Park early for Fourth Fridays concert featuring Sumter-based Badwater


The water may be bad, but the music and the company will be good Friday on Main Street in downtown Sumter.

Sumter-based band Badwater will bring its mix of Southern rock, classic rock, '90s rock, alt-rock and country to North Main Street on Friday for the August rendition of the city's Fourth Fridays Concert Series from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Admission is free, and there will be beer, wine and food for sale in addition to downtown restaurants remaining open. Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs or picnic blankets, though coolers are not allowed.

Those wanting to enjoy the live music outside should arrive early because parking may be tricky, said Leigh Newman, downtown development coordinator for the city. The Sumter Opera House is hosting a 520-ticket sold-out concert Friday featuring Resurrection - A Journey Tribute. The show, which begins at 7:30 p.m., will be the third for the band in Sumter.

The Sumter Optimist Club will be selling snow cones and giving free books to kids during the Fourth Fridays event, and the Sumter Sertoma sells beer and wine while Ronnie Jefferson has a food truck with fried fish, sausage dogs and French fries.

This year's new Kids Korner has free face painting, cornhole and sidewalk chalk.

Badwater played at last year's Fall Feast, Newman said.


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