’ve been performing on Hilton Head Island since 1986. They can find me Mondays and Fridays at the Dunes House, Sundays and Wednesdays for the kids’ show at Coligny Plaza, and Saturdays at the Tiki Hut—the world-famous Tiki Hut, which they are going to change the name of.

What is your favorite event or festival?
I don’t know because I’m never asked to play any of them. And that’s me just being a guy whose tryin’ to … never get invited to play at any of them. In all seriousness though, Lowcountry VegFest is my favorite festival. It usually happens in the fall.

If you could advise our visitors to do one thing while they are here, what would it be?
Throw the sand dollars back. And throw some dollars at me.

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