Country music artist and U.S. Army veteran Craig Morgan will headline the 59th annual Beaufort Water Festival's Concert in the Park, event organizers announced Tuesday.
The show will start at 8 p.m. July 19 in the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park. It is typically one of the biggest concerts of the 10-day festival, which will be July 18 to 27.
Morgan's top-10 hits include "That's What I Love About Sunday," "International Harvester," "Almost Home," "Redneck Yacht Club," "Little Bit of Life," "Love Remembers" and "Bonfire."
Opening acts and other performances during the festival have not yet been announced.
Morgan raises money for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation and other charities.
Festival commodore Brandy Gray said Morgan's military ties and support are special in a community with three bases and a strong sense of military pride.
She also believes he will draw a large crowd.
"I've been a huge fan of his for years," she said. "I didn't know if we could score him because he is so well-known."
Gray's favorites from Morgan's repertoire include "Redneck Yacht Club" and his most recent hit, "Wake Up Lovin' You," which is at 14 on the Great American Countdown Top 20.
"I think he's an awesome, down-to-earth guy, and he has some classics that really resonate with people here," she said.
Past performers for Concert in the Park have included Chris Cagle in 2013, James Otto in 2012 and Lee Brice in 2011.
Water Festival organizers arrange for artists as much as a year in advance, aiming for up-and-coming or well-known musicians who will attract audiences, Gray said.
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