2016 Winyah Bay Heritage Festival, Bassmaster Elite Series performers announced

GEORGETOWN COUNTY — Two chart-topping country music artists will perform in downtown Georgetown in April as part of the Winyah Bay Heritage Festival and other festivities surrounding a Bassmaster Elite Series tournament the county will play host to.

Josh Thompson is set to perform on April 7, while Jason Michael Carroll will perform the following night. Both concerts will take place on Front Street, in front of Francis Marion Park. Opening acts start at 6 p.m., with featured artists taking the stage at 7: 30 p.m.

General admission for both shows is free. A VIP area with waitress service will be available to event sponsors, and silver- and above-level sponsors will be invited to an artist meet and greet party.

Known for hits including “Alyssa Lies,” “Livin’ Our Love Song,” and “I Can Sleep When I’m Dead,” Carroll developed a following with his 2006 debut album Waitin’ in the Country, which hit No. 1 on the country music charts. He has toured with superstars including Brooks & Dunn, Alan Jackson, Carrie Underwood and Martina McBride.

Thompson’s debut album “Way Out Here” offered two Top 20 singles, including the title song and “Beer On The Table.” His latest album, a “passion project” called “Change: The Lost Record, Volume One,” was released on iTunes in October.

“We’re excited to have these two great artists performing in Georgetown and I think this is going to be a great way to kick off an amazing outdoors-themed weekend,” said Michele Overton of the Georgetown Business Association. “Between these two concerts right on Front Street, the Winyah Bay Heritage Festival and more than 100 professional anglers in town competing in the Bassmaster Elite Series, I think this is going to be a great week for the people who live, work and play in Georgetown. We’re looking forward to having a lot of visitors come in for these events, but we’re also excited we can bring these activities here for the people who call Georgetown County home.”

The Bassmaster Elite series, sponsored by Huk, will stop in Georgetown April 7-10, with boat launches and weigh-ins open to the public daily at the Carroll Ashmore Campbell Marine Complex on the Sampit River. The Elite Series is known as the premier fishing tournament series in the world and is the fishing equivalent to the PGA Tour. Playing host to the event will mean a national spotlight on Georgetown County and all it has to offer.

Making the week even more exciting for outdoors enthusiasts, the 2016 Winyah Bay Heritage Festival has been scheduled to coincide with the tournament, serving up a wide range of outdoors-themed activities and events for locals and visitors. Thefestival is set for April 9-10 and will also take place at the Campbell Marine Complex. Attractions will again include the highly popular Palmetto Dock Dogs diving competition and the S.C. State Duck Calling Championship.

For more information about the concert and other events taking place during the Winyah Bay Heritage Festival, visit www.fishgeorgetown.com or www.seaportgeorgetown.com in early 2016.


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