Lady Antebellum coming home for concert

Local music stars will help dedicate new Columbia County park
Lady Antebellum performs during a 2010 CMA Music Festival.

Lady Antebellum will return home to Columbia County on Oct. 28.

County officials announced this afternoon that the Grammy-winning country supergroup will perform at a new park in Evans on that date as part of a dedication ceremony for an amphitheater named in their honor.

Also being dedicated that day is the Josh Kelley Stage, named for the pop hitmaker recently turned country singer.

Kelley is the brother of Lady Antebellum vocalist Charles Kelley. The brothers and Lady Antebellum guitarist Dave Haywood grew up in Columbia County and graduated from Lakeside High School.

County Commission Chairman Ron Cross said today tickets will go on sale Oct. 1 in the lobby of the library in Evans.

The 5,000-seat Lady Antebellum Amphitheater and Josh Kelley Stage are the focal point of the about $4.8 million park on Evans Town Center Boulevard that also includes picnic pavilions, a large gazebo, a splash pad and a dog park.

Construction started on the park in November, the same month Cross announced during a Lady Antebellum charity show at the Bell Auditorium that the group would be the namesake for the new amphitheater.

Cross expects construction to conclude next month, but didn’t yet know when a grand opening celebration might be held. He did say an Oct. 15 “tune-up” concert will be held at the amphitheater featuring local acts.

“We want to be able to check out the sound and lights at that amphitheater to make sure everything is working the way it should before Lady Antebellum gets here,” he said.

Only 3,100 general admission tickets will be sold for $40 each, with a limited number available per person. The county and University Hospital also will sell $100 VIP tickets likely through a lottery, Cross said.

“Most of the proceeds will go to the John Kelley Foundation for Cardiac Research,” Cross said. “A portion will go to the MCG Children’s (Medical Center).”

Dr. John Kelley, father of Josh and Charles, is a well-regarded cardiologist and heart surgeon from Augusta. Cross said he currently works part-time at a clinic in north Georgia and raises cattle.
His charity, the John W. Kelley, M.D., Endowment, is administered by the University Health Foundation.

 

Reach Donnie Fetter at (706) 868-1222, ext. 115,

or donnie.fetter@augustachronicle.com.

 

 

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