Chattahoochee River Country Music Festival

The Foxhall Resort and Sporting Club will no longer be the venue for the three-day Chattahoochee River Country Music Festival set for next month. And while tickets are still being sold, a spokesperson for the company promoting the event would not disclose where the concert will take place — if it takes place at all.

Foxhall Chairman Harrison Merrill Jr. said the resort parted ways with the promoter, Celeb Scene, Inc., about a month ago because terms of the event contract were not met.

“We’ve gotten a lot of calls about the festival recently,” Merrill said Friday evening. “Basically, we were going to be a venue for the concert. We have nothing to do with any ownership or participation in it, which I think people have gotten mixed up on. (Celeb Scene) was solely looking at us for the venue and it didn’t work out. … We’ve moved on.”

Celeb Scene, a young social media platform and promoting agency based in Paulding County’s Atlanta Film Studios, touted it would bring 18 nationally known country music artists, a Midway carnival, camping, fishing, horseback riding and more to the resort’s 1,100 acres in south Douglas County. However, the agency’s co-owner, Jason Benson, refused to acknowledge any details about the concert had changed when reached by phone Friday morning.

“Nothing’s going on with (the festival) it’s just not been canceled,” Benson told the Sentinel. “If you know something that I don’t know, I’d like to know where it’s coming from.”

Douglas County Board of Commissioners Chairman Tom Worthan said Friday afternoon he’s heard rumors about the concert being canceled.

“From what I’m hearing, I don’t know if it’s still taking place,” Worthan said. “A couple of people that I was connected with have withdrawn from the event, so that’s all I know. I don’t know any more than that.” 

Friday afternoon, when asked where the concert would be held if not at Foxhall, Benson refused to name a location or even say if it would take place in Douglas County.

“We can discuss that at a later date,” Benson said repeatedly. “I’m actually at a concert right now.”

Like Worthan, Merrill said he’d also heard different things about what would become of the concert.

“I’m not really sure what they’re doing or what their plans are,” Merrill said. “I’ve heard secondhand stuff but I don’t know what’s true and what’s not. ...They’ve been difficult for a lot of people involved in the concert to get a hold of.”

Tickets for the festival range from $69 to $1,099 and are still being sold on the festival’s website though the location of the concert is unknown. No notice of a change in venue or cancellation has been announced on social media or mentioned to those purchasing tickets.

Contact Laura Corley by email at laura@douglascountysentinel.com or by phone at 770-942-6571 ext. 233.

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