38 Special headlines Burlington concert series

National country rock band 38 special will headline a two-day summer concert series in Burlington in June. Courtesy photo

BURLINGTON – A series of outdoor concerts is planned for the Burlington Riverfront June 21 and 22.

Headliners for the two-day event were recently announced. Country music artist Granger Smith will headline Friday with Southern rock act 38 Special taking the premiere slot Saturday. 

“Our goal is to showcase ten bands over two days,” said Mike O Neil, Executive Director of Burlington Riverfront Entertainment. 

Burlington Riverfront Entertainment is organizing the concerts in collaboration with Peoria-based Inked Entertainment. 

June 22nd’s event will have a rock focus. Several regional rock bands are still being finalized to perform in addition to 38 Special. With several Gold and Platinum albums to their credit, concert goers will recognize many songs from the featured band including “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.”

Friday’s concerts will all feature country music with Mitchell Tenpenny and Hardy joining headliner Smith in the lineup. Smith is best known for his number one smash hit “Backroad Song” which he followed with top five single “If the Boot Fits.” His current full length album When the Good Guys Win has spawned the top fifteen hit “Happens Like That” and current fast-rising single “You’re In It.” Tenpenny will perform crowd-pleasing party songs like “Drunk Me” and “Alcohol You Later”. Hardy, a relative newcomer to the nationally touring country music scene, is making waves with his debut single “Rednecker.” Local artists David Kroll & Heartland and Stumptown will also play on June 21.  

Tickets for either night are $30. A weekend pass is available for $50. VIP tickets are also offered at $10 more per ticket. Tickets can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com or at the Burlington Memorial Auditorium Box Office. Box Office hours are Tuesday- Friday 10:30 am – 4:30 pm.

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