Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

April 5, 2013

Big-name talent

A third chance for fun

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

— — Kudos to Erik Robinson and Billy Wagner for securing yet another stellar lineup for this summer’s Second Chance Rocks the Two Virginias concert.

As the third concert scheduled by Wagner and Robinson, it’s another chance to bring big-name entertainment to our region while also attracting record crowds to Mitchell Stadium.

Robinson, executive director of the Second Chance Learning Center, confirmed earlier this week that country music artists Justin Moore, Craig Campbell, Shooter Jennings and Clare Dunn with special guest DJ Silver will headline this year’s concert scheduled for Saturday, June 29, at Mitchell Stadium in Bluefield. Logan County resident Kayla Sloane has been selected as one of two local acts. And Robinson plans to add a few more bands to the schedule in the weeks ahead.

“We are thrilled with who we have right now,” Robinson said. “We aren’t done with it though.”

The learning center — founded by Tazewell native 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 of high school. The concert raises money for the learning center and other community organizations in the two Virginias.

This year’s concert will once again feature a family section, VIP packages, a gala at Fincastle on the Mountain and an after-party. Tickets go on sale on April 15. Seating on the floor, outside the VIP area, is general admission. Ticket holders can bring one chair per person. Tickets are $35. Bleacher seating is reserved.

Planning for the third concert took longer this year due to financial concerns and artist availability. Last year’s concert had to be canceled and rescheduled following a destructive wind storm referred to as a derecho. Emergency crews were able to successfully evacuate thousands from the stadium last year before the 80 mph wind gusts pounded the stage. The destructive winds even moved a 5,000 pound wall that was beside the stage.

But the concert delay didn’t damper enthusiasm last year, as thousands returned for the rescheduled concert to see Eric Church and other headliners.

Now it’s time to begin planning for the next concert. Mark your calendar for June 29. Buy your tickets early. It’s a third chance for summer fun, and big name entertainment, in the two Bluefields.

We applaud Robinson and Wagner for continuing this popular summer tradition in the two Bluefields. And we once again expect to see thousands at Mitchell Stadium this summer for the third “Second Chance Rocks the Virginias” concert.