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BLYSS takes the stage for Mays Finally Friday
Finally Friday PP 5.20.2016

The Finally Friday Free Concert Series returns to the Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County on Friday, May 27 with BLYSS. The concert will be in the Shull Pavilion, behind Wood Auditorium, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The Finally Friday Free Concert Series is sponsored by Duke Energy, NBSC, Alpine Agency, Graham Realty, Gadgets of Camden and City Laundry & Cleaners.

The outdoor concert series provides a casual family atmosphere in which to enjoy a variety of live musical styles. Admission is free and food and beverages will be available for purchase. Guests are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket. No coolers, please.

BLYSS is a four-piece band formed in 2014. Lance Williams (vocals, lead guitar) and Stephen Staley (drums, vocals) are Camden natives and have played together in bands for a number of years. Bradley “Brad” Bolton (vocals and rhythm guitar) and Ken Swartz (vocals, keyboard, and bass) hail from Columbia.

“We came up with the name BLYSS by using our names -- Brad, Lance, Staley and Swartz,” Staley said. “People ask why we used a ‘Y’ instead of an ‘I’ for the middle letter and we always respond ‘Y’ not! We each make up a part of the band with our name as well as our musicianship. We play together and blend into a great band just like our names blend into a great band name.

“We are looking forward to playing Finally Friday this month. We play a variety of different genres and styles from old to new. Something for all ages to enjoy. So tell everyone to come follow their BLYSS and they won’t be disappointed with what they hear.”

Modeled after other successful free concert events around the state, the series is produced by musician and sound technician Kevin Taylor, a 1991 graduate of Full Sail University in Florida who worked as a sound engineer for country music star Vince Gill for almost 10 years.

For more information, call 425-7676 or visit Summer office hours at the FAC, 810 Lyttleton St. in Camden, are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The FAC is a 501(c)(3) organization funded in part by the Frederick S. Upton Foundation and the S.C. Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding is provided by the city of Camden, Kershaw County and BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, along with donations from businesses and individuals.