September 19, 2006
The major headliner of the Rockin' Rib & Music Festival is pulling out just days before the performance.
Country singer Martina McBride was set to perform on Saturday, but festival organizers now say they got word yesterday she won't be able to make it.
It's the second time McBride has had a scheduling conflict come up for this performance, but festival organizers insist with or without her, the festival will still be a success.
From a four-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year and Grammy award winner to Patrick Davis, a performer not nearly as well known, promoted as a "young artist on the cusp of a serious career."
With McBride leaving festival organizers at the altar, he's now the new headliner of the Rockin' Rib & Music Festival.
"The McBride portion of the second annual Rockin' Rib Festival has been postponed, there's a conflict in schedule," festival organizer Tom Clark said.
When we checked McBride's official website on Tuesday morning, there was no notice she wouldn't be performing. In fact, it said tickets were still on sale. But by the afternoon, the website had been updated.
It all happened on such short notice even some members of McBride's own booking agency had no idea she wasn't coming. Late Tuesday afternoon, however, McBride's publicist Kathy Best released the following statement:
Due to a scheduling conflict with the promoters of the show, Martina McBride's concert this weekend in Augusta, GA will not take place as originally scheduled. The September 23rd show is postponed and a new date has not been rescheduled at this time.
When News 12 asked Clark if ticket sales had been disappointing, Clark said, "I'm not going to comment on ticket sales."
The two-day annual event features a barbecue rib cook-off along with musical performances to raise money for the Jenny Clark Scholarship Fund and the National Network to End Domestic Violence.
Your tax dollars footed some of the bill.
"The Georgia Department of Economic Development contributed $25,000," Clark told News 12. "They are a main contributor to the event and they will continue to be."
Despite the no-show, organizers are still optimistic the festival will be a hit.
"We had a successful event last year without her, and I imagine we'll do just fine this year without her," Clark said.
At this point we're told a new date for McBride's concert has not been scheduled. Everyone who purchased tickets for McBride's show will be reimbursed.
Those who purchased tickets will also get in free at the festival this weekend.
If you bought your tickets locally, you can get your refund at the volunteer booth at the Rockin' Rib Festival.
If you purchased your tickets online, they will have to be mailed back to TicketAlternative in Atlanta. Click here for more information.
If you show your ticket at the festival before you mail it back, you will gain free admission to the festival.
The festival starts on Friday at five o'clock at the Augusta Common.