The smaller version of Nebraskaland Days will feature a pair of reduced capacity concerts on Aug. 14-15, with the legendary band .38 Special and country music star Granger Smith.
.38 Special will perform Friday, Aug. 14 and Granger Smith on Saturday, Aug. 15.
“Music is an essential component of our heritage, and if at all possible, we wanted to give fans the opportunity to see a show while being responsible about how we go about it,” Nebraskaland Days Executive Director David Fudge said.
The plan for the Wild West Arena show calls for capacities that are capped at 75%, but organizers are committed to operating well below that limit.
“This isn’t the year to push the envelope,” Fudge said. “Our shows will have a special seating plan utilizing picnic tables on the arena floor, each spaced out and limited to six people per table. So, we’ll be closer to 25% capacity for these two shows.”
After more than four decades together, .38 Special continues to bring a blast of signature Southern Rock to more than 100 cities a year. And at each and every show, thousands of audience members are amazed by the explosive power of the band’s performance. Their gold and platinum album awards stand in testament to their endurance.
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 opening chord, and paving the way to their present-day touring regimen.
Granger Smith has amassed a massive, rabid audience now known as “Yee Yee Nation” built through heavy touring and grassroots fan engagement. He has a social media following of more than 6 million and more than a quarter of a billion online video views.
Smith broke onto the national scene with Remington, an album that garnered the No. 1 single “Backroad Song.” He