COLUMBIA — Concert-goers were greeted with a hand-shaped sign that read "Yay you made it high five" as they entered Stephens Lake Park on Tuesday. It gave them something to be proud of as they trekked toward the stage where Lucinda Williams would play.
The event was the inaugural concert in an effort organized by Thumper Entertainment to make the park an established venue.
The evening seemed to go smoothly despite intense heat throughout the day. A misting tent and free water were available. Outside drinks, however, were not permitted; many had to chug the waters they brought at the gate or throw them out.
Amy Cook opened for Lucinda Williams. Calling her the "Rain Princess," a member of her band said wherever Cook plays, it rains. The crowd cheered.
By the time Williams went on about 8:30 p.m., 15 five-gallon jugs of water had been emptied.
The stage, outfitted with several whirring fans, was erected in a field on the east side of the park. At its far end, tents featured sustainability and green living.
Daria Kerridge, who was promoting vegetarianism, praised the organizers of the event for being forward-thinking and including proponents of sustainability.
Thumper projected ticket sales of 1,500 to 2,000. No crowd estimates were available Tuesday evening.
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