Marne Independence Day

Mark your calendars for a concert by 7-time Grammy Award winner 'Lady Antebellum' with special guest 'Caroline Jones' as they pay tribute to the troops live at Donovan Field July 4th on Fort Stewart.

This concert is FREE & open to the public and will close with a booming fireworks show brought to you by Fort Stewart.

Base Gates open at 3 p.m. with vendors and activities for all ages.

  • Activity wristbands are only $5 per person for unlimited play all day.
  • Adult beverages will be sold to those ages 21+ with age-verified bracelets.
  • For an enhanced concert experience, check out the #BudweiserExperience!

Concert begins at 7 p.m.

Fireworks at 10 p.m.

Lady Antebellum Biography

“We couldn’t go away for almost two years and come back with another version of the same thing,” says Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum. “We had to do something fresh and new.”

And so, for their new album, Heart Break—the sixth release from Scott and her bandmates Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood, and their first new music since 2014’s 747—the multi-platinum-selling group mapped out a liberating approach. It’s not as if they were slacking during the hiatus (Kelley released the Grammy-nominated The Driver, Scott won two Grammys for her faith-based project Love Remains, and Haywood produced and wrote with several developing acts), but they always knew they would get back to making Lady A music. The question was how.

“We knew we wanted to take that break to be with our families and chase some new creative paths,” says Haywood. “But even during that time, I remember Charles saying ‘Guys, let’s figure out how to use this time as a way to really dig into this next record, make time to do nothing but create music together. How do we come at it in a totally different way?’“

So the trio embarked on a new mission—setting aside time to put themselves in new surroundings, and concentrate on writing and exploring musical possibilities with no distractions. They rented a house in Florida, living and working under the same roof, and when the experiment proved successful, they set up a second retreat in Southern California.

“The goal was to give each other our undivided attention,” says Scott. “Being in a new space meant we could really free our minds to focus solely on our art. We took some of our favorite writers and some writers we hadn’t worked with before to a new inspiring backdrop, where we were able to just write and soak up the process.”

Even more crucially, along the way, the members of Lady Antebellum were able to dive into their relationship as friends. “We’d wake up and Dave would have cooked breakfast and it was amazing,” says Kelley. “Making drinks and staying up talking until 3 in the morning—we hadn’t gotten to do that in forever.”

“Being together every day, living in a house together, that was the special ingredient this time,” says Haywood, while Scott adds, “We’ve always been close, but we got to reconnect even deeper into our friendships, and that was really priceless.”

Since teaming up in 2006, Lady Antebellum has sold over 18 million units and had nine No. 1 singles on the country charts. They have won seven Grammy awards (including both Record and Song of the Year for “Need You Now” in 2010), and they were the first artists in the history of the CMA Awards to win Single of the Year in back-to-back years. All of this making music country music that Kelley describes as “a little bit rock and roll, a little bit of pop, a little bit of R&B thrown in, just because that’s what we love—Dave and I grew up in Augusta, Georgia, the home of James Brown, and Hillary grew up in Nashville, and we just kind of mix it all together.” 

When it came time to incorporate that sound for Heart Break, another key element was producer busbee, whose previous work with Lady A includes the No. 1 hit “Our Kind of Love,” and who has recently collaborated with the likes of Maren Morris and Keith Urban. “busbee pushed us into a really neat place and he’s such an integral part of this new chapter for us,” says Haywood.  “He challenged us, pushed us, he never settled for just an ‘ok' vocal performance in the studio....or a mediocre lyric. Having known him for nearly eight years really made us all comfortable enough with each other to be open and say exactly what we felt."

“I think he sees part of us that we can’t see, a unique sense of objectivity just from knowing us from a different perspective,” says Scott. “And he wasn’t afraid to call us out on something, which was awesome.”

The group’s desire to shake things up made evident by the album’s first single, the swaggering “You Look Good,” which came complete with a funky horn arrangement. “I’d been begging for horns on a song for years!” says Scott. “One of my favorite songs growing up was ‘Sir Duke’ by Stevie Wonder, and that feel transports you to another place. It was the perfect song to embody the excitement and fun that we had making this record.”

“We love writing the serious songs—the heartbreak songs, the love songs—but the recording process was so different and so fun and we felt like we wanted to lead with that,” says Kelley. “We wanted it to be a little bit of a question mark, where you weren’t sure if it was us—we wanted to take a little bit of a left turn where you don’t always know what to expect.” 

Elsewhere, Heart Break ranges from the wry call to independence of the title track (“probably my favorite song on the record,” says Kelley) from which the entire project sprung, to the sweet melancholy of “Somebody Else’s Heart.” The dramatic, surging ballad “Hurt” is a powerful vehicle for Scott’s voice as she soars over a spare rhythm section and classic string arrangement.

