AquaPalooza to be a summer highlight

Zoe Roush and Beth Rozacky

     Many students at Cedar Park spend their summer hanging out on the lake. This year AquaPalooza, a massive waterfront concert, will be making its way to our very own Lake Travis. AquaPalooza, hosted by the Sea Ray Sport Boat Company, will hit the water July 10. The Signature Event of Aquapalooza will be sponsored by the Sail&Ski Center, a leading Sea Ray dealer based in Austin. The event will take place at The Reserve at Lake Travis, located at Calcasieu Point near mile marker 22 on the lake. Aquapalooza looks to top last year’s record breaking attendance numbers. With more than 15,600 boats and 84,000 people potentially honing in on Lake Travis, be prepared to see a host of new faces ready to party. With many different artists performing, the concert will have something for everyone. The event could be one of the biggest events on Lake Travis this year.

     When AquaPalooza started in 2006, only about 500 boats showed up, now it has more than quadrupled in size. The Aquapalooza organizers plan over 123 separate concerts every year during the last two weeks of July; headlining performers such as Alan Jackson, Taylor Swift, Everclear and Uncle Kracker. The family friendly event features live entertainment, games and giveaways suitable for all ages.  This “celebration of the boating lifestyle” will be commemorating its fourth year with a bigger bash than ever before. This year’s headliner will be country music superstar Brad Paisley whose current single, Water, peaked at number three on U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs.

     “I’m excited because [Brad Paisley is] my favorite artist,” Matt Gallagher, senior said.

     AquaPalooza at Lake Travis should be a huge event that will have many Cedar Park students wanting to attend.  In addition to the biggest names in country music performing, the concept of a lake concert has piqued the interest of many students.

     “It’s cool that we get to sit in the boat and listen to music,” Taylor Chew, senior, said. “It’s not a normal concert.”

     Not very many students know about this concert, but the ones that do are getting revved up for the event. The event is completely free and open to all boaters and non-boaters. This is handy as not everyone in Cedar Park owns a boat. However, those who are looking to enjoy the show from land may find themselves very disappointed as there is no land access at The Reserve. Those bringing their own boat must register it on the AquaPalooza website, www.aquapalooza.com. The website also contains boating safety tips and information on prizes and cool giveaways.

     Registering may be somewhat of a lengthy process, but it’s sure to be worth it. After all, the boats are the tickets to this huge event. So slather on some sunscreen, designate a captain and make sure you’re on the lake when Aquapalooza comes to Lake Travis, July 10.