Local fans show excitement at Lady Antebellum concert

Country group performs sold-out concert

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 8:23 PM
Last updated Monday, June 25, 2012 7:22 PM
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Sisters Mallory Givens and Kayla Rowe of Evans have been Lady Antebellum fans since the country trio’s first song.

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Country trio Lady Antebellum performs the song We Owned the Night to open a concert at James Brown Arena on Tuesday.  SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
Country trio Lady Antebellum performs the song We Owned the Night to open a concert at James Brown Arena on Tuesday.

On Tuesday, they were in the sold-out crowd at James Brown Arena to hear the hometown band perform.

Givens, 23, said her mother and a family friend joined Lady Antebellum’s fan club so they could buy tickets to the concert two days before the tickets were made available to the public.

“They’re from Augusta. We just wanted to come and support our hometown band,” Givens said.

The tickets were a 21st birthday surprise for Rowe, who wasn’t able to see the group perform in Evans last October because of her school schedule.

“I’m really excited because I’ve always wanted to go,” Rowe said before the concert.

Thompson Square opened Tuesday’s concert, and excited fans crowded the stage to take photos with their cellphones.

When Lady Antebellum began its performance, screaming fans greeted band members Hillary Scott and Columbia County natives Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood as they rose through the stage on a platform, opening their act with the song We Owned the Night.

Fans danced and sang along to their favorite songs throughout the set, which included songs from the group’s latest album, Own the Night, such as Dancin’ Away With My Heart, Wanted You More and Just A Kiss. They ended the night with crowd favorite Need You Now.

Haywood displayed his diverse musical talents, playing both guitar and piano. Throughout the performance, he and Kelley expressed their gratitude to Augusta fans for their continued support.

Scott thanked Augusta fans for selling out Tuesday’s show.

The stage was designed so fans on the floor could surround Lady Antebellum on all sides, with group members occasionally stepping down into the crowd.

Musicians played on a raised stage behind the three vocalists, standing in front of three large screens, which added a dynamic visual effect with fire, disco balls, colorful images and candid videos of the band members.

During the concert, members of the Lakeside High School marching band went onstage to pay tribute to Lady Antebellum for making its 200th Webisode.

The award-winning country band has achieved some of the top honors in the music industry, including seven Grammy Awards, Academy of Country Music Awards and a Billboard Music Award.

Jean Daniel, of Augusta, bought tickets to the concert as a birthday present for her 12-year-old granddaughter, Lucy Simons. Both are huge Lady Antebellum fans.

“They’re local guys, and we just love that,” Daniel said.

For Christmas, Daniel bought Lucy a Lady Antebellum T-shirt and album.

Lucy said she couldn’t pick a favorite Lady Antebellum song – she likes them all.

Daniel said she has known band member Charles Kelley’s father, Dr. John Kelley, for 40 years. She knew Charles and his brother, Josh, when they were growing up, but she never knew they could sing.

She said that she asked their father where they got their talent and that he said he didn’t know.

He told her the brothers used to practice in the garage.

Daniel said it makes her and her family proud “to see them rise with such prominence.”

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mike316atl 05/22/12 - 10:49 pm
Very Disappointed!

We drove from Atlanta to Augusta to see Darius Rucker (mainly) and Lady Antebellum. Darius didn't even show up and Lady Antebellum only played an hour. Tried to fill in with some High School marching band. (yes!) I have never been to a concert like this and both Darius and Lady Antebellum lost loyal fans! According to "Lady A"'s website, Darius should have been there but according to the staff, "Darius took the night off because he just played here". Wow!

Mimiknowsbest 05/22/12 - 10:59 pm
Not sure what concert you

Not sure what concert you were at but Lady A played way over an hour. Maybe your watch is broken..........

scoopdedoop64 05/22/12 - 11:49 pm
Good Concert

Yeah, I know they played over an hour and I don't remember ever hearing that Darius Rucker was going to be there. Thompson Square is a very good band and they did great. It could have been a longer concert and it would have made it better but either way it was still great.

mike316atl 05/22/12 - 11:59 pm
He has toured with them at

He has toured with them at every concert so far (except in Augusta).
I spoke with his merchandise person and he said that he was supposed to play tonight. Oh ya Check this.....

TrickMe 05/23/12 - 05:57 am
Some people just love to

Some people just love to complain....

pai 05/23/12 - 07:39 am
Agree with Mimi

I really don't know how anyone could have been disappointed last night. Thompson Square was great, IMO. This was my second time seeing Lady A and I thought there is NO WAY they could be better than they were the first time but, last night they were! They rocked the house! I don't think they were trying to "fill in" with a high school marching band at all, they were trying to acknowledge where they came from, maybe you missed that their parents were in the audience, some of their former teachers, friends, church members etc. It was their way of thanking those that supported them when they started out, remembering where they came from. They didn't have to do it, they WANTED to! I really hate to think that they are going to wake up this morning and see that first comment in their hometown paper. Especially when they have done something HUGE for a local charity chapter that we'll hear about today. Again, because they WANTED to! So sorry you missed Darius!!

bdouglas 05/23/12 - 10:20 am
@mike316atl: So you get your

@mike316atl: So you get your information from a third party ticket reseller that has nothing to do with the tour? The Lady A website says *nothing* about Darius Rucker playing the Augusta dates. It only says Thompson Square. Sounds to me like you're bitter because you didn't do your homework. They'll be in Atlanta on June 22nd with Darius. Why would you drive here when you can see them at home anyway?

mike316atl 05/23/12 - 10:55 am
@bdouglas I actually got my

@bdouglas I actually got my info from Lady A's website. http://ladyantebellum.com/news/lady-antebellum-announces-2nd-leg-own-nig... Read the article and it says Darius is on tour with them until June.

Mary Frances Hendrix
Mary Frances Hendrix 05/23/12 - 11:23 am
Rucker only playing select dates with Lady A

From our Applause story last week -- http://chronicle.augusta.com/things-do/applause/2012-05-16/lady-antebell... --

"Thompson Square, the duo of husband and wife Keifer and Shawna Thompson, is supporting the band during their stop in Augusta and throughout the tour. ...

"Darius Rucker is also appearing with Lady A on select dates outside of the Augusta shows."

Rucker was the headliner for the Rock Fore! Dough concert in Augusta during Masters Week in April. See http://chronicle.augusta.com/things-do/applause/2012-03-28/rock-fore-dou...

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