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19th Annual Jammin’ in July Music Festival returns July 12

Posted: July 3, 2014 2:23 p.m.
Updated: July 4, 2014 5:00 a.m.

Whether you are a music festival aficionado or a family seeking some memorable summer fun, you won’t want to miss the 19th annual Jammin’ in July Music Festival at Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site on July 12 from 5 to 11 p.m. Gates open at 4:30 p.m.

The museum’s lower grounds will provide the historic backdrop for ten Midlands bands and solo acts to perform a musical smorgasbord sure to please. Kids, coolers, blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged, but no pets, glass bottles or tents, please.

Admission prices are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and military, $4 for ages 6-12, and free for ages under six. Advance $2 discount tickets may be purchased at Historic Camden until 5 p.m. July 11. In case of bad weather, the festival will be held in the newly refurbished 833 South Broad in downtown Camden.

A mouthwatering assortment of tasty fare will be provided by Old South Restaurant, Mae Frances, Pizza Hut and Palmetto Coffee & Tea Room. This year’s collectible Jammin’ T-shirt designed by renowned political cartoonist Robert Ariail will be available for $15. Free parking is located in the big field next to Historic Camden’s entrance at 222 Broad Street

As in years past, Jammin’ will be produced by Danny Riddick of Naked Eye Production. “From its inception, Danny has helped us develop an inexpensive platform to showcase emerging and established artists performing a diversity of musical styles -- from folk and rock to blues and jazz -- and especially original material,” Joanna Craig, director of Historic Camden, said.

Riddick skillfully choreographs each year’s line up into sets ranging from 20 to 50 minutes that take the audience on a musical journey as the evening unfolds. This year’s odyssey will visit music genres that include classic, pop and country rock, alternative and Americana folk, bluegrass, country, blues, Dixieland and even a touch of “Western” cowboy.

 Kicking off the evening at 5 p.m. will be Blue Phoenix who will play acoustic and electric blues with a ’70s vibe. Hailing from Boston, Mass., guitarist/vocalist Ed “Cleanhead” Grossheim has been performing and writing original music for more than 25 years. On guitar, bass and vocals will be Jim Tatum, a self-described “singer, scribbler, and half-fast guitarist” whose influences include Eric Clapton, Peter Green and Muddy Waters. Rounding out the trio will be Dennis Turner on acoustic guitar and vocals.

Camden’s Brik Cash & Friends will perform original pop rock from 5:25 to 5:45 pm

The guitarist/songwriter has been playing guitar since he was 8 years old. By 15, he had started his first band, Emily Starts Riots, in Charlotte, N.C. His band, Casual Friday, released a self-titled CD in 2012. Cash currently plays across South Carolina to a growing fan base. (www.brikcash.com)

Alternative Folk/Rock will be played from 5:50-6:20 p.m. by Frederick Ingram from Sumter. Ingram’s wide-ranging vocal style and signature brand of finger-style guitar has put him in demand as an opening act for bands such as Wasted Wine and numerous NC/SC venues. He also has performed at many festivals and was a winner of the 2008 songwriting contest held at Saluda Shoals’ Unearth Festival. (www.reverbnation.com/frederickingram)

Camden natives Luke Williams and Dan Rhodus (guitars and vocals) have been writing and performing together in bands and as a duo throughout the Carolinas for almost 10 years. Their original material as East of West is a blend of Americana, roots, and country music. Joining East of West from 6:25 to 6:45 p.m. will be Trey McCorkle (bass) and Joe Fohner (National resolectric, harmonica) (www.reverbnation.com/eastofwest)

The Society Jazz Band will introduce another music genre from 6:55 to 7:25 p.m. Featuring jazz musicians from across the Midlands, the band will celebrate the early days of jazz as they play some Dixieland dedicated to the memory of band member and friend to the Midlands music community, Harry Dubose.

Fair Jam will be on stage from 7:30 to 7:55 p.m. Local musicians Scott Jordan (guitar and vocals), Bobby Joseph (percussion/Cajun) and Paul Hayes (mandolin) play a fun, eclectic mix of acoustic rock with shades of bluegrass. Special guest Phyllis David will join on guitar.

Classic and contemporary rock are just some of the styles Jim Hayes of Camden has been performing for more than 35 years. Originally from Virginia, Hayes and his various bands have opened shows for artists such as Roger McGuinn, David Allen Coe, Marshall Tucker Band and Rob Crosby. From 8 to 8:25 p.m., Hayes will captivate with just his guitar and an occasional guest or two. (www.jimhayesacoustic.weebly.com)

The Bunch Quitters from Winnsboro will perform from 8:35 to 9:25 p.m. Borrowing the name for cows that roam from the herd during a cattle drive, The Bunch Quitters feature some of the top bluegrass and folk musicians in the Carolinas: Susan Douglas Taylor (guitar, banjo and vocals), Cary Taylor (acoustic bass and vocals) and Danny Harlow (mandolin, fiddle and vocals). They have toured the U.S. and Europe as the backing band for singer/songwriter/actor Ronny Cox of “Deliverance” fame. Recently, they have opened for the Kingston Trio and performed at the Blackstock Music Festival. The band offers a unique blend of original folk mixed with bluegrass, “Western” cowboy and a touch of acoustic folk/rock. (www.susandouglastaylor.com)

Returning to Jammin’ 2014 as headliner is Jacob Johnson (who soloed at Jammin’ 2013) and his Jacob Johnson Group from Travelers Rest. They will wow with neo-acoustic folk/funk from 9:40 to 10:30 p.m. Johnson, a young, energetic performer, has shared stages with songwriting masters from Edwin McCain to David Wilcox and hangs out with guitar heroes like Tommy Emmanuel (who says “Jacob rocks!”). While his flashy guitar pyrotechnics will surely grab attention, it’s his songwriting, personality, and performance style that sets him apart from other young guitar-slingers. Constantly touring and receiving rave reviews wherever he performs, this summer Johnson will perform throughout the Carolinas, Tennessee, in the Midwest and New York. (www.reverbnation.com/jacobjohnson)

This year’s finale starts at 10:45 p.m. and will feature a blend of talent from Blue Phoenix, Fair Jam, Jim Hayes and others. Dubbed the 19th Nervous Breakdown, they will celebrate the acoustic side of The Rolling Stones.

Over the years Jammin in July has become the place for family and friends to “chill out” in mid-July. It also has been a jam-up way for Historic Camden to raise funds to support the sustainability of the museum.

“Jammin’ is our one event where music and muskets join forces to keep the Revolution alive,” Craig said.

All proceeds from Jammin’ in July will benefit Historic Camden, whose mission is to discover, protect and interpret things pertaining to early Camden to 1825. The museum is governed by the trustees of The Historic Camden Foundation, a 501 (c) non-profit organization, and annually receives some funding from the City of Camden, County of Kershaw, foundations, businesses and individuals.

Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site is located at 222 Broad Street, Camden, SC 29020, 1.4 miles on Highway 521 North from I-20 Exit 98. For additional information, please call 432-9841, e-mail hiscamden@truvista.net or visit www.historic-camden.net.

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