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FIRST ON 3: Lynyrd Skynyrd to headline second Azalea Festival concert

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Spring is right around the corner, and that means planning for the Azalea Festival is in full bloom. During a meeting Friday morning, the Azalea Festival executive committee revealed that Lynyrd Skynyrd will be rocking and rolling in downtown Wilmington for the Thursday night concert in April.

"I really think this venue is going to be exciting," said President of the Azalea Festival Executive Committee, Donna Cameron. "The river will be our backdrop. It will be something that Wilmington has never seen before."

Committee members say Lynyrd Skynyrd appeals to all ages. The band has something for everyone.

"They are famous for Southern Rock N Roll and this is a southern festival celebrating Wilmington, the community, and southern hospitality," said Vice President of the Azalea Festival Executive Committee, Liz Carroll.

Other big changes are in store for the concert, too. Much like azaleas, Wilmington is growing, and the committee looked towards a larger venue. Members decided to move the concert from UNCW's Trask Coliseum to a Cape Fear Community College lot downtown.

According to Public Information officer for CFCC David Hardin, the stage will be located in the lot closest to Front Street, with the Cape Fear River as its backdrop. The parking lot conveniently slopes downward to the stage so audience members will have an ideal view.

"The natural slope of the lot goes down towards the river," said Hardin. "The audience, we are estimating between 65-hundres to 8-thousand people can fit in this lot. They will be starting up at the top of the lot looking down to the stage down near Front Street on the river."

The Avett Brothers will perform for the second time during the Azalea Festival at Friday evening's concert. Committee members are excited to bring the party downtown. They say the larger venue is important for attracting national artists and bands like Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Avett Brothers, who will play in Friday's concert.

Lynyrd Skynyrd is probably best known for popularizing the southern hard-rock genre during the 1970s.

The Azalea Festival is April 10 - 14.

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chairs

How much will the chairs cost inside? I have a physical disabiliy, but I'd love to see them since I never have. Can't stand up that long, though!

totally going to the

totally going to the concert... loved them since i was little thanks to growing up listening to the group with my mom....

I'd Rather See The Airshow!!!!

The Tag Line Says It!!!!!!!!!!

Lynyrd Skynyrd?

Wow, I wonder how the African-American community will react to a Confederate flag-wrapped stage in downtown Wilmington? And considering they've been canceling their shows left and right due to repeated "illness", my guess is we'll never get the opportunity to sing "Sweet Home Alabama" in the Port City.

Confederate flag-wrapped stage in downtown Wilmington

Justin,

Since you're wondering I thought I'd point this out to you. Everyone in the African American community doesn't get in an uproar over the confederate flag just like everyone in the white community doesn't support the displaying of the confederate flag. I don't know this for sure but, I imagine that some Native Americans may have a view one way or another too about the confederate flag.

So go listen to "Sweet Home Alabama" and stop wondering about people who don't give a damn one way or the other.

Flag

Don't freakin go if you disapprove there's plenty other things for a resentful negative politically correct person to do.....try Starbucks with your laptop.
Peace man.

So old

How old is he? 70? 75?
Really can't they get someone a tad more current? I'm so tired of these ancient performers who still sing for money. Retirement is a gracious act...

"How old is he? 70? 75?"

"How old is he? 70? 75?
He is 94...his children are 70/73/74/74(twins)/75/76/77/
17 grand children...35 great grandchildren...6 dogs/2 cats/3 motorcycles.

Why So Negative?

You are missing out on something historical. It appears that some of the rock bands that formulated in the 1960's, 1970's could possibly go into another generation. Lynyrd Skynyrd has an immense following to have only one of their original members playing. Several of the new guard are much younger than Gary. Doug Gray with Marshall Tucker is trying to pull it off. Furthur (Grateful Dead) is selling out every show quickly with only Bobby and Phil being the original members. The Allman Brothers have only 3 of their original members are are still a phenomenal act. I for one support these groups and would like them to continue in some form or fashion into many more years of their great music. After seeing Dweezil Zappa a few weeks ago, doing his Father's work, I believe he has pulled it off. They were great. By no means a cover band at all!

Did you see the Avett

Did you see the Avett Brothers are also coming?

With only 1 original member

With only 1 original member left (Gary Rossington) I hardly see how they can still bill themselves as Lynyrd Skynyrd ?? That's kind of false advertising isn't it?

Rickey Medlocke is one of

Rickey Medlocke is one of the original founders of Lynyrd Skynrd before he formed Blackfoot.

FREE BIRD!!!

FREE BIRD!!!

And that's just what they

And that's just what they don't want to hear.
I knew Rick Medlocke a few years back with Blackfoot...so keep yelling that at him about "Free Bird"...you won't wanna hear his comments back!

HAHA

Wilmington has LOTS of talented people that would do it for FREE!! AND no FREE BIRD!! Thank god says my wife! LoL