Memorial Auditorium in historic downtown Wellington was packed on April 5; nearly 1,200 tickets to the John Michael Montgomery concert were, as his song goes, "Sold!"
Friday marked the official re-opening of the building at 208 N. Washington. Crowds lined up down the block, waiting for the doors to open at 6 p.m. Once they did, a special moment began taking place, even for the star of the show.
"Once I found out the history behind it [Memorial Auditorium], I was very excited to be the one to open it back up and get it going again," said John Michael Montgomery after show. The Nashville recording artist said the fans were awesome.
"I'd love to come back again, I think this is going to be a great place to bring Nashville artist, and artists of other music," Montgomery said. "It's just a great venue, that's all it is. It's got a great feel to it."
Official ticket-sale numbers are not yet available, pre-sale tickets ran into the 900 range, with capacity of the auditorium being just over 1,200. The show was brought to town via a partnership with The City of Wellington, The Wellington Rec Commission, and KWLS Radio.
For more reaction to Friday's concert, check out The Wellington Daily News print edition, including more from the interview with John Michael Montgomery.