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Avetts, Allman play Zac Brown Band fests

Thursday, August 2, 2012 – Zac Brown Band, The Avett Brothers, Gregg Allman and David Gray are among the acts announced today for ZBB's two Southern Ground Music & Food Festivals in Nashville and Charleston, S.C.

The two shows are at Nashville's Lawn at Riverfront Park on Sept. 21-22 and returning to Charleston, S.C.'s Blackbaud Stadium Oct. 20-21 where Brown's "vision of combining world class fare with live music became a stunning reality."

In Nashville, Zac Brown Band & Friends will perform nightly super sets with special guests including Allman.

Curated by the band – from the appetizers to the openers, and the entrees to the headliners – festival-goers can expect two evenings of the musical acts and food under the helm of Southern Ground Executive Chef Rusty Hamlin.

The Nashville line-up is: Zac Brown Band & Friends Super Set w/ special guest performances by Gregg Allman, Amos Lee, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Jerry Douglas, David Gray, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Lumineers, Los Lonely Boys, John Driskell Hopkins & Brighter Shade, The James Arthur Band, Coy Bowles & The Fellowship.

South Ground Artists Blackberry Smoke, Nic Cowan, Dugas, Sonia Leigh, Levi Lowrey and The Wheeler Boys will also perform. The label was started by Brown.

The South Carolina gig includes nightly performances by ZBB The Avett Brothers, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, The Charlie Daniels Band, Michael Franti & Spearhead, The Wailers, Jerry Douglas, Los Lonely Boys, JJ Grey & Mofro, Clay Cook, Coy Bowles & The Fellowship, The James Arthur Band, John Driskell Hopkins & Balsam Range.

South Ground Artists Blackberry Smoke, Nic Cowan, Dugas, Sonia Leigh, Levi Lowrey, The Wood Brothers and The Wheeler Boys will also perform.

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