The First Annual Lake Hartwell Music Festival to Benefit HYDRA promises to be an event that will be sought out for years to come. This year we will have four outstanding bands playing at the Hartwell Gum Branch Mega-Ramp.
You can go to the following locations in Hartwell to purchase tickets or you can purchase online below: Bailes Cobb, Big Rack Tackle Shack, Video Warehouse, Foothills Outfitters, and Hart County Chamber. Tickets will be sold at Cars and Guitars the morning of the event and will be available at the gate, we recommend you purchase your tickets ahead of time to cut down on traffic at the event.
The bands performing are:
Hannah Richardson: Hannah is Hart County, Georgia born and bred, and these roots have given her songwriting and her voice a sound as rich in southern flavor as sweet tea and fried green tomatoes.
The Common People Band: The Common People Band has been one of Athens Georgia's favorite party bands for over 18 years and they show why with each performance. The Common People Band plays the classic hits from the Motown, Soul and Funk era.
3&20: 3&20 is a country/pop duo from upstate South Carolina..... "the Black Hole we call Dixie!!!" 3&20 takes old school country and blends it with new school flavor in a way that has NEVER been done before.... guaranteed.
Donna Hopkins Band: Georgia Music Magazine calls Donna Hopkins a "genuine triple threat" due to her prowess as a singer, songwriter and guitarist. Donna recently had her third and newest album, Comin' Alive, the results are worth the wait with songs that are alternately uplifting and soul-stirring, and foot stomping' rockin' good fun. We are honored to have her performing for our show. Here are some of her reviews:
"Donna Hopkins is worthy of your attention. Best known for her bluesy vocals marked with emotion and true grit, Hopkins delivers 'southern fried soul.'" Eddie's Attic
"She blends together a bit of blues with a lot of soul. Belting out like a modern day Janis Joplin, her extraordinary originals found their way to the crowd and seemed to lift everyone's hearts and feet." Hittin' the Note
"Southern-fried soul. It's a rare commodity that can't be bought, traded, created, or faked. a rough-hewn but beautifully produced set of predominantly original tunes that could only have been conceived by someone who breathes the humid Georgia air; you can practically see the kudzu, smell the grits, and taste the tangy barbecue in the songs. " Hal Horowitz, Blues Review
"The Donna Hopkins Band is exploding on the Atlanta music scene. Donna and her band mates have attained a special kind of synergy that so many strive for it is this level of communication that makes them stand out. " Tom Clark, King Biscuit Times
"Her voice bluesy, soulful, and raspy was among the most powerful and memorable heard at the fest." Phillip Booth, Relix
Bike Show: During the event we will have vendors selling food, snacks and crafts. We will also hosting a Motorcycle Show with 4 categories; American Cruiser, Metric Cruiser, Custom/Rat Rod and Peoples Choice. Bike Show winners will receive a Trophy and a First Annual Lake Hartwell Music Festival Gift Basket.
As you can see we have an outstanding group of musician to entertain you but the event is a benefit for HYDRA.
What is HYDRA and why are we having this event? So glad you ask. HYDRA is a non-profit community group located in Hartwell, GA. HYDRA offers year around programs for youth.
HYDRA is able to offer these programs through government funding and sponsors and fund raising events. In an effort to meet our budget requirements, we have been looking for alternative ways to raise the funds we need. We saw an opportunity to bring an entertainment event to our community, and thought that Memorial Day weekend would be the perfect time for it! Thus, the First Annual Lake Hartwell Music Festival was born.
Some of the programs HYDRA offers are:
"Baby Think It Over": This program offers life-like infant simulators to high school youth for weekend parenting simulations in an effort to prevent teen pregnancy.
LifeSkills Training: Botvin's LifeSkills Training Curriculum is a substance abuse prevention program promoting health and personal development while learning to make responsible and healthy decisions that will shape lives.
Tutoring: Tutoring located in the Student Success Center at the Middle School on both Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 3:15-4:45 offers assistance in all subjects for grades 6-8th.
Law Ed Diversion Program: This is a course in practical law and living for first time juvenile delinquency offenders. Informing these youth of our juvenile justice system and juvenile laws.
Mentoring: Hydra's Mentoring programs teams' youth with responsible adults to advise and assist with tough choices and decisions, by teaching how to make wise choices.
Respect: This mentoring program is set in place to build self worth in young troubled females within our community. Local female leaders mentor and encourage students on how to respect themselves mentally, socially, physically, and spiritually.
School Break and Summer Camps: Empty nesting for school kids during breaks has proven to not be effective. Hydra offers School Break Camps to provide a structured fun environment for our youth on week's school is out. Hydra offers unique weekly camps during the summer. Each week summer camp offers a different theme providing fun filled adventures while learning. Exciting Summer Camps: "The Next Top Scientist" Science Camp, "What's all this Drama?" Drama Camp, "All Around the World" Culture Camp, "Fun in the Sun" Activity Camp, "Astronomy" Camp, "Meet the Stars of the Community" Community Camp Field Trips are included in many of these adventures!
We look forward to seeing you "Party For A Purpose" at the Lake Hartwell Music Festival.
Hartwell Mega-Ramp off Old 29 (View)
Vanna Waller Road
Hartwell, GA 30643