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Summer’s biggest party

Published 7:44pm Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The sixth annual AquaPalooza will feature musical artist Sawyer Brown with special guests Rhett Akins, Chase Rice and Derek Welsh & The Cold Hard Truth.

AquaPalooza will be held July 23 on Kowaliga Beach, and events manager Robert Gunn said the concert will be put on much the same as in previous years, with limited access by land.

“We increased the price just a tad to $15 for those who want to claim their spot by land,” Gunn said.

Gunn said there will be a limited number of tickets for land access, but the event will be free for anyone who attends by boat.

“We’re playing to the lake like we’ve done in the past,” Gunn said.

Headliner Sawyer Brown is a country music group that has had three No. 1 singles and more than 50 songs on the Billboard Hot Country charts. The Apopka, Fla. band has played more than 3500 shows.

“They’ll put on a really good show,” Gunn said. “They’re very high energy.”

Rhett Akins has been singing and writing songs for more than a decade, and Chase Rice entered the music world following his appearance as a contestant on ‘Survivor: Nicaragua’ in 2010.

Rice placed as runner-up in the competition.

“They did allow him to sing at least one song (that was broadcast on ‘Survivor’),” Gunn said.

Derek Welsh & The Cold Hard Truth will bring a rock music element to the lineup.

“Derek Welsh has been around for a number of years,” Gunn said.

Welsh has performed as lead singer and songwriter for several bands, including McQueen Street, The Rat Race and The Cold Hard Truth.

On Friday at 2 p.m., Russell Marine will provide limited mooring balls for boats to use for tie-up. Mooring is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The first three lines of mooring are reserved for sponsors, and on-water shuttle service will be provided to sponsored mooring lines by the Lake Martin Resource Association, according to a press release.