LONE STAR -- The 15th annual Bluegrass and Honky Tonk Music Festival will put an end to a tradition.

"Although we will continue having bluegrass and country music at the restaurant on Fridays and Saturdays, this is the last big festival we plan to do," said Pat Williams, owner of Lone Star Barbecue and Mercantile. "So I'm labeling it 'The Last Roundup,' with the event being the last of its kind."

The 15th annual edition of the festival will be held at the Santee business over Labor Day weekend, Sept. 2-4. The three days of entertainment will be free to the public, with tips for bands expected.

The bands will play outside under the trees Friday and Saturday. Spectators are urged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. The bands will move inside Sunday to the main dining hall.

Lauren Hall and Band will perform Friday from 6:45 to 9 p.m. Lauren is a 19-year-old rising star who aspires to be singing in Nashville. She writes most of her own music and will have a CD available.

A great lineup of bands will be featured Saturday, beginning with the Lone Star Pickin' Parlor playing from 1:30 to 3 p.m. In addition to their own performance, the band will provide backup for the open stage, allowing anyone in the crowd to join them for a song or two.

From 3:30 to 5:15 p.m., The Sugarloaf Mountain Boys, a bluegrass band from Columbia, will take the stage. Afterward, Bell's Highway Bluegrass Band from Columbia will perform.

Flatland Express will close the show on Saturday, playing from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

On Sunday, The Heart Notes from the New Hope Community near Moncks Corner will start the entertainment at noon and play until 1:45 p.m. Following them will be The Mandy Addy Diving Horses Band from 2 to 3 p.m. They will entertain with the best of classic country tunes.

One of the state's greatest and most recognized bluegrass entertainers, Claude Lucas, will come out of retirement and perform from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. Lucas was picking and singing on television in the late '40s and throughout the '50s when TV was still black-and-white. Lucas will bring the curtain down at this year's festival.

For more information, call 803-854-2000 or visit online at lonestarbbq.net.


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