The Columbia Noon Rotary Club made this year's Valentine's weekend even more special for the more than 400 people who attended its its first Valentine Gala at Columbia State Community College on February 11. Couples and friend of all ages came out to see the country super-group Lonestar perform, who was preceded by the delightful opening act Summer Hullender Shyvonne.
"It was a great night!" said Pastor Russ Adcox of Maury Hills Church who is also the president elect of the Columbia Noon Rotary Club. "Lonestar put on a fantastic performance, and everything raised will support local charities funded by our club. We plan to make this an annual event on Valentine's weekend. With Nashville being so close, we can bring in some big talent and give everyone a great show," he added.
The concert was held in the Cherry Theater. Dr. Terry Hendrickson served as the MC of the event. Summer Hullender Shyvonne, who hails from Georgia, opened the concert, playing a mix of original and cover songs. She recorded her first album at age 16 and is about to release a new album entitled "Harmony." She treated the crowd to her first public performance of one of the songs on the album.
After Summer's show, a meet and greet with country superstar Lonestar was held backstage, where a long line of fans were given the opportunity to meet the band, as well as get their photograph taken with the members. Aside from the band members as being described as very nice, they clearly also displayed a sense of humor when interacting with fans.
Lonestar has sold more than 10 million album units and boasts 10 number one hits. Their song, "Amazed," was a crossover smash and won the Song of the Year award, also helping them become the 2001 CMA Vocal Group of the Year. Celebrating 20 years together, they recently released their new album "Never Enders."
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