Despite the heat, Lucinda Williams concert draws crowd to park

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 | 10:03 p.m. CDT; updated 10:16 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Lucinda Williams performs in concert Tuesday at Stephens Lake Park. "The Night's Too Long" and "Right in Time" were some of the songs Williams played during her set.

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.

Supervising editor is Hannah Cushman.

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Richard Saunders July 25, 2012 | 11:57 a.m.

I like this place as a venue, however, I'll never attend another concert EVER, that mixes the incoherence of politics with community and culture in an effort to make a shiny facade of "Sustainability, as brought to you by Central Planning."

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Ray Shapiro July 25, 2012 | 12:14 p.m.

("Daria Kerridge, who was promoting vegetarianism, praised the organizers of the event for being forward-thinking and including proponents of sustainability.")

("The dangers that Transition Towns impose on our sovereignty and individuality are:

* Refocus town planning and infrastructure on implementation of Agenda 21.
* Appear to be grassroots operations.
* Promote the Peak Oil mythology as an energy scare tactic.
* Support SmarthGrowth, which is code for Agenda 21.
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* Use the hoax of man-made climate change as the purpose for imposing policy control by building cities that are designed to reduce carbon emissions.
* Securitize local food stores, businesses, healthcare and fuel.
* Ensure SmarthGrowth controls all citizens' ability to acquire any needs for human survival.
* Create internal advocacies that band together to purvey Transition Town propaganda to elected officials and local governments.")

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