Hartwell Lakeside Music Festival

Party With A Purpose to save the lives of shelter animals! May 26, 2024 4PM-10PM at Hartwell Lakeside Resort 330 Hart State Park Rd Hartwell, GA 30643

Join us at the picturesque Hartwell Lakeside City Beach located in Hartwell Lakeside Resort, the old Hart State Park, for the Hartwell Lakeside Music Festival on Sunday, May 26th for an unforgettable evening of live music featuring six top regional bands. The concert will start at 4:00 PM and continue until 10:00 PM. In addition to the incredible music, there will be a variety of food and craft vendors, as well as a dedicated kid’s area for our young festival goers to enjoy.

  • 4:00 pm Garrett Richardson
  • 4:30 pm Scarlet Stitch
  • 5:30 pm Brand New Relic
  • 6:30 pm Lara Smith
  • 7:30 pm Diamondback
  • 8:30 pm The Reservoir Dogs

Meet our Homegrown Talent:

The Reservoir Dogs

The Reservoir Dogs, a talented rock group, consists of John Wayne Atkinson on vocals and harmonica, Rich Smith on guitar and vocals, and Dave Dierna on bass. Together, they create a unique blend of energy and musicality that captivates audiences during their dynamic shows.

With a rich history spanning several decades, The Reservoir Dogs are synonymous with unforgettable live music experiences. Their powerful vocals, skillful instrumentals, and engaging stage presence always leave audiences wanting more.

John Wayne Atkinson, acclaimed for his soulful vocals and masterful harmonica playing, injects each performance with raw emotion and depth. Rich Smith’s guitar prowess elevates the band’s sound, showcasing his technical finesse and creative flair. Dave Dierna provides a solid foundation on bass, locking in the rhythm and adding a driving force to the band’s overall sound.

As crowd favorites in Northeast Georgia and Upstate South Carolina, The Reservoir Dogs have cultivated a loyal fanbase over the years. Their energetic performances and extensive repertoire of classic rock favorites have made them the go-to choice for live entertainment in the region. The Reservoir Dogs have performed at every one of our festivals.

“We are humbled and grateful for the continued support of our fans,” says Atkinson. “Their energy fuels us to give our best on stage. We love what we do and can’t wait to rock the stage once again.”

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The Reservoir Dogs

With Special Guest:



Diamondback started in 1986 with members Mike Rice vocals Mark Rice lead guitar, Ralph Berg on drums, Billy Humphries on bass guitar, Tim Rice lead and Rhythm guitar. Although members have changed over the years we have had extremely talented people in the band. Diamonback has done shows with famous acts such as Jackyl, David Allen Coe, Chris Jerichos band, Fozzy and more. Mike Rice continues to Front the band on lead vocals with Hard Rock and Southern Rock vibe’s, although members changed the sound is still the same.

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Lara Smith

Hailing from Elberton, GA, Lara Smith moved to Nashville, TN to hone her musical ability at the ripe age of 18. While there she had the opportunity to play in venues such as The Bluebird Cafe, Paradise Park downtown, Losers and Winners in midtown, The 5 Spot, Bobby’s Idle Hour on Music Row, and countless others. She was also able to record in historic studios such as RCA Studio B and Oceanway Studio. She returned to her hometown in 2019 bringing her powerhouse vocals and rocking original songs. Backed by some of the best musicians in Northeast GA, you’re sure to have a good time whenever they’re in town!

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Lara Smith
Brand New Relic

Brand New Relic

Brand New Relic is an incredibly talented, wildly fun, and surprisingly soulful classic rock band, with original (Brand New) music, written in the spirit of the groovy old (Relic) rock n roll and playing the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s covers that inspired their love for music and performance. Senior, lead Guitarist Wayne Bailey, casts sing-along, anthem riffs from his old Les Paul, like spells from a magic wand, while master guitarist and composer Jon Blues (Rojas), accents with the 3rd, or fifth part harmony to Waynes’s lead, or maybe inserts a Jazzy, improvised solo, or has a flat out, fret-smoking shred. All the while, the groove is laid down by what we believe is the best rhythm section in the state. Brandon Eaton (the shadow drummer) on the kit, and newest member and lord of the low end, Adam Baker on the bass guitar… and all of that is tied together by the smokey, soulful tones of their larger-than-life, front man, and extremely talented singer Pat Callaghan. The true magic of this band, is that they don’t want you to watch what they do. They want you to go with them… where they go when they play… They’re playing in the best local venues, and having been recently featured on The Rude Awakening with Christopher Rude, on FM 107.1 WJBB Radio… you must experience Brand New Relic.

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Scarlet Stitch

Born in Athens, the musical heart of Georgia, over 14 years ago, Scarlet Stitch is a fusion of multiple musical stylings. They are a rock’n roll band at their core with key inspirations from outlaw country, jam bands, and alternative rock. Georgia Music Award Winning vocalist Deb Carter and guitar player Duke Wayland write songs unconstrained by specific musical genres and speak to raw, real life experiences. Scarlet Stitch put their own unique and playful take on covers derived from a variety of your favorite songs from other bands. Bassist Donnie Bowden, guitarist Jody DiMarco and Derek Johnson on drums refines this energetic spontaneous and tight band of humble musicians. Come see for yourself!!!!! The one thing you’re guaranteed to get from a Scarlet Stitch show is a great time.

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Garrett Richardson

Garrett Richardson is a 24-year-old musician and Hartwell native. With a passion for music that started at a young age, he has dedicated his life to honing his craft and delighting audiences with his talent. Richardson has had the privilege of participating in high-profile events such as the 1st Lake Hartwell Music Festival and 1st Blues Jam at the High Cotton Music Hall. His performances are known for their energy, authenticity, and ability to connect with audiences on a deeply emotional level.

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Big Air of Anderson is supplying a

FREE Kids jumpy jump area.

Bring the whole family for a great event!


This is why we are doing the show!

The Hart County Humane Society works in conjunction with the Northeast Georgia Animal Shelter to end the need to euthanize healthy animals due to lack of space or time. This takes a village of volunteers! In fact, we are an all volunteer, all donation, 501(c) 3 non-profit animal rescue organization. We receive no funding from taxes or other sources.

Thanks for supporting us by Partying with the Purpose of saving the lives of animals in our area.

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We will have a limited number of shirts for sale at $20.00 each. Didn’t know looking good could be so cheep. These are the two colors this year.

Pre-Order your Shirt by sending a email to Dove’s Screen Printing with your contact info with color and sizes at dovescreenprint@aol.com

The guitar is from an image of Hartwell Lakeside Resort. This is a comfortable shirt that you will be proud to wear.

Big Shout Out to our sponsors!!

This show cost between 10k and 20k. Without our sponsors there is no way we could put this show on. Please, thank to sponsors for supporting this community event!

Sponsored by: JL Adams Plumbing, JD CON, Downtown Cafe, Quality Inn, Charlene Lee Realty, Harper Collective, Kaufman Law, United Rental, Day Night Inn, KOA, CWS, Phillips Brothers Construction, Dove Printing, Cateechee Ranch, Big Air Anderson

Tickets are Rain or Shine
No Coolers in Event Area

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