Saturday, August 4, 2012

American Idol winner Scotty McCreery fans line up hours before Pig Gig concert in Bay City

 Heather Melson, Britni Allison, Rebecca Gillengerten and Olivia McMurtry wait a the front of a line to get into Labadie Pig Gig's Saturday concert featuring American Idol winner Scotty McCreery. The girls got to Bay City hours before the start of the concert to secure great seats.

BAY CITY, MI — Heather Melson and her daughter Britni Allison 15, traveled from South Haven at 5 a.m. today, just so they could be in Bay City early enough to wait in line for seven hours to see 2011 American Idol winner Scotty McCreery take the stage at tonight's Labadie Pig Gig concert.

But for Britni, and about 50 others waiting in line, the long wait by 2 p.m. was worth every minute. 

Britni and her two new friends in line, 18-year-olds Rebecca Gillengerten of Lansing and Olivia McMurtry of East Lansing, had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet McCreery when he and his tour bus arrived Saturday morning at Pig Gig in Bay City's Veterans Memorial Park.

"His mom posted a twitter pic so we knew where to find him," McMurtry said.The three hung out watching him do a photo shoot before McCreery — who is known for his deep voice and country vocals — came over to say hi."We thought he'd say he had to go, but he came over and talked to us," said Gillengerten, who had posters signed by the star.  Britni had him sign the back of her phone, while McMurtry also had posters signed.
McMurtry, Gillengerten and Britni are also the three lucky fans that are at the very front of the line waiting to get into the concert grounds. The gates officially open at 5 p.m.

McMurtry and Gillengerten got to the park at 8 a.m.  "It's our first concert and we didn't know what to expect or how early to get here," McMurtry said. But even as first timers, they all have the same game plan once they gate opens. "Run as fast we can!" All three yelled out.

Blair Garner's interview with Scotty McCreery has been rescheduled

fans - You didn't miss anything. SO SORRY-Scheduling didn't allow interview today BUT guaranteed Monday morn in a BIG WAY. 

Thank you to those who waited up. Will over-deliver on Monday. Trust me!. Starting in the 1AM hour Monday morn. 
Starting in the 1AM hour & to make it up 2 U - Think i'll air it every hr after! RT eager to hear the interview Monday!

Mlive gives Pig Gig VIP tickets
Enlarge From left, Kim Lemiesz, Storm Butler, 14, and Amber Miller, 14, receive tickets from Mlive to see Scotty McCreery at the Pig Gig Saturday. Mlive gives Pig Gig VIP tickets gallery (4 photos) 
BAY CITY, MI — When Kim Lemiesz, 41, heard the cost of tickets to take her daughter to the Scotty McCreery concert at the Labadie Pig Gig on Saturday night, her heart dropped.

Lemiesz wanted to treat her 14-year-old Amber Miller who was recently diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes — but Lemiesz herself has multiple sclerosis and being unable to work has hampered her spending.

"She was up and down because at first I thought they were $10 and that I could get them, but then I realized I couldn't afford them," Lemiesz said. 

Tickets to Saturday's concert were $25 each. 

The mom was able to treat her daughter to a huge surprise though when she was given two VIP tickets to Saturday's Pig Gig and McCreery concert provided by The Bay City Times and MLive Media Group. 

Kim Kowaleski and Justin Salas were the recipients of The Bay City Times/Mlive VIP tickets to the Winger and Trapt concert.
The Times also gave out tickets to Friday night's Winger and Trapt concert to Bay City couple Kim Kowaleski and Justin Salas. The two had taken the day off to spend together at their first Pig Gig.

The tickets give access to a VIP tent and special seating at the concert, as well as admission to the Pig Gig festival.

"I was speechless," said Amber, who will enter 9th grade at Central High School this fall, about finding out she had tickets. 

Lemiesz is letting Amber take her friend Storm Butler, 14, another avid McCreery fan. Mom will be at the festival volunteering at the Crime Stoppers booth so she can keep an eye on the girls.

The two teens already have outfits picked out for the concert and know where they are sitting.

"Front row," Amber said "The second row is as far back as I'll go."

Seeing Scotty McCreery, the American Idol winner in 2011, is definitely a highlight for the girls — who have a hard time pinpointing  their favorite thing about him; His deep voice, his lyrics that speak to them, oh and of course his good looks. 

"Mostly everything, Amber said. "He is awesome in general."

Lemiesz is thrilled her daughter will get to enjoy the concert. She was penny-pinching to buy one ticket before receiving the VIP passes.

"She's a big fan and got hit hard recently," Lemiesz said. "She went to the doctor for a regular visit and they put her in the hospital and diagnosed her with diabetes. It's all so new to her and she gets frustrated."

Medical issues, though, were the last thing on Amber's mind as she planned for the concert — and possibly holding up a hyperventilating Storm.

"I'm gonna freak out," Storm said. "I'm smiling too hard to breathe."

Tweets from Michigan

This is THE PIG at the Bay City Pig Gig! Makes for easy directions. Hang a right at the big Pink Pig beside the road.  

On the shores of the Saginaw River here in Bay City getting ready for the Pig Gig!

Tweets from Judy - Scotty McCreery is filiming with State Farm Today

filming with@StateFarm today in Michigan

Mandi Layne will be opening for Scotty McCreery at the Bay City Labadie Pig Gig

Just thought I'd give you a little information on the artist that will be opening for Scotty tonight.  You can click on the link below to visit Mandi Layne's website to learn even more about her.

Mandi Layne and her band at Toby Kieths Bar in Auburn Hill Mi. 1-20-2012
Credit to: shellybb1

Scotty McCreery signing autographs for Fireproof Authentics

Fireproof Authentics specializes in hand-signed, authentic, autographed items from various celebrities. We have been in the autograph business for over 19 years. All of our products were obtained in-person and are guaranteed authentic.

Credit To: Fireproof Authentics

Scotty McCreery Keeps Top 20 No. 1 Streak Alive

It was up to host Nan Kelley to reveal if Scotty McCreery stayed at No. 1 on GAC’s Top 20 Country Countdown again this week after debuting at the top of the chart with his latest, “Water Tower Town,” and staying there. The votes are in and fans have kept Scotty’s streak alive for a fifth straight week! If you missed Friday night’s premiere of this week’s countdown, check the schedule for re-airs throughout the weekend. Full schedule »
On the charts this week, the top five remained unchanged while Kelly Clarkson crept back up to No. 6 and the latest from the Pistol Annies, “Takin’ Pills,” climbed to No. 9. Jake Owen re-entered the countdown with “The One That Got Away” and Montgomery Gentry made their countdown debut with “So Called Life.”

This Week’s Chart:
1. Scotty McCreery – “Water Tower Town”
2. Little Big Town – “Pontoon”
3. Katie Armiger – “Better In A Black Dress”
4. Chris Young – “Neon”
5. Blake Shelton – “Over”
6. Kelly Clarkson – “Mr. Know It All”
7. Kenny Chesney – “Come Over”
8. Eric Church – “Springsteen”
9. Pistol Annies – “Takin’ Pills”
10. Bucky Covington – “I Wanna Be That Feeling”
11. Lady Antebellum – “Wanted You More”
12. Dierks Bentley – “5-1-5-0”
13. Joey + Rory – “When I’m Gone”
14. The Band Perry – “Postcard From Paris”
15. Big & Rich – “That’s Why I Pray”
16. Jerrod Niemann – “Shinin’ On Me”
17. Dustin Lynch– “Cowboys and Angels”
18. Jana Kramer – “Why Ya Wanna”
19. Jake Owen – “The One That Got Away”
20. Montgomery Gentry – “So Called Life”