DSC_000315th Annual Ocean Lakes Bluegrass Weekend – August 23 & 25, 2013 Featuring: Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, The Larry Stephenson Band, Blue Highway, Jr. Sisk & Ramblers Choice, Bluegrass Brothers, The Grass Cats, Mark Templeton & Pocket Change, and Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road.


2013 Tickets and Reservations…
Wristbands include two outstanding days of bluegrass bands! The concert will begin on Friday at 4 PM until 10 PM, and again on Saturday from 2 PM until 9 PM. It is held in the air-conditioned Recreation Building, and will feature several premier bands. Due to nearly sold out events, wristbands must be prepaid. Advanced for concert wristbands are $45 for both days in addition to your site fee ($20 for children 6-12, under 6 are free). Tickets at the door (day of) will be $50 for adults ($20 for children). Many guests make reservations for Thursday, August 22nd, 2013 (to participate in the fun) and depart on Sunday, August 25th, 2013.

Call Ocean Lakes, for campsite reservations dial toll free, 1-877-510-1413, for rental reservations dial 1-800-845-2229. This show is exclusively for Ocean Lakes’ guests (campers, renters and Annual Lease holders) – there are no wristbands for the general public. Seating is limited. When you call to make your reservation, let us know you are coming to hear bluegrass and we’ll take care of the rest!

Book Tickets online and print ticket at home – here.

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2013 Band Schedule
Friday, August 23rd, 2013 (Concert is 4 PM – 10 PM)
9:00 AM Mini-Golf Tournament
1:00 PM Golf Car Poker Run
4:00 PM – 4:45 PM Mark Templeton & Pocket Change
4:45 PM – 5:30 PM Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road
5:30 PM – 6:15 PM Jr. Sisk & Ramblers Choice
6:15 PM – 7:00 PM The Larry Stephenson Band
7:00 PM – 7:45 PM Mark Templeton & Pocket Change
7:45 PM -8:30 PM Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road
8:30 PM -9:15 PM Jr. Sisk & Ramblers Choice
 9:15 PM -10:00 PM  The Larry Stephenson Band
Saturday, August 24th, 2013 – (Concert is 2 PM – 9 PM)
11:00 PM Bluegrass Scavenger Hunt
2:00 PM – 2:45 PM The Grass Cats
2:45 PM – 3:30 PM The Bluegrass Brothers
3:30 PM – 4:15 PM Blue Highway
4:15 PM – 5:00 PM Rhonda Vincent & The Rage
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Dinner Break
6:00 PM – 6:45 PM The Grass Cats
6:45 PM – 7:30 PM The Bluegrass Brothers
7:30 PM – 8:15 pm Blue Highway
8:15 pm – 9:00 PM Rhonda Vincent & The Rage

