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Plans for Lady Antebellum concert in Evans unveiled

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Lady Antebellum is set to perform at the Evans Town Center in October. (WRDW-TV / Aug. 16, 2011)

News 12 at 6 o'clock / Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011

EVANS, Ga. -- Award-winning group Lady Antebellum will take the stage in October as part of the new Evans Town Center Park dedication.

Get ready Lady A fans, with only 3,100 tickets for sale, this is going to be the hottest ticket in town.

Sara Clarey moved to Evans from England. Even she's a big Lady Antebellum fan.

"I like them, I like them," Clarey said. "I'm not a big country person, but I really like Lady Antebellum and my children love their song."

So Clarey, and thousands of others, are excited the trio is coming to Evans for a one-of-a-kind performance.

"I think that's awesome, I've only just found out and I think it's great," she said.

The two-thirds homegrown band will play before 3,100 of their closest fans for the dedication of the new Evans Town Center Park on Oct. 28.

"For Lady A to come back and to celebrate this homecoming and allow us all to be a part of it, it's just a win all the way around," said Laurie Ott, president of The University Health Care Foundation.

The majority of the ticket sales will go toward University Hospital and band member Charles Kelley's father's legacy, The Dr. John Kelley Cardiovascular Endowment.

"To have it benefit Dr. Kelley's endowment which will help us help more heart patients really is tremendous," Ott said. "They really remember where they're from and they want to come back and contribute and that really speaks well of their character and their upbringing and their generosity of spirit."

Columbia County Commission Chairman Ron Cross said the plan for now is to have a 45-minute acoustic concert.

"Tremendously exciting for us to have hopefully the start of a venue that will be good for long term for the county," Cross said.

The majority of the proceeds will go toward Dr. Kelley's endowment, but a good chunk will also go -- at band member Dave Haywood's request -- to the GHS Children's Medical Center.

The county had some stiff competition on the date of the dedication. The band was also in talks with Saturday Night Live for a performance that weekend -- now Lady Antebellum is doing SNL Oct. 1 and the concert on Oct. 28.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Oct. 1 in the lobby of the Columbia County Library. There are only 3,100 tickets at $40 dollars a piece, so you can bet people will be camping out.

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