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First Carolina Crossroads Show Kicks Off

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ROANOKE RAPIDS, N.C. — Thousands of people were rocking Saturday night in Roanoke Rapids.

After months of hype, the first music from Carolina Crossroads became reality. Country music enthusiasts began pouring into the venue early Saturday afternoon in anticipation of the show, which was scheduled to include country superstars Big & Rich.

Southern Draw, a local band, took the honors as being the first act on stage in the summer concert series. Some music fans danced the afternoon away on ground that used to grow cotton.

The byproducts of outdoor concerts -- noise and traffic -- are something the neighbors will have to get used to.

"We are happy to see it," said neighbor Dominiz Clement. "We'll see how it goes. We are happy to see this stuff come, opportunity for the community"

"I think a lot of people are going to benefit off of it and bring more things to the area, a lot more things," said neighbor Joe Green.

Carolina Crossroads and its outdoor concerts are the brainchild of entertainer Randy Parton.

"It's not just do the groundbreaking and wait a year and a half to two years," said Parton. "That's too long. We want to bring in some concert acts and kind of bring the music live on I-95."

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