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Rhonda Vincent & The Rage

Rhonda Vincent grew up in Northern Missouri in the tiny town of Greentop as the 5th generation of the musical Vincent Family. She began her broadcasting experience at age 3, performing on her family’s local TV & Radio Shows as The Sally Mountain Show. Her new Gospel music project, Sunday Mornin’ Singin’, brings Rhonda Vincent full circle – transcending her musical way of life into a successful career, and the coronation as the NEW Queen of Bluegrass, as proclaimed by the WALL STREET JOURNAL. She’s an artist at the Top of her Game with multiple Grammy nominations, 5 consecutive Entertainer of the Year Awards from the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America, and an unprecedented 7 consecutive Female Vocalist of the Year Awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association. And when you add up the lifetime of accolades bestowed upon Rhonda and her band The Rage; they emerge as the Most Awarded Band in Bluegrass Music, with over 80 awards!
Just as Rhonda and her family opened their voices to sing in church; Rhonda and her band The Rage share their incredible talents with a sincere love of the Lord, giving witness through their music and songs. You’ll find hymnal favorites such as The Old Rugged Cross and Just As I Am along-side newly penned songs like Blue Sky Cathedral, Silent Partner, and Help Me To Be More Like Him. While featured guests join in on the DVD, the CD features only Rhonda and the Rage.
A highlight of both projects is an A cappella song titled His Promised Land written by Rhonda Vincent & Nashville songster Lisa Shaffer. Ironically, Rhonda began writing this modern day Amazing Grace several years ago while visiting Las Vegas. The lively spiritual God Put A Rainbow In The Clouds was specially arranged to feature Rhonda along with stand out vocal parts by each member of The Rage.
This award winning group utilizes every ounce of talent and versatility; to produce a project of modern Christian music along with high energy performances of Traditional Bluegrass Gospel Music. You will discover there’s something for everyone, as you enjoy the simplistic styles to the sophisticated arrangements.
You can feel the honest integrity within the beauty of Rhonda’s angelic voice. Her vocal clarity is unique, unmatched and instantly recognizable. The All American Bluegrass Girl lives the life she sings about. Her loyalty displayed through her 28 year marriage; and 10 year sponsorship with Martha White, which allowed her the distinct honor of traveling in the historical Martha White Bluegrass Express. An honor she deeply appreciates, along with the many blessings God has granted upon her life.
(Source: www.rhondapr.com)

The Larry Stephenson Band

Highly regarded as one of Bluegrass Music’s finest High Lead and Tenor vocalist, Larry Stephenson has been a headliner for over twenty years. Larry formed his band in 1989 while living in his home state of Virginia. Stephenson has been a touring bluegrass musician since he played with his Dad beginning in the middle seventies. Born in Harrisonburg, VA and raised in King George, his Dad started him on the mandolin at age five, cutting his first record at age 13. He credits the rich music scene of Virginia for much of his musical success, having seen and heard the first generation bluegrass performers at festivals, shows, and on the radio. After high school graduation, he worked and recorded with Cliff Waldron and Leon Morris while soaking up the Washington, D.C. rich musical scene, which included cutting edge bands like The Country Gentlemen and The Seldom Scene as well as traditional bluegrass and old-time music. Moving onward in 1979 Larry spent 4 ½ years with Bill Harrell & The Virginians. And in 1983 joined the famed Bluegrass Cardinals for 5 ½ years. This combination has been called “…one of the classic lineups of the Bluegrass Cardinals”. Recording with both groups.
In 1992 Larry moved to Nashville, Tennessee and since then, The Larry Stephenson Band has toured widely, recorded frequently, nurturing it’s own sound, based on Larry’s crystal clear, easily recognizable tenor voice, while providing a musical home for some of the finest sidemen in contemporary bluegrass history. Many appearance’s on the Grand Ole Opry and RFD TV have made The Larry Stephenson Band a fan favorite all across the US and Canada. In 1996, Stephenson was made a member of the Virginia Country Music Hall of Fame by the Virginia Folk Music Association.
While Larry Stephenson is best known as a touring musician whose voice sets a standard of melody, clarity, and storytelling, he has had an active and well-awarded recording career. He recorded with Webco Records and then spent eighteen years with Pinecastle Records, releasing eighteen CD’s during that period. Signature songs in Larry Stephenson’s vast catalog include “Patches,” “Yes, I See God,” “Clinch Mountain Mystery,” “Many Hills Of Time”, “The Knoxville Girl”, “The Knoxville Boy,” The Pretty Blue Dress” and “The Violet and the Rose.” Another Stephenson fan favorite is his version of Bill Monroe’s classic “Mule Skinner Blues,” often performed as an encore and showcasing his flexible and reliable tenor voice. These songs, always delivered with commitment and conviction are often requested in his live performances at festivals, concerts, and other appearances.
While many other Stephenson’s songs from most of his recordings have charted, 2004 brought a hi-light as “Clinch Mountain Mystery” reached #1 on the bluegrass charts. This veteran performer continues to deliver new and fresh material while never straying far from his deep traditional roots. Throughout his now over twenty-year career fronting his own band, and almost forty years as a major, touring performer, Larry Stephenson has been well-recognized and awarded by fans and his peers in the recording industry. He’s been named Male Vocalist of the Year at SPBGMA (The Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America) five times. His 2010 award winning release “20th Anniversary” on his own label Whysper Dream Music, included guest performers like Ricky Skaggs, Connie Smith, Marty Stuart, Del McCoury, Dale Ann Bradley, Dudley Connell, and Sonny Osborne.”Give This Message to Your Heart” with Dailey and Vincent won Recorded Event of the Year from IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) in the same year. In 2011, he signed a recording contract with Nashville based, premier label Compass Records.
Larry lives on the outskirts of Nashville, TN with his wife Dreama, an accomplished child photographer and hairdresser, and their long-awaited and much-loved daughter. – Courtesy of www.larrystephensonband.com

