Charlie Daniels, Montgomery Gentry and Stokesdale's own Chelsea Sorrell will be performing on Oct. 12 at Yee-Haw Lapalooza.
By Annette Joyce
STOKESDALE - On Saturday, Oct. 13, big-time country music comes to the Bennett-McAnally farm in Stokesdale. Gates open at 1 p.m. for Yee-Haw Lapalooza, an outdoor musical extravaganza featuring Charlie Daniels, Montgomery Gentry, Colt Ford, Love and Theft and Stokesdale's own Chelsea Sorrell.
The brainchild of locals Kevan and Sue Combs and Andrew and Becky Coney, the event is designed to give fans an affordable opportunity to hear and see some of the best acts in country music.
Putting together a show like this "has been a dream of mine for many years," says Kevan. He laughingly adds that Andrew finally got tired of hearing him talk about it so the couples started CoCo Promotions to get things rolling.
With the goal of putting on a first-class event, the two couples have been hard at work for the last nine months making sure everything comes together. One of the first things they did was hook up with radio personality Chuck Marsh of 93.1 The Wolf. In addition to being part of the "Wake up with the Wolf Show with Chuck & Leanne," Marsh operates a company that specializes in event planning.
"This is the biggest event I've ever helped produce," says Chuck. "These guys have not cut any corners."
Sue mentions that they've been extremely detail-focused and are leaving nothing to chance. For instance, the site, located just off U.S. 220, was selected for its beauty, convenience, size and the fact that the land is perfect for a natural amphitheater. They've been in touch with the Department of Transportation and have a traffic plan that will involve the closure of two lanes and at least 16 state troopers. They're working on signing up food vendors for the fans and an enticing spread of food for the artists - all the while juggling hundreds of other details.
One issue that received a lot of attention right upfront is affordability. After all, concert tickets are expensive. Add inflated on-line processing fees, parking charges and concessions and these events can become cost-prohibitive for many folks.
At under $50 each, Yee-Haw Lapalooza tickets are a bargain, especially for this many acts. Additional promotions reduce the price even further.
For the investment, fans can expect an afternoon and evening of spontaneous performances and loads of fun. "This is not like a regular tour stop for these artists, so the show won't be scripted," says Marsh. "The one thing they'll have in mind is to make sure the crowd has a good time."
Because of the nature of the event, there are a few things to keep in mind. If you're bringing a chair, make sure it's no more than nine inches from the base to the top. Coolers and outside food and drink will not be allowed. Also, rain or shine, the show goes on.
Along with providing an epic day of entertainment, the show will also be supporting two local charities - nearby Camp Carefree and Rockingham Community College Foundation.
Both the Combs and Coneys are extremely excited about the upcoming event.
"I think it's cool," says Kevan. "We're going to make history in Stokesdale."
If Yee-Haw Lapalooza turns out like they hope, there will be lots more history made in the future.
WANT TO GO? Yee-Haw Lapalooza will be held on Oct. 13 at the Bennett-McAnally Farm, 311 Bennett Farm Road in Stokesdale, from 1:30 to 10 p.m. Advance tickets may be purchased at StokeRidge Tavern, 7607-H Highway 68 North, or online at www.TriadConcerts.com (you'll pay a small processing fee when purchasing online; however you can take advantage of two special promotions being offered. Type in PEPSI as the promo code and you'll receive $5 off each ticket. Better yet, if you're buying three tickets, type in WOLF and receive your fourth ticket for free). Kids 10 and under attend at no charge. Parking is $5.