Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV


June 28, 2013

Second chance Summer tradition continues

— The big day is almost here for the two Bluefields. Thousands are expected to converge upon Mitchell Stadium Saturday for the 2013 edition of the Second Chance Rocks the Two Virginias concert, a star-studded gathering that is once again set to provide a tremendous economic boost to area hotels, motels, restaurants, malls and stores.

Saturday’s line-up includes Justin Moore, Craig Campbell, Shooter Jennings, Clare Dunn, Folk Soul Revival, DJ Silver and more. The gates to the concert open at noon on Saturday, with a reconfigured VIP section. Tickets for the concert start at $35.

It’s going to be another fantastic weekend for the two Bluefields. And all of the fun is being held for a very worthwhile cause. Proceeds from Saturday’s concert will benefit the Second Chance Learning Center and other human service agencies and charities in the region. It’s a win-win for everyone involved.

The learning center — founded in 2008 by Erik Robinson and Tazewell native Billy Wagner, a standout relief pitcher for 16 years in the major leagues — provides free counseling, mentoring and tutoring to high school students who are at risk of dropping out. The learning center has proven to be a valuable asset to children and their parents across the region.

Saturday’s gathering will be the fourth — counting last year’s rescheduled performance by Eric Church — Second Chance Rocks the Two Virginias concert at Mitchell Stadium. The annual gathering has become a new summer tradition for folks across the region, and a big draw for outside visitors who will be spending the weekend in the two Bluefields.

Wagner and Robinson are to be applauded for their dedication to the region, and their willingness to organize another concert of this magnitude. Pulling off such a show is no easy job. In fact, it takes months and months of planning, pre-planning and scheduling to organize such a large-scale event.

We can show our appreciation to Wagner and Robinson by coming out Saturday and enjoying a great, all-day concert. And by doing so we will be helping children across the region who are dependent upon the Second Chance Learning Center.

Please join us once again at Mitchell Stadium Saturday for a great day and night of country music.

Don’t miss out on the fun. Tickets are still available at area retailers, including the Second Chance Learning Center, the Greater Bluefield Chamber of Commerce, and at all Grant’s Supermarket locations. Help make history — for a third consecutive summer — at Mitchell Stadium.

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