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A rising country music star is coming to Sasser.

Jake Owen's performance on Saturday could be the biggest concert yet at the Sasser Flea Market.

His hit "Barefoot Blue Jean Night" just went platinum.

Dee West's phone won't stop ringing.

"I haven't had a chance to run it hon, but I'll run it shortly and call you right back," said West.

If it's not fans calling about Jake Owen concert tickets, it's acts or promoters calling wanting to come to Sasser.

"If you'll contact me the first of the year Ted and you're from where...." questioned West.

After David Allen Coe, Percy Sledge, and Craig Morgan, Sasser Flea Market's building a reputation. West says it hasn't been easy, her secret, keeping tickets affordable.

"People in our area can't afford to pay 50 to 75 dollars for a ticket and then 4.50 for a coca cola," said West.

Just a $20.00 ticket and you can bring your own refreshments. The acts don't come cheap.

"You have to pay half up front and the other half right before they go on stage," said West.

and some have some tough demands.

"I have to be here when they get here, I have to provide security for them, I have to feed anywhere from 10 to 16 people, Jake's coming with a party of 16, he's coming with two buses and 53 foot tractor trailer," said West.

That's where the Albany Civic Center has struggled with no promotion budget, they rely on promoters and say up until recently no ones been calling them. New director Suzanne Davis is trying to change that.

"We have Young Jeezy next week as part of the Albany State Homecoming and then we have a few coming in the spring that we can not yet disclose, but they're very exciting," said Suzanne Davis, Albany Civic Center Director.

They will let us tell you they're working to finalize deals with a well known Country Music Band and a three time Grammy winning R&B Artist. Both venues try to attract acts passing through to larger cities willing to stop in south Georgia.

"So they're not typically trying to make as much money as they would in an Atlanta or Tampa market," said Davis.

But fans enjoy them just the same.

Dee West she's already talking with Nashville promoters working on next year's acts.

Suzanne Davis says working with larger promoters, such as Sony Pictures to secure the Rocky Horror Picture Show Friday, will help Albany down the road.

Both say they like to hear from concert goers on acts they would like to see here.

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