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Kick off summer at The Lake Show

By Jane Harrison
 
An early summer music bash at Lake Lanier Olympic Park kicks off the season with dance tunes, food trucks and local craft beer June 3. Jimmy Buffett tribute band Landshark and Van Morrison cover group Domino will rock The Lake Show waterfront stage from 6-10 p.m. while attendees chow down, sip brews, and shake a leg. Gates open at 5 p.m.
 
“We were looking for great tribute bands with cover music everybody likes to dance to,” said Jody Jackson, executive director of the John Jarrard Foundation. He expects the third annual lakeside concert produced by the local charitable foundation to draw about 1,500 by land and boat to the LLOP grandstands and Olympic channel.
 
Jackson said the bands harmonize well with the waterfront venue and perpetuate a party-atmosphere fans expect at the foundation’s concerts. Friends in Atlanta recommended Landshark, Jackson said, which has performed with Jimmy Buffett in Key West and at Margaritaville. Domino, featuring Greg Hester, is sure to get a Moondance going under the stars. “Everyone loves Van Morrison,” Jackson said of Domino’s music.
 
Partiers who pay admission or reserve tables in the LLOP grandstands get the best seats, plus a plaza dance floor and easy access to food trucks and beer vendors.
 
Those who anchor boats behind the stage can hear the music from speakers facing the water and might get an occasional peek at performers sauntering backstage to sing a line or two. There is no access dock for boaters, who are asked to contribute $25. Jackson said a foundation boat collecting donations will likely set up under Clarks Bridge and those who give will get a “light up flag” to display. He added that more than 75 percent of attendees come by land.
 
As of mid-April, the foundation was still lining up food vendors to join traditional favorite Johnny’s Barbecue. Gainesville craft brew masters from Left Nut Brewery will have suds on tap.
 
To get the most enjoyment from the evening, Jackson suggested “getting a group of friends together and buying a table.” Tables can be reserved for $400 and are set up close to the stage and include seat cushions, lighted tables and cups, six meal tickets, and 12 drink tickets. Those purchasing $20 general admission tickets can bring their own lounge chairs or cushions for comfort in the stone grandstands. Children 12 and younger get free admission.
 
The music producer was “blown away” with the Olympic venue at his first visit from Nashville 10 years ago. “I love it … it’s got everything and the whole environment is overlooking the water,” Jackson said. He said the concert supports local charities most dear to John Jarrard, who moved to Nashville from his Gainesville home to write songs recorded by groups Alabama, George Strait, Tracy Lawrence and others. He died of diabetes-related causes in 2001. The Boys and Girls Clubs of Lanier, Good News at Noon Shelter and Clinic, Challenged Child and Friends, and Northeast Georgia Food Bank share concert proceeds.
 
Info/Tickets: www.johnjarrardfoundation.com.

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