Lady Antebellum, Willie Nelson to headline Roanoke Rapids music fest

Posted November 30, 2010

— Grammy-nominated Lady Antebellum and country music legend Willie Nelson will headline an outdoor musical festival in Roanoke Rapids next summer, event organizers announced Tuesday.

More than a dozen artists are scheduled to perform during the three-day outdoor country music festival Rapids Jam at Festival Park at Carolina Crossroads June 16-18.

Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. and are available at the Roanoke Rapids Theatre and at the Rapids Jams website.

Darius Rucker, lead singer of Hootie & the Blowfish, and country duo Sugarland are also among artists slated to perform. Additional performers are expected in the coming weeks.

About 60,000 people are expected for the three-day event, organizers have estimated.

The first of its kind in Roanoke Rapids, Rapids Jam will be modeled after other country music festivals across the country, said Liz Cunningham, a partner with Carolina Dirt LLC, which owns the outdoor venue in Roanoke Rapids’ entertainment development.

Event organizers say that improvements to the venue, such as a larger stage, infrastructure to accommodate camping and more on-site concessions, will make it more attractive for national promoters to bring in other genres of entertainment.


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  • jjwood2424 Nov 30, 2010

    OMG!! Not again with the country music!! At least Gatling had some really good shows when he had it! Even though he couldn't pay the rent. Roanoke Rapids just needs to give up on this place. It was a no go from the start!

  • monicarowe75 Nov 30, 2010

    Darius Rucker is a great singer and NOW sings country.....great voice!!!

  • ncguy Nov 30, 2010

    Willie will be looking for some smoke- his was confiscated when the dude tried to cross the border.

  • Sarge Nov 30, 2010

    "Who is going to post Willie's bail bond?"
    Why of course the only outlaw left, Kris Kristofferson!

  • Justin T. Nov 30, 2010

    I heard that local LEOs and the IRS are drawing straws to decide who busts Willie first. Hide your pot and fire your accountant QUICK, Willie.

  • Pseudonym Nov 30, 2010

    I'm surprised that Darius Rucker still has a career after those hideous Burger King commercials he did a few years ago.

  • CanAm Nov 30, 2010

    The last time I saw Darius Rucker I don't think he was with Hootie and the Blowfish where have you all been?

  • Wags Nov 30, 2010

    Stoned Cold Willie Nelson! DUDE!

  • I Change This Name Daily Nov 30, 2010

    randy parton is also slated to perform

  • Feisty Redneck Diva - Cowgirl UP Nov 30, 2010

    Hey WRAL - I LOVE the Lion King advertising, how the background changes and all. VERY COOL! Great job.