Aiken Music Fest is a 6 event music series on Saturday nights from 7-11pm, with a $10 per car load entry fee, located at Highfields in Aiken, SC.

May 19

Opener: Alec James

Headliner: Reggie Sullivan

Since forming in early 2012, The Reggie Sullivan Band has become one of the hottest bands in South Carolina. Their reputation as a wildly entertaining live act grew after the release of their CD Together in June of 2012. The band also released their second CD Nobody’s Home in October of 2013. They work hard on building their fan base by playing shows throughout the Southeast and always offer top-notch musicianship and fresh twists on their arrangements. The band is building its reputation on a strong work ethic and has been a top draw at local festivals such as Viva La Vista, Oyster Festival, Rhythm on The River, been featured on radio stations such as WXRY and 92.1 The Palm, and has won competitions such as Building The Band at The Tin Roof. With Reggie Sullivan on bass and vocals, Evans Mcgill on guitar, and Geoff Shackley on drums the band is a winning combination.

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June 23

Opener: Josh Hilley

Headliner: Daddy’s Beemer

Daddy’s Beemer is an Slack Rock 4 piece from Clemson South Carolina. Daddy’s Beemer was created in October of 2016 when long-time collaborators and roommates Wesley Heaton and Dan Fetterolf joined forces with college radio friends Brady Sklar and Luke Waldrop. After forming and writing some material, the band made their way into the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts Studio in Clemson to record their first single. Reeling from the success and organic songwriting style of Penthesilea, the band continued to go into the Brooks Center to record the rest of their first self titled EP. The tracks ranged from having ’90s alt rock influences to ’80s new wave and even psychedelic sounds from earlier on than that.

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July 14

Opener: Jaycie Ward

Headliner: Kenny George Band

Hailing from Aiken, South Carolina, the Kenny George Band has created an indelible impression with fans throughout the Southeast and Midwest, playing 250 concerts in the last two years alone. They’ve travelled the highways and byways between North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Alabama, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Missouri, reconnecting with their fervent followers and picking up new fans along the way. Their explosive live performances have made them a band on the brink of a breakout, and it’s little wonder that in 2016, they were voted South Carolina Artists to Watch by the South Carolina Music Guide.

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Aug 18

Opener: Mike Zella

Headliner: Kevin Maines & The Volts

Raised in North Florida, where gospel and soul music lay as thick as the hot, humid air, Kevin Maines brings a youthful vibrancy to the classic southern R&B/Soul legacy. Kevin’s debut album, American Hustle, received praise for it’s creative writing, playing and production, as well as the strong musical maturity rarely seen in debuts. From Duane Allman-esque gritty slide guitar rockers to sweet gospel-inspired falsetto singing, Kevin Maines doesn’t just play in the southern soul traditions, he consumes and then gives them back bursting with his own unique twist. From gritty to ethereal, this music speaks for itself.

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Sept 8

Opener: Under the Sonar

Headliner: Dangermuffin

Easy, breezy melodies and soul-shaking grooves radiate from this genre-bending roots trio. Dangermuffin brings thoughtful tunes that are both heartfelt and truthful. Their haunting harmonies and go-with-the-flow vibe invite listeners to kick back, relax, and be consumed by the ethereal rhythmic backbone and inspiring messages Dangermuffin has to offer. Lyrically, they evoke themes of self-discovery, ancient knowledge, and true awareness, all within a unique and casual approach.

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Oct 20

Opener: Jesse Williams Band

Headliner: The Barry Richman Band


2002 by Charlotte Davies

Interview with: Guitar Wizard Barry Richman

“Barry Richman, an Atlanta transplant from the Big Apple, can be seen performing his psychedelic blend of original music all over the Southeast. Traveling from one venue to the next festival or concert, leaving a following of fans and a crowd of locals hypnotized, mesmerized, and in awe with the lull of his melodious free sounding, rockin’ guitar…”sounds that make your blood start to flow”.

Richman’s original tunes are brilliantly written and exquisitely played. His CD The Moment of Now (Amgems Records) contains masterfully written songs like Mr. Jimi and Thank You Jeff, paying homage to Jimi Hendrix and Jeff Beck. An eleven track CD blended to perfection and mastered by Jim Gaines known for producing Santana and Stevie Ray Vaughan.”

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