11th Annual Ocean Lakes Bluegrass Weekend – August 28 & 29, 2009!

Featuring Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, The Grascals, IIIrd Tyme Out, Blue Highway, The James King Band, The Bluegrass Strangers and Harvest Wind Band!

2009 Tickets and Reservations…
Wristbands include two outstanding days of bluegrass bands! The concert will begin on Friday at 4 PM until 10 PM, and again on Saturday from 2 PM until 9 PM. It is held in the air-conditioned Recreation Building, and will feature several premier bands (see below). Due to nearly sold out events, wristbands must be prepaid. Concert wristbands are $40 for both days in addition to your site fee ($20 for children 6-12, under 6 are free). Many guests make reservations for Thursday, August 27th, 2009 (to participate in the fun) and depart on Sunday, August 30th, 2009.

Call Ocean Lakes, for campsite reservations dial toll free, 1-877-510-1413, for rental reservations dial 1-800-845-2229. This show is exclusively for Ocean Lakes’ guests (campers, renters and Annual Lease holders) – there are no wristbands for the general public. Seating is limited. When you call to make your reservation, let us know you are coming to hear bluegrass and we’ll take care of the rest!

Book August 27-28, 2010!
Scheduled for the 12th Annual Ocean Lakes Bluegrass Weekend is Daily & Vincent Band, Larry Stevenson Band, Bluegrass Brothers, Jeanette Williaims Band, Idle Tymes and more!

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2009 Band Schedule
Friday, August 28, 2009 (Concert is 4 PM – 10 PM)
9:00 AM Mini-Golf Tournament
1:00 PM Golf Car Poker Run
4:00 PM – 4:45 PM The James King Band
4:45 PM – 5:30 PM The Bluegrass Strangers
5:30 PM – 6:15 PM Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out
6:15 PM – 7:00 PM The James King Band
7:00 PM – 7:45 PM The Bluegrass Strangers
8:30 PM – 9:15 PM Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out
9:15 PM – 10:00 PM The Grascals
Saturday, August 29th, 2009 – (Concert is 2 PM – 9 PM) 
11:30 PM  Golf Car Poker Run
2:00 PM – 2:45 PM  Harvest Wind Band
2:45 PM – 3:30 PM  The Bluegrass Strangers
3:30 PM – 4:15 PM  Blue Highway
4:15 PM – 5:00 PM  Rhonda Vincent & The Rage
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM  Dinner Break – – – – possible surprise band!
6:00 PM – 6:45 PM  Harvest Wind Band
6:45 PM – 7:30 PM  The Bluegrass Strangers
7:30 PM – 8:15 pm  Blue Highway
8:15 pm – 9:00 PM  Rhonda Vincent & The Rage

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The Bands Rhonda Vincent & The Rage

Rhonda Vincent was born July 13, 1962, in Kirksville, Mo., where she still lives. Her musical career started in her family’s band as a child. After appearing on the TNN series You Can Be a Star, she was hired to play in Jim Ed Brown’s touring band. Throughout the 1980s, Vincent accepted numerous female vocalist honors from the Society of the Preservation of Bluegrass Music Association (SPGMA).In the 1990s, Vincent signed to Giant Records in Nashville, hoping for crossover success in the country market. After two albums failed, she chose Rounder Records for a series of critically acclaimed traditional bluegrass albums. Back Home Again arrived in 2000 and The Storm Still Rages in 2001. The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) awarded her its female vocalist award in 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003. She also captured the IBMA’s entertainer of the year award in 2001. One Step Ahead, which features many songs she co-wrote as well as a duet with Krauss, was released in 2003. Today Rhonda Vincent & The Rage are well known throughout the country. Her latest album was just released in June 2009.

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The Grascals

Already among the most beloved and acclaimed of contemporary bluegrass groups, The Grascals are the 2007 International Bluegrass Music Association’s Entertainers of the Year, first earning the top honor in 2006, only one year after being named Emerging Artist of the Year and winning Song of the Year for “Me and John and Paul.” Their trademark blend of traditional bluegrass and classic country with more modern elements, delivered with vocal and instrumental intensity and virtuosity, earned them Grammy nominations for their first two critically-acclaimed releases. The Grascals and Long List of Heartaches. Timely and timeless, The Grascals’ music is entirely relevant to the here and now, yet based on a deeply-seeded knowledge of and admiration for the music’s founding fathers. In addition to the IBMA awards, The Grascals won the 2008 SPBGMA Bluegrass Awards for Instrumental Group of the Year (for the third consecutive year), Bluegrass Band of the Year (for the second consecutive year) and Mandolin Player of the Year (Danny Roberts’ second win in three years). In 2006 the group also took home Album of the Year for their self-titled debut and Song of the Year for “Me and John and Paul.” The group earned a Dove Award nomination in 2007 for Bluegrass Recorded Song of the Year for “Did You Forget God Today,” featuring the Jordanaires, which is included on Long List of Heartaches.