With the clever extended metaphor of its lyrics and percolating groove, “Army” has a feel that’s a throwback to ‘70s pop, while the bright, breezy lift-off of “Think About You,” with an R&B-style guitar bouncing off of a banjo lick, is entirely of the moment. And as Lady A hits the road, the group is excited to add this new range of sounds and colors into a set already packed with a familiar arsenal of hits. 

The trio had a hand in writing 11 of the 13 tracks on Heart Break, more than they’d ever written on a previous album, resulting in their most intimate and heartfelt work to date. “It’s really our story,” says Kelley. “Songs about our spouses and kids—they have a universal feel to them, but there’s a lot of our personal stories here.” 

What’s evident is that coming back from their hiatus, the members of Lady Antebellum are fired up and ready to go, with a new sense of both their history and their possibilities. “I think we came back from the break with an appreciation for what we’ve built,” says Scott. “We’ve always been very thankful for our journey, but there’s a heightened sense of gratitude for one another and for our career that we’ve been so blessed to have.”

Source: Lady Antebellum Official Website

Caroline Jones Biography

Caroline Jones co-produced her album, Bare Feet (March 30/ Mailboat Records), with Grammy and Academy Award-winning producer Ric Wake (Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Trisha Yearwood). Upon release, Bare Feet rose to #20 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart and #15 on iTunes Country Albums Chart. The album features “Tough Guys,” which spent six weeks at #1 on’s 12 Pack Countdown. Rolling Stone named her one of the “10 Country Artists You Need to Know” as “an ambitious, entrepreneurial guitar heroine primed to bring back the pop-country glory of the Nineties

Billboard called her one of the “15 Country Artists to Watch in 2018”. Throughout 2018, Caroline is touring with Jimmy Buffett and the Eagles, Zac Brown Band and OneRepublic, and Tim McGraw & Faith Hill. In 2017, she was on the road with Zac Brown Band and shared the stage with Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Chesney, and Toby Keith at the Trying to Reason hurricane relief benefit concert. A live duet with Buffett led to a charity single release and ultimately, a partnership with his Mailboat Records. Caroline previously toured schools & universities nationwide – including underserved and charter schools with Stedman Graham – on The Heart is Smart School Tour. Caroline is the host of Art & Soul on Sirius XM.

Source: Caroline Jones Official Website

What's a Marne?


At midnight on 14 July 1918, the division earned lasting distinction. Engaged in the Aisne-Marne Offensive as a member of the American Expeditionary Force (AEF) to Europe, the division was protecting the French capital of Paris with a position on the banks of the Marne River. The 7th Machine Gun Battalion of the 3rd Division rushed to Château-Thierry amid retreating French troops and held the Germans back at the Marne River. While surrounding units retreated, the 3rd Division, including the 4th, 30th and 38th Infantry Regiments, remained steadfast throughout the Second Battle of the Marne, and Colonel Ulysses G. McAlexander's dogged defense earned the 3rd Division its nickname as the "Rock of the Marne".

During the massive attack, the 3rd Infantry Division's commanding officer, Major General Joseph T. Dickman, famously cried out "Nous Resterons La" (We Shall Remain Here). Their Blue and White insignia also earned them the nickname The Blue and White Devils."

The rest of the division was absorbed under French command until brought back together under the command of Major General Joseph T. Dickman and by 15 July 1918 they took the brunt of what was to be the last German offensive of the war. General John Joseph "Black Jack" Pershing, Commander-in-chief (C-in-C) of the AEF on the Western Front, called this stand "one of the most brilliant pages in the annals of military history".

Directions to Fort Stewart

Directions to Gate 3:

Closest address to the gate: 875 Old Sunbury Road, Hinesville, GA 31313

From Flemington/Hinesville: Continue northwest for 1.5 miles beyond the address via the map below and turn left into Gate 3. Continue driving forward as indicated by base security until you reach your parking spot. 

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From HWY 144: Turn onto Sunbury Road, continue for 1.5 miles, and turn right into Gate 3. Continue driving forward as indicated by base security until you reach your parking spot.

Prohibited Items

Prohibited Items.jpgCoolers - Only coolers 18"x18"x18" and smaller will be permitted on the concert grounds.

Vehicles are subject to random search upon entering the installation.  People and their items are subject to search before entering the concert grounds. 


The following food vendors have signed on:

Famous Funnel Cakes, Chazitos, Sho Nuff Smoking Good BBQ, Maui Wowi, Krazian Fusion, Kona Ice, Sweet & Spice, Wings & Things, Shed's Hawaiian Ice, Do Right Seafood, Cold Stone, Gainz Grill, One Love Island Soul Food, Reece BBQ, Ben & Jerry's, Low Country Lobster, Panda Express, Ms. T & Mr. B's Sweet Treats! 

Beverage Menu:

$4 Domestic Pint 

$10 Domestic Pitcher

$5 Craft Pint

$12 Craft Pitcher


$1 Water

$2 Soda

$3 Energy Drink


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