A few people noticed this and decided to take advantage of it.
"We have such a wealth of talent,"
The festival will be at
General admission tickets are
Ticket prices for all active military, veterans and their families are
Gates open at
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.aikenmusicfest.com or call 803-649-3505.
Lined up for the event are seven local acts.
On the main stage are Preston and Weston featuring
Playing in between on the second stage will be All Bets R Off,
"There will be continually music," said Mike Frost, event co-organizer.
Frost was in charge of booking the musicians.
Below is the current music schedule:
--Preston and Weston:
Joining them will be Simmons, also known as the Lady in Red.
"The three have been entertaining audiences at local venues such as
--All Bets R Off:
All Bets R Off began as a project of drummer
The two have the goal to that "to play ear catching, foot tapping, get up and dance rock music," as stated on their website.
This cover band plays everything from late-1960s rock to modern country.
According to the band's website, bassist
Mike Frost is a teacher, musician and recording engineer from
This bassist lives in
Gary is a singer/songwriter originally from
She has been playing the electric guitar since she was 12.
"Gary performs as frequently as possible and enjoys sharing her original music with the world hoping that people can connect with her songs," as stated on her website.
This variety band has been around for more than 10 years.
Its current band set-up includes drummer
Joining Anybody's Guess will be former member
He still plays regularly with them and will fill in for Woodward during the festival, Shull said.
"He's probably the best friend I got," Davis said. "It's an honor to play with him."
This local musician performs regularly around town.
He has appeared at The Red Pepper, Wingplace and the
Earlier this summer, he played at the Carley's Rays of Hope 5K Color Splash event, an event in support of brain tumor research.
This beach band plays everything from rock to soul from the 1960's to current day.
According to its website, its current band members are trumpet-player
For all the local music fans and advocates that own a jeep, the Aiken Music Fest has an extra part for you.
Part of the festival is the Jeep Invasion, where all jeep owners can roll in starting at
If you own a classic Willys or Jeep, you can enter your vehicle into the Classic Willys Jeep Show.
The show's winner will receive a gift certificate from Kaiser Willys Auto Supply.
"Vehicles do not have to be fully restored to compete," said
Entrants must pay
--Load-in will be from
All entry forms must be submitted by
The show can be viewed by all festival-goers for no extra cost.
"Vintage civilian and military jeep models will by displayed at the event including Jeep CJs, trucks, wagons and Jeepsters from 1941 to 1971," Hodgkins said.
For more information, call 803-646-3509.
A goal of the festival is to make it family-friendly.
"We want a bunch of children to enjoy themselves and for patrons to feel safe to bring them here,"
There will be an children's area, as well as a giant sprinkler.
Food vendors will be out selling items like barbecue.
Coolers are not allowed.
Leashed pets are permitted.
"There is a lot of talent in this town," Cram said. "We want to grow to showcase that."
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