Boats keep coming for Alan Jackson fest
Monday, July 27, 2009
– 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., setting a new record for any single event on a lake.
Boats were packed bow to stern for more than one mile, and many fans donned their inner tubes and water noodles to paddle close to the water-pit at the bottom of the stage. Jackson pulled up to the dock at the Russell Land Marina in his 1923 Hacker Craft and played hit songs from his current platinum "Good Time" album. During the show, which was taped for CMT's Labor Day special, "Alan Jackson Aquapalooza Live on Lake Martin," Jackson spoke about childhood visits to Lake Martin with his family.
Officials from the Alabama Marine Police were among several official agencies confirming attendance for the day, according to Jackson's publicist. Fans had come from as far away as Michigan and San Diego to see Jackson and opening acts Carter Twins, Jypsi, Matt Stillwell and Caitlin & Will.
Jackson's encore included a performance of the Hank Williams classic "Kow-Liga," which Williams penned on his historic cabin on the lake.
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