The 2009 Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival will be headlined by two national acts - Lou Gramm and John Waite. This is the first time two acts have topped the bill.
Richmond Hill/Bryan County Chamber of Commerce Chairman Janet Thayer said the Chamber has been negotiating with both artists and the contracts are in the process of being finalized.
"We’re very excited to be able to offer two big name acts this year," Festival Chairman Mike Sisco said.
Gramm was the lead singer of the rock band Foreigner, who has sold over 50 million records to date. Still a favorite of classic rock radio stations worldwide, Foreigner ruled the Billboard rock charts in the eighties, including the number one hit single "I Want to Know What Love Is" and have also had a string of hit songs in the 1970s as well as the nineties. Other hits include "Feels Like the First Time", "Cold as Ice", and "Waiting for a Girl Like You". Gramm went solo in 2003.
British rocker Waite is perhaps known best for his 1984 number one solo hit "Missing You" but also saw success as lead singer of the eighties band Bad English and the seventies group The Babys. Other chart toppers include "When I See You Smile" and "Change".
"This year we looked at the economy and we’ve done our best to keep ticket prices the same," Thayer said. "We also negotiated the asking price of both bands in order to make this year’s festival the biggest, the best and most entertaining yet."
The Eleventh Annual Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival comes to J.F. Gregory Park on Oct. 16-18. The Swingin’ Medallions and local band Shift N Gears are also scheduled to play. Past headliners have included Gregg Allman, Eddie Money, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Survivor and the Charlie Daniels Band.