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Mad hatters rush Eighteenth Cocktail Bar for a music star's birthday party

Mad hatters rush Eighteenth Cocktail Bar for a music star's bday party

15 Bubba McNeely's birthday June 2013 Bubba McNeely doing shots
Bubba McNeely celebrates his birthday with a hat party and "mixed" drinks. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
18 Bubba McNeely's birthday June 2013 Claudia Jimenez, Angela Maria, Phil Peterson, Luis Alonso
Claudia Jimenez, from left, Angela Maria, Phil Peterson and Luis Alonso at Bubba McNeely's birthday party. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
6 Bubba McNeely's birthday June 2013 Kat Kearns, Caroline King, Diana Cumbow
Kat Kearns, from left, Caroline Kinney and Diana Cumbow at Bubba McNeely's birthday party. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
2 Bubba McNeely's birthday June 2013 Karen Peden, Morgan Mascio, Dallas Hill, Zach Webb
Karen Peden, from left, Morgan Mascio, Dallas Hill and Zach Webb at Bubba McNeely's birthday party. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
9 Bubba McNeely's birthday June 2013 Emily Henry, John Cano, Casey Clay
Emily Henry, from left, John Cano and Casey Clay at Bubba McNeely's birthday party. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
16 Bubba McNeely's birthday June 2013 Bubba McNeely blowing out candles
Bubba McNeely blows out the candles at The Eighteenth Cocktail Bar. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
13 Bubba McNeely's birthday June 2013 John Evatz, Brian Williams, Bryce Curry
John Evatz, from left, Brian Williams and Bryce Curry at Bubba McNeely's birthday party. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
1 Bubba McNeely's birthday June 2013 Deborah Elias, Jared Lang
Deborah Elias and Jared Lang at Bubba McNeely's birthday party. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
12 Bubba McNeely's birthday June 2013 cake
A glorious birthday cake for Bubba McNeely. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
10 Bubba McNeely's birthday June 2013 Bubba McNeely, Greg Giacona
Bubba McNeely, left, and Greg Giacona at Bubba McNeely's birthday party. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
7 Bubba McNeely's birthday June 2013 crowd, venue
A room full of fans applauds the McNeely/Giacona duo. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
14 Bubba McNeely's birthday June 2013 Bob Rinn, Donald Lehde
Bob Rinn, left, and Donald Lehde at Bubba McNeely's birthday party. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
4 Bubba McNeely's birthday June 2013 Mark Lowry, Cherie Carrabba, Bubba McNeely
Mark Lowry, from left, Cherie Carrabba and Bubba McNeely at Bubba McNeely's birthday party. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
11 Bubba McNeely's birthday June 2013 cake
Another birthday cake for Bubba! Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
15 Bubba McNeely's birthday June 2013 Bubba McNeely doing shots
18 Bubba McNeely's birthday June 2013 Claudia Jimenez, Angela Maria, Phil Peterson, Luis Alonso
6 Bubba McNeely's birthday June 2013 Kat Kearns, Caroline King, Diana Cumbow
2 Bubba McNeely's birthday June 2013 Karen Peden, Morgan Mascio, Dallas Hill, Zach Webb
9 Bubba McNeely's birthday June 2013 Emily Henry, John Cano, Casey Clay
16 Bubba McNeely's birthday June 2013 Bubba McNeely blowing out candles
13 Bubba McNeely's birthday June 2013 John Evatz, Brian Williams, Bryce Curry
1 Bubba McNeely's birthday June 2013 Deborah Elias, Jared Lang
12 Bubba McNeely's birthday June 2013 cake
10 Bubba McNeely's birthday June 2013 Bubba McNeely, Greg Giacona
7 Bubba McNeely's birthday June 2013 crowd, venue
14 Bubba McNeely's birthday June 2013 Bob Rinn, Donald Lehde
4 Bubba McNeely's birthday June 2013 Mark Lowry, Cherie Carrabba, Bubba McNeely
11 Bubba McNeely's birthday June 2013 cake

It could be tough going to have a birthday in late June when many of your partying pals are beating the heat elsewhere. Not so for song man Bubba McNeely, who has a built-in fan base as well as plenty of buddies remaining in H-Town. Just check out his birthday bash Friday night at The Eighteenth Cocktail Bar.

McNeely and Greg Giacona, on the keyboard, have a steady gig at the friendly Bissonnet establishment where several nights each month they entertain a loyal following and on Friday night that included birthday well-wishers. But this was no typical Thank God It's Friday bash. Nope, McNeely had encouraged everyone to wear hats — gangster, Gatsby, derby or party hats. And out they came in a variety of fancy headwear.

In between singing old favorites such as "I Will Survive" and "Me and Mrs. Jones," McNeely was joined at the mic by a rotating group of friends. In the end, there were birthday cakes, yes, plural, and plenty of rounds of "Happy Birthday."

Among those making party statements in playful hats were Dena Davidson, Jimmy Warner, John Evatz, Sandy Eckels with her jeweled tiara and Dr. Romy Mitchell, particularly fetching in her pirate hat.

The party crowd included Tena Faust, Tama Lundquist, Mauney Mafrige, Erin Florescu, Stephanie Eustis, Debbie Festari, Mark Lowry, Cherie Carrabba, Michael Kemper, John Evatz, Jennifer Simmons, Diana and Brad Wander, Caroline Kenney, Clifford Pugh and John Dascoulias, Ken Harrison, Paul Reid and Summer Salah. 

You can catch McNeely and Giacona performing at The Eighteenth on July 12 and 26.