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Avett Brothers to rock Azalea Festival again

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The Azalea Festival is slowly unveiling details of this year's major events.

At a news conference this morning organizers announced a repeat performance by a musical group that packed a festival concert just two years ago.

Two years after filling Trask Coliseum, the Avett Brothers will once again headline the Azalea Festival in April; this time in downtown Wilmington.

"This is something we have been working on for months," Azalea Festival Treasurer Robbie Collins said. "To get to this announcement is a lot of hard work. It takes a lot of people, and we are really proud to be working with Cape Fear Community College to bring the Avett Brothers this year."

The Avett Brothers cover a wide demographic, and were well received here as the headline act in 2011. The North Carolina-based band recently opened for the Dave Matthews Band.

Unlike past festival concerts, this year's show will be outdoors in a parking lot at CFCC's downtown campus.

"It will be a rain or shine concert," Collins said. "We will have standing room only and general admission."

Tickets for the Avett Brothers are $45 plus a service fee. They go on sale online tomorrow.

Today's news conference was also a chance for the festival to recognize the winner of its tagline contest "Southern charm in full bloom."

Janey Roth loves the Azalea Festival and thinks her slogan is just right.

"Our town is charming this time of year," Roth says. "We have the southern hospitality. Everything is blooming. The gardens are wonderful to tour, and it just seemed fitting."

The Azalea Festival plans to make an announcement about the Thursday night concert soon.

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