Blue Highway

At the 17-year mark, Blue Highway is indisputably one of the most esteemed and influential groups in contemporary bluegrass. The band’s nine exceptional albums and compelling live performances give proof to the stellar reviews, Grammy nominations, and numerous awards earned by the band since it first took the stage on December 31, 1994, with the same musicians that comprise Blue Highway today.
With a deep bench of virtuosic songwriters, vocalists and instrumentalists, Blue Highway’s hallmark is an unwavering commitment to the ensemble, the “democracy of the band” that makes Blue Highway a powerhouse.
Individually, Jason Burleson (banjo, guitar, mandolin), Rob Ickes (Dobro), Shawn Lane (mandolin, fiddle, vocals), Tim Stafford (guitar, vocals), and Wayne Taylor (bass, vocals) are masters of their respective roles. Together, in Stafford’s words, they are “a democracy in the best sense of the word”: five gifted artists selflessly merging their talents into a seamlessly brilliant group sound. As a result, the band moves from strength to strength, more mature and impressive with each new album.
Blue Highway has five gifted writers in its ranks. Rob and Jason turn out the heart-pounding instrumentals, while Shawn, Tim and Wayne give Blue Highway a depth of songwriting talent unprecedented in sixty years of bluegrass bands.
With ten highly-acclaimed albums to its credit, Blue Highway has garnered two Grammy nominations, a Dove Award, topped the Bluegrass Unlimited radio charts, and won numerous International Bluegrass Music Association awards. Refusing to coast on past glories, Blue Highway continues to push its music to new levels of accomplishment. Artfully balanced between tradition and innovation, it remains in the forefront of contemporary bluegrass music. – Courtesy of www.bluehighwayband.com

Jr Sisk & Ramblers Choice

From the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia comes one of bluegrass music’s most honest voices in the genre’s history, Junior Sisk. Over the years, his haunting, almost lonesome vocals have earned him the devotion of countless traditional bluegrass fans from all over the world. His songwriting talentshelped the Lonesome River Band make their ascent into bluegrass stardom in the early 1990’s and then he became a member of Wyatt Rice & Santa Cruz and ultimately Blueridge, again reaching new audiences that would eventually follow him on his own musical path. In 1998, Sisk formed Ramblers Choice and together they recorded and released their first solo project titled Sounds Of The Mountains and also contributed to the award winning The Stanley Gospel Tradition. Nominated numerous times for Male Vocalist of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) and Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America (SPBGMA), Junior Sisk is at the top of his game and has surrounded himself with a top notch band of musicians including Jason Tomlin on bass and vocals; Chris Davis on mandolin and vocals; Billy Hawks on fiddle and vocals; and Jason Davis on banjo and vocals. Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice are enjoying great success with their latest Rebel Records CD, “The Heart Of A Song.” Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice received SPBGMA’s Album of the Year Award for “The Heart Of A Song“. Junior also received the Contemporary Male Vocalist of the Year Honor for 2013. “A Far Cry from Lester and Earl“ was named SPBGMA’s 2013 Song of the Year. – Courtesy of www.juniorsiskandramblerschoice.com

