Each year, the Beaufort Water Festival brings us a national recording artist to the Concert in the Park for our enjoyment and it’s always a fabulous time. Saturday night was no different with country & rock singer Aaron Lewis who nailed it over and over again and rocked Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park from the marina to the playground.
If you’ve been to the Water Festival before, you know that rain can be expected at nearly any time. But not this time. Clear skies reigned over Beaufort as the night’s opening act, Steel Rail Express and Jordan Rager went onstage. The breeze from the Beaufort River was a relief from the humidity that is typical in Beaufort this time of year.
Festival goers numbering int he thousands stood in long lines to get their wristbands for admission to the show, many arriving at the park hours before the gates opened to grab the perfect seat.
Aaron Lewis came out with his traditional beer and ashtray sitting on a stool and opened his set with some serious energy that continued with song after song, including his country offerings Grandaddy’s Gun, Sinner, and That Ain’t Country and then put the crowd into sing-along mode with his Staind hits It’s Been Awhile, Right Here Waiting and Outside.
And, Beaufort sure knew the words.
Lewis is a veteran of the stage and an engaging performer who connected with a crowd that stood shoulder to shoulder, covering nearly every square inch of Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park. He even had those who aren’t fans of country music up on their feet and enjoying the show and those looking for some Staind classics didn’t leave disappointed with Lewis belting out 4 of his oldies.
Aaron’s music was the perfect complement to the Lowcountry vibe, and a great way to spend the second night of the 62nd Annual Beaufort Water Festival.