There's a lot of local musical talent in Beaufort, but many people never get a chance to hear it, according to Tammy Gates of the University of South Carolina Beaufort's Center for the Arts.
"If you don't go to the bar scene, you don't see our local groups," she said.
But a new festival coming in June could change that by featuring only local musicians and bands during two days of concerts at the Center for the Arts.
Beaufort Homegrown Music Fest will feature 16 local bands on two stages inside and outside of the center June 6 and 7. The event will also include a craft market and local food vendors. A kids' concert and activities will be part of the June 7 schedule.
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A stage will be built on the center's front lawn for daytime performances, between 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. The action then moves inside to the main stage and ends at 10 p.m.
"So, basically, you can hear music from 1 o'clock to 10 o'clock," said Gates.
Washington Street, between Carteret and New streets, will be closed both days, and Gates hopes to fill the campus with people.
The daytime shows are free, but $10 daily all-access passes also get attendees into the indoor concerts at night.
The Point and the Old Commons neighborhood associations have been contacted about the concerts, Gates said, so nearby residents are aware of the plans.
"We definitely want to be good neighbors," she said.
The festival is coming together quickly -- organizers only came up with the idea in early March. Gates said the group is hand-delivering an application Monday for a beer-sales permit, to ensure it is ready in time.
"It's going to be a hoot of two days," she said.
The full schedule has been posted to www.uscbcenterforthearts.com and will be updated as the festival draws near.
Daytime entertainment includes Eric Daubert, the U.S. Marine Corps Band Jazz Ensemble, Maluwa, SWIG (Short, White, Irish Guy), Amber and The Fossils, Irene Goodnight, Redemption House, Rick Hubbard -- the Kazoobie Guy, 2 Far Gone, and Sometime Later Band.
Nighttime entertainment includes the Groovetones, The Brewer Band, Bootless, Sweetgrass Angels, Reckless Mercy and the Bullgrapes.
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