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September 28, 2002



The Atlanta Rhythm Section took the stage on Saturday September 28, 2002 to a packed crowd at Virginia Beach's Neptune Festival. What had been a fair sized gathering in the late afternoon expanded by showtime into a crowd of probably a thousand people - completely filling the venue area with people watching from multiple levels of the parking garage at the far end of the enclosed park area. A fireworks display over the ocean preceded the event and was a perfect prelude to a totally energy packed show.

Demonstrating the professional nature of the ARS organization, individual band members conquered some difficult challenges to give the audience a powerful and memorable show. Due to the popularity of the event, roads around the show were packed in every direction - making it difficult for a couple of band members to get to the stage. Also, while no one in the audience could tell, singer Andy Anderson was feeling under the weather. But when ARS took the stage and the lights went on, none of that mattered - they were a tight, solid classic rock band ready to put on a show.

The band opened with Back Up Against the Wall - setting a strong up-tempo pace. Next up was the classic Champagne Jam, which led into a knockout version of Homesick. Then came Doraville, the first hit and still sounding fine. The pace slowed through renditions of I'm Not the Only One and Conversation - then things really started to kick into gear. A rocking Large Time was followed by I'm Not Gonna Let It Bother Me Tonight, So Into You and Jukin. As the hour grew later a stiff breeze continued to blow off the ocean. The crowd stayed into it - enjoying the show and jamming the area in front of the stage. With The Ballad of Lois Malone, there seemed to be a further increase in the bobbing and swaying of the crowd with the music. ARS headed into the home stretch with great versions of Spooky and Imaginary Lover, and closed with the flat out rocker Outside Woman Blues. The crowd wanted one more - so the band left them with a lovely Georgia Rhythm.

Based on the enthusiasm and energy displayed by the crowd throughout the show, it was clearly a Large Time for all.

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2003 Tour Dates
February 14, 2003 - Time: 11:30PM
Cumming, Georgia - Little Texas
April 5, 2003 - Time: TBA
Columbia, South Carolina
April 11, 2003 - Time: TBA
Lake Park, Georgia - Rascals
April 12, 2003 - Time: TBA
Vicksburg, Mississippi - Riverfest
April 26, 2003 - Time: TBA
Leesburg, Florida
May 17, 2003 - 7:00 PM
Monroe, North Carolina - Dale Jarrett Ford Dealership
August 06, 2003 - 7:00 PM & 9:00PM
Fairbanks, Alaska - Tanana Valley Fair
September 12, 2003 - Time: TBA
Isle of Wright, Virginia - County Fair
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Recent 2002 Dates
Blue Ash OH - Town Square Pavilion
Rice Lake WI - TBA
Columbus GA - TBA
Monroe NC - Union County Fair Ground
Portsmouth OH - Portsmouth River Day Festival
Winder GA - Chip's
Rome GA - Ridge Ferry Park
Virginia Beach VA - Neptune Festival
Poquoson VA - Municipal Park
Atlanta GA - Private
Columbia Heights MN - Star Bar


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