By David Palmer
The Cullman Times
— Rock the South added another star to its lineup Thursday evening. Reality television star Willie Robertson, the homespun but highly successful chief executive officer of Duck Commander, plans to arrive in Cullman for the June 21-22 event at Heritage Park in Cullman. Robertson and fellow family members star on A&E’s “Duck Dynasty,” which follows the often colorful antics of the group as they discuss business, life and what to do with their money.
Tickets for the two-day Rock the South music festival go on sale today at 10 a.m.
According to information posted on Rock the South’s Facebook page, one-day passes will be $30. A two-day pass will be sold for $49. There will be a $1 service fee added on each ticket sold.
Anyone looking to purchase VIP or platinum passes must visit rockthesouth.com. A two-day platinum ticket is $89 and includes seating directly behind the VIP section. A two-day VIP ticket is $169 and includes seating in front of the stage and other features.
Local ticket outlets include Cullman Civic Center, Berkeley Bob's Coffee Shop in Cullman, and all Cabin Fever locations. Other local outlets are expected to be announced in coming days.
Shane Quick, of Premier Productions, is working closely with concert host Sara Evans and her husband, Jay Barker, to sign musical acts for Rock the South.
“We’re looking for a big day. The response to Rock the South has been tremendous. We’ve heard from people from all over the Southeast who are planning to be here, and from around the country,” said Quick, who is also a Cullman County resident. “A lot of major sponsors from around the country are also coming on board, because they are seeing what an important showcase this is going to be.”
While Evans is the key figure in Rock the South, the other big stars committed to the event are plentiful. Former Cullman County resident and country music legend Hank Williams Jr. will perform. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Gregg Allman, of the Allman Brothers Band fame, recently signed on. The immensely popular The Band Perry and rising stars Scotty Mcreery, Jamey Johnson, and Drake White are also coming to Cullman.
The lineup of artists is certain to attract a wide range of ages to attend the concert, Quick said.
“Anyone under 35 has heard of The Band Perry and Sara Evans. Hank Williams Jr. is a universal figure, and I think it’s special that he’s getting to come back to Cullman and perform. He had a lot of success in the years he was living here,” Quick said. “I think a lot of people are excited about this. We have a lot of Alabama connections with the artists who have agreed to perform.”
While Rock the South will be hosted at Heritage Park, Quick said the opportunity to showcase the entire community will be an important benefit of the music festival.
“That’s one of the main reasons I’m excited to do this, to showcase our city. Anyone who comes here for Rock the South is going to see southern hospitality and a great community. The heartbeat of this festival is to showcase what being a Southerner is all about,” Quick said.
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