Nov. 3, 2004
A pre-concert party and a performance by the popular Warren Brothers will lead off Tim McGraw’s Nov. 18 concert in Tallahassee to benefit Florida State University.
The 6 p.m. pre-party barbeque will be held in the expo hall of the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center, just steps from the main arena where the concert will take place. The pre-party will feature an appearance and exclusive song performance by McGraw and the Warren Brothers.
In addition, McGraw and others have donated one-of-a-kind items for a silent auction that will take place in conjunction with the pre-party, including a chance to appear on stage with McGraw during the main concert. Other items feature admission to a Sports Illustrated Super Bowl party in Jacksonville and a Dale Earnhardt Jr. ticket package to the Daytona 500.
Admission to the pre-party and auction is included with a $500 Gold Circle ticket, which includes a riser seat directly in front of the stage. Gold Circle tickets are available only by calling (850) 644-0000. General admission tickets, priced at $75 and $100, are available at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center box office and all TicketMaster locations. The $1,000 Front Row and $40 general admission tickets have been sold out.
Presented by Bud Light two days before the FSU-Florida football game in Tallahassee, FSU officials hope to raise $700,000 for construction of a new career center and an endowed baseball scholarship in the name of McGraw’s late father, former major league pitcher Tug McGraw.
The Tug McGraw Foundation will participate in the pre-party, donating items for the silent auction and flying in players from the Philadelphia Phillies, the team Tug McGraw helped lead to a World Championship in 1980. Bank of America, Capital Regional Medical Center and Unisource Administrators are hosting the pre-party.
McGraw’s Tallahassee show will come on the heels of the Nov. 9 Country Music Association Awards (CMA), where McGraw is nominated for Entertainer of the Year and Song of the Year for his latest hit “Live Like You Were Dying.”
The Warren Brothers will open the 8 p.m. concert. Although the Tampa natives have enjoyed seven Top 40 songs and six nominations for CMA songwriting awards, their popularity has soared in the last year, thanks to a reality show on cable network CMT called “Barely Famous.”
Don Yaeger, a Tallahassee author who wrote his most recent book, “Ya Gotta Believe: My Roller-Coaster Life as a Screwball Pitcher and Part-Time Father, and My Hope-Filled Fight Against Brain Cancer,” with Tug McGraw, has signed on as a Benefactor Sponsor.