The TidalWave Music Festival is happening on the Atlantic City Beach Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 12-14. It's a country music extravaganza with dozens of national recording artists playing the three-day event.
Headliners include Luke Bryan, Morgan Wallen, and Dierks Bentley. Other acts include Riley Green, Hardy, Chase Rice, Lauren Alaina, Tracy Lawrence, Mitchel Tenpenny, Lainey Wilson, Lauren Alaina, and more!
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Music will start at around 2 pm each day and finish near 11 pm. Gates open each day at about 11 am. Tickets are required to enter the festival grounds - the Atlantic City Beach from Arkansas Avenue down past Kentucky Avenue.
Tickets are still available for the three-day event. Single-day tickets are not being sold.
You will probably be able to hear the festival from the Atlantic City Boardwalk. Seeing anything from the Boardwalk other than parts of the jumbo screens will not be possible. Docking of boats off the beach will not be allowed.
We've learned that most artists are NOT doing meet and greet sessions, primarily because of continuing COVID-19 concerns.
Rock the Ocean is a huge partner with the festival. Rock the Ocean's mission is "to increase public awareness about the issues impacting the world’s oceans and to support scientific research, education, and ocean conservation initiatives." Find out more about Rock the Ocean here.
Will your favorite radio station be there? YES! Cat Country 107.3 will be set up outside the festival grounds on the Atlantic City Boardwalk in front of Bally's. Stop by before you enter the festival grounds to say "Hello!" PLUS - We'll have a chance for you to win 4 tickets to NEXT SUMMER'S TIDALWAVE MUSIC FEST!
A list of dos and don'ts, a festival map, a schedule of performers and more can be found here.
We'll see you this weekend!
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The King of Country Music has a queen, and she's been around since long before he was bestowed that title. George Strait and his wife Norma are high school sweethearts, married since the early '70s.
To country radio station the Bull 100.3, Strait calls Norma "the first girl I ever loved." The two went to high school together in Pearsall, Texas, and "knew each other forever," the country star says.
"I never really even thought anything about her, but then one day, I asked her out, and we went on a date. We didn't see each other for a long time after that," Strait shares. "Then one day, I thought, 'I'm missing the boat here,' and we started dating again."
The Straits eloped in Mexico on Dec. 4, 1971, and then, a few weeks later, held a church wedding in their hometown. Strait joined the United States Army shortly thereafter, with Norma following him to his post in Hawaii. It was there that he began singing with a military-sponsored country music group, though it would take another decade before his first official country single arrived.
"Norma and I are so blessed that we found each other ... and were able to do all of this together, experience this life together, to support each other through everything, good times and bad," Strait tells People. "We do almost everything together ... We love each other and we still like each other. A lot!"
George and Norma Strait have two children together: daughter Jenifer, born in 1972, and son George Jr., nicknamed "Bubba," born in 1981. Sadly, Jenifer died in a car accident at the age of 13, on June 25, 1986.
Over 50 years into their marriage, the Straits are now grandparents to Bubba and wife Tamara's two children: George Harvey Strait III, born in 2012, and Jillian Louise Strait, born in 2016. With "King George" retired from touring (though he's still making new music, often writing with his son, and playing occasional shows), he and his queen have plenty of time to spoil their beloved prince and princess.