Big Stars Will Perform at Pavilion

By: Lindsay Puccio
By: Lindsay Puccio

March 28, 2006

Charlottesville's newest entertainment venue is set to open for a second season. Today Pavilion officials announced this season's list of performers. Last season only 20 concerts were performed at the Charlottesville Pavilion. This season they're going bigger, with more concerts and bigger stars, and a little less extra noise.

From country to soul to rock 'n roll, the Charlottesville Pavilion's list of concerts for the new season has been announced. Charlottesville will soon welcome Bruce Hornsby, Merle Haggard, Montgomery Gentry, and the godfather of soul, James Brown, just to name a few.

"We're hoping to give people a reason to come downtown just about every night this summer," said Kirby Hutto, the pavilion general manager.

For one special night a living legend will make his way to our area to help raise funds for the Charlottesville Free Clinic.

"I am thrilled and honored to have the privilege of announcing this years free clinic benefit concert featuring legendary American singer/song writer Willie Nelson," said Erika Viccellio, the free clinic director.

Fans said his combination of blues, folk and country make for a spectacular concert, but for some Belmont residents it means too much noise. Manager Kirby Hutto said he is taking the necessary steps to keep that sound for the concert goers, and not the nearby residents.

Before the first event, management will install a new audio system to hopefully prevent the problem, but they have already installed padding on the walls to absorb the sound.

"We put some [padding] up last fall, that's really the first phase of what we think we're going to need to do to really not be a burden on our neighbors and also provide the best sound quality here for our patrons," said Hutto.

The pavilion's opening night is April 13. Most of the tickets for these shows are already on sale now.

Of course, Fridays After Five will make another comeback this season. Starr Hill catering is joining the concessions and they will offer healthier food choices during the concerts.

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