AquaPalooza sets attendance record

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — More than 4,000 boats and 35,000 people attended Alan Jackson’s headline performance at Saturday’s AquaPalooza Signature Event on Lake Martin, Ala., Sea Ray Boats and Russell Lands On Lake Martin reported this week.

Attendance at the event, held at Kowaliga Bay in the heart of Russell Lands On Lake Martin, was up 50 percent over last year’s numbers, making it the largest Signature Event in the four-year history of AquaPalooza. Officials from the Alabama Marine Police confirmed the numbers for the day, organizers said.

The weekend event, held July 24 to 26, featured a concert by Jackson, as well as up-and-coming artists Matt Stillwell, the Carter Twins, Caitlin and Will, and Jypsi.

Jackson pulled up to the dock in his 1923 Hacker Craft and played hit songs from his album “Good Time.” The show was taped for CMT’s Labor Day special “Alan Jackson AquaPalooza Live on Lake Martin.”

During the show, Jackson spoke about childhood visits to Lake Martin, and Jackson’s encore included a performance of the Hank Williams classic “Kaw-Liga,” which Williams penned at his historic cabin on the lake.

In addition to the Signature Event on Lake Martin, this year’s AquaPalooza consisted of more than 100 events held around the world during the last two weekends of July.

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