First fan first again at Lady Antebellum concert

When the gates opened for the Lady Antebellum concert this afternoon, Patrick Richardson, again, was first in line.


Richardson, of Evans, strolled through the gate at the Evans Town Center Park followed by about 300 other fans of the country supergroup with ties to Columbia County.

“When they heard about me waiting in line for tickets, (Lady A’s) people got in touch with and set it up so I’d be first in line,” Richardson said Friday afternoon. “(Band member) Dave Haywood even called me. That was a couple of days ago.”

Richardson was first in line Oct. 1 to buy tickets for the sold-out concert at the newly-created venue on Evans Town Center Boulevard.

After camping out for three days to buy tickets, and camping out again Thursday evening at the park, concert organizers agreed to allow Richardson in first.

“It kind of reminds of the HiFi Buys Amphitheatre in Atlanta,” Richardson said of the Lady Antebellum Pavilion.

Two Lady A members, Charles Kelley and Haywood, grew up in Columbia County and graduated from Lakeside High School.

Along with third member Hillary Scott and a small contingent of their back-up band, Kelley and Haywood will take the stage about 8 or 8:30 p.m., according to concert organizers.

The concert starts at 6 p.m. with opening acts Steward & Winfield and Corey Crowder.

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