Lady Antebellum honored at pavilion dedication

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In a homecoming celebration fit for two kings and a lady, Lady Antebellum rocked the stage in a concert at the Evans Town Center Park and new pavilion named to honor the hometown connection of band members Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood.

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Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley sings during a benefit performance at Evans Town Center Park. "It's good to be back home," Kelley said taking the stage. "We're so proud of being from Augusta tonight."  JIM BLAYLOCK/STAFF
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Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley sings during a benefit performance at Evans Town Center Park. "It's good to be back home," Kelley said taking the stage. "We're so proud of being from Augusta tonight."

“It’s good to be back home,” Kelley said taking the stage. “We’re so proud of being from Augusta tonight.”

Kelley and Haywood, graduates of Lakeside High School’s class of 2000, met Hillary Scott after moving to Nashville, Tenn., a few years ago with aspirations of becoming song-writing successes.

The country trio has blown up country and pop music charts and won multiple Grammy and Country Music Association awards.

The concert began with hit singles Our Kind of Love and the title song from their recently released third studio album, Own the Night. Lady Antebellum continued the hour-long set with their first No. 1 song on country charts, Run to You.

“These are all the top songs. They sound so good live. Just like the CD,” said Ashley Blanton, of Grovetown.

About 5,000 people braved scattered rain showers to welcome the music trio. Many of the 3,100 general admission ticket holders waited in line overnight to purchase tickets in the beginning of October. Volunteers, sponsors and VIP passes comprised the rest of the crowd.

Before music began, family members of Haywood and Kelley joined the band to unveil a plaque on the stage’s side acknowledging the hometown heroes.

“Lady Antebellum has touched the souls of millions and gained worldwide recognition … May all who perform here be inspired by their example,” Columbia County Commissioner Chairman Ron Cross read from the plaque.

Proceeds from the concert benefit the John W. Kelley, M.D. Cardiovascular Endowment and University Health Care Foundation and the MCG Health Children’s Medical Center.

To Rich Borden, of Evans, Lady Antebellum embodies the hometown character that draws people to country music.

“We have one of country music’s biggest stars from Augusta and they were willing to come back to Columbia County and support our community,” Borden said.

Sean Tillman, of Evans, was eager for opening bands Stewart & Winfield and Corey Crowder to exit the stage for Lady Antebellum. He waited two nights in the ticket line to see the band live.

“They made it big. Not many people have done that from Augusta. You got James Brown, you got them and a couple of other people,” Tillman said.

To end the concert, Lady Antebellum performed Just a Kiss and Need You Now. The only encore was a singing of the national anthem with a fireworks display.

“Being a live show and knowing it was supposed to be acoustic, I was surprised they brought the whole band,” said Angie Byrd, of Evans. “The sound was great. The quality was wonderful.”

Lady Antebellum will return to Augusta on May 22 to perform on their Own the Night tour.

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smAShT
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smAShT 10/29/11 - 12:55 am
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Thanks to Columbia County for

Thanks to Columbia County for dropping the ball on this one...traffic was terrible. Such mess just trying to get out of my driveway and away from the noise of such a lousy band.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 10/29/11 - 06:52 am
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seenitB4
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seenitB4 10/29/11 - 06:58 am
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bj....with her good looks &

bj....with her good looks & money she will still look good in her 70s....

RogueKnight
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RogueKnight 10/29/11 - 08:04 am
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The only complaint I have,

The only complaint I have, aside from the weather, was LA's set was right at one hour long. Headlining concert sets generally are 75-90 minutes long. All the bands were great. The fireworks were an unexpected treat. All in all, I think the theater is going to be a real asset to Columbia County. I hope to see more great bands there in the future.

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Riverman1 10/29/11 - 08:20 am
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Fantastic. They are Columbia

Fantastic. They are Columbia County boys who are respectful of their hometown.

I still say the whole park should be named after them. It's superfluous to say the Josh Kelley Stage on the Lady Antebellum Amphitheater at the Evans Town Center Park. That's down right silly.

Just call it the LA amphitheater and park with Josh Kelley Stage although I'm not sure how his name got in all this. But he did marry a beauty with lots of money.

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doglover123 10/29/11 - 04:32 pm
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smAShT, sounds to me like

smAShT, sounds to me like someone is jealous that they couldn't get tickets. Also, it's not like you didn't know this was going to happen. It's only been the talk of the town for the last 3 months. (Along with, of course, the tragic murder of Deputy JD Paugh.)

As for the lousy band, comment, this is one of the only bands that I've ever seen that sounds just as good live as they do in the studio. I loved their enthusiasm, expecially Charles'.

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DuhJudge 10/29/11 - 11:53 am
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We had to be out of town when

We had to be out of town when tickets were sold, but nonetheless we still went. Sat in our chairs outside the gates with many others and enjoyed their casual concert. I usually disagree with the way that money is spent, but this park will be a real asset to Columbia County. Well done y'all.

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RogueKnight 11/21/11 - 04:12 pm
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Riverman, Josh Kelly is

Riverman, Josh Kelly is Charles Kelly's brother. Josh has enjoyed some success as a singer/songwriter, before Lady A emerged on the scene. His career hasn't taken off quite as much as Charles' at this point.

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Little Lamb 11/21/11 - 04:41 pm
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Riverman wrote: It's

Riverman wrote:

It's superfluous to say the Josh Kelley Stage on the Lady Antebellum Amphitheater at the Evans Town Center Park. That's down right silly.

Let's name the park after Commission Chairman Ron Cross when he decides not to run next time — Cross Town Park. The formal name of the performance venue would then be:

The Josh Kelley Stage at the Lady Antebellum Amphitheater at the Cross Town Park at the Evans Town Center Overlay District in Columbia County, CSRA.

Whew!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/21/11 - 05:51 pm
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LL, you take it to another

LL, you take it to another level. Ha. Next we'll be naming the airspace over the LA Amphitheater.

PS Rogue, yep, I know all about Josh. He married well..wowza.

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