County music lovers who aren’t planning a trip out of town for the Labor Day weekend should make plans now to attend an event organizers say they hope will become an area favorite.
The first-ever Carolina Sky Music Fest will get under way Saturday at noon at Round Peak Vineyards, with multiple bands participating, said Jerry Chapman, bass player and co-songwriter for the Mediocre Bad Guys.
Chapman said he had been kicking the idea of a regional music festival around for some time.
“This is just going to be awesome,” he said enthusiastically Tuesday. “We’ve been toying with the idea of doing some kind of local festival for a while. And Round Peak has such great wine and beer, and such beautiful scenery that we thought it would be cool to have a lot of local bands out to participate. There are a lot of great bands out there who we respect and want to hang out with, and we thought it would be fun to have one big music show.”
Bands set to participate include the Mediocre Bad Guys, Steve Lindsley, the Twang Doctors, George Smith, Janus 4:14, Vel Indica, Doug Davis and the Solid Citizens, Bryan Gray and Co., and Jerry Champan.
The event will run from noon to 9 p.m., and Chapman said it is a family-friendly event.
“It is a kid-friendly, and pet-friendly event, so it’s an opportunity for the whole family to come out and enjoy a day of great music,” he said.
But there will be adult beverages available for those who choose to indulge.
“It’s really going to be all about the music, but it is a winery, so there will be great wine and beer available as well,” he said.
In addition, food will be available for purchase, or if attendees want they can bring their own food and use Round Peak’s grills to cook up a feast.
Chapman said he made the bring-your-own option available to help keep costs down.
“If you decide to bring your own food, it won’t cost you an arm and a leg to enjoy a day of great music,” he said.
An added attraction is the beautiful rolling hills.
“The views from Round Peak are just so beautiful they’re almost unreal,” he said. “There’s supposed to be great weather, so if nothing else you can just get outside and enjoy the beautiful area we call home.”
Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door, with children age 6 to 12 admitted for $5 and children younger than 6 admitted free.
Tickets can be reserved by visiting www.roundpeak.com. Click “Our Wines,” “Order Here” and put “Carolina Sky Music Fest” and the number of tickets desired in the “comments” box.
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Chapman said he hopes the public comes out and supports this first attempt at a day of great local music.
“We’d love to make it an annual event,” he said. “We realize this is Labor Day weekend and people may be out for one last hurrah of summer, but if you’re in town, this is a great chance to come out and enjoy great music in a wonderful setting.”
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