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Top Bluegrass Music featured at 20th Bluegrass Weekend

Family-Friendly Bluegrass Weekend Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Lonesome River Band, Alan Bibey & Grasstowne, Bradley Walker, And More

July 26, 2018, Myrtle Beach, S.C. — Ocean Lakes Family Campground in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, will host its 20th Annual Bluegrass Weekend on Friday, Aug. 24, and Saturday, Aug. 25. Some of the most popular performers in bluegrass will be at Ocean Lakes, including some past favorites as well as some rising stars. This year’s lineup includes: Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Lonesome River Band, Bradley Walker, Alan Bibey & Grasstowne, Sideline, Bluegrass Brothers, Breaking Grass, and The Churchmen. The concert is exclusively for guests of the campground staying at campsites, rental houses or annual lease sites.

The music will fill the air-conditioned, 17,000 square foot Recreation Center which is less than 200 feet from the ocean. Seating is limited. Wristbands are currently available for purchase through the Event Ticket Hotline at (843) 828-4856 or online at www.OceanLakes.com. Prices for adult wristbands for both days are only $50 (plus site fee) if ordered in advance. Wristbands for ages 7 to 12 are $20 and children 6 and under are free. Tickets for the day of the show will be $55 for adults and $20 for children ages 7 to 12.

Along with the musical performances, tickets include a Bluegrass Golf Car Poker Run, Mini Golf Tournament and many more activities for family members of all ages, including amenities like Sandy Harbor Water Park.

More than 45 guests are arriving early on Wednesday to participate in the “Alan Bibey 3rd Annual Mandolin Camp” featuring 2018 SPBGMA Mandolin Performer of the Year, Alan Bibey. The workshop also features world renowned mandolinists Don Stiernberg, Emory Lester and Master Luthier Jonathan McClanahan as instructors. Space is still available, and lodging is included, see OceanLakes.com for Bluegrass and Workshop info.

“We are excited that the popular Bluegrass Weekend tradition is continuing into its twentieth year,” said Barb Krumm, Director of Marketing and Public Relations at Ocean Lakes Family Campground. “This year’s lineup features some of the top names in Bluegrass and a special gospel musician, Bradley Walker. Bradley is an award-winning singer; part of the Gaither Music collection and his CD’s have been featured at Cracker Barrel. He has not let muscular dystrophy hold him back from bringing joy to others.”

The climate-controlled building is a real benefit to any Bluegrass fan! Every year the event grows in popularity, so it is important to reserve a site and purchase tickets soon.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.OceanLakes.com or by calling the ticket hotline at (843) 828-4856. More information on Ocean Lakes Family Campground is at www.OceanLakes.com. The campground can also be followed on Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube, and Pinterest, or “liked” on Facebook.

As a special treat, guests can bid on an autographed banjo by artist, Peter Geiger. The banjo is a limited-edition and numbered work of art that was hand crafted out of license plates. All proceeds from the auction will go to Canine Angels.

Bluegrass entertainment begins mid-afternoon each day (see schedule at OceanLakes.com):

 Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018

 Alan Bibey and Friends Kick-Off Concert – This concert features Alan Bibey and Mandolin Camp participants and is open to all Ocean Lakes’ guests. Tickets are $5.

 Friday, Aug. 24, 2018

The Churchmen — Combine bluegrass and gospel and you have The Churchmen. Based in Collinsville, Virginia, the five-man band’s Southern gospel style features four-part harmony with lyrics that resonate with their audience in a moving way.

Breaking Grass — From Booneville, Mississippi, this five-member group is on the rise. Their music combines traditional and contemporary bluegrass, gospel, and country to create their own unique sound that appeals to all ages.

Alan Bibey & Grasstowne – A band comprised of very well-respected veterans of bluegrass music, including Alan Bibey (Mandolin/Vocals), Zak McLamb (Bass), Laura Orshaw (Fiddle/Vocals), Mike Bentley (Guitar/Vocals), and Justin Jenkins (Banjo).

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver – With nearly 40 albums to their credit, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver have multiple Grammy, Dove, ICM, IBMA and SPBGMA award nominations, and are 7-time winners of IBMA’s Vocal Group of the Year. His early years were spent with the likes of J.D. Crowe, The Country Gentlemen, and Jimmy Martin.

Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018

Sideline — Like the name states, the band started out as a side project for five seasoned professionals, including Steve Dilling (formerly of IIIrd Tyme Out). Due to the popularization of their debut album, it has become a full-time career. Sideline’s sound comes from 1980’s and early 1990’s contemporary bluegrass. Known for their harmonies and driving rhythm, the band combines the best of old and new material.

Bluegrass Brothers – Formed in 1989, the group became well-known outside of Southwest Virginia after they recorded The Ballad of Mark Warner in 2001 for the Gubernatorial Campaign of Mark Warner. The band line-up is Victor Dowdy (Bass, Vocals), Travis Chandler (Guitar, Vocals), Donald Dowdy (Mandolin, Vocals), Jamie Sparks (Banjo), Chris Hart (Dobro).

Lonesome River Band – Five-time International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Banjo Player of the Year, and winner of the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass, Sammy Shelor leads the group that is constantly breaking new ground in Acoustic music. With two lead vocalists, Brandon Rickman (Guitar) and Jesse Smathers (Mandolin), talents of Mike Hartgrove (Fiddle) and Barry Reed (Bass), the band seamlessly comes together, performing the trademark sound that fans continue to embrace.

Bradley Walker – Bradley Walker remembers music always playing in the Athens, Alabama house where he grew up. The 39-year-old has graced the stage of the Grand Ole Opry, performed with legends such as Ricky Skaggs and Alison Krauss, and won the 2007 Male Vocalist of the Year award from the International Bluegrass Music Association. Bradley has released three albums; two on the Gaither label, both available in Cracker Barrel restaurants across the country.

About Ocean Lakes Family Campground
Ocean Lakes Family Campground, a division of The Jackson Companies, is the largest campground on the East Coast and one of the largest in the United States. Located in Myrtle Beach, S.C., it has received numerous awards for excellence. It is the 2017 National “Park of the Year” in the Mega Park category and has received that honor from the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) six times. In 2010, it received the Earth Day Award from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control for its iCare Program.

In 2006, Ocean Lakes received the prestigious South Carolina Governor’s Cup for making a significant economic impact on South Carolina. Ocean Lakes covers 310 oceanfront acres with nearly one mile of beachfront. It offers 3,425 sites — 859 of which are large and pull-through to accommodate larger RVs. It was built by Mary Emily and Nelson Jackson and their five daughters, starting in 1970. It opened with 30 campsites and one bathhouse in 1971. On an average seasonal day, Ocean Lakes has 25,000 – 30,000 guests enjoying the countless amenities that have made it a local favorite and a national vacation destination. It currently holds a perfect 10/10*/10 rating from the Good Sam RV Travel Guide & Campground Directory for its overall operation, recreational offerings, services and appearance. This puts Ocean Lakes Family Campground in the Top 1% of the private campgrounds in North America. TripAdvisor awarded Ocean Lakes its 2017 “Certificate of Excellence.”

Ocean Lakes Family Campground is a division of The Jackson Companies, a family-owned enterprise that includes Prestwick Golf & Country Club, Ocean Lakes Properties, Crystal Lake Mobile Home Village, Ocean Lakes RV Center, Ocean Lakes Golf Cars, and the master-planned development SayeBrook.

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