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Brantley Gilbert, REO Speedwagon and Cypress Hill to headline 2022 Azalea Festival

WILMINGTON — The North Carolina Azalea Festival will appeal to a variety of music fans’ tastes with three-nights of concerts during the 75th celebration.

Announced Thursday, the lineup includes country music star Brantley Gilbert, who will play Thursday, Apr. 7, rock band REO Speedwagon on Friday, Apr. 8, and rap group Cypress Hill on Saturday, Apr. 9. The shows will take place at 7 p.m. at Live Oak Bank Pavilion at Riverfront Park during the second weekend of April. Doors open at 5 p.m.

Tickets for all three shows go on sale online starting Saturday, Dec. 4, at 10 a.m.

Gilbert is known for hits “Bottoms Up,” “Country Must be Country Wide,” “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do,” “My Kinda Party,” “One Hell of an Amen” and “What Happens In A Small Town” with Lindsay Ell. He received a nomination for CMA Awards Song of the Year for “Dirt Road Anthem.”

Lawn seats are $48; reserved seats are $68; and a spot in the orchestra pit is $88.

REO Speedwagon is best known for its success in the late 1970s that grew through the ’80s. The band’s album Hi Infidelity peaked in sales, featuring massive singles “Keep On Loving You” and “Take It On the Run.” Other songs of the band’s include “In Your Letter,” “Can’t Fight This Feeling,” “Time For Me To Fly,” “Roll With The Changes” and “Take It On the Run.”

Tickets will go for $39 on the lawn; $59 in the reserved seating; and $79 in the orchestra pit.

The Latino American hip hop group Cypress Hill, named after a California street, is known for “Insane in the Brain,” “How I Could Just Kill a Man” and “The Phuncky Feel One.”

Seats will cost $42 on the lawn; $62 in the reserved section; $82 for orchestra pit; and $102 VIP.


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Alexandria Sands
Alexandria Sands is a journalist covering New Hanover County and education. Before Port City Daily, she reported for the award-winning State Port Pilot in Southport. She graduated from UNC Charlotte and wrote for several Charlotte publications while there. When not writing, Williams is most likely in the gym, reading or spending time with her Golden Pyrenees. Reach her at alexandria@localdailymedia.com or on Twitter @alexsands_

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