38 Special to perform at First Financial Music Hall

38 Special is set to perform at MAD in September. (Contributed)
38 Special is set to perform at MAD in September. (Contributed)

38 Special is set to rock the stage at First Financial Music Hall on Wednesday, September 18th. Presented by Murphy USA, the concert will coincide with the El Dorado Shootout, a prestigious women's EPSON Tour golf tournament held September 20th – 22nd at Mystic Creek Golf Club. Doors to the event will open at 6:30pm with the concert starting at 7:30pm. Ticket prices range from $44 to $149 and go on sale to the public Friday, February 16th at 10am, CST. Seating is reserved.

"We will be "Rockin' into the Night" September 18th at MAD thanks to presenting sponsor Murphy USA. 38 Special is a staple in the Southern Rock genre and we're happy to finally have them perform inside the First Financial Music Hall," said MAD President and CEO Pam Griffin.

After more than four decades, 38 Special continues to bring their signature blast of Southern Rock to over 100 cities a year. At each and every show, thousands of audience members are amazed by the explosive power of the band's performance. Their many Gold and Platinum album awards stand in testament to the endurance of a legendary powerhouse.

With sales in excess of 20 million, 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 – Timeless hits that remain a staple at radio, immediately recognizable from the first opening chord, and paving the way to their present-day touring regimen.

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."

Completing the team is bassist Barry Dunaway, drummer Gary Moffatt and keyboardist/vocalist Bobby Capps. The most recent addition to the band is legendary virtuoso guitarist and vocalist Jerry Riggs.

Since 1976, the band has released more than 15 albums. And from the start, they've toured relentlessly, bringing their signature brand of 'muscle and melody' to fans worldwide.

Barnes adds, "This music keeps our wheels on the road. We're a band that's tried to stay honest with what has driven us over the years. We started out with nothing but bold determination to make our own history and to endure. Looking back now, it has been our greatest pride to have persevered and attained that level of success and longevity. For us, it's the ultimate validation."

"The magic's still there," adds Barnes. "It's an emotional high for us to keep 'bringing it' after all these years. When those lights go down and we all walk up those steps to the stage and hear that crowd roar, it's a real rush to the head. It feels like we're getting ready to strap ourselves in and it just takes off from there."

Tickets for the event are currently on sale and are available for purchase at eldomad.com or by calling the box office at 870-444-3007. Tickets may also be purchased at the box office located at 101 East Locust Street.

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