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Lady Antebellum to perform acoustic concert Friday

Posted: October 24, 2011 - 9:55am  |  Updated: October 25, 2011 - 7:29am
Construction workers at the TaxSlayer building in Marshall Square, across from Evans Town Center Park, hang a banner welcoming Lady Antebellum to Friday's concert.  Jim Blaylock
Jim Blaylock
Construction workers at the TaxSlayer building in Marshall Square, across from Evans Town Center Park, hang a banner welcoming Lady Antebellum to Friday's concert.

Few modern music acts willingly risk exposing themselves to the scrutiny that comes with an acoustic performance.

In the age of computerized sound recording, in which a dizzying array of audio effects literally are available to a music producer’s fingertips, many vocalists shy away from a medium in which those aural crutches are stripped away.

But country music supergroup Lady Antebellum seem ideally suited to acoustic shows. The band’s blend of spot-on harmonies and slow rhythms showcase their musical talents rather than a production prowess.

So Friday’s acoustic performance from Lady Antebellum at the Evans Town Center Park adds yet another layer to the special nature of that concert.

Lady A band members Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley grew up in Columbia County and belonged to the 2000 class of Lakeside High School. To honor that connection, county officials named the park’s new performance venue the Lady Antebellum Pavilion.

The concert on Friday is akin to a celebration for the triumphant return of hometown heroes. After moving a few years ago to Nashville, Tenn., with aspirations of becoming songwriting successes, Haywood and Kelley met Hillary Scott and formed Lady Antebellum.

On the strength of such mega-hits as “Love Don’t Live Here” and “Need You Now,” the trio have sold out venues throughout the U.S., won multiple Grammy and Country Music Association awards, and even enjoyed crossover success on the pop music charts.

They recently released their third studio album, “Own the Night,” and currently are planning a new tour, which includes a May 22 concert in Augusta.

Lady Antebellum’s show is the second concert held at the park, which officially opened Saturday. But many see this performance as a breakthrough for Columbia County.

County Commission Chairman Ron Cross says promoters for some major acts already have expressed interest in performing at the pavilion.

“They say the venue could support just about anybody we wanted to bring,” Cross said. Plans are in the works to bring many concerts to the 5,000-seat-venue next year, he said.

But for the Lady A concert, gates open at 4 p.m. with the show starting at 6 p.m. Tickets are sold out.

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