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By AMBER ALEXANDER
BB Staff Writer
The Mississippi Horse Park will host Eric Church in concert on Friday at 8 p.m.
The event is being sponsored by the student-run Music Maker Productions at Mississippi State.
â€śWe are very excited about trying out the Mississippi Horse Park as a venue. The Horse Park staff shares in our excitement also,â€ť says Brice Lambert, whoâ€™s in charge of publicity for Music Maker.
Special guests for the concert include Jonathan Singleton & the Grove as well as Nash Street.
Tickets went on sale October 1st with student tickets at $15 with a valid student ID and general public tickets at $25. Beginning Friday there will be no student discount for tickets.
Lambert believes the Horse Park will be liked by many concert-goers and hopes to continue to hold concerts there.
â€śThe entire venue is covered so bad weather, excluding severe weather, shouldnâ€™t lead to the cancellation of the event. However, it is open aired of course. Both the floor and stands will be open to concert-goers,â€ť Lambert says.
â€śThe Horse Park is the ultimate setting for this concert; it is large enough to bring a festival feel while small enough for everyone to have a good view. Fans will be able to enjoy two great opening acts before Eric Church takes the stage,â€ťsays Mary Morris, student director of Music Maker.
Nash Street will begin at 8 p.m. followed by Jonathan Singleton & the Grove.
Wristbands will be handed out at the door so people can come and go when they want.
Lambert does say that coolers will not be allowed in the venue but there will be vendors selling fountain drinks and other concessions.
Lambert says the possibilities of future concerts at the Horse Park are possible.
â€śDates to have shows in the Hump are few and far between and as amazing of a venue as the amphitheater is, it is very costly to have concerts there. The Horse Park offers both an â€śindoorâ€ť venue as well as a sufficient dance floor,â€ť says Lambert.
Morris is excited about what the concert will bring this weekend ahead of a big rival game against Alabama on Saturday.
â€śEric Church is an amazing performer who really likes to get the crowd involved, so this will be a show for everyone to dance and sing along with Eric and his band. The event will be a great start to the weekend; State fans can come out and have a good time Friday before driving to Alabama to support our Dawgs Saturday,â€ť Morris said.