MINERAL, VA (WWBT) – Music fans in Mineral are wondering: Where's Alan Jackson?
The country music star (through his promoter) promised to play a free concert after last year's earthquake battered the Louisa County town. That promise was made almost five months ago.
We started to think, maybe, one of the promoters simply shrugged off the fact that Mineral won the free concert. But what we found Monday is that the plans are almost complete.
In a tiny town of about 500 people, almost everyone's getting a little restless. Pamela Harlowe should know. She's the mayor here.
"Local people are planning their vacations around this concert. Their weddings, their family reunions...they want a date so they can make their summer plans," Harlowe said.
But so far, a date is nowhere to be seen...not even after a contest last October in which Alan Jackson offered to play a free concert anywhere in the United States. Mineral -which was at the epicenter of August's 5.8 magnitude earthquake- racked up so many votes that no other city stood a chance.
Harlowe says the waiting is finally nearing an end.
"The concert's definitely gonna happen," she said.
Harlowe says the concert promoters have selected the month of May, but not a specific day. They're also still looking at locations, she says, including private land on the outskirts of town, the high school football field, or Walton Park.
Mineral isn't known for big shows, of course, so resident Mel Chisholm says he understands why it takes so long.
"It isn't like just because you hire a musician that he can walk in here and play. We've gotta find a place for it, adequate parking, security, the whole thing," Chisholm said.
Resident Lynn Locke says there ought to be no trouble finding Mineral on the map.
"Of course it's gonna help bring people into the town. I think after the earthquake everybody knows where Mineral is now," Locke said.