Grab some sunscreen, some cold ones and your favorite koozie and load up the boat because it’s on again. On July 14th we’ll enjoy a third concert in the middle of the river, live at the Beaufort Sandbar with country music artist Pat Cooper headlining along with an opening act to be named later. It’s officially the 3rd Annual Beaufort Sandbar Concert.
Last year’s 2nd annual concert in the water was a huge hit drawing a huge crowd that easily numbered in the thousands. Played on a borrowed barge in the river, Cooper and Charleston’s Matt Chase performed on the improvised stage, surrounded by boats as the tide was coming in.
After the first two years, folks talked about it for months. Cooper and opening acts Samee Cannon and Matt Chase rocked the Sandbar and Cooper even made a music video for his song ‘Burn’ with footage of the show.
Beaufort natives Blake Gruel and Jarrett Owens came up with the idea for the concert in the spring of 2016. Gruel reached out to Cooper, his frat brother at the University of South Carolina and the rest was some super-fun, wet and wild history.
“The first year the concert was held on the first Saturday of the Beaufort Water Festival which was a perfect low tide day for all of us to enjoy,” Owens said. “Last year’s concert date gave us a high tide at 2pm at the sandbar. Holding the concert on July 14th this year, the tides are in our favor for a day of fun in the sun.”
“Our last step is getting sponsorships and funds to help the expenses of getting Pat and his band down from Nashville,” Gruel said.
“Obviously we want as big of a turnout this year as possible and for everyone to have a great time,” Owens added.
That should be easy. Beaufort is already in love with summers on the Sandbar. Having huge concert in the water for the third straight year is just a huge bonus.
To keep up to date with info about the concert, follow the event page on Facebook here.
Check out some scenes form previous year’s in Cooper’s video, ‘Burn’. There’s lots of local faces to recognize.