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Billy Currington with Drake White and the Big Fire, and Kenton Bryant
April 12 @ 7:00 pm$45
Billy Currington’s latest album bears the breezy title Summer Forever, but the talented Georgia native has spent more than a decade in the spotlight proving he’s truly a man for all seasons. Possessing one of the smoothest and most distinct voices in any genre of music, Currington is equally skilled at delivering upbeat summertime anthems as well as exploring the complexities of life and love with a poignant ballad. On Summer Forever, Currington’s sixth studio album, he brings both with a collection of songs that will take the listener on a riveting musical journey and leave them breathless at the end of the ride.
Since his self-titled debut album bowed on Mercury Records in 2003, Currington has scored eleven career No. 1 singles, most recently, “Don’t Hurt Like It Used To.” His other hits that reached the No. 1 spot include such memorable songs as “Good Directions,” “Let Me Down Easy,” “Must Be Doin’ Somethin’ Right,” “People Are Crazy,” “That’s How Country Boys Roll,” “Hey Girl,” and “We Are Tonight.” Over the years, the self-effacing Georgia boy has amassed an impressive list of accolades. He won the “Hottest Video of the Year” honor at the fan-voted CMT Music Awards for “Must Be Doin’ Somethin’ Right” in 2006. The same year, he received an ACM nod for Top New Male Vocalist. His hit duet with Shania Twain, “Party for Two,” earned nominations from both the CMA and ACM. “People Are Crazy” took Currington’s already hot career to another level. He earned Grammy nominations for Male Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Song in addition to being nominate for Single and Song of the Year from the Country Music Association.
Currington has come a long way from his rural Georgia roots. He spent his early years on Tybee Island before his family moved inland to Rincon. He grew up listening to vinyl records by Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Kenny Rogers, and when his mom took him to one of Rogers’ concerts, 10-year-old Billy knew immediately he wanted to someday be the one on stage performing. However, he wasn’t sure how he was going to get there. “To be honest, I never even heard of Nashville till I was 17 or 18,” he says. All that changed when Currington’s pastor recognized his talent while he was singing in church, and decided to give the youngster some career guidance. “He had been living in Nashville at one point,” Currington recalls. “He said, ‘Man, there’s a town called Nashville that you can get a record deal. Your dreams could come true. I’m going to take you there.’ So he took me and showed me the town. He introduced me to people. When I got back home, I totally made up my mind that when I graduated high school I was going to go back.”
And so he did. He made the move to Music City at 18 and began paying his dues by pouring concrete and working as a personal trainer at a gym during the day. At night, he was getting a musical education playing in bars all over Nashville. Naturally, he began meeting other aspiring songwriters and artists. He began writing songs and his warm, strong voice made him one of the town’s most in demand demo singers. “I was doing 10 demos a day,” he says. “Before you know it, I started getting deal offers from record labels.”
He signed with Mercury in 2003, and immediately garnered attention with his debut single, “Walk a Little Straighter,” an autobiographical song about life with his alcoholic stepfather. The song peaked at No. 8, an auspicious debut for a newcomer. He proved the quick success was no fluke when he followed with “I Got A Feelin,” which became his first top five hit. From there, the hits continued as his sophomore album Doin’ Somethin’ Right spawned his first No. 1 with “Must Be Doin’ Somethin’ Right” and his second No. 1 with “Good Directions.” Released in 2008, his third album, Little Bit of Everything, featured five songs co-written by Currington. The Bobby Braddock/Troy Jones penned “People Are Crazy” became his third No. 1 and he followed that with a song he co-wrote, “That’s How Country Boys Roll,” which also hit the top of the charts. In September 2010, Currington released Enjoy Yourself, which included No. 1 hits “Pretty Good at Drinkin’ Beer” and “Let Me Down Easy.” His fifth album, We Are Tonight, further fueled him momentum spawning two No. 1 singles – “Hey Girl” and the title track.
Though Currington has grown in knowledge and confidence, his goals in making Summer Forever is the same as when he recorded his debut. “Music is a snapshot of people’s lives and most of all, I want to leave people in a happy place,” he says with a smile. “Whether they’re sitting on a beach listening to this album or they’re walking around their house or cleaning their house or whatever. Wherever they’re at listening to this album, I want to leave them with a happy and peaceful feeling.”
Currently, Drake White and the Big Fire, and Kenton Bryant are scheduled to open for Billy Currington at the Azalea Festival Main Stage!
