Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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July 3, 2012

Ticket holders second chance to attend Bluefield concert being scheduled

BLUEFIELD — Two headliners for the Second Chance Rocks the Two Virginias concert who couldn’t perform due to a deadly storm are getting a second chance.

County music stars Eric Church and Jake Owen will be performing again in Bluefield, Erik Robinson, executive director of the Second Chance Learning Center, announced Monday.

“We’re working with them on a date, and as soon as I know the date, I will release it,” Robinson said. “It’s very important that people keep their tickets.”

The Second Chance Rocks Concert at the June O. Shott Field in Mitchell Stadium had to be cut short on June 29 when a powerful and unexpected storm reached Mercer County. Thousands of fans had to be evacuated.

Scheduling for Second Chance Rocks was worked around a plan to update Mitchell Stadium so it will comply with handicap accessibility standards mandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Robinson said. The work is now underway and is scheduled to be completed by mid-August.

The remaining Second Chance Rocks tickets will go on sale, Robinson said. He did not know Monday how many of these tickets will be available.

“I won’t put those on sale until we have a date,” he said.

The decision to cut the concert short and evacuate the audience was made when organizers learned that a storm with wind gusts of up to 80-miles -per hour was approaching. Musician Lee Brice’s set was cut short by 10-15 minutes. The stage was cleared by 8:30 p.m. that evening, and the concert was canceled soon after 10 p.m.

Robinson recalled how the wind actually flexed wires that helped hold the stage together. It reminded him of a bowstring being pulled to fire an arrow.

The decision to cancel the concert had to be made, he said. Nobody’s life is worth the price of a ticket.

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