Rock Fore! Dough concert moves from Augusta to Lady Antebellum Pavilion

Performers include Needtobreathe and Grace Potter

Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013 9:27 AM
Last updated Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013 1:38 AM
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A popular annual Masters Week concert is moving to Columbia County.

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Jill Brown, the executive director of First Tee of Augusta, announced that Drive for Show, Rock Fore! Dough will be held April 9 at the Lady Antebellum Pavilion in the Evans Towne Center Park.   JIM BLAYLOCK/STAFF
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Jill Brown, the executive director of First Tee of Augusta, announced that Drive for Show, Rock Fore! Dough will be held April 9 at the Lady Antebellum Pavilion in the Evans Towne Center Park.

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The First Tee of Augusta officials announced Tuesday morning that the ninth annual Drive for Show, Rock Fore! Dough will be held April 9 at the Lady Antebellum Pavilion in Evans Towne Center Park.

The concert “has become a hospitality and entertainment staple here in Augusta on the Tuesday of Masters Week. It’s been a great success for us and a great fundraiser for us,” First Tee Executive Director Jill Brown said. “It’s still on the Tuesday of Masters Week, just in a new place.”

Performers Needtobreathe and Grace Potter were also announced Tuesday.

The concert previously was held at the First Tee facility on Damascus Road in Augusta.

“Our (First Tee) infrastructure is not naturally suited to be a concert venue,” Brown said during the announcement at Evans Towne Center Park. “This is a beautiful facility. It is a great venue for guests and it’s a great venue for music.”

Staging the event at First Tee long has been a challenge for organizers, who were had rent expensive portable stages for performers, who have included Zac Brown Band, Darius Rucker and Cheap Trick.

The park allows First Tee to save time and money.

“It’s a huge financial savings for sure,” said a Rock Fore! Dough concert producer Joe Stephenson, of GlueStick Music. “Any time you’re talking about making an event better and being able to save some money and have something new to talk about too. We want to make it fresh. We want the event not to be the same old, same old. This was really a natural move for me.”

It’s at least the third major event that has moved to the Evans park, along with Thunder Over Augusta, which moved from downtown last year, and Papa Joe’s Banjo-B-Que, which relocated from North Augusta.

“To say that Columbia County is excited about this move to our facility is a gross understatement,” Columbia County Commission Chairman Ron Cross said. “We’re just tickled to death that you have chosen to come out and be a part of ParTee at the Park celebration that goes on all week during Masters Week.”

Stephenson said he was involved with Banjo-B-Que and was impressed with the venue.

“It’s an easy venue,” Stephenson said. “It’s a win-win for First Tee and Columbia County.”

Proceeds from Rock Fore! Dough support The First Tee of Augusta, the Augusta chapter of The First Tee Network. Rock Fore! Dough raised nearly $550,000 in the previous eight years.

Since it began in 1997, The First Tee has opened more than 200 learning facilities worldwide, established more than 335 affiliate relationships with existing golf courses and introduced more than 2.3 million young people to golf.

“We’re excited about being able to save funds so that we can do greater things for the youth in our community,” Brown said. “That’s really the reason we decided to give this a shot.”

Tickets go on sale Feb. 23. at www.rockforedough.com and Kroger grocery stores. Tickets cost $25 in advance and $35 the day of the event. VIP tables also are available.

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Drive for Show, Rock Fore! Dough

WHEN: April 9

WHERE: Lady Antebellum Pavilion, Evans Towne Center Park

TICKETS: $25 in advance starting Feb. 23, $35 day of event; available at www.rockforedough.com and Kroger grocery stores

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Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 02/05/13 - 11:14 am
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Pavillion

Here is my shout out to reporter Valerie Rowell for using the correct name for the concert venue. The correct name includes the word, pavillion.

Yesterday I heard WGAC's newscaster Bill Botham use the incorrect term, amphitheater. The distinctive characteristic which denotes amphitheater is the seating. Amphitheaters have rising tiers of seating facing the stage area. As you can see when you go to the Lady Antebellum Pavillion, there are no rising tiers of seating anywhere.

If you want to see an amphitheater, take a look at the small one behind the Columbia County library building, or go down to Riverwatch to the Jessye Norman Amphitheater.

Frank I
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Frank I 02/05/13 - 12:14 pm
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another loss..

perhaps new ways to grow might include headlining someone other than Darius "Hootie" Rucker..

allhans
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allhans 02/05/13 - 12:14 pm
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Thank you.. Now I won't hear

Thank you.. Now I won't hear the loud booming all evening.

Mary Frances Hendrix
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Mary Frances Hendrix 02/05/13 - 12:26 pm
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Yes, it's Lady Antebellum Pavilion, but

please note "Pavilion" has one "L," not two. I think the "Antebellum" part throws everyone a curve.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 02/05/13 - 12:29 pm
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Oooops

Thank you, Ms. Hendrix. I learned a new spelling today that I shall not likely forget.

David Parker
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David Parker 02/05/13 - 12:31 pm
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Wasn't this eluded to months

Wasn't this eluded to months ago?

belle
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belle 02/05/13 - 12:40 pm
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location
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Loses a little something about the purpose of the event when you move it so far away from the First Tee location.

I'm Back Again
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I'm Back Again 02/05/13 - 12:43 pm
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Hey Richmond County
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Hey Richmond County Commissioners, take notice. Everything is moving across the river or across the county line. Everyone, including visitors, are running away from you in truck loads. But the good news is you will always have an empty TEE Center to rent out if you can find someone gullible enough to reserve it and pay your astronomical fees. Adios homeys!

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 02/05/13 - 01:59 pm
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I Don't care where it's held....

as long as the money is going to First Tee.....

grinder48
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grinder48 02/05/13 - 05:38 pm
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Yea!
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What allhans said ... the noise was maddening, glad it's gone!

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 02/05/13 - 09:46 pm
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Our park is wonderful.

Our park is wonderful.

fatboyhog
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fatboyhog 02/05/13 - 10:58 pm
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I say bring Darius Rucker

I say bring Darius Rucker back EVERY year! He does so much for so many charities, plus he looks like he's actually having fun.

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soapy_725 02/06/13 - 09:23 am
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How about bringing Deke's Master's Reception
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to the Pavilion? CC could build a Golf Gardens and Hall of Fame in Evans (towne)? Damascus Road has some negative associations.

The Futurity could move to the CC fair grounds. Open air event, like a rodeo.

CC +1 ARC -1 and counting.

mike1sc
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mike1sc 02/06/13 - 04:55 pm
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