Carolina Shag Hits the Shore of Georgia’s Lake Lanier

With the debut of the “I Love Beach Music” Festival at Lanier Islands on Friday, July 28 and Saturday, July 29, we bring the classic sound of the Carolinas to Georgia with three beloved Beach Music bands: The Grains of Sand, The Catalinas and The Embers. Hosted over two days at two distinctive venues, this original music festival hearkens back to a simpler time of drive-in movies, limbo contests and clam bakes. We get this party started on the Sunset Cove Stage Friday Night, enhanced by our popular Low Country Boil dining event. We then round out the weekend with back-to-back open-air concerts at Legacy Pointe – adjacent to Legacy Lodge – on Saturday night. To make the evening even more special, our talented culinary team is cooking up a waterfront buffet for Saturday concertgoers.


Admission to “I Love Beach Music” Festival at Lanier Islands on Friday July 28 is FREE with a LanierWorld Daily Admission Ticket or Summer Adventure Season Pass. For those guests who only wish to attend the concert plus have access to the beach and Sunset Cove Café, admission is just $15/person. Admission to the festival on Saturday is $20 for an Individual Ticket, $35 for an Individual Buffet, or $100/couple – which includes two concert tickets and two buffets.


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The “I Love Beach Music” Weekend lineup includes:

Friday, July 28 – Venue: LanierWorld

10am-9pm – Beach, Boardwalk and Waterpark Open at LanierWorld

5-7pm – Beachside Low Country Boil at Sunset Cove Cafe

6:30pm-9pm – Grains of Sand on the Sunset Cove Stage

With more than half a century of combined playing experience, Athens, GA-based Grains of Sand is comprised of seven of the finest musicians in the country.  These are true artists, players who have performed with artists like Marvin Gaye, The Platters, Jerry Butler, The Marvelettes, Jackie Wilson, and Patti Labelle, just to name a few.

Saturday, July 29 – Venue: Legacy Pointe at Legacy Lodge

5:30-7:30pm – Waterfront Buffet at Legacy Pointe Pavilion

5:30-7pm – The Catalinas at Legacy Pointe

The Islands invites its guests to shag their way into the weekend with The Catalinas – who were inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame in 2013 and into the Beach Music Hall of Fame in 1995. Having launched the band in the heart of beach music country – Charlotte, North Carolina – in 1957, The Catalinas celebrate their 60th Anniversary this year.  Well-known throughout the U.S. for their signature beach music sound, fans may recall The Catalinas mega hit “Summertime’s Callin’ Me”.

7-9:30pm – The Embers at Legacy Pointe

Since the band’s inception in 1958, Raleigh, North Carolina’s The Embers have virtually defined the genre of what has become known as ‘Beach Music’. Well-known for their top-quality showmanship and boasting an average of 225 shows per year, The Embers have been inducted into the South Carolina Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame, the South Carolina Beach Music Hall of Fame and the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame. A true musical institution, the band is honored to carry the moniker of North Carolina’s Official Ambassadors of Music.


Dance the Night Away… Literally

After an evening spent performing your best Carolina shag on our shoreline, you may be too tired to head home. Make an incredible weekend of music even more so by booking an overnight stay (or two) with our “I Love Beach Music” accommodations package. Starting at $329/couple/night, this awesome package is available both Friday and Saturday nights and includes an overnight stay at Legacy Lodge, concert tickets for two, two complimentary cocktails, dinner buffet for two (Saturday only) and breakfast buffet for two the following morning.


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