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Russel Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out

To this day, founding member Russell Moore (guitar), along with Steve Dilling (banjo), Justen Haynes (fiddle), Wayne Benson (mandolin), Edgar Loudermilk (bass) and their excellent sound technician, Donnie Carver, are creating a new tradition in modern bluegrass music. As the saying goes, “The proof is in the pudding,” and there is no greater proof of the band’s status as one of the world’s top bluegrass groups than its seven consecutive IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) awards for ŒVocal Group of the Year’ and Russell Moore’s two IBMA ŒMale Vocalist of the Year’ trophies. All in all, IIIrd Tyme Out has garnered over 50 industry awards, the last two being ŒBluegrass Band of the Year’ and ŒMale Vocalist of the Year’ (Russell Moore), both from the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America (SPBGMA). As a band, their vocals define them, and their a cappella renditions of many songs can barely be matched. Their superb instrumentation provides a strong lead and supportive contrast to the rich vocal blends. Stir all of this together, throw in a heavy touring schedule, including many performances on the Grand Ole Opry and other GAC and RFD channel programs, over fourteen recordings to date, and an unending desire to present their fans with the best music they can, and you’ve got something quite tasty for the ears.

Blue Highway

At the 15-year mark, Blue Highway is indisputably one of the most esteemed and influential groups in contemporary bluegrass. The band’s eight exceptional albums and compelling live performances give proof to the stellar reviews, Grammy nominations, and numerous awards earned by the band since it first took the stage on December 31, 1994. With a deep bench of virtuosic songwriters, vocalists and instrumentalists, Blue Highway’s hallmark is an unwavering commitment to the ensemble, the “democracy of the band” that makes Blue Highway a powerhouse.

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The Bluegrass Strangers are a favorite every year according to concert goers and are back by popular demand for the 11th year! The Bluegrass Strangers are one of the most exciting, straight ahead, traditional bands performing today! They come to Myrtle Beach from Kentucky and Ohio.Richard William Webb – Dick Webb formed The Bluegrass Strangers in 1976. The first band members were Dutch Lykins, Steve Parsons, Bob Myers and John Myers. Cliff Chapman and Chester Willis joined the band in 1979 replacing Bob and John Myers. When Cliff left the band in 1980, Jimmy Lykins stepped in to finish the schedule and has been with the band ever since. Their traditional sounds are just as popular today as they were 30 years ago. Dick was born in Portsmouth, Ohio and doesn’t have to take a back seat to anyone when it comes to playing straight-ahead five string banjo. He’s also a superb claw-hammering style player, which is also used in their show. He sings baritone and low tenor in the trios and bass in the quartet. He lives with his wife, Wendy in Powellsville, Ohio. Wendy also runs sound for the band. Dick is the proud father of three sons, Richard, Jason and Aaron and the proud grandfather of Wyatt born February 27, 2006. When he isn’t on the road with the band, he enjoys indian arrow head hunting, deer hunting and fishing. He’s an expert at wood working and always makes time to take care of his baby, the band’s 40-foot MCI. Dick doesn’t have to take a backseat to anyone when it comes to playing a traditional five-string banjo. He also does a fantastic job playing old style claw hammer. Dick also sings baritone and low tenor in the trios and bass in the quartet. Dick and Jim’s sound system, known as Pine Creek Audio, is a favorite at Bluegrass Festivals.Jimmy Lykins, from Garrison, Kentucky is lead singer with songs straight from the heart with soul and feeling like no one else. He also plays a strong rhythm guitar. Jimmy was born in Petersville, Lewis County, Kentucky. When it comes to a traditional vocalist, Jimmy is one of the best. He sings straight from the heart with soul and feeling like no one else. He also plays a strong rhythm guitar in the band. Jimmy owns and operates The Little Quincy Opry and is co-owner of the Quincy Grocery Store in Quincy, Kentucky.. He is the proud father of James, Robert, Jena Faye, Connie and Jennifer. Jimmy also has seven grandchildren. Jimmy joined The Bluegrass Strangers in 1980. When he’s not on the road with the band, he loves listening to bluegrass and gospel music.

