Country group to play CFSB Center

Charlotte Kyle
Features Editor

Photo courtesy of ladyantebellum.com

Six-time Grammy Award winning country group Lady Antebellum will perform at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at the CFSB Center as part of their “Own the Night” tour. Pre-sale tickets went on sale Wednesday while tickets for the general public are available today.
Matt Parker, assistant facility manager of the CFSB Center and Lovett Live, said the response to the concert has been overwhelmingly positive since they first announced the date.
“Lady Antebellum was a show that was presented to us and it was one of those opportunities that was too good to pass up,” Parker said. “We gladly took it on.”
Parker said part of the appeal of the show was how fans respond to the group.
“They’re the kind of band that almost seem like it’s one in a million,” he said. “They can reach children to grandparents. They cross genre boundaries – they’re No. 1 in country, No. 1 in adult contemporary and every major radio station is playing Lady Antebellum.”
Tickets for the show range from $34.50 to $42.50. At press time Parker said there were no more tickets available for the general admission floor area, with 2,000 tickets sold in 24 hours. The $34.50 tickets are for the upper level while the $42.50 tickets available are for the seats below the track.
“The fact that the show hasn’t gone on sale to the general public and we have already sold more than 2,000 tickets – I think those numbers speak for themselves,”?he said. “It’s astounding. We’ve never had a presale response like this before.”
Presale codes were offered to Lady Antebellum fan club members, students and Froggy 103.7 listeners. Parker said 260 tickets were sold using the student presale code.
Because the show is after finals week Parker said he has heard complaints from students who will be unable to attend.
“That’s a reasonable complaint,” Parker said. “When the University is offered a show of this caliber we have to take what we get. (We considered it), ‘Do we not take the show because it just so happens it is the day after finals?’ The response in the sales has been so overwhelming, (I think we made the right decision).”
Kelly Champion, senior from Paducah, Ky., waited in line at the CFSB center for the student presale. Champion said she and her friend were sent to buy eight tickets total for the show.
“My roommate is really excited – she cried when she found out they were coming so she sent me to get the tickets since she’s in class,” Champion said. “She has wanted to see them so this is like a dream come true.”
Eden’s Edge and Josh Kelley, brother of band member Charles Kelley, will open the show. Kelley performed in Murray last October as part of Miranda Lambert’s Revolution tour.
Lady Antebellum’s third album, “Own the Night,” is available Sept. 13 from Capitol Records Nashville.
Tickets are available now at the CFSB Center box office or Ticketmaster.com.
Tickets are also available for the CFSB Center’s other fall events including Skillet, performing Oct. 18, A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor on Nov. 5 and Casting Crowns performing on Nov. 10.
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