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July 11th, 2012

A sold out opening night at Bethel Woods center

Lady Antebellum wowed the sold out crowd on hand for opening night of the 2012 concert season at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. Photo by/Dana Edelson - © NBCUniversal, Inc.
By Dr. John Fischer D.C.
BETHEL WOODS - A sold out crowd was on hand for opening night of the 2012 season at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.

The first act to hit the stage in front of the full house was Darius Rucker, the former lead singer of Hootie and the Blowfish. Rucker’s varied set blended classic rock favorites with familiar tunes from the Hootie and the Blowfish library. Rucker, who grew up in South Carolina listening to Otis Redding, Al Green, and Gladys Knight, put on an outstanding show.

While being best known as the front man for Hootie and the Blowfish, Rucker has branched out into a successful solo career. He had a hit on the Billboard charts with the country hit “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It,” which garnered him a huge country following.

The headliner of the evening was Lady Antebellum. The Grammy Award-winning band played a high-energy set which included their top hits “Looking For a Good Time,” and the ever-popular “Need You Now.”

At one point in the show, Rucker came out and joined Lady Antebellum on stage for a duet performance. 

While the music thrilled the fans, that is not all there is to enjoy at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. A must see for everyone is the museum at Bethel Woods, which gives a great presentation of not only of the 1969 Woodstock Festival, but the historic world events of 1968 - 1969 that lead up to the historic music festival.

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Reader Response
  • Toni Bliss
  • July 15th, 2012 To read this article, you would think Thompson Square was unable to make it (Wednesday, June 13 to Bethel Woods with Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker).
    They only had the most played song on country radio in 2011.
    But maybe the author of this article, Dr. John Fischer D.C., never heard of them?

    For confirmation of most played song, please refer to Mediabase or read this excerpt from a press release or see

    Thompson Square (Keifer and Shawna Thompson) burst onto the country music scene with the release of their Grammy-nominated, #1 Platinum radio hit, Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not. It was named iTunes' Country Song of the Year in 2011, and grew meteorically to become the Most Played Song (Mediabase) at Country Radio in 2011, as well as reach the top of the Billboard Heat Seekers Chart. The duo was nominated for 14 industry awards in 2011, and in 2012 won the Academy of Country Music's Vocal Duo of the Year, as well as CMT's Duo Video of the Year.

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