Guidelines set for Lady Antebellum ticket sale Saturday at Columbia County Library

Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011 5:06 PM
Last updated Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011 12:43 PM
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Officials expect a large crowd to camp out when tickets go on sale Saturday for a Lady Antebellum concert Oct. 28 at Evans Town Center Park.

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Charles Kelley (from left), Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood, as Lady Antebellum, will perform Oct. 28 in Evans Town Center Park. Tickets cost $40.  FILE/STAFF
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Charles Kelley (from left), Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood, as Lady Antebellum, will perform Oct. 28 in Evans Town Center Park. Tickets cost $40.

Considering the popularity and the hometown connection for the Grammy Award-winning country group, the grounds of the Columbia County Library, the site for the ticket sale, are expected to be busy.

“I hope it’s a real hootenanny,” Columbia County Commission Chairman Ron Cross said Tuesday of the ticket sales.

Keela Colombraro, the county’s community events specialist, said she has received phone calls this week from those planning to start camping out as early as today.

To keep patrons safe, Colombraro said, sheriff’s deputies will be stationed at the library from the moment someone starts camping out until the ticket sale concludes Saturday.

Campers will be allowed to set up at the entrance of the library and line up around the side of the building.

Though the library closes at 5 p.m. Friday, restrooms near the amphitheater will be open.

Colombraro said campers are welcome to bring small tents, chairs and picnic items, but no alcohol, and smoking is not allowed on county property.

Catch Phrase Café owner Gabrielle Corbin said she will be serving drinks and snacks from a cart outside her restaurant in the library throughout the night Friday.

The ticket sale starts at 8 a.m. Saturday in the lobby of the library, on Evans Town Center Boulevard.

Just 3,100 tickets will be sold for the show. They cost $40 each and are limited to four per person. Only cash will be accepted, and ATMs will be available.

Lady Antebellum vocalist Charles Kelley and guitarist Dave Haywood grew up in Columbia County and graduated from Lakeside High School.

The group will perform on a stage named for Josh Kelley, a singer, songwriter and brother of Charles.

Some proceeds from the concert will go to the John W. Kelley, M.D., Cardiovascular Endowment and University Health Care Foundation. John Kelley, the father of Josh and Charles, created the endowment for the education and training of students at the Harry T. Harper School of Cardiology and Vascular Technology at University Hospital.

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swimmer
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swimmer 09/27/11 - 07:14 pm
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I would love to go to this

I would love to go to this concert but cannot camp out during the week just for tickets. I haven't missed a day of work as a teacher in Columbia County in 5 years and I'm not about to start now. To those who get tickets...have an awesome time!!

hope7
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hope7 09/27/11 - 07:52 pm
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Well, There are 2 to 3

Well, There are 2 to 3 personal days each year and they are for a teacher to use however one chooses. I'm thinking, swimmer, you are wanting to go to this concert BADLY or you would have remained silent!
As a retired teacher of 25 years, I will say it is ok to be good to myself for a special concert and those little darling students will not perish if I am absent 1 day. School will go on!!! I used everyone of my days and with no regret. All survived without me and a good /excellent education was the outcome for most. Be good to yourself. You are the only little self you have!! GO!!!

swimmer
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swimmer 09/27/11 - 07:57 pm
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I do see your point but then

I do see your point but then there is the loss of perfect attendance bonus pay to consider. Losing that would make the concert tickets very expensive indeed.

hope7
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hope7 09/27/11 - 08:04 pm
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Money or memories? your

Money or memories? your choice and you know you best. I'd give my right arm to obtain one ticket and experience those amazing singers!
A concert to remember and for a wonderful cause. Way to go CC organizers for special events! Ya'll rock!

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 09/27/11 - 08:34 pm
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Oh no, people will start to

Oh no, people will start to camp out on Wed??? We were hoping that getting there at 4:00 on Sat. would get us in line, oh well, que sera, sera...

scoobynews
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scoobynews 09/27/11 - 08:59 pm
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There has never been nor will

There has never been nor will there ever be any celebrities that I will camp out for to see. This shows how crazy some folks really are. Last time I checked the members of Lady A pooped and peed like the rest of us. People need to stop being so insane over the likes of celebrities.

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willie7 09/27/11 - 10:15 pm
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All of us have been young
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All of us have been young before and it is great to be young and do some foolish things.I am still taking about foolish things I did 50 years ago. Nothing illegal, but foolish.We would go to the football game and drink ourselves crazy.The joy of being young./

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soldout 09/27/11 - 11:43 pm
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To camp out for a ticket to

To camp out for a ticket to see anyone is just pure bondage. Very strange. Some folks have made entertainment their God apparently.

freebird
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freebird 09/28/11 - 03:32 am
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did that man really say

did that man really say "hootenanny" !!!!????

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Techfan 09/28/11 - 04:43 am
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myfather: You don't have to

myfather: You don't have to worry, the pop-pablum that they'll be hearing, has no resemblance to country music.

iwaspregnantin1993
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iwaspregnantin1993 09/28/11 - 04:46 am
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I think the quest for the

I think the quest for the tickets is probably as much fun as the concert. I stood in line at 4am at BestBuy one year to purchase a gaming machine as a Christmas gift for my kids and it was an experience that I will always remember. There was great fellowship and fun while waiting in the frigid weather. It's more about how you care to spend your spare time. What I don't understand is only 3,100 tickets are being sold when the website for the county states that it can accommodate 4,000.

