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Monday, April 1, 2013

Lake Wedowee Summer Jam Returns


Put on your dancing shoes as Lake Wedowee Summer Jam returns for its second year May 25th at Chimney Cove.

"We are really excited about this year's lineup," Doug Williams, owner of WM Grocery and one of the event's organizers, said. "It is an eclectic mix of original music that we hope the people of the area will enjoy."
Headlining the event this year is the Wet Willie Band, a group that has been entertaining the masses for more than 40 years.  According to the band's website, the group's sound is "a potent blend of high energy R&B, downhome soul, greasy blues rock and gospel harmonies."

Wet Willie Band made a name for themselves in the 1970s with hits "Keep on Smilin'" "Street Corner Serenade"  and "Countryside of Life" which the group Alabama later covered.

Another new addition to this year's lineup is local favorite Kevin Moon.

"We did a live remote for Alabama 100.7 at Summer Jam last year," Moon said, "And the energy was unbelievable. I knew I wanted to play on that stage this year."

Moon's singing and songwriting style is hardcore honky tonk according to his website and he has spent the last several years building a very loyal fan base in East Alabama. Recently Moon played at the Historic Talladega Theatre for his CD release party to a crowd of more than 500.

Lake Wedowee Summer Jam also welcomes back three groups that performed last year including Flatt Lonesome, a bluegrass group that just released their debut cd in January and Paris Luna, a rocker that won Georgia Music Awards Best Rock Female 2012 and released a new cd "Between the Ditches" in early 2013.

Last year's headliner Sol Junky featuring Barry Waldrep also returns for the 2013 show.

"We heard so many positive things about Sol Junky last year that we really wanted them to come back so more people could hear them," Williams said.

The gates will open 5 p.m. and the show will begin at 7 p.m. The tickets will be $15 and can be purchased in advance beginning May 1 at WM Grocery.

"This year we are giving the proceeds to Brown Bag Buddies again and this event would not be possible without the support of our sponsors and vendors," Kelly Caldwell, one of the event organizers, said. "We learned last year, it really takes a village to pull something like this together and we hope the community comes out in support again this year."

For more information including sponsorship opportunities on Lake Wedowee Summer Jam, please visit www.lakewedoweesummerjam.com or like us at www.facebook.com/lakewedoweesummerjam




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