Alan Jackson Concert Only Free for Mineral Residents

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The "free" Alan Jackson concert in Mineral isn't going to be quite as free as many people thought.

It turns out that the only people who will get in without paying are the 425 people who live in Mineral.  Everyone else will have to pay $42.50 to see the show.

The Central Virginian newspaper says that is a decision coming down from Capitol Records.

A spokesperson for Jackson said in a press release (see below) all the money raised will go to the Louisa Education Foundation to help the county public schools in their rebuilding efforts.

Tickets for the post-earthquake show go on sale Wednesday for the May 20 concert in the Louisa County High School parking lot.

Online tickets will be available on Jackson's website starting at 10 a.m.  Mineral Mayor Pam Harlowe told the Central Virginian non-town residents can also purchase tickets starting on Wednesday at the Mineral Municipal Building located at 312 Mineral Avenue.



The NBC29 newsroom received the following press release from Alan Jackson/Schmidt Relations:

Country music superstar Alan Jackson will take his show to the small town of Mineral, VA - population 490 - on Sunday, May 20 at 8:00pm in the parking lot of Louisa County High School. In an effort to help raise money for the Louisa Education Foundation (LEF), tickets for Smithfield Presents "Alan Jackson: Music For Mineral" Live Concert Event will go on sale April 4 at 10:00am ET through www.ticketfly.com.

Funds raised for the Louisa Education Foundation (LEF) will be used to assist the county public schools in their rebuilding efforts as a result of an August 2011 earthquake. The fund will help in the rebuilding of the Louisa County High School and be earmarked for replacement of the school's extensively-used auditorium. The Louisa County High School is currently condemned after earthquake damage. 

In addition to the concert, The Alan Jackson Charity Golf Classic will be held at The Royal Virginian Golf Course on the morning of Saturday, May 19. For details on registering as a player or team, please visit http://www.theroyalvirginian.com/Tournaments.html. All proceeds from the tournament will help fund LEF.

Jackson's concert is the culmination of a national campaign. Fans across the country had two months last fall to vote, with the winning city receiving a concert from Jackson. The little town of Mineral amassed over 31,000 votes and won the opportunity to host the concert. Mineral continues to repair and rebuild after they were the epicenter of a rare East Coast earthquake that hit on August 23, 2011, causing widespread damage in the region.