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Music and BBQ go together like…well Music and BBQ.  All concerts are free of charge and will be held in the Mauldin Cultural Center’s Outdoor Amphitheater right on the festival grounds. Bring your lawn chair and blankets and enjoy a family picnic as you eat your BBQ and enjoy these great artists!  Note: no outside food/drink permitted. This is a smoke-free event.

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21  |  6:30 p.m.

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Angela Easterling & the Beguilers

Angela Easterling lives with her partner and their two young sons on the South Carolina farm that has been in her family since 1791. She is a three-time Kerrville New Folk Finalist, a Telluride Troubadour Finalist and a two-time Wildflower Performing Songwriter Finalist.

The Boston Herald named her song “The Picture”  “Best Political Country Song” in their Year’s best music. Her 2015 release “Common Law Wife”, went all the way to number 1 on the Roots Music Report Americana Country Airplay Chart, and remained in the top 5 on that chart for nearly 2 months, closing the year out as #12 on the top 100 albums, and earning much praise in the press.

Roger McGuinn, of the Byrds, called her “a bright shining star on the horizon!” and went on to say, “Her CD brought me back to the time the Byrds recorded “Sweetheart of the Rodeo” — tradition meets youthful exuberance.” | Read More

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22  |  12 p.m.

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John King

Drive, paired with raw talent and business savvy took this young man out of a little mountain town in Georgia and into the spotlight opening for award-winning artists, writing number 1 songs, and touring over 150 dates a year.

King grew up working with his hands, building work ethic as he built structures. “Those jobs made me who I am,” says King. “I started off working rock construction, putting in fireplaces, and walkways at about 14 or 15. Although it was tough, it built muscle and character.”

Citing his parents as the main reason he got into music, King credits them for their influence. As country music took a huge leap forward in the 1990s, John found himself in awe of one of country music’s greatest entertainers, Garth Brooks.

When it comes to the fans, the bar is set high — “I love the way Garth treats his fans like royalty. I wanna be like that… Entertaining a crowd, meeting the fans, hearing their stories, seeing them have the time of their lives. That is what God put me here to do; that’s my passion.”

In a short time, King has been making a name for himself in Country Music. His debut radio single, “Tonight Tonight,” earned him his first Top 40 hit and was heard by millions of NFL fans and used to highlight CBS network’s Thursday night football throughout the 2014 season.

In addition to his rising success as an artist, King is also earning national recognition as a songwriter. In early 2016, King experienced his first #1 with a song called “We Went” recorded by artist Randy Houser. King co-wrote the song with friends, Matt Rogers and Justin Wilson and received a 2016 ASCAP Songwriter Award for the song’s success. King also had a hand in writing Craig Morgan’s current single, “I’ll Be Home Soon.” | Read More

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