Entercom Upstate, which runs seven local radio stations including 93.3 The Planet, B93.7, Magic 98.9, and Rock 101, has partnered with the Greenville-Pickens Speedway before. The two organizations have jointly sponsored some races and put on a buy, sell, or trade auto show called Motorfest, but there was one thing that kept running through Entercom general manager Steve Sinicropi’s mind — a big music festival.
“There’s this giant facility there that could be used for more than races,” he says. “There’s all kinds of space. So we wanted to look at doing other events.”
He adds, “Let’s take lots of bands that are popular regionally and create an event where people can hear that music over a couple of days.”
And thus the County Line Festival was born.
On May 19-20, the Speedway will host 13 local bands who’ll perform over two days, including Fall of an Empire, Generation Axe, the Kenny George Band, the Black River Rebels, Doc Holliday, and Beitthemeans. There will be beer and food vendors on site both days, and the average ticket price is $20.
“You’ve got to do a lot of planning if you’re going to an event where the tickets are $50 or $75 or $100,” Sinicropi says. “But if you’re going and you’re spending around $20 on a ticket, you can see a bunch of music, and maybe this creates on opportunity for people who may normally not be able to see something like this.”
For their part, Fall of an Empire is excited about the chance to play with other local bands and showcase material off their new EP, Croweater II: The Last Wishes of Kings.
“We’ve talked to the other bands on this festival with us, and we all feel that it’s so important to have big local events like this,” says FOAE guitarist Brent Carroll. “It’s such a great mix of different types of music: Country and Southern Rock on up to hard rock and metal. It gives us a great platform.”
For more info, visit http://www.countylinemusicfest.com/