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 09/28/11 - 07:38 am
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I'd love to see Lady A but

I'd love to see Lady A but I'm going to see Livingston Taylor instead.

chldcreprvdr
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chldcreprvdr 09/28/11 - 07:57 am
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Iwaspregnant, I'm sure the

Iwaspregnant, I'm sure the other 900 are for tickets giveaways and such.

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Cassandra Harris 09/28/11 - 08:30 am
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I am not a huge Lady A fan

I am not a huge Lady A fan but if I had a group of fun friends who wanted to camp out for the tickets and I could take the time off, I would absolutely camp out with them even if I weren't getting tickets for myself. This isn't about fanaticism (OK maybe for a few, but not most), it's for the camaraderie and the fun. I've camped out a few times in my day for events and the camping and fun with friends is far more memorable than the event itself. Each time I did it not for the hope of getting "front row seats" so much as the adventure. Some here might want to lighten up a little and remember that not everyone has the same idea of a fun adventure. If these people who are camping out to get the tickets (or those who camp out for a particular movie/ newest tech gadget / book or cd release) aren't doing anything harmful or illegal, it's really none of your concern.

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wondersnevercease 09/28/11 - 08:44 am
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I am going to agree with you
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I am going to agree with you cassandra............lighten up folks!

iLove
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iLove 09/28/11 - 09:38 am
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It is fun to camp out for
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It is fun to camp out for something for multiple days.

Do you see how CC accomodates their citizens. . . . .vs. RC. I wonder what that does for the morale of that community. (CC)

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doglover123 09/28/11 - 10:20 am
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My 11 year old daughter is a

My 11 year old daughter is a HUGE Lady A fan. This will be her first concert and I don't intend to disappoint her. I'm going to camp out (she's spending the night with a friend) and don't care what everyone else thinks. It's not like we're doing anything illegal, just showing our support for some great home-town performers, and the money is going to charity.
Columbia County, you're AWESOME!! I couldn't imagine doing this at the JBA!

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Vito45 09/28/11 - 11:12 am
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They should have issued them

They should have issued them by lottery, just like AGNC does the practice rounds. I GUARANTEE you a significant number in that line are just there to turn a quick buck by scalping.

LPM
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LPM 12/21/11 - 05:41 pm
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Sounds good.

Sounds good.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/28/11 - 11:24 am
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What difference does it make?

What difference does it make?

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Sean Moores 09/28/11 - 11:29 am
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LPM, according to their web

LPM, according to their web site, Charles Kelley is the lead vocalist, and Dave Haywood is "harmony singer and multi-instrumentalist."

http://ladyantebellum.com/bio

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/28/11 - 11:32 am
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Hey, we can have a contest

Hey, we can have a contest here on the Chronicle blog. We can see who guesses closest to the time of day that they sell out. Let's see, 3,100 tickets at four tickets per person. That means they will have to process about 800 ticket buyers. Cash only; but they don't say how many ticket selling windows they will use. I guess they will sell out around 9:15. Anybody else want to play?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/28/11 - 11:36 am
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I guess LPM thought she had a

I guess LPM thought she had a crush on Haywood, and it was Kelly all the time. Or vice versa.
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Edited to add: I never realized that Charles Kelley spells his name wrong until I made this post.

:-)

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iLove 09/28/11 - 01:34 pm
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@doglover: lol! Even I
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@doglover: lol! Even I wouldn't do that.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/28/11 - 04:53 pm
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I wonder if the shopping

I wonder if the shopping center will sell spaces on their roof to attend the concert?

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Riverman1 09/28/11 - 05:22 pm
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Well, my claim to connections

Well, my claim to connections with the famous is Charles played baseball in middle school at Riverside with my son. I watched him play and chatted with his dad in the stands. He was a catcher. I hope Josh brings Katherine with him...if he is coming.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 09/28/11 - 05:34 pm
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I'm trying to get this

I'm trying to get this straight. The amphitheater is named the Lady Antebellum Amphitheater and the stage is the Josh Kelley stage....All this is at the Evans Town Center Park.....right?

Bobby Hill
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Bobby Hill 09/28/11 - 08:54 pm
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3100 Tickets on sale..venue
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3100 Tickets on sale..venue seats 4000, that leaves 900 for county big wigs to divide amongst themselves! This will be more like a personal show for county government bigshots! And the other tickets will be purchased by those who are not at work for two days while they camp out...so basically the show will benefit the upper echelon and those who obviously don't work regular jobs!!

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/29/11 - 07:51 am
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myfather posted: What about

myfather posted:

What about families that have small children in school and have to get them ready for school in the mornings?

What about them? If a parent in such a family really, really, really, really wants to attend this concert, that parent will jump through the hoops necessary to attend. Life is about choices. I see nothing wrong with the method chosen to sell these tickets.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/29/11 - 07:57 am
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I'm still thinking that the

I'm still thinking that the Kroger shopping center owners could make a ton of money by selling space up on their roof to watch this concert. If a patron brought some binoculars, the rooftop view would be better than ground level in the theater. The county has a ban on smoking outdoors on county property, but you could smoke on Kroger's roof because it's private property. The shopping center could apply for a one-day alcohol license and sell beer & wine up on the roof. Or perhaps they could set up a tailgating area and everyone could bring barbecue grills.

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