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Neighbors welcome new south Augusta music venue

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It's a venue project managers hope to be similar to Columbia County's Lady Antebellum Amphitheater. Right now plans to build the Turn on Your Radio music park is getting neighbors in south Augusta excited.

"I love outdoor music," said Keith Sims, who lives less than a quarter-mile from the site. "I love concerts."

Developers say the outdoor amphitheater will soon clear out this weeded field at the corner of Peach Orchard and Phinizy Roads; bringing in acts of all genres to perform to nearly 20,000 music lovers.

"Being a native of Augusta, I know that that was a drive-in theater," said Lawson Graham, project manager of the music park. "It was in the heart of the county, and it already has the grade-slope up to the stage so everyone will have good visibility."

Graham said the venue is a $300,000 investment being paid for by sponsors. Aside from the outdoor concert, carnival rides and a RV and camping site are in the works.

"I feel like it's going to be a boom to Augusta," Graham said.

Graham said he's already negotiating contracts with several vendors, and hopes the park will bring more business to the area; job opportunities nearby residents can't wait for.

"There's people like me: I'm unemployed, and I may even go over there and get a job over there," Sims said.

Graham says construction at the site will begin soon, and plans to start throwing concerts at the amphitheater right in time for Masters Week.

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