Spring Water Festival to feature beach, blues, variety of music

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The Spring Water Festival will include a variety of entertainment during the two day event which will be held Friday, Aug. 23 and Saturday, Aug. 24 in Williamston’s Mineral Spring Park. According to organizers, Friday night will feature “Beach Music” with the Original Out-of-Towners Band and Saturday will feature Belton Jazz-Contemporary/R&B singer Loretta Holloway.

Joey Werner and Tony Kennedy, two of the founding members of the Original Out-of-Towners group, continue to perform under the revised name. The band will provide nonstop, energetic Carolina beach and shag music as well as party music and oldies on the opening night of the Spring Water Festival.

Friday night will also feature a guest performance by current and five time CBMA Female Vocalist of the Year, Rhonda McDaniel.

The Out-Of-Towners have been one of the hottest groups in Carolina Beach Music throughout both Carolinas. Their high energy, live performance and a great selection of traditional favorite beach tunes, will keep you entertained.

Saturday’s entertainment will feature festival headliner Loretta Holloway, a jazzy blues singer from Belton. Holloway is known as South Carolina’s “First Lady of Song.”

She has appeared in showrooms in Las Vegas and Atlantic City, opening for headliners including Bill Cosby, Jay Leno, Whoopi Goldberg and others.

Holloway was presented to Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip in a Royal Command Performance in Australia and has performed in China, Thailand, Egypt, Japan and Russia. Boxing fans have seen Holloway in major arenas singing the National Anthem prior to fights by champions Larry Holmes, Mike Tyson and Oscar De La Hoya.

Holloway has appeared on theatrical stages, TV and movies.

She starred in the New York off-Broadway production of “Mama I Want To Sing II,” and her movie credits include, Pure Country, with George Strait, and Elvis and Me. She also sang the sound track for the United Artist movie release of “Black Jack.” Holloway will star as herself in the upcoming movie “Clipped Wings, They Do Fly” written and produced by William Michael Barbee.

Holloway also appeared on local TV in the CW TV show, “The Bishop’s Wife.” She appeared on stage at the Spring Water Festival last year, performing as a guest singer with local blues legend Mac Arnold.

Returning this year will be Hendersonville singer/songwriter Tom Fisch.

Fisch entertained audiences for many years throughout the Northeast at colleges, clubs, coffeehouses, festivals and fairs. His songs have been recorded by a number of artists, including the Oak Ridge Boys and Swiss country singer Erica Arnold. Tom’s CD “We Could Use A Little Rain” was recorded in Nashville and includes a special appearance by former Sea Level guitarist Jimmy Nalls on “Another Hot Day In The South.”

Fisch will also be featured on the Children’s Stage performing traditional children’s favorites.

Saturday entertainment will include local favorites the Royal Scotsmen Band and Odyssey. Also appearing will be Blue Sky, a blues band from Powdersville who performs “just for fun.”

There will be an all day gospel showcase and special children’s entertainment by Jack’s Drum Shack, K&M Dance, Tom Fisch and others.

A new T-Shirt design in two popular colors is now available at ERS Radio Shack in Williamston. The shirt is available in blue or tangerine and features a Spring House logo. Festival T-Shirts are selling quickly and are expected to sell out this year.

The festival will again include the 5K Spring Water Run, approximately 50 craft vendors, local business and non-profit displays, antique auto show, antique fire truck rides, children’s entertainment and rides and a farmers market.

Local businesses and non profits are invited to have a display at the festival to promote their goods and services. For more information contact Dianne Lollis at 847-5743.

Local crafters who would like to display handmade items for sale at the festival are also invited to participate. Contact Ellen Harvell at 847-5588.

Additional infomation is available online, along with application forms at www.springwaterfestival.com.Spring