2nd Annual White Sands Music Festival
The Grass On the Gulf Coast Turns “Blue” At the 2nd Annual White Sands Music Festival
By: Kelly Woodard
This week it’s all about the music as the Escambia County Equestrian Center, located at 7750 Mobile Hwy in Pensacola, presents the 2nd Annual White Sands Music Festival this Thursday, June 12th through Saturday, June 14th. This Bluegrass lover’s dream will feature 14 bands that will leave you stomping your feet.
This year’s featured act is the Trinity River Band, a full time national touring band that has steadily been winning fans and devotees with their high-energy performances, impeccable vocal harmonies and inspiring country-flavored, bluegrass music. Since their beginnings in 2008, they have progressed steadily toward the tight and professional sound they are known for today and are set for numerous high profile performances this year.
There is no better harmony than that of a family band, and the group’s harmony blend perfectly serves their musical style, which they term “Countrygrass”. The years spent honing their vocals are evidenced by their recorded and live performances.
The group includes the talents of Mike Harris (Guitar, Lead & Harmony Vocals); Lisa Harris (Bass, Harmony Vocals); Josh Harris (Banjo, Dobro, Harmony Vocals); Brianna Harris (Fiddle); and the mesmerizing lead singer and Mandolinist, Sarah Harris, who is a 2013 IBMA Momentum Award Nominee in the Vocal Performance category.
The Trinity River Band will have four performances during the festival, the first at 3:15 pm on Friday, then another at 9 pm. Then on Saturday, catch them in two shows, one at 2:30 pm and another at 6 pm.
Performers on the Thursday schedule include Delta Reign, Rowell Family Band, Alan Sibley, Down Home, and Southern Gentlemen.
On Friday, the performances continue with acts including High Cotton, Alan Sibley, Driskill Mountain, Valley Road Band, and the headliners, Trinity River Band.
On Saturday, the Bluegrass keeps on coming with performances by Gary Waldrep, TruGrass, Crossin’ Jordan, Sweetwater Road, and the Trinity River Band.
In addition to great music, the festival will feature amazing food and arts and crafts vendors. There will be a special kid’s area with face painting and fun activities for all the little Bluegrass lovers in your life.
Campsites are available and RV hookups will be on site. Prices will be as follows and include tax:
Water & Electric.................... $22.50
Golf carts will be permitted. To reserve a spot, call 850-932-3734.
Tickets are on sale now. Ticket prices are $15.00 on Thursday, $20.00 on Friday, and $25.00 on Saturday. 3 Day passes are available in advance for $50.00 or at the door for $55.00. Children under the age of 12 are free with a paid adult admission.
Or more information about the festival or to purchase advance tickets, visit www.whitesandsmusicfest.com, or call 850-932-3734.