Blue Ridge Fest line-up changes

PICKENS — With less than a week to go until showtime, the Blue Ridge Fest was forced to come up with a replacement act after Bobby Rydell cancelled his appearance.
Rydell is facing back surgery, and his doctor has advised him not to travel or perform.
Fortunately, another well-known performer, Ben E. King, has been booked for the evening. King is known for a number of hits including “Stand By Me,” “There Goes My Baby,” and his Latin-tinged ballad “Spanish Harlem.” An award-winning R&B musician, he is a great entertainer and is expected to put on a memorable show.
“Ben E King is someone we’ve considered for this event in the past, but we were never able to make it happen,” Blue Ridge President and CEO Charles Dalton said. “So we are excited that this last-minute arrangement could be made.”
With the addition of King to a line-up that includes Jimmy Clanton and Jim Quick and Coastline, Blue Ridge Fest is headed for another blockbuster night.
Blue Ridge Fest will be held on Friday, May 11, at the Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative outdoor facility at 734 W. Main Street in Pickens.
This 15-year-old employee-sponsored event has raised more than $1.3 million for local charities.
Combining a classic car show with great entertainment, food and family fun, Blue Ridge Fest bills itself as great times for great causes. Tickets are available in advance or at the gate. Prices for adults are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate, while children 6-12 are $8 in advance and $10 at the gate.
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