Bryan Wayne Tackett is the newest member of our band and is usually called Big Bubba by band members. He was born in Lewis County, Kentucky and makes his home in Quincy, Kentucky with his wife, Rebecca and their two daughters, McKenzie, 3 and Mackayla, 3 months. Rebecca is an L.P.N. at Hillview Retirement Center in Portsmouth, Ohio. Bryan’s life has always been around music with his dad, Walt playing guitar and bass and his mother, Vicki playing piano. His high lonesome soulful bluegrass voice allows for perfect harmony with Jimmy’s traditional sound of bluegrass. When he’s not on the road with the band, he’s employed by Adelphia Cable and enjoys hunting and basketball.

Jamie Brooks Shannon is an outstanding mandolin player and shouldn’t be overlooked. His playing is tasteful, exciting and full of energy and also sings lead vocal for the band. He also plays guitar, banjo and bass. He was recently married to Wendy Lemaster on his father and stepmother’s, Bill and Linda Shannon, farm. Jamie and Wendy are making their home in Louisa, Kentucky. When he’s not on the road with the band, he works as an owner/operator for Admiral Merchants Motor Freight. Jamie just finished making his first mandolin.

K. Dean Whitaker is a great asset to the band with his rock solid timing on the upright bass. He also provides bass and baritone vocals to the band along with filling in as sound technician at festivals. Dean and his wife, Pam live in Ashland, Kentucky. They have two sons, Mark and Jason and three grandchildren. He loves fishing and when he’s not on the road with the band, he’s an owner/operator for Admiral Merchants Motor Freight.

Wendy Webb gives fans of The Bluegrass Strangers a great bluegrass experience with great sound mixing, micing and equalization of the sounds fans expect. She also runs sounds for numerous bands at numerous festivals giving all of them the almost sacred sounds of bluegrass on the Behringer soundboard. Wendy is married to Dick Webb and also plays banjo, guitar and bass. When traveling she helps drive the bus and helps with setup as part of Pine Creek Audio. When she isn’t on the road with the band, she loves riding 4 wheelers, an avid hunter and writes poetry for The Strangers Newsletter and The Strangers web site. Her latest passion is Chun Kuk Do. She just achieved her yellow belt making her closer to the coveted black belt. Wendy and Dick are the owners of Pine Creek Records and Pine Creek Entertainment.Dick Webb and his wife Wendy will also handle the sound for the Ocean Lakes’ Premier Bluegrass Weekend.

See more at www.bluegrass-strangers.com.

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The James King Band

James King was born Sept. 9, 1958, in Martinsville, Va., and grew up in Carroll County — one of the most fertile breeding grounds for bluegrass and old-time musicians. In the 1990s, Dudley Connell of the Johnson Mountain Boys brought King to the attention of Rounder’s Ken Irwin. Irwin brought together Connell and a band of bluegrass all-stars to back up King on 1994’s These Old Pictures and 1995’s Lonesome and Then Some. King began to tour steadily, gradually assembling the James King Band. The group was named emerging artists of the year by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) in 1997. 1998’s Bed by the Window was the recording debut of the James King Band, and its gripping, bittersweet title track — about a man in a nursing home with a vivid imagination — was nominated for IBMA’s 1999 song of the year award.

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Harvest Wind Band

Nominated for 2009 SPBGMA Bluegrass Gospel Group of the Year Contemporary and awarded for the most requested Bluegrass Gospel Group on World Wide Airply Radio. Revonda Roberts & Harvest Wind is a six member North Carolina based bluegrass gospel group and are anything but typical bluegrass gospel. They have a tight four part harmony and, as their record labelstates, “top notch musicianship” which has pushed this group into overdrive. Combine this with their trade mark sound and this brings you to RevondaRoberts & Harvest Wind, a band which has transcended bluegrass gospel boundaries and has became one of the most sought after bands in the UnitedStates. They are well known for their original material, captivating sound and performances that are second to none.

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