Immediately shooting to No. 1 on the iTunes Top Country Albums chart upon release, Drake White’s debut album SPARK (BMLG Records) has earned praise both commercially and across his loyal following. The 2016 Taste of Country Fan Choice Awards Album of the Year is a 12-track labor of love that showcases his exemplary songwriting with a rock-infused, organic Country sound and signature foot-stomp. His latest offering, “Makin’ Me Look Good Again,” hit the top spot on SiriusXM’s The Highway with its deeply personal lyrics and pulsating groove. Fans from all genres voted Drake as CBS.com’s GRAMMY “Artist of Tomorrow” earlier this year as he continues to stun crowds with his incredible live show and soulful voice. Drake, along with his band The Big Fire, has previously toured with Superstars including Willie Nelson, Dierks Bentley, Little Big Town, Zac Brown Band, Eric Church, Toby Keith and more. It is no wonder that the Alabama native was featured inEntertainment Weekly’s New Artists Who Will Rule 2017, Rolling Stone’s 10 Country Artists You Need To Know, Billboard’s Hot New Country Artists to Watch and was chosen for CRS New Faces. Major corporations have also taken notice with Geico showcasing his song “Heartbeat” in their national television campaign. Drake recently embarked on his first headlining SPARK TOUR 2017 and joins Kip Moore on the road this fall. For the latest updates, visit DrakeWhite.com.
Main Stage Venue Rules
About the Venue
The Main Stage is located at 701 N. Front Street Wilmington NC 28401 (adjacent to the Schwartz Center). Gates will open two hours prior to show time (subject to change).
All City and County parking decks are $7/day to park; cash and bank cards accepted. One should anticipate possible delays upon entry and exit during high-volume times. Parking cost may change without notice as the Festival does not control these rates.
• Wilmington Convention Center – 515 Nutt Street. This deck will be $8/day to park; cash and bank cards accepted. Parking cost may change without notice as the Festival does not control these rates.
• Market Street Parking Deck – N 2nd Street
• 2nd Street Parking Deck (between Chestnut Street & Princess Street) – 100 N 2nd St
• Library Parking Deck – 200 N. 2nd Street
• Cape Fear Community College Parking Decks – cash only
• Nutt Street Deck
• Hanover/3rd Street Deck (limited public parking available at this lot – this will be the first lot to fill during the Concerts)
• Meters: $1.25/hr
Parking meters are free after 6:30 PM on Thursday and Friday, and all day Saturday and Sunday during Azalea Festival weekend.
All concerts are outdoor, rain or shine. In the event of rain, we advise ponchos and rain boots – no umbrellas will be allowed inside the venue. In the event of beautiful weather, we advise sunglasses and sunscreen. At the venue it can be a tad colder with higher winds since we are right on the river; please dress accordingly.
There will be no refunds. In the event the show is ccanceled due to extreme weather or artist cancellation, refunds will be processed within two weeks of the original show date. In most cases, this is a rain or shine event.
North Carolina Azalea Festival merchandise will be sold at the concerts. The availability of artist merchandise depends on the artist and will be for sale separately.
Entry & Re-Entry
Upon entry, all handbags will be inspected. This is to ensure the safety of all our guests, and we would appreciate your cooperation with our team. There is no re-entry allowed. The concert venue has restrooms as well as food and beverage, including alcoholic beverages, available for sale.
All concerts are outdoor, standing room only. The venue is a paved, fenced-in area with a natural slope down to the stage. We don’t advise bringing blankets or anticipating being able to sit on the ground due to safety precautions. We acknowledge the special needs and challenges of some of our guests, and guests requiring special needs should notify the box office when purchasing tickets.
Children of all ages will be permitted into the concert venue. Each person will need a concert ticket regardless of age, and we have that in place for safety purposes. The North Carolina Azalea Festival is not responsible for children at the concert, and please note that strollers are not permitted inside the venue.
• Any and all weapons/knives, etc.
• Laser pointers
• Illegal and prescription drugs
• Water Bottles
• Skateboards, bikes, scooters, etc.
• Outside food or drink
• Professional videography and/or photography including drones
Medical & Safety
Trained EMTs will be on-hand to address any and all medical incidents, and please don’t be afraid to ask for help from a staff member of volunteer – even if you just have a question. Additionally, if you see anyone who appears to be in need of medical assistance, please inform a member of our medical or security team. Police officers will be at the venue to ensure guest safety.
Food & Drinks
There will be food vendors inside the concert venue, as well as beverage tents with beer, wine, soft drinks, and water. Proper ID is required for all alcohol purchases.
Stay tuned to our social media accounts – Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram – for any concert venue updates. If you have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org (please note that during the concerts, our staff will not be able to answer your email right away). You can also call the Azalea Festival Ticket Office at (910) 794-4650 with any questions or concerns before the concert – but remember that our office will close at 5PM. You can find our staff and/or volunteers at the venue throughout the entirety of the show!
Your entry into the Main Stage venue grants the Festival permission to photograph or video you and your likeness to be used for Festival publicity now or in the future.