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January 18--  The Vidalia Onion Festival Commitee issued an announcement Wednesday regarding this year's Vidalia Onion Festival Concert.

"Headlining the 40th Annual Vidalia Onion Festival is the southern rock band, Blackberry Smoke.

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"Blackberry Smoke has evolved from rough-edged club act to arena-ready rock 'n' roll juggernauts, while steadily extending and expanding the Southern rock tradition. Since the group’s formation in 2000, the 5-piece band has never shied away from hard work, playing more than 250 shows a year and building an ever-expanding audience on the strength of its live shows. In addition to winning fans and friends throughout the United States, they've toured Europe multiple times and performed for the first time ever in Australia in 2016 to sold-out crowds.

"This past October, the band released their sixth studio album, Like An Arrow, which features special guest Gregg Allman on the album's closing track. In addition to receiving widespread critical acclaim, the album debuted at No. 1 on both Billboard’s Country Albums and Americana Albums charts. It also reached No. 3 on Billboard’s Rock Albums chart.

"In addition to this success, the band has had music featured across film, television and video games, including recent placements on CBS's NCIS: New Orleans and EA Sports’ Madden NFL 16. Moreover, the band has performed on the BBC’s “Later…with Jools Holland, The Tonight Show and Conan and toured with and befriended idols such as Gregg Allman, The Marshall Tucker Band, ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd and George Jones. For more info on Blackberry Smoke, visit blackberrysmoke.com, like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter and Instagram @blackberrysmoke.

"Opening up for Blackberry Smoke, is Lumber City’s own Lance Stinson. Lance has been influenced by a variety of music legends like Keith Whitley, George Jones, and Waylon Jennings. Lance also grew up listening to rock legends like Def Leppard and Poison. This variety of music has combined to give him a taste for what he calls “kick-in-the-teeth country”. He has opened for many big names in country music, including Randy Houser, Travis Tritt, Luke Bryan, Brantley Gilbert, Darryl Worley, and Lee Brice, among many others. That experience and his talent has led him to Nashville and his road to success. For more information visit www.lancestinson.net.

"Taking the stage prior to Lance, will be BEAU + LUCI, the “flower children with rock ‘n’ roll souls.” Hailing from the swamp lands of southern Georgia, raised on a heavy blend of rock-and-roll and blues and classic country, these two sisters mine their rich musical heritage to dream up an extraordinary timeless sound. Heavily influenced by the Allman Brothers, Fleetwood Mac, Emmylou Harris, and Johnny Cash, with their undeniable approach to storytelling steeped in ageless spirituals, blues, and classic rock, BEAU + LUCI captivate souls from all walks of life.

"Kicking off the day will be Salazar. The Boys of "SALAZAR" have only been together a short time. In that short amount of time Salazar has been blessed with great success. Driven by their unique sound and energy, on and off the stage, they have quickly established their own brand of music. From their "in your face" "guitar driven" "party songs"....to their SALAZAR inspired ballads...these guys love to put on a show!  They also have original music written and recorded and are currently working on an album.

"The concert will take place at the Stage at City Park, Highway 280 and Durden St on Saturday, April 29th with music starting at 5pm. Advanced tickets are available for $15 online at https://vof-concert.eventbrite.com. These advanced tickets are refundable if the event is cancelled due to inclement weather.  Tickets will also be available at the gate on the day of the concert. For more information, please contact the Vidalia Convention & Visitors Bureau (912-538-8687 or vidaliaonionfestival.com)."