USCB Center for Arts hosts first Homegrown Music Fest

Two days of great music, good food and plenty of local arts and crafts await attendees of Beaufort’’ “Homegrown Music Fest” at USCB Center for the Arts on Friday, June 6 and Saturday, June 7.

From the opening concerts on the lawn at 1 p.m. to the last performances in the Center for the Arts theater at 8:40 p.m., festivalgoers will be treated to an exceptional variety of local musicians, from country and western to blues and jazz, with a different lineup of entertainers each day. Attendees are encouraged to purchase a $10, “All Access Pass” for each day they attend, which includes the evening concerts from 6:40 to 8:40 p.m. in the theater.  The outdoor concerts on the lawn from 1 to 5:40 p.m. are free of charge.

Regional Festival envisioned

“Our vision for this event is to create an annual festival for regional area musicians, bands and music lovers to share their mutual appreciation for great music, food and crafts in an accessible and affordable venue,” said Bonnie Hargrove, Director from USCB Center for the Arts.  As the festival grows, more musicians and attendees from the surrounding counties are anticipated.

Local foods, arts and crafts

There will be all local food vendors from 1 to 7 p.m. each day, with a wide selection of festival favorites. The Jaycees will sell beer, and volunteers will have sodas and water for sale. No coolers will be permitted during the event but folding chairs and blankets are encouraged to stake out the good spots in front of the outdoor stage. An Arts and Crafts Market will be open from 1 to 7 p.m. each day, displaying the work of local artisans.

Sponsorships are still available to local businesses who would like to be a part of the music festival.


All Access Passes are only $10 per person per day, and include the evening concerts. Get your tickets early since space is limited inside the theater. Passes will also be available at the box office. There will also be drawings for prizes throughout both days.

All proceeds from ticket sales will benefit USCB Center for the Art’s programming for the 2014-2015 year to bring even more great entertainment to the Beaufort area.

Event parking

The USCB campus is located at 801 Carteret Street in Beaufort. Washington Street between USCB buildings and the theater complex will be closed off for the festivities. Attendees can park in other USCB lots, along Carteret Street and at the Baptist Church of Beaufort at the corner of Charles and King streets. Also, the campus is a short walk from downtown Beaufort parking facilities.

For more information, call the box office at 521-4145 weekdays between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. For tickets to the festival, visit www.uscbcenterforthearts.com.

entertainment lineup

Friday’s outdoor stage

• 1 p.m.: Eric Daubert

• 2:10 p.m.: The Marine Corps Band Jazz Ensemble

• 3:20: SWIG

• 4:30: 2 Far Gone

• 5:40: Amber and the Fossils.   

Indoor Theater Stage

• 6:40 p.m.: The Groovetones

• 7:40 p.m.: Brewer Band

• 8:40 p.m.: Bootless

 Saturday’s Outdoor Stage

• 1 p.m. Irene Goodnight

• 2:10 p.m.: Redemption House

• 3:20 p.m.: Rick Hubbard, the Kazoobie guy with a concert for kids

• 4:30 p.m.: Sometimes Later Band

• 5:40 p.m.: Shark Rodeo.

Indoor Theater Stage

• 6:40 p.m.: Sweetgrass Angels

• 7:40 p.m.: Reckless Mercy

• 8:40 p.m.: Bullgrapes

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