Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV


July 21, 2012

A second chance

Concert set for a do over

— — We now have an official date for the do over of the Second Chance Rocks the Two Virginias Concert. Let’s hope the second time will prove to be the charm for this popular country music gathering.

The June 29 concert had to be canceled before headliners Eric Church and Jake Owen took the stage after a violent wind storm called a derecho ripped through the region downing hundreds of trees and power lines. Nearly a half million Appalachian Power customers were left in the dark after the storm hit. Emergency crews were able to successfully evacuate thousands from the stadium before the 80 mph wind gusts pounded the stage. The destructive winds even moved a 5,000 pound wall that was beside the stage.

The concert has now been rescheduled for Sunday, Aug. 26, once again at Mitchell Stadium. Andy Crawford will start the re-scheduled concert and will be followed by headliners Owen and Church.

 The fact that Owen and Church have full concert schedules made getting them back to Bluefield for a second time a challenge, according to Erik Robinson, executive director of the Second Chance Learning Center.

Those who attended the original June 29 concert are urged to keep their tickets. If your ticket was lost or misplaced, you will have to purchase a new one. And while this may create an inconvenience for some, it is important to remember that the concert is being held for a worthwhile cause.

Proceeds from the event will be used to help support the Second Chance Learning Center.

The learning center — founded by 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 of high school.

No one could have foreseen the freak storm that struck the region June 29, or the misery that would follow for the thousands in our region left without power and water during a period of extreme heat. But we have since recovered from the derecho storm. And we are lucky to be getting a second chance at the Second Chance Rocks the Two Virginias Concert.

Please join us — once again — at Mitchell Stadium on Sunday, Aug. 26, for a great night of country music entertainment for a worthy cause.

If you bought a ticket last time, please be sure to return with your ticket stub in hand. If you couldn’t make it to the original June 29 concert, please buy a ticket and attend the Aug. 26 show. There is still plenty of time between now and Aug. 26 to purchase a ticket.

Help make history — for a second time this summer — at Mitchell Stadium.

And let’s hope Mother Nature will cooperate the second time around. If we are lucky, it may even be a little cooler come Aug. 26

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