Bluegrass Brothers

The Bluegrass Brothers are a high energy bluegrass band that are a must see show for a traditional bluegrass delight! They have all grown up in bluegrass music families in Virginia and it is evident very soon after they hit the stage. They have made many musical accomplishments over numerous years, and their vocals and musicianship are second to none. The Bluegrass Brothers are one of the finest bluegrass shows in the country, and they are friendly country folk. They perform from coast to coast and in a most soulful, heartfelt manner. They have earned fans from several countries and everybody says: We want The Bluegrass Brothers back next year! – Courtesy of www.thebluegrassbrothers.com

Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road

Bluegrass crowd-pleasers, Carolina Road recently released Back to My Roots, their highly anticipated second album with world renowned Rural Rhythm Records. This 12-song release finds Carolina Road returning to their homegrown style of music with traditional bluegrass instrumentation and heart-warming vocals made famous by the band. Their previous release, aptly titled Carolina Hurricane, achieved commercial and critical success, charting on WNCW Radio’s Top 50 Bluegrass Albums of 2010, Bluegrass Music Profiles TOP 30 SINGLES, and TOP 10 ALBUM Chart and reaching number #7 on Billboard’s 10 Bluegrass Albums.
The band’s distinct sound and old time flair can be attributed to bluegrass-rich area of North Carolina from which they hail and borrow their name. As the founding member and band leader for Carolina Road, Lorraine Jordan’s showmanship and chemistry with the audience makes the group one of the most popular bands among bluegrass fans today. Lorraine has fronted Carolina Road for over a decade and has seven national recordings to her credit. The band has earned a reputation as one of the hardest working bands in bluegrass, averaging 60 bluegrass festivals in the U.S. and Canada annually along with headlining the Bluegrass Cruise and hosting the Canadian Bluegrass Awards. Carolina Road’s performance is a hard driving traditional sound with invigorating instrumentals; smooth blending vocals, and all the energy that you can stand. – Courtesy of www.carolinaroadband.com

The Grass Cats

The GRASS CATS continue to entertain audiences with their exciting live performances and critically acclaimed recordings. Their shows feature lively foot-stomping fiddle and banjo music, bluegrass classics, tight vocal harmonies, acapella gospel quartets and chart-topping original songs. Though careful never to lose their traditional bluegrass footing, the Cats also perform cleverly arranged “covers” of songs from artists as diverse as Eric Clapton, Duke Ellington and Johnny Cash.
With a total of eight CD’s, their recording career has been highly acclaimed with four of their CD’s landing in the Top 10 on Bluegrass Unlimited’s national chart. Their latest release, A Good Way To Get The Blues, produced their second #1 hit “A Good Way To Get The Blues”. Their 2002 release, The Blues Are Back In Town, received a highlight review in Bluegrass Unlimited magazine and garnered the CATS their first #1 single, “Bluegrass Man.” The CD was also named to County Sales’ Top 5 Traditional Bluegrass Recording list for 2002. Their 2007 release, Home To Carolina, garnered a #2 single, “Pill Or Potion”. _ Courtesy of www.grasscats.com

Mark Templeton & Pocket Change

Mark Templeton grew up in a musical family where he learned to pick and sing the “Blue Ridge Mountain” way. Throughout a career spanning more than 35 years and over 20 albums later, Mark continues to entertain crowds in the traditional Mountain bluegrass way.
Mark’s program includes a variety of musical styles, celebrating the finest Appalachian roots music. He is an exciting entertainer and thrills the audience with his incredible musicianship, particularly when he “Lets one go” on the banjo.
Mark has been blessed to have the caliber of musicians that travel with him every week. It makes a big difference to perform with the same band time after time. Not only do you get “musically tighter” but you also become a family. That’s just what Mark Templeton and Pocket Change is “A Family”. _ Courtesy of www.mtempleton.com

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