Charlie Daniels, above, will headline AMPalooza on July 28, part of the Russell Lands 2012 concert series. | Submitted

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AMPalooza to feature Charlie Daniels Band

Published 8:06pm Sunday, March 4, 2012

The Charlie Daniels Band is coming to Lake Martin.

Russell Lands On Lake Martin announced Friday that the Grammy Award-winning Charlie Daniels and his band are set to headline “AMPalooza” on July 28.

The concert, which will be the fourth event in the Russell Lands’ 2012 summer concert series, will be held at the Lake Martin Amphitheater on Highway 63.

“We are trying to do this as an alternative to AquaPalooza this year,” said Robert Gunn, Russell Lands’ director of events and social media. “We’ve done some big names at AquaPalooza over the years, so with moving it from the water to The Amp, we want to keep the big names.

“Charlie Daniels Band is one band that is popular with all age groups.”

Daniels is known for his many contributions to country and southern rock music over the decades, including “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” and “The South’s Gonna Do It.”

Gunn said that event organizers decided to move the concert to land this year due to safety concerns with the large crowds at AquaPalooza. Event organizers estimated that between 22,000 and 25,000 people attended AquaPalooza in 2011, with roughly 2,500 boats crowded into Kowaliga Bay between Kowaliga Marina and Sinclair’s to see the unique waterfront show.

“We decided that since it’s grown so big that we’d move it on land,” he said. “But that’s not to say we won’t be back (in the water) in the future.”

Gunn said more information regarding the “AMPalooza” lineup and how to purchase tickets will be announced soon.