Due to the historic rains and flooding of last October the festival had to be cancelled. So this year the Cayce Events Committee is doubly excited to see this festival come to life. As planned for last year, the festival has expanded with a new venue, more music, more exhibits and attractions, as well as a second day dedicated to Gospel Bluegrass Music. Everyone involved is thrilled about the growth of this event over the years and is looking forward to the new location and all of the opportunities that entails.
In addition to some top notch bluegrass bands, Saturday’s event will include an Artists’ Village, made possible by some of the same folks that bring you the Cayce Arts Festival each year, and will feature local artists and craftsman showcasing their work. There will also be a variety of other exhibits, arts & crafts vendors, a large Jam Tent, dancing, children’s interactive activities, and always popular festival food. Sunday will bring the introduction of the Gospel Bluegrass Gathering, an afternoon of Gospel music and great food.
Headlining Saturday is Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver. With nearly 40 albums to their credit, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver have multiple Grammy, Dove, ICM, IBMA and SPBGMA Award nominations, and are 7-time winners of IBMA’s Vocal Group of the Year. The other acts sharing the stage on Saturday include the Edgar Loudermilk Band featuring Jeff Autry, Wilson Banjo Co., and Slope Valley. Sunday, the stage will feature the bands The Southern Gospel Express, Left Lane and The Thomas Family, all performing traditional gospel bluegrass music.
The Congaree Bluegrass Festival starts at 11:00 am on Saturday October 1st with admission only $10.00 for adults (free to Cayce residents) and children 12 and under free. Sunday’s Gospel show will begin at 1:00 pm and is free to all.