One of Georgia’s first outdoor music festivals since the COVID-19 virus outbreak still is scheduled for this weekend at the Lewis Family Homeplace, 1935 Lewis Family Road, northwest of Lincolnton.
Evans Media Source company based in Satsuma, Fla., is producing the SOS (“Save Our Summer”) Music Fest this Friday and Saturday, June 26-27.
The music starts each day at 2 p.m. and goes until about 9 p.m. Admission is $40 each day or $70 for the weekend and free for children ages 11 and younger. Visit evansmediasource.com.
Performers will include The Malpass Brothers, The Kody Norris Show and Rebekah Speer on Friday, and the bands Backline, A Deeper Shade of Blue and Sideline on Saturday.
It is the same location where the Jeff & Sheri Easter Homecoming Festival normally is held in May. That festival was canceled this year due to the virus.
Ernie Evans, founder of Evans Media Source, said Tuesday that all systems are go for a safe and fun festival weekend.
“We are expecting an audience of about 300 by design,” Evans said. “We need to be able to socially distance them and manage it while making sure they can have good seating and enjoy the show.”
He emphasized that local health and law enforcement authorities “have been great to work with and have been very informative about what is required.”
Evans added, “They have a lot of responsibility to the local community, and we respect that. It is a long list of requirements, but we are committed to meet them and even go beyond.”
Lincolnton-reared Rebekah Speer, twin sister of Little Roy Lewis’ musical partner Lizzy Long and a performer in her own right, has been working the promoter to make the festival happen.
“We are trying to salvage the rest of the bluegrass season the best that we can,” Speer said in late May when the festival was announced.
Visitors, staffers, entertainers and vendors have been 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 vendors also stated, “The concert area will have controlled seating/distancing between each party so they are not making contact.”
It also was noted, “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.”