After weeks of cryptic Facebook posts from WAVE 104.1 program director and radio personality Scott Mann followed by the hashtag #getawayfest, the cat is finally out of the bag: Horry County will soon have its very own music festival.
Dubbed the Waccamaw Getaway Music Festival, the event is set to take place at the Bucksport Marina in Conway over Memorial Day Weekend [May 26-May 28], bringing with more than 25 jaw-dropping bands, a variety of vendors, artists of all stripes and offering camping, boat docking, food and more.
Organized by Mann and event production entrepreneur Scott Hyman of 3930 Music in Conway, the Waccamaw Getaway Music Festival has quickly taken hold and promises to bring all the elements of a successful music festival into our own neck of the woods.
The Sun News recently sat down with Hyman and Mann to find out more about the mechanics of the event.
Q: When was the seed planted for the Waccamaw Getaway Festival?
Mann: The two of us have been talking about wanting to do something like this for years.
Hyman: We’ve known each other for at least 15 years. Every time we were doing a chili cookoff or an oyster festival or whatever event, we wanted to do something else.
Q: How did the concept start to grow legs?
H: The people that took over the venue at Bucksport Marina [now Captain Buck’s Port] came to me about doing production and other things – putting some other acts in at other times. They have only been open since about mid-April. On top of getting this festival going, I have been trying to get that place going – and still having to do production at things like Cinco de Mayo at Burro Loco and the Socastee Heritage Festival – I committed to a festival over Memorial Day weekend.
M – When Scott told me, my first response was, “Next year?” he said, “No – this year.” I’m like, “It takes none months to put together a music festival – how are we going to put one together in three months?” He goes, “You better figure it out.”
Q: How did you start lining up the music?
M: We both started calling bands. Obviously, there were some that had to turn us down because they were already booked, but the general response from those bands was – “Oh my God, I would love to do that if I wasn’t booked.” But we were lucky enough to find certain acts that were available – many of whom would have called anyway.
We are both already familiar with [singer/songwriter] Randall Bramblett, our headliner, because he has played South by Southeast so many times and always sells out. We have [folk/blues/Americana outfit] The Ben Miller Band and TreeHouse!. For people around here, TreeHouse! is a local band, but make no mistake – they are a reggae band and they are blowing up all over the country and playing festivals everywhere. They are all over the place.
H: One thing that helps is that he is associated with radio and I do the sound for so many bands. When Ben Miller comes to town, unless he is at House of Blues, I’m probably doing sound for him.
M: Scott is really good with Southern rock bands – Preacher Stone and stuff. I’m in the jam world, so I emailed or messaged my buddies in Dubtown Cosmonauts – Groove Fetish – Electric Soul Pandemic.
RGY – They then referred other bands and it was a domino effect?
M: There are several bands that came to us. The Freeway Revival is another band that is really starting to take off in festivals all over, and just got back from touring up North. They sent me a message. Bubba Love was added to the list because he got in touch with me and said, “Hey, those guys in Treehouse are my buds and I would love to play too.”
Q: The location seems a bit off the beaten path. What’s the logic here?
H: It’s a perfect spot – and the venue is in a location that is not going to cause problems.
M: When you think about all the major and minor festivals, they take place in the middle of nowhere. Bonnaroo is in Manchester, Tenn., and there’s nothing there. Lockin’ is in Arrington, Va., which is an extremely small town. Even the Wanee Music Festival is in the middle of Live Oak, Fla., which is a small town.
The great thing about Bucksport Marina is that everything is right there – a campground, permanent bathroom and shower facilities, a bar and restaurant, boat docks and a permanent structure for vendors. Everything you could possibly need for a good music festival is already there.
Q: How is WAVE 104.1 involved?
M: WAVE 104.1 is the presenting radio station – so we have been promoting it almost nonstop since it became official. We gave away some “win-them-before-you-can-buy-them” weekend passes, and be giving away some more tickets as we get closer. And of course it’s jam-related, so a lot of the music is being played on the Headshop [Scott Mann’s Headshop, Sundays 9:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.]
I’m emceeing the festival. I will be working with Scott to make sure things are going alright backstage.
Q: How has word of the festival been received from locals?
M : The level of support that we have been getting from music fans around town is unbelievable, like, “Of course I’m going. I don’t know all of those bands – but of course I’m going.” I had one friend tell me that she was going to buy two three-day passes and wasn’t even sure that she could come all three days. But she is going to do it anyway because we so need this.
Q: What is your vision expectations for turnout?
H: Turnout? I don’t know if we’ll get 100 people or 1000 people. Either way, we’re happy. The more people that can come, the better, and the more fun we will have. I expect to do next year – and the next year and the next year.
M: That’s what it comes down to. Success for us in this first year is having enough interest to do a second year.
WACCAMAW GETAWAY MUSIC FESTIVAL
When: May 26 [6 p.m.] – May 28 [11 p.m.]
Where: Bucksport Marina 135 Bucksport Rd, Conway, SC 29527
Ticket prices: (Available at www.etix.com – Search for Waccamaw Getaway Music Festival)
3 Day Pass – $60.00
Friday Only – $20.00 at gate
Saturday Only – $25.00
Sunday Only – $25.00
Children under 10 admitted free.
For more information about camping and boat docking fees, visit the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1350985104940966 or call Jeff at Bucksport Marina: (843) 397-5566
OFFICIAL BAND SCHEDULE
(TIMES AND LINEUP SUBJECT TO CHANGE)
FRIDAY MAY 26
7:00 PM: SWEET SWEET
8:20 PM: SUPERSWAMP HEROS
9:50 PM: PREACHER STONE
SATURDAY MAY 27
11:00 AM: FREEWAY REVIVAL
12:20 PM: CIRCUIT TRIO
2:00 PM: THE UNFAITHFUL SERVANTS (FEAT. MEMBERS OF PAPERWORK AND DOC SIMONS PAYING TRIBUTE TO THE BAND)
3:50 PM: ORACLE BLUE
5:50 PM: THE KENNY GEORGE BAND
7:40 PM: KID DREW’S SKYDOG (TRIBUTE TO THE ALLMAN BROTHERS)
9:30 PM: THE RANDALL BRAMBLETT BAND
11:20PM: MACHINE FUNK (TRIBUTE TO WIDESPREAD PANIC)
SUNDAY MAY 28
11:00 AM: BUBBA LOVE
12:20 PM: MATT PARKER AND THE DEACONS
2:10 PM: DUBTOWN COSMONAUTS
4:00 PM: PAPERWORK
5:50 PM: ELECTRIC SOUL PANDEMIC
7:40 PM: GROOVE FETISH
9:30 PM: THE BEN MILLER BAND
11:20 PM: TREEHOUSE
G OF CIRCUIT TRIO LATE NIGHT SATURDAY AND SUNDAY
FIRE AND FLOW PERFORMANCES FROM OVER THE MOON PRODUCTIONS ALL WEEKEND.
Source: Facebook Event Page