Hotel Carolina Fest

(Rock Ridge) Hotel Carolina, hosted by Rock Ridge Music, will be kicking off its inaugural singer-songwriter-filled extravaganza on September 25th and 26th at The Windjammer in Isle of Palms, SC. With a line-up boasting the very best of touring singer-songwriters on the scene today, fans will get to see all of their favorites on one stage over the course of a weekend.

Friday night's musical offerings will include sets by Drew Copeland (of Sister Hazel), Sara Kelley, Keaton Simons, Andrew Hoover, Josh Hoge, Curtis Peoples, and Ernie Halter. Saturday evening will boast performances by Matt Duke, Jay Nash, Sarah Haze, Gareth Asher, Tony Lucca, Benjy Davis Project, and Tyrone Wells. A special all-star jam will rock the stage Saturday afternoon and will include all Hotel Carolina artists plus special guests JT Spangler, Chardy McEwan (of Pat McGee Band), and Roy Jay as well as a few surprises.

"Hotel Carolina will be a dream weekend for fans of great live music," says Rock Ridge Music President Jason Spiewak. "We're expecting some awesome jams, and with so many great artists in one room at the same time, amazing things are bound to happen! We're proud of the line-up for this, our first event. Hopefully, it will be our first of many."

Artist Ernie Halter describes Hotel Carolina thus: "Hotel Carolina is going to be a great event for fans and performers alike. I'm looking forward to an all-star singer-songwriter lineup. Even my mom and dad are coming all the way from California!" Tony Lucca, who will be hitting the stage on Saturday, is thrilled to be involved with Hotel Carolina: "Hotel Carolina will be to me what I imagine a shopping spree is to a shopaholic like playing in the coolest sandbox ever! To be able to hang with so many of my friends, musical companions, tour mates, fans, and new listeners in such an intimate, yet festive, setting makes me burst at the seams, quite frankly. I'm stoked to be a part of it."

Hotel Carolina performer Drew Copeland is as excited to play as he is to see other artists' sets: "There are so many good artists coming, it's hard to say who I'm most excited to see. I've had the privilege of seeing a bunch of these guys perform, and there's not a bad one in the bunch." Benjy Davis, of his namesake band Benjy Davis Project, calls it a convergence of talent: "Good music is coming in from many different places like missiles on a grid, and it's coming in many ways. Ours will be via a van. Ernie's will be a Saturn. The red button has been pressed, and a little town in South Carolina will never be the same."

A $60 All Access Pass is all that fans need to see all three shows. Individual show tickets are also available for purchase. Tickets are available from the Hotel Carolina website: www.welcometothehotelcarolina. Fans can also follow Hotel Carolina on Twitter (www.twitter.com/HotelCarolina) and on Facebook (www.facebook.com/HotelCarolina), where the artists are posting greetings and videos leading up to the big event.

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