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Bluegrass bonanza at Fort Lawn fall festival

Whippoorwill String Band will perform Saturday along with Mike Faulkenberry Acoustic Band at the Fort Lawn Fall Festival.
Whippoorwill String Band will perform Saturday along with Mike Faulkenberry Acoustic Band at the Fort Lawn Fall Festival. Whippoorwill String Band

Find a folksy, relaxing setting and tasty food along with cool live music courtesy of Mike Faulkenberry Acoustic Band plus The Whippoorwill String Band live Saturday for the Fall Festival at the Fort Lawn Community Center in Fort Lawn.

There is lots of fun to be found at this annual event that brings the whole town and area residents together.

“Local businesses contribute to make this happen,” said Libby Sweatt-Lambert, executive director for the center. “We’ll have food vendors who are all favorites from right here in Fort Lawn,” including The Wagon Wheel, with their “awesome BBQ sandwiches” and Mexican dishes prepared by a local family, plus pizza.

Along with tasty treats, look for lots of art from local artisans, Sweatt-Lambert said. “Several vendors with different skills will present an assortment of crafts and paintings,” she said, “plus area artists will help a group of selected kids create a painting – hoping to encourage interest in painting classes offered by the center.”

John Rumford, mayor of Fort Lawn and former board chairman for the Community Center, echoed Sweatt-Lambert’s enthusiasm, encouraging attendance at Saturday’s event. “I’ve experienced the excitement and enjoyment people from our area had attending the festivals of the Community Center.” He said, “The town supports the festival,” adding, “The people look forward to a delightful day.”

As for the music, it’ll be a bluegrass bonanza. Two bands will perform 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. First up will be The Whippoorwill String Band, a Rock Hill-based trio. Their “eclectic” sound is delivered by founder/songwriter Nash Lyle, fiddle/guitar/mandolin/octave mandolin/harmonica/vocals; Zach Lemhouse, fiddles/mandolin/percussion/ vocals; and Frank Tice, guitars/mandolin/banjo/percussion/ vocals.

Their notoriety springs from past tenure in assorted groups as well as frequent performances in regional historic re-enactments. Additionally, Lyle teaches at Woody’s Music in Rock Hill. Tice has appeared on SCETV and at the SC Piccolo-Spoleto Festival. Lemhouse is pursuing a master’s in history education at Winthrop University and finding opportunities to reveal his skills with period-correct 18th-century music at area re-enactments.

Next, from 1:30-3 p.m., The Mike Faulkenberry Acoustic Band will perform acoustic bluegrass tunes in an ensemble that features popular area musicians Faulkenberry, guitar; Chase Killough, guitar; Dan Ihle, bass; and Jason Atkins, keyboards.

“The music is free and there will also be bouncy houses for the kids,” says Sweatt-Lambert. “Come on down; bring a lawn chair for a great party.”

Look for lots of music fun and more with The Mike Faulkenberry Acoustic Band and The Whippoorwhill String Band live Saturday out on the lawn for the Fall Festival at the Fort Lawn Community Center, 5554 Main St. in Fort Lawn. Call 803-872-4491 for more information.

Friday: Tantrum at Luke’s Sports Bar & Grill, Rock Hill; Game Face at Hartland’s, Rock Hill; Zawbonz at SandBar Grill, Rock Hill; Mike Faulkenberry & The Whiskey Prophets at Empire Pizza-Newport, Rock Hill; Songwriter Showcase/Open Mic with host Michael Wayne Avery at Ledo Pizza, Rock Hill; David Williams at The Handle Bar Tavern, Catawba; Cloud 9 at T-Bones on the Lake, Lake Wylie; Cody Webb at Wild Wing Café-Ayrsley, South Charlotte.

Saturday: Khaos Kings Acoustic at Original Empire Pizza, Rock Hill; Raymond Franklin at Ledo Pizza, Rock Hill; Tin Roof Sunday at Revolutions in The Galleria Mall, Rock Hill; DJ Kardiak at McHale’s on Main, Rock Hill; Wicked Powers at Oktoberfest at The Shore Club, Tega Cay, SC Pocket Full of Strange at T-Bones on the Lake, Lake Wylie; Audiowine at Pineville Tavern, Pineville; Matt Stratford at Wild Wing Café-Ayrsley, South Charlotte.

Thursday: Staged reading theater with Eileen Marie Davis and Devin Clark, hosted by Greg Paxton, 7-9 p.m., Amelie’s On the Left Bank.

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