Wednesday, April 16, 2014
The Second Annual Sweet Grass Music Festival will be held on Friday and Saturday, May 2-3, at Patriots Point in Mount Pleasant, S.C., across from the beautiful Charleston Harbor.
Visitors can expect an awesome weekend full of warm weather, hot bluegrass pickin’ and fun for the whole family. Not to mention a few picturesque sunsets over the USS Yorktown resting on Atlantic waters.
The music begins at 2:30 p.m., on Friday, May 2 with world-class bluegrass bands Subject to Change, Common Ground, Barefoot Movement, Adkins and Loudermilk, and the Lonesome River Band playing until 10 p.m. that evening. All bands are performing 90-minute sets.
An amazing line-up of artists will take the stage on Saturday, May 3. Music begins at 11 a.m., with an hour-long set by Common Ground, followed by two (afternoon and evening) one-hour sets from the Grass Cats, Flatt Lonesome, Nothin Fancy, and Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out. The group Grasstowne will be performing one 90-minute set at 4 p.m.
This year’s lineup is simply nothing short of spectacular.
Five-time International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Male Vocalist of the Year Russell Moore fronts IIIrd Tyme Out, one of the most popular bands in bluegrass history. The band is celebrating 20 years together and has garnered more than 50 industry accolades since their inception in 1991, including being named the IBMA’s Vocal Group of the Year seven consecutive years.
The Lonesome River Band just celebrated its 30th anniversary and features longtime band member and five-time IBMA Banjo Player of the Year Sammy Shelor.
Grasstowne is led by veteran bluegrass Grammy nominee Alan Bibey (three-time SPBGMA Mandolin Player of the Year and three-time IBMA award-winner) as well as four of the finest young musicians in bluegrass today.
Bibey plans to offer a free mandolin workshop at the festival on Saturday, May 3 as well.
Common Ground is one of Charleston’s longest-running bluegrass groups with more than 15 years combined musical experience. Blending the traditional sounds of banjo, acoustic guitar and bass gives them a unique sound unrivaled in the Lowcountry.
The band also features the grassroots harmonies that bluegrass is known for. Covering a multitude of traditional music, Common Ground also compose their own original tunes.
The band is led by Laura Macon and Melvin Cumbee.
The Subject To Change bluegrass band was formed back in 2000 by founding member Mickey Sellers.
This is a high-energy band, who takes pride in performing traditional-style bluegrass music.
Friday tickets are $25 a piece, while Saturday tickets are $35 each. There is a special combo package for $50, which is good for both days of the festival and the first 50 sold receive a voucher for a free T-shirt.
Children under 12 will be admitted for free. The festival will be held rain or shine. In the event of rain, the festival will be held under the big tent. Bring a chair, but no recliner-types please. No coolers or pets please.
A portion of the proceeds from the festival will go to the nonprofit Carolina Studios. For information, call 843-452-5131, firstname.lastname@example.org, or www.sweetgrassmusicfestival.com, or find us on Facebook.