Lady Antebellum coming home for concert

Local music stars will help dedicate new Columbia County park

Tuesday, Aug 16, 2011 9:17 AM
Last updated 3:40 PM
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Lady Antebellum will return home to Columbia County on Oct. 28.

Lady Antebellum performs during a 2010 CMA Music Festival.  AP
Lady Antebellum performs during a 2010 CMA Music Festival.

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.


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doglover123 08/16/11 - 10:19 am
Bet the tickets sell out in 8

Bet the tickets sell out in 8 minutes, just like the one in November!! I'm so happy for this group!! It's great when someone becomes famous and doesn't forget where they came from!

bdouglas 08/16/11 - 10:24 am
Well...not much point of

Well...not much point of making an announcement now, is there?

sewerbabe 08/16/11 - 02:08 pm
Been checking Ticketmasters

Been checking Ticketmasters no Antebellum schedules for October?:) Tickets will be gone by the time the public finds out the date. Doesn't seem fair.

fatboyhog 08/16/11 - 05:55 pm
The way I read the story,

The way I read the story, they will only be for sale at the library. That means Ticketmaster isn't involved. Thank goodness for that!

Austin Rhodes
Austin Rhodes 08/16/11 - 06:06 pm
You folks need to expand your

You folks need to expand your media intake...

imwatching 08/16/11 - 07:30 pm
Someone please explain to me

Someone please explain to me how the name was chosen, is Columbia County that hard up that they couldn't find someone a little more deserving? Now before you go crazy thinking I don't like country music or any other lame reasons you you percieve, think about this...naming something in honor of someone is usually done for some grand accomplishment (giving up one's life, courage beyond the normal call of duty, years of public service etc.) of which Lady A has done none. If your arguement is "hey they won 6 or 10 Country Music Awards" then I guess society has really devolved to its lowest level...yet. Based on that premise, darn near every music hall in America and Britain should be named after Elvis or the Beatles respectively. Think about this, James Brown (and I am no fan) was in the public eye for over 40 years, Lady A about 40 me it does not compute, he earned his and Lady A?
When did the public have a say in the naming? Is this being constructed using taxpayers money, if so why did the public not have any say to the naming (see first sentence). 3100 tickets...really? Thats the population of Greenbrier High School,what about the rest of the county? Is this really giving back to the community or is it really giving to University Hospital coffers via their fathers endowment. Is it possible University "owns" a vote on the commission? They do a lot of expanding in our fair county, but I digress. Again I say that I hope Columbia County has thought this through...a little time spent on google and you can find someone more deserving, remember their young, lets see if their ride lasts. Remember Aaron Tippen and Dwight Yoakum... sure you do.

Bruno 08/16/11 - 10:51 pm
Possibly one of the worst

Possibly one of the worst band names EVAR!

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