One of Georgia’s first outdoor music festivals since the COVID-19 virus outbreak is being planned for late June at the Lewis Family Homeplace near Lincolnton.
Evans Media Source event production company based in Satsuma, Fla., has announced that the SOS (“Save Our Summer”) Music Fest will take place June 26-27 at the same site, 1935 Lewis Family Road, where the Jeff & Sheri Easter Homecoming Festival is usually held in May.
The Easters’ festival scheduled for the 2020 Mother’s Day weekend was canceled with the virus outbreak as was the 2020 Little Roy & Lizzy Bluegrass Festival planned for nearby Elijah Clark State Park.
Rebekah Speer, twin sister of Little Roy Lewis’ musical partner Lizzy Long and a performer in her own right, emailed that she is working with the promoter, Ernie Evans, in making the festival happen.
“We are trying to salvage the rest of the bluegrass season the best that we can,” Speer wrote. She said that local government permission has been granted for the festival which will have seating in a large show tent with open sides.
Performers booked for the event according to the show’s poster include The Malpass Brothers, The Kody Norris Show and Speer herself on Friday, June 26, and the bands Backline, A Deeper Shade of Blue and Sideline on Saturday, June 27.
Tickets are $40 each day or $70 for the weekend with children 12 and younger admitted free. Call (386) 385-3500 or visit evansmediasource.com.
Visitors, staffers, entertainers and vendors are being informed of public safety conditions that will be strictly enforced, Speer said.
These include having staffers check the temperatures of visitors with “hand-held, non-contact, battery-operated” thermometers at the venue entrance and the concert-area entrance.
Applications for participation note that artists “will also be screened at check points under the same rules as attendees,” and that EMS personnel will provide sanitary covers for microphones that will be changed after each performing group. The microphone stands themselves also will be wiped down with sanitizing chemicals after each act.
Vendors will be required to wear face masks and gloves and make sure their areas are sanitized between customers.
Patron seating under the tent will be spaced to ensure little close contact.
The applications also stress, “Event staff will maintain the right to remove anyone from the concert area who does not comply [with public safety guidelines] or at any check point.”