For the third year running, Bucksport Marina in Conway, South Carolina, will again be transformed into a wonderland of music, art and all-around good vibes as the Waccamaw Getaway Music Festival returns to this enchanting spot on the Waccamaw River over Memorial Day weekend.
A three-day lineup [May 24-26] features more than 20 musical acts, and the festival also includes vendors, flow artists, an art tent with live painting, food trucks (a new addition this year), disc golf (also new) and onsite camping. With of this is this going on within an hour of the Grand Strand, it’s easy to see why the slogan, “Don’t go away – Getaway” makes perfect sense for locals.
But believe this – the Waccamaw Getaway Music Festival is indeed the perfect getaway for folks coming in from near and far. In fact, the event was recently written up online in The Jamwich, a magazine devoted to the jam band community. You can read that article HERE.
I spoke with festival cofounder Scott Mann again this year for what I hope will be a traditional, yearly update. Mann is also a radio personality and program director for area classic rock station WAVE 104.1. In addition to his weekday on-air shift, he also hosts two weekly specialty shows, “Scott Mann’s Headshop” and “Blues Hangover.”
Organized by Get Right Promotions, which also brought you Reggae on the Waccamaw, the festival’s sponsors are WAVE 104.1, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Chambers Law Firm, Jimmyz Hibachi, Bucksport Marina and New South Brewing.
Here’s the lowdown…
RY: What’s the headliner situation like this year?
MANN: Friday night’s headliner is The Mantras. Saturday night is a co-headlining deal with Nick & the Nomads – which features three members of Big Something, a member of Urban Soil and a member of The Mantras – and Dangermuffin. Sunday night is Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds.
Q: How about local music?
A: We’ve got Brian Roessler. We have Matt Parker and the Deacons and we have Oracle Blue again. Oracle Blue just signed on last-minute. They’re on tour, and will be rolling back into town just in time to play on Sunday.
Q: I saw you raving about the art tent on Facebook recently.
A: A lot of our artists were there last year, and there are a couple of new ones this year. Smitty [Jared “Smitty” Smith] from Cornbread is going to be in there too. His artist name is J. Paul Smith. He’s done some decorating work for us, and he’s actually becoming very involved with the festival from a whole bunch of different aspects. There are going to be a lot of cool artifacts around the property, and two of them are things that he helped make. Pretty cool.
Q: What else is going on?
A: We’ve got [flow artists and specialty entetainment] Over the Moon Productions back this year, of course – and we’ve got food trucks this year, which we had at the reggae festival last year.
We also have Innova Disc Golf this year. Their national marketing guy lives in Pawleys Island, and it turns out his kids and a friend of mine’s kids went to school together and they know each other well – and he’s a monster Dangermuffin fan. When he was approached about doing the disc golf facilities, he was like, “Oh! I already bought tickets,” so that was pretty cool.
Doug Kelly is bringing out a Jumbotron.
We’ve arranged for a boat shuttle service from the Waccatee Zoo throughout the weekend between Friday and Monday morning. Waccamaw River Tours is doing this for us several times with late-night return trips – and that’s going to be six bucks a trip. You can do it with camping gear if you want, and they’ve got a boat big enough for like 40 people. This is good for locals if they don’t want to drive for something like 45 minutes from Myrtle Beach or Socastee. They can go over to Waccamaw River Tours, slip onto a boat ride and leave their car there.
NOTE: Buy your TICKETS now. Advance (discount) ticket sales will end on Thursday, May 23rd at 11:59 p.m. Weekend passes will be available at the gate on Friday morning – and day passes will be available at the door on Saturday and Sunday.