Lynyrd Skynyrd to perform Masters Week at Evans park

Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 11:55 AM
Last updated Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013 12:24 PM
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Columbia County’s annual Masters Week celebration will rock with Southern rock legends Lynyrd Skynyrd.

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Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Rickey Medlocke (left) and vocalist Johnny Van Zant performed at James Brown Arena in November 2009. The Southern rockers will return to the area for an April 12 show at Evans Towne Center Park.   MICHAEL HOLAHAN/FILE
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Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Rickey Medlocke (left) and vocalist Johnny Van Zant performed at James Brown Arena in November 2009. The Southern rockers will return to the area for an April 12 show at Evans Towne Center Park.

The Columbia County Championship Festival will feature the band April 12 of Masters Week at the Evans Towne Center Park, Jim Freudenberg, the pres­ident and CEO of The Savor Society, which produces the four-day festival, said at Wednesday’s announcement.

“Our intention is to build a festival here over the long-­term, the next several years, and have it grow,” Freud­enberg said. “But this year we think we’ll start out with a very good bang.”

More details about an April 11 concert benefitting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and an April 10 family day are expected soon, Freudenberg said.

The festival includes First Tee of Augusta’s Drive for Show, Rock Fore! Dough concert April 9.

“We hope that it will be a great year in 2013 for Evans Towne Center Park,” Colum­bia County Commis­sion Chair­man Ron Cross said. “It is a special week in the greater Augusta area during Masters. We would like to have our portion of that to take place this year and for years to come.”

Freudenberg said tickets went on sale Wednesday for a $25 early-bird price available for only a couple of days. Tickets will cost $40 in advance and $55 at the door.

“There are a limited number of tickets, and we do expect a sellout for that band,” Freudenberg said.

The Savor Society worked with Columbia County’s Par Tee @ The Park last year and brought musical acts Little Big Town, Josh Kelley and Eric Paisley.

Freudenberg said he is hopeful the event marks the beginning of a long-term relationship with the county.

“I think this festival over the next two or three years will be something that will rival Super Bowl-type festivals,” Freudenberg said. “That’s what our goal is to bring content to this park that everybody will be proud to be a part of.”

More information is available at www.ColumbiaCountyChampionshipFestival.com. Tickets are available on the Web site or by calling (877) 987-6487.

BREAKFAST TO FEATURE EX-TIDE GOLFER

PGA Tour golfer and 2013 Masters Tournament invitee Michael Thompson will speak at the Augusta Golf Breakfast, a Masters Week tradition put on by the Greater Augusta Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

More than 1,000 golf fans turn out for the free, annual breakfast, which begins at 7 a.m. April 9 at Warren Baptist Church, 3203 Washington Road.

Thompson, 27, tied for second with Graeme McDowell in the 2012 U.S. Open to qualify for this year’s Masters.

The Tucson, Ariz., native played at Tulane University before Hurricane Katrina shut down the school’s golf program. Thompson transferred to the University of Alabama, where he played under former Augusta State University golf coach Jay Seawell.

– Kelly Jasper, staff writer

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Mr. Thackeray
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Mr. Thackeray 02/13/13 - 01:15 pm
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NICE!!! I might just go that

NICE!!! I might just go that that!!! ;)

The Bean
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The Bean 02/13/13 - 01:34 pm
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Nice!

Great work! Keep 'em coming!!

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 02/13/13 - 02:16 pm
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Just grabbed my tiks at $25 +

Just grabbed my tiks at $25 + fees.

bdouglas
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bdouglas 02/13/13 - 03:05 pm
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Early bird tix are sold out

Early bird tix are sold out now, FYI. $40 for a ticket now. At $25 I would've bitten, but $40+ for a piece of grass to sit on is excessive to me. Don't care how big the act is, these outdoor, no seat ticket prices out in Evans need to come down.

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David Parker 02/13/13 - 04:38 pm
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First thing that stood out

First thing that stood out was the pricetag. It's a concert designed for the affluent Master's patrons. It's not for the locals, hence the quick sellout of the "early bird" price. Nothing wrong with that. Just noting it.

