38 Special fills Friday night slot for Azalea Festival concert series

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38 Special will be Friday night's headlining act during the 2018 Azalea Festival. (Photo: NC Azalea Festival)

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — 38 Special will complete the 2018 North Carolina Azalea Festival’s Main Stage Concert Series and perform Friday, April 13.

According to a news release from the festival, after more than four decades together, 38 Special continue to bring their signature blast of Southern Rock to over 100 cities a year.

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Most associate the band with their arena-rock pop smashes, “Hold On Loosely,” “Rockin’ Into the Night,” “Caught Up in You,” “Fantasy Girl,” “If I’d Been the One,” “Back Where You Belong,” “Chain Lightnin’,” “Second Chance,” and more.

Guitarist/vocalist Don Barnes says it’s all about maintaining that intensity in their live shows. “We never wanted to be one of those bands that had maybe gotten a little soft or complacent over the years. We’re a team, and it’s always been kind of an unspoken rule that we don’t slack up, we stack up. We go out there every night to win.”

Opening for 38 Special is Tuesdays Gone, a North Carolina hit Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute band.



Tickets are $23 each and will go on sale through the Azalea Festival website and at the Azalea Festival Ticket Office on Friday, March 2nd at 9 a.m.

To purchase tickets online, click here.

Other headliners include Ludacris and Billy Currington.