Local teams give back in name of concert

  • Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Staff Photo by Scott Rodgers Two North Augusta travel ball teams, the 10U Palmetto Predators and 14U Carolina Crushers, collected toys for the Children’s Hospital of Georgia. Shown in the center is Troubadour Takeover II event coordinator Cam Griffin, musician Jeremy Graham and Now and Zen owner Joy Lynne, who is the primary sponsor of the event. Representing the Palmetto Predators, front row, from left, are Joshua Knowles, Dylan Miller, Blaine Johnson, Ben Jolly, Chris Battle, Zach Hardy and Brayden Stone; middle row, from left, are Coach Larry White, Dylan Jones, Head Coach Gary Johnson and Coach Ben Hardy. Not pictured are Colton Mayson, Lane Dunagan, Kyrie White and Karter Wheat. Representing the Carolina Crushers, back row, from left, are coaches Brannon Cole and Doug Hixon, along with Karina Ayala, Parker Blattel, Baylee Braswell, Kenzie Bernard, Brooke Day, Kristyanna Blacks, Coach Rick Cagle, Tana Cagle, Abby Arnold and Emma Braswell. Not pictured are Coach Tim Ard, Brittany Ard, Ryane Day, Samantha Odom, Jenny Williams, Arrie Sanchez and Adeline Smith.

Two local travel ball teams, the 14U Carolina Crushers and 10U Palmetto Predators, gave back in a big way on Aug. 10.

The two teams gathered gifts, which will be donated to the Children’s Hospital of Georgia. The items were gathered thanks to Troubadour Takeover II, a concert featuring a handful of local country musicians.

“These donations will go to the hospital’s current residents,” Cam Griffin, the event’s coordinator, said. “The event is Saturday, Aug. 16. Before that, though, we’re doing a show at 2 p.m. at the hospital that will be just for the kids.”

Accompanying Griffin to pick up the items at Riverview Park was Jeremy Graham, who signed a recording contract with Dominion.

“Jeremy has been all over the world, done a lot of stuff for the U.S. Army and Marines,” Griffin said. “He does the National Firemen’s Convention each year in Maryland. He is a humble, down-to-earth guy, from Harlem, Georgia, and a guy that has been good about giving back to people and good causes. He was thrilled to come out today.”

The Troubadour Takeover II, according to Griffin, is a songwriter’s round and Nashville-based. It will be held at the Columbia County Amphitheater, 702 Faircloth Drive, Evans, Georgia. Doors will open at 6 p.m.

“We’ll have five stools and five artists,” he said. “It’ll be a roulette-style, and at the end of each songwriter’s song they’ll have a sing-a-long that most of the crowd should know. It’s really about interacting with the audience.

“One of the guys, Jon Langston, had a song hit the iTunes charts at No. 25 above Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, Brantley Gilbert and people like that. It’s going to be an intimate setting where the crowd can really get to know them, and the motivation behind the songs they chose. It’ll be a unique, interactive experience.”

Tickets can be purchased for $10 at eventbrite.com, and the day of for $17. For more information, call or text 706-830-0677.

Scott Rodgers is the news editor at The North Augusta Star and has been with the paper since 2013.

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