Aquapalooza Music Festival Moves on Shore at Lake Martin, Changes to "AMPalooza"


By Heather VacLav

Usually every summer, thousands of people show up for the annual Aquapalooza music festival on Lake Martin. For safety reasons, this year, the festival left the water for shore at the "AMPalooza".

Aqua Palooza was advertised as the largest boat party in the world. Some say it drew a bigger crowd at Lake Martin than the 4th of July, but according to Alabama Marine Police it was a safety hazzard.

Russell Lands staff decided the safest way to keep the festival was  to hold it at their "AMP".

"One of the best views of Lake Martin is from the Ampitheater.," said Robert Gunn, Director of Russell Lands. "The shape of the bowl allows for great music the acoustic as far as outdoors is concern is great out here."

Gunn says the move on land didn't affect the crowds, many people came to see headliner, the Charlie Daniels Band.

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UEM said on Tuesday, Jul 31 at 7:29 AM

What a joke trying to pass this off as "Aquapalooza".....have a concert if you wish RL, but this isn't even close to the same; calling it such is an insult to the great tradition Sea Ray started. We do appreciate the past support of a real Aquapalooza event and hope to see it return to Lake Martin. BTW, all the die hard Aquapalooza fans I know (a considerable number) did something else last weekend and one friend couldn't even give an amp ticket away.... it's quite an exaggeration saying the crowds weren't effected.

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LakeMartinSpeaking said on Sunday, Jul 29 at 3:59 PM

It is " Always " about the money for Russell Lands. With out Sea Ray's money / sponsorship, Russell Lands can not afford the water event. Hence the name changes also. $30 tickets versus free admission. Do the math !!!Its all about greed.

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tammysboy said on Sunday, Jul 29 at 11:13 AM

I wonder if an admission charge had anything to do with it moving on land.

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