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Lady Antebellum performing benefit concert in Evans Tuesday

Posted: April 26, 2014 - 11:00pm
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Lady Antebellum - featuring Columbia County natives Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley, along with Hillary Scott - will perform Tuesday at Evans Towne Center Park.  The concert will benefit Ronald McDonald House of Augusta.  Special Photo
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Lady Antebellum - featuring Columbia County natives Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley, along with Hillary Scott - will perform Tuesday at Evans Towne Center Park. The concert will benefit Ronald McDonald House of Augusta.

Lady Antebellum will once again take the stage at their namesake venue in Evans.

The three-member band will play at Lady Antebellum Pavilion at Evans Towne Center Park Tuesday to benefit Ronald McDonald House of Augusta.

The group really wanted to do something to give back to the hometown of members Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley, both Lakeside High School graduates, said Kent Dunn, an event organizer and vice president and marketing manager for Beazley Broadcasting. .

“I think they really feel strongly that Augusta has been good to them and they want to give back,” said Dunn. “That just tells me the kind of people they are.”

Proceeds from the concert will go to the Ronald McDonald House of Augusta’s $5.9 million capital campaign to build a house larger house for families of pediatric patients on the campus of the Children’s Medical Center of Georgia.

The 28,000-square-foot 23-bedroom home will replace a smaller one on Greene Street, said Betts Murdison, president and CEO of the Augusta charity that provides housing for parents and family members of children being treated at local medical facilities.

“This way, we’ll be right on campus in a modern gorgeous house with all the modern amenities,” Murdison said. “We’re just really excited to be the beneficiary (of the concert). It is just a gift from Heaven.”

Dunn said a representative for the popular country music trio contacted him because the band was interested in a charity project in Augusta.

It was perfect timing for the Ronald McDonald House and to be held in combination with Beazley’s annual Hooked on Country Bass Tournament.

The band is performing free so all proceeds go to the charity.

“They said Lady Antebellum was interested in doing something for the Augusta community because we’ve been such supporters of them and their music and what they’ve done,” Dunn said. “They seemed to think it was such a good idea. ... It just kind of made sense all the way around.”

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. and doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Murdison said that even though the concert is slated for a Tuesday, a school night, it will be over by 10 p.m. so people can get home to prepare for work or school the next morning.

“Hopefully, it will be a beautiful night,” Murdison said. “We’re just so grateful to them.”

General admission tickets cost $25. Tickets can be purchased at www.kicks99.com and will be available at the door. Blankets and chairs are welcome. For information or to buy tickets, visit www.kicks99.com.

IF YOU GO

What: Lady Antebellum benefit concert

When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Lady Antebellum Pavilion at Evans Towne Center Park

Tickets: $25 at the door or in advance from www.kicks99.com

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