Creative Concerts has announced another summer series show at Apple Valley Park in Lafayette. Blackberry Smoke with special guests Nick Perri & The Underground Thieves will be performing at Apple Valley Park on Tuesday, June 29. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday, April 30 at 10 a.m. at applevalleypark.com
As with previously announced events in this outdoor series, each will be socially distanced, with fans being able to purchase tickets in roped-off PODS (Personal Outdoor Dance Space) for parties of 2, 4, or 6. In an effort to create a safe experience for guests, a carefully thought out site plan has been developed allowing for temperature screenings and surveys to be conducted upon entering the event grounds. To adhere to social distancing guidelines, all PODS will be spaced a minimum of six feet apart. A variety of food and beverage options will be available for purchase. Site map and FAQ for the venue can be found at applevalleypark.com/faq
Throughout their career, Blackberry Smoke— vocalist/lead guitarist Charlie Starr, guitarist/vocalist Paul Jackson, bassist/vocalist Richard Turner, drummer Brit Turner, and keyboardist Brandon Still—has embodied Georgia’s rich musical legacy, honoring the people, places and sounds of their home state. As the band celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, their reverence for Georgia has only deepened. On their latest album, You Hear Georgia, the follow-up to 2018’s critically acclaimed Find a Light, Blackberry Smoke is further celebrating these roots with 10 new songs that feel like Georgia, accented by the addition of Grammy-winning producer and fellow Georgia-native, Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Brandi Carlile).
Over the years, the band has toured with ZZ Top, Zac Brown Band, and Eric Church. The group’s last four full-length albums reached the top 10 of the Billboard country charts, with two of these albums (2015’s Holding All The Roses and 2016’s Like An Arrow) landing at number one.
You Hear Georgia reinforces the feeling that band members have come far together because they also can rely on one another for support and creative direction, no matter what the circumstances. “Having played music together for so long, it does become a sort of a telepathic thing, where we all are nodding our head at the same time, like, ‘A-ha, I know what this feels like,’ or what it should feel and sound like,” Starr says. “That’s what makes it so enjoyable to be in a band: to play with the same dudes decade after decade,” he adds. “Because when you land on something that works for you, you don’t want to stop. You want to keep doing it.”
Apple Valley has also announced several other shows this summer, including four shows with Twiddle May 27-30 and three Tedeschi Trucks shows July 9-11. Tickets are available to these shows now.