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Big & Rich Headline First Major Show At Roanoke Rapids Complex

Posted May 26, 2006 4:12 a.m. EDT

— When entertainers Randy and Dolly Parton broke ground at the Carolina Crossroads in Roanoke Rapids last November, the experts said it would be awhile before it would see its first country music show. The first major concert to whet the appetite of country fans will roll into town next Saturday.

Big and Rich, one of the hottest country music attractions in the country, will be riding their tour buses into Roanoke Rapids on June 3.

"This is the first of many concerts that will be held at Carolina Crossroads," said Lori Medlin with Halifax County Tourism.

The concert will be held outdoors, because currently the Randy Parton Theatre at Carolina Crossroads only consists of heavy construction machinery plowing the yard. The theatre won't be finished until the spring of 2007.

But the concert will be held miles away from the dust and chaos of construction work. A back lot of the Carolina Crossroads property is being transformed into an outdoor music theatre, where fans can bring their chairs or sit on the grass.

"We are actually expecting about 20,000 people ... on that day," said Medlin.

"Getting people used to coming to the Roanoke Valley, Roanoke Rapids for country music, or any type of music, that is the purpose of this," said Carolina Crossroads developer Michael Dunlow.

Big and Rich will be joined by four other country music bands in the first of many concerts designed to make Roanoke Rapids the new destination for entertainment on I-95.

Tickets are still available at most stores in the Roanoke Rapids area, or they can be ordered online at

the Carolina Crossroads Web site