How far would you go to see Tracy Lawrence?

April 30, 1998|By TERI JOHNSON


Erin Henderson and Jen Geer will be seated front row and center at country entertainer Tracy Lawrence's concert at The Maryland Theatre Saturday, May 2.

To collect their tickets, the best friends from Mont Alto, Pa., have to put on a performance of their own.

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Henderson and Geer, both 19, will wrestle in chocolate pudding tonight at 6 outside Chambersburg Mall in Chambersburg, Pa.

They are finalists in Kiss Country 94.3 FM's "What Would You Do for Front Row Center Tickets to See Tracy Lawrence Contest." The Chambersburg-based station is sponsoring the concert, which starts at 7 p.m.

Geer, a freshman at Shepherd College in Shepherdstown, W.Va., said she and Henderson were driving around listening to the radio when they heard about the contest.


"We decided to do pudding," Geer said.

Henderson, a freshman at Penn State's Mont Alto campus, said they didn't think they'd win.

"It was crazy, but there were free tickets," she said.

They will wrestle in a plastic wading pool near the Cinema VII movie theater.

"It'll be a couple minutes, but it's going to feel like a lifetime," Henderson said.

Henderson and Geer aren't the only people who went to extremes to see the popular singer and songwriter.

There were 75 people in line when tickets went on sale the morning of March 16, and most had been there all night, said Pat Wolford, president of the theater's board of directors.

The first day, 777 tickets were sold, Wolford said. The theater at 21 S. Potomac St. in Hagerstown seats 1,325.

"To my knowledge, it broke all the records," Wolford said.

Lawrence, one of country music's consistent hitmakers, is a favorite with area listeners because his lyrics are so meaningful, said J.P. McCartney, host of Kiss Country's "McCartney in the McMorning" program.

"His songs hit home," McCartney said.

Lawrence has recorded six albums, beginning with 1991's "Sticks and Stones." He has had 17 No. 1 singles, including "Time Marches On," "Alibis" and "I See It Now."

He was named Academy of Country Music's Top New Male Vocalist in 1993 and SRO Best New Touring Artist in 1993, and received Golden Pick Awards from Country Weekly magazine in 1995 and 1996. In 1992, Billboard magazine selected him as Top New Male Vocalist.

This is the first time Kiss Country, which started April 1, 1997, has tried such a contest, McCartney said.

After Henderson and Geer wrestle in the pudding, they will be presented with four front-row tickets to see Lawrence's concert. They've invited two of their closest friends: Henderson's cousin, Elizabeth Henicle, and Mike Sanders, both of Waynesboro, Pa.

Henderson said she and Geer like a variety of music. They are excited about attending the show, but they're a little nervous about tonight's performance.

"People will probably make fun of us, but we'll be the ones at the concert. It's going to be awesome," Henderson said.

A few Tracy Lawrence tickets remain

A few balcony seats for Tracy Lawrence's concert Saturday, May 2, at 7 p.m. at The Maryland Theatre have been released by the artist. Those tickets are $20 plus a $1 handling charge.

Some standing room only tickets also are available for $30 plus a $1 handling charge.

For information, call The Maryland Theatre box office at 301-790-2000.

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