Fayetteville unveils concert series


Once again, it’s that time of year when we get the long-awaited answer to “Who’s coming to the amphitheater in Fayetteville this year?” The Southern Ground Amphitheater is excited to announce its lineup for the 2015 Summer Concert Series. This year continues the amphitheater’s long-standing tradition of bringing great entertainers at an affordable price, at the most comfortable outdoor venue in the region.

Kicking off the season on Saturday, June 6 is the original voice of Three Dog Night, Chuck Negron. In the late 60s and early 70s, Chuck led Three Dog Night during their most prolific period, creating rock and pop anthems still revered today. Expect Chuck to perform the full Three Dog”catalog including “Joy to the World, “One” (is the loneliest number), and “Mama Told Me Not to Come.”

On June 27, Southern Ground welcomes Southern-rockers, 38 Special. These wild-eyed, Southern boys were mainstays on rock and pop radio in the 1980s. Expect a raucous evening when they break out their monster hits including “Hold on Loosely,” “So Caught Up in You,” and “Rockin’ into the Night.”

On July 11, Southern Ground hosts an evening of R&B vintage sound with The Four Tops. As one of the pioneers of the original Motown sound, The Four Tops helped define the soundtrack of a generation. Backed by a 12-piece band, the evening will come alive to such mega-classics as “Sugar Pie Honey Bunch,””Baby I Need Your Loving,” and “Reach Out, I’ll Be There.”

Next on July 25, Southern Ground bridges the old and new with the legendary Blood, Sweat & Tears, featuring Bo Bice. This American jazz-rock band paved the way for the heavy, horn-driven sound of the late 60s. Bice recently joined the band as lead singer, and will perform all the classics with their original fervor. Expect to hear”You’ve Made Me So Very Happy,” “And When I Die,” and the masterpiece, “Spinning Wheel.”

Finishing out the series with a bang on Aug. 8 is Wynonna & the Big Noise. Clearly one of bestselling female country artists of the last 20 years, Wynonna will be with her band in support of a brand new album this summer; bringing a ton of old classics as well as new hits to the stage. Expect a high-energy performance from beginning to end.

Series tickets are now on sale via the SouthernGroundAmp.com website, and start at $99(+ tax) for general admission lawn seats and $145(+ tax) for reserved seats and include all five shows. Individual show tickets will go on sale March 30.

With spacious seating and grass underfoot, patrons can look forward again to enjoying summer evenings with the most leg room not found at any other venue in the region.

Brian Wismer, amphitheater manager and Community Development Director for the City of Fayetteville, said, “We are very excited about the selection of artists scheduled for this year and hope that the patrons are as well. The Southern Ground Amphitheater continually strives to be a cool place that provides a wonderful outlet for our residents to come out and have fun with friends and music.”

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Southern Ground Amphitheater is owned by the Downtown Development Authority and managed by the Main Street Tourism Association of Fayetteville.