OCEAN LAKES FAMILY CAMPGROUND BRINGS TOP BLUEGRASS MUSIC, INCLUDING THE DEL McCOURY BAND, TO MYRTLE BEACH FOR ITS 23rd ANNUAL PREMIER BLUEGRASS WEEKEND
Family-Friendly Event Will Feature Award-Winning Musicians: The Del McCoury Band, The Grascals, Sideline, and Backline
October 22, 2020, Myrtle Beach, S.C. — Ocean Lakes Family Campground in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, will host its 23rd Annual Premier Bluegrass Weekend on Friday, August 27th and Saturday, August 28th. Some of the most popular performers in Bluegrass will be at Ocean Lakes, including The Del McCoury Band. The 2021 lineup includes: The Del McCoury Band, The Grascals, Sideline, and Backline. 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. Tickets are on sale through the Event Ticket Hotline at (843) 828-4856 or online at www.OceanLakes.com. Prices for adult wristbands for both days are only $65 (plus site fee) if ordered in advance. Wristbands for ages 7 – 12 are $40, and children 6 and under are free. Tickets for the day of the show will be $70 for adults and $45 for children ages 7 -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, such as amenities like Sandy Harbor Water Park and the Leonard Raker Nature Center Discovery Lab.
Guests are arriving early on Wednesday to participate in the “Alan Bibey 6th Annual Mandolin Camp” featuring 2020 IBMA Mandolin Player of the Year, Alan Bibey. The workshop also features world-renowned instructors. Space is still available, and the workshop fee includes lodging. See OceanLakes.com for Bluegrass and Workshop info.
“After twenty years of Bluegrass, we welcomed new changes to the Annual Bluegrass Weekend, and after two years with these changes, guests have accepted the new format with open arms,” said Barb Krumm, Director of Marketing and Public Relations at Ocean Lakes Family Campground. “We look forward to many more years of bluegrass fun at Ocean Lakes!”
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 as soon as they go on sale.
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.
Bluegrass entertainment begins mid-afternoon each day (see schedule):
Thursday, August 26, 2021
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, August 27, 2021
The Del McCoury Band
Even among the pantheon of music’s finest artists, Del McCoury stands alone. Now leading the Del McCoury Band, with sons Ronnie and Rob, the ensemble continues to represent a growing musical community. McCoury’s sixth decade in bluegrass bliss brings new triumphs, new collaborations, and new music. With but a single change in membership in twenty-seven years The Del McCoury Band shows unprecedented stability as well as garnering the respect and admiration of the industry for its unmistakable work: nine IBMA Entertainer of the Year trophies; in 2003, Del’s awarded membership in the cast of the legendary Grand Ole Opry; the band’s first Best Bluegrass Album Grammy award, in ’05, followed by a second Grammy win in 2014. A good-natured willingness to stay alert to the latest sounds and opportunities around him earned McCoury a whole new generation of fans, including some in unlikely places.
Saturday, August 28, 2021
Backline is a six-piece band from Spartanburg, SC. The band came together in early February of 2016. The band is made up of Katelyn Ingardia (Guitar and Vocals), Travis Tucker (Dobro and Vocals), Milom Williams II (Mandolin and Vocals), Zachary Carter (Banjo and Vocals), Clint White III (Fiddle), and Chris Williamson (Doghouse Bass). Backline’s choice of material is almost 80% original music written by members in the band or by the band itself, but they also perform traditional covers arranged to fit their personal style. They are all about God, country, faith, family, and bluegrass, and these values shine through in their music. They are thankful for God’s many blessings and the many doors He has opened so far in their journey. Backline’s desire is to share their music through a more modern bluegrass sound with enough traditional flare that it can be enjoyed by a new generation of bluegrass lovers, but also the dedicated bluegrass fans that have kept this great tradition alive.
Sideline is a pedigreed six-piece powerhouse whose style has set the pace in Bluegrass for over two decades. Founders Steve Dilling, Skip Cherryholmes and Jason Moore can all claim their own historical significance to the genre as members of highly-awarded groups, multiple Grand Ole Opry appearances, and years of national and international touring. What started as a side project for the seasoned players soon moved to the front and center as the three were joined by talents of Bailey Coe; guitar, Zack Arnold; mandolin, and Jamie Harper; fiddle, and began to record and release albums in earnest. To listen to Sideline reminds the fan of why so many people fall in love with Bluegrass in the first place; pulse-pounding drive, songs are sung from the heart, perfected timing and dynamics as well as a visceral emotion in the rendering. A band that was started as an off-season fun experiment has become a full-time dream team of players and singers. The band, recorded or live, move dynamically from well-chosen, hard-hitting neo-traditional covers of classic songs to new material curated by a band with a perfect sense of who they are and what they have to say. Combine all this with their on-stage energy and finesse as well as their powerful and affecting harmonies, and you have the embodiment of the North Carolina Bluegrass sound. Sideline has released 3 national projects and currently records for the highly awarded Mountain Home Music Company based near Asheville, NC.
Great musicians will always find a way to make good music, but for great musicians to make great music, they must form a bond – one that, more often than not, goes beyond the purely musical to the personal. For The Grascals, that bond has been forged at the intersection of personal friendships, shared professional resumes, and an appreciation for the innovative mingling of bluegrass and country music that has been a hallmark of the Nashville scene for more than forty years. Their cutting-edge modern bluegrass is delivered with a deep knowledge of, and admiration for, the work of the music’s founding fathers. Timely yet timeless, The Grascals make music that is entirely relevant to the here and now yet immersed in traditional values of soul and musicianship. It’s a unique sound that has earned three Grammy® nominations and two Entertainer of the Year awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association, as well as national media attention that seems to perpetually elude acts entrenched in niche genres. Such appearances include The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Fox & Friends, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and CBS’ The Talk. All the while, stages that represent the strongest bastions of tradition continually welcome them, as evidenced by the over 200 performances on the Grand Ole Opry. Honors also include performing twice for President George W. Bush and at President Barack Obama’s inaugural ball at the Smithsonian.
Alan Bibey Mandolin Workshop |
Guests are arriving early on Wednesday to participate in the “Alan Bibey 6th Annual Mandolin Camp” featuring 2018 SPBGMA Mandolin Performer of the Year, Alan Bibey. The workshop also features world-renowned instructors. Space is still available, and the workshop gee includes lodging. See OceanLakes.com for Bluegrass and Workshop info.
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 Mega RV Park of the Year and has received that honor from the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (arvc) six times. Ocean Lakes received the TripAdvisor® 2019 Hall of Fame Certificate given only to businesses that have received a Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years based on guest reviews.
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 3,428 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 to 35,000 guests enjoying the countless amenities that have made it a local favorite and a national vacation destination. It 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. In 2010, it received the Earth Day Award from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control for its iCare Program.
The Jackson Companies |
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.