Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder at Ocean Lakes 21st Premier Bluegrass Weekend

Ocean Lakes Family Campground Brings Top Bluegrass Music, Including Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, to Myrtle Beach for Its 21st Annual Premier Bluegrass Weekend

Family-Friendly Event Will Feature Award-Winning Musicians, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Hammertowne, and the Mark Templeton Band

Myrtle Beach, S.C. — Ocean Lakes Family Campground in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, will host its 21st Annual Premier Bluegrass Weekend on Friday, Aug. 23rd, and Saturday, Aug. 24th. Some of the most popular performers in Bluegrass will be at Ocean Lakes, including Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder. The 2019 lineup includes: Ricky Skaggs, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Hammertowne, and the Mark Templeton Band. The concert is exclusively for guests of the campground staying at campsites, rental houses, or annual lease sites.

The music will fill the air-conditioned, 17,000 square foot Recreation Center, which is less than 200 feet from the ocean. Seating is limited. Tickets are on sale through the Event Ticket Hotline at (843) 828-4856 or online at www.OceanLakes.com. Prices for adult wristbands for both days are only $65 (plus site fee) if ordered in advance. Wristbands for ages 7 – 12 are $40, and children 6 and under are free. Tickets for the day of the show will be $70 for adults and $45 for children ages 7 -12.
Along with the musical performances, tickets include a Bluegrass Golf Car Poker Run, Mini Golf Tournament, and many more activities for family members of all ages, such as amenities like Sandy Harbor Water Park.

Guests are arriving early on Wednesday to participate in the “Alan Bibey 4th Annual Mandolin Camp” featuring 2018 SPBGMA Mandolin Performer of the Year, Alan Bibey. The workshop also features world renowned instructors. Space is still available, and the workshop gee includes lodging. See OceanLakes.com for Bluegrass and Workshop info.

“After twenty years of Bluegrass, we are excited for guests to experience the changes we are bringing to the Annual Bluegrass Weekend,” said Barb Krumm, Director of Marketing and Public Relations at Ocean Lakes Family Campground. “After much consideration, we have decided to feature four bands, as opposed to our traditional eight bands. Each band will perform one set that will last about one hour and thirty minutes. We are truly excited about the talent, the changes, and hope the audience loves what we have done, as well.”

The climate-controlled building is a real benefit to any Bluegrass fan! Every year the event grows in popularity, so it is important to reserve a site and purchase tickets as soon as they go on sale.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.OceanLakes.com or by calling the ticket hotline at (843) 828-4856. More information on Ocean Lakes Family Campground is at www.OceanLakes.com. The campground can also be followed on Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube, and Pinterest, or “liked” on Facebook.

Bluegrass entertainment begins mid-afternoon each day (see schedule at OceanLakes.com):

Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019
Alan Bibey and Friends Kick-Off Concert – This concert features Alan Bibey and Mandolin Camp participants and is open to all Ocean Lakes’ guests. Tickets are $5.

Friday, Aug. 23, 2019
Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder
Fifteen-time Grammy award winning, Ricky Skaggs, has been honored with inductions into the Gospel Music Association’s Gospel Music Hall of Fame, the Musicians Hall of Fame, and most recently has been named as a member-elect to the Country Music Hall of Fame Class of 2018. Ricky struck his first chords on a mandolin over 50 years ago, and he continues to do his part to lead the recent roots revival in music. The all-star lineup of Kentucky Thunder includes Paul Brewster (Tenor Vocals, Rhythm Guitar), Russ Carson (Banjo), Jake Workman (Lead Guitar), Mike Barnett (Fiddle), Dennis Parker (Baritone Vocals, Guitar) and Jeff Picker (Bass, Bass Vocals).

Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019
Mark Templeton has recorded more than twenty-five records since 1974 and brought these musicians together in 1990 to form this high-energy bluegrass and gospel band. The group has released more than 10 albums and collected a number of awards, including the 2014 Entertainer of the Year from the Appalachian Cultural Music Association. The band is known for its bluegrass instrumentation and southern gospel style harmony. The band members include: Mark Templeton, Glen Ashwell, Ralph Clay, Karen, and Kevin.

A group from Eastern Kentucky, Hammertowne is a “working man and woman’s bluegrass band with lots of drive and energy.” The band is comprised of Chaston Carroll (Mandolin, Vocals), Dave Carroll (Guitar, Vocals), Brent Pack (Banjo), Bryan Russell (Bass, Vocals), and Scott Tackett (Lead Vocals).

Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out
Russell Moore, the IBMA’s most awarded Male Vocalist of the Year, and his band have been making music for more than a quarter of a century. The group has recorded eighteen albums together, including “Timeless Hits From The Past Bluegrassed,” which was exclusively released in Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores. The band is made up of Russell Moore (Vocals, Guitar), Wayne Benson (Vocals, Mandolin), Nathan Aldridge (Vocals, Fiddle), Keith McKinnon (Vocals, Banjo), Jerry Cole (Vocals, Bass).

About Ocean Lakes Family Campground
Ocean Lakes Family Campground, a division of The Jackson Companies, is the largest campground on the East Coast and one of the largest in the United States. Located in Myrtle Beach, S.C., it has received numerous awards for excellence. It is the 2017 National “Park of the Year” in the Mega Park category and has received that honor from the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) six times. In 2010, it received the Earth Day Award from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control for its iCare Program.

In 2006, Ocean Lakes received the prestigious South Carolina Governor’s Cup for making a significant economic impact on South Carolina. Ocean Lakes covers 310 oceanfront acres with nearly one mile of beachfront. It offers 3,425 sites — 859 of which are large and pull-through to accommodate larger RVs. It was built by Mary Emily and Nelson Jackson and their five daughters, starting in 1970. It opened with 30 campsites and one bathhouse in 1971. On an average seasonal day, Ocean Lakes has 25,000 – 30,000 guests enjoying the countless amenities that have made it a local favorite and a national vacation destination. It currently holds a perfect 10/10*/10 rating from the Good Sam RV Travel Guide & Campground Directory for its overall operation, recreational offerings, services and appearance. This puts Ocean Lakes Family Campground in the Top 1% of the private campgrounds in North America. TripAdvisor awarded Ocean Lakes its 2018 “Certificate of Excellence.”
Ocean Lakes Family Campground is a division of The Jackson Companies, a family-owned enterprise that includes Prestwick Golf & Country Club, Ocean Lakes Properties, Crystal Lake Mobile Home Village, Ocean Lakes RV Center, Ocean Lakes Golf Cars, and the master-planned development SayeBrook.

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