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Bizkit 02/14/13 - 01:52 am
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Gosh saw the original Lynyrd

Gosh saw the original Lynyrd Skynyrd, Allman Brothers, Marshall Tucker back in the day-just can't be beat. But still I love all these dudes keep on Truckin'. Can't wait. Flasback to he 73 and FreeBird. Good times for the Biz.

ColCo
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ColCo 02/14/13 - 07:58 am
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Ticket prices

Wow. You guys haven't been to any concerts lately have you? $40 per ticket is a deal compared to what other venues are charging for shows.

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Techfan 02/14/13 - 08:02 am
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I saw Skynyrd back when they

I saw Skynyrd back when they were alive and before they turned into the redneck's version of the Dead. Even if it was someone I wanted to see, I've given up the high ticket outdoor concerts where you gamble on paying $80-$100 bucks to sit in the rain on a lawn with no reserved seating. That time of year it may be 60° or it may be 36°. It's a crap shoot.

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nanowerx 02/14/13 - 08:47 am
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"Wow. You guys haven't been to any concerts lately have you? $40 per ticket is a deal compared to what other venues are charging for shows."

Other venues have seating and a roof! $40 would be cheap if it was still the actual Lynrd Skynyrd. Either way I am happily going to pay $40 to See Alice In Chains at the Bell Auditorium in May.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 02/14/13 - 09:17 am
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Kroger

I still marvel that Kroger has not adopted my idea for them to sell concert seating on their roof. They could set up some barbecue grills up there and serve dinner and drinks to go along with the concert.

Sure, they'd have to put up a railing to keep people from falling off, but how hard could that be?

David Parker
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David Parker 02/14/13 - 10:22 am
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my budget will only support

my budget will only support local bands and ones on the rise. last show I went to was at SKy City (Funk You/Lingo) on Halloween. 5$ cover. Last show I saw at the Lady A was Cane Creek Bluegrass Band, no cover. This town offers a variety of options. It has room to offer so much more though. Stillwater Taproom has up-n-coming acts and is a great venue for them. Steep Canyon Rangers at the Imperial. On and on. But this Skynyrd show is beyond my range. Best I can do is climb up on my roof and hope they crank the amps loud enough.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 02/14/13 - 10:25 am
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Concerts

I was fortunate to go and see Suzy Bogguss at the Imperial this past December. What a great show and a classy singer.

Techfan
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Techfan 02/14/13 - 12:33 pm
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Saw Gregg Allman there and

Saw Gregg Allman there and Trucks/Tedeschi band. Great show. Even if you're in the back row at the Imperial you aren't far away. I hope the Miller can one day be restored so there'll be a place that can have enough seats to draw decent talent and keep the price down. If a band asks for $10k, 1,300 seats can cut the price of tickets some vs 800 seats. If I remember correctly, it was a great theater. Maybe one day it'll be back. One the webpage it looks like some of the artwork may be WPA, but I'm not sure. Definitely in that style.

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bdouglas 02/14/13 - 12:44 pm
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nanowerx gets my point...

$40 for a piece of grass to sit on, in the April pollen and potential heat/rain/cold. Yeah, a mainstream show at the Bell or JBA may cost that much or more, but there you get a somewhat comfortable chair, ample restrooms and heat or air conditioning...not to mention typically a much better production value than an outdoor pavilion can accomodate. The ticket price for this event isn't anything to do with it being for the more high-fallutin' Masters patrons, it's in line with what they've been trying to charge for shows out there. If they want to do any better than break even (or eat their shirts, like they have on a couple shows out there), they need to do something about ticket prices so more people will show up. I recall an event or two there that has been cancelled due to "scheduling conflicts", but when you looked at the ticket price they were asking for who it was, it's pretty clear they had nothing to do with scheduling.

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kmb413 02/14/13 - 03:53 pm
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Early bird

Already sold out for early bird. $40x4 people. I may have to get a baby sitter, or hope that is their father's weekend to have them. Ouch!

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debbiep38 02/14/13 - 07:55 pm
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Techfan, you forgot to
Unpublished

Techfan, you forgot to mention "redneck" in your 11:33am post.

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