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Aiken Music Fest is a 6 event music series on Saturday nights from 6-10pm, with a $15 per person entry fee, located at Highfields in Aiken, SC. Dates for this year’s Aiken Music Fest is below.

May 8

Opening: Dave “Muz” Mercer

Headliner: Abby Bryant and the Echoes

Abby Bryant and the Echos

Listeners will find it hard not to hear similarities to some of the artists that inspire the two including currently touring acts Tedeschi Trucks Band, Grace Potter, and Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds. At the same time, one cannot deny that even with Abby Bryant & The Echoes’ youthfulness, the band connects to the roots of the music in the members’ hearts. Looking to artists like Etta James, Sam and Dave, and the integral Muscle Shoals sound to light the way, Abby Bryant & The Echoes carries its own soul-shining torch into today.

Abby Bryant & The Echoes assures fans that with an already distinctive voice and constant growth, the band is just getting started along the path to a long career marked by an ever-developing collection of powerful originals and exciting live performances.

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June 5

Opening: Karlton Timmerman

Headliner: Dave Jordan and The NIA

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Dave Jordan is an award-winning, critically acclaimed, roots rocker from New Orleans. For over 20 years he has been a staple of the New Orleans music scene, and his work has been described as “the personification of the New Orleans ethos.”

Before becoming a “solo” artist, he was the bass player/lead singer/founder of the funk band Juice. From the mid/late ’90s until the late ’00s, Juice released 3 albums and as contemporaries of Galactic, Iris May Tango and All That, part of the resurgence of New Orleans funk music. From 1999-2003, they toured relentlessly, averaging over 180 dates annually. They were recipients of 2000’s Best of the Beat Awards for Best Emerging Funk/Soul/R&B Band and later nominated for Best Roots Rock Band and Album.

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July 3

Opening: Billy S

Headliner: The Red Clay Strays

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The Red Clay Strays are a rock and roll band from South Alabama. With influences ranging from Johnny Cash, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Waylon Jennings to southern gospel, they blur the line between country and southern rock while bringing an authenticity that defines who the Red Clay Strays are as a band. Their debut singles, “Good Godly Woman” and “No Way to Know” reflect that unique sound, as well as, the high energy that’s found in their live shows.

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Aug 14

Opening: Josephine Johnson

Headliner: Travers Brothership

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With over 400+ shows across the United States and Europe under their belts, the band has become a well oiled machine, performing alongside acts such as; Gov’t Mule, Taj Mahal, J.J. Grey & Mofro, Moe., Kyle Hollingsworth Band, Blues Traveler, Charles Bradley, Leftover Salmon,The Marcus King Band, Dr. John, and many more.

Travers Brothership are consummate musicians and live music aficionados with a deep understanding of their preferred genres. Utilizing the band’s unmatched live energy, they create a concert atmosphere that transforms an audience into a community and their enthusiasm, gusto, and talents carry the day. In 2018 Travers Brothership brought their instrumental prowess and tasteful songwriting to Echo Mountain Recording Studios and The Eagle Room in their hometown of Asheville, NC. The result, “Let The World Decide” adds to their already abundant catalogue, and sets a new bar for the band musically.

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September 4

Opener: TBA

Headliner: Deltaphonic

Deltaphonic’s third album, The Funk, the Soul & the Holy Groove, blends New Orleans funk, soul, and hill country blues-influenced rock n’ roll into a deliciously gritty sound that exists in a realm of its own. The album’s ten original songs tell stories of struggle and redemption in the voice of someone who has learned hard lessons and survived to laugh about it. In fact, Deltaphonic is no stranger to hard times. They’re the kind of band that lives the songs they sing, often undergoing whatever bizarre or frightening experiences are necessary to progress down their own road. The resulting memories, coupled with songwriter Andrew T. Weekes’ obsessive dedication to capturing the hilarity and essence of life without contrived excess, make the songs on this album a force to be reckoned with.

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Oct 2

Opener: Will McCranie

Headliner: Gaslight Street

Traipsing the boundaries of blues & funk, Gaslight Street has “crafted a signature sound that is equal parts honey and moonshine” – (Honest Tune Magazine)

Gaslight Street melds pure Southern rock with charismatic vocals, traipsing the boundaries of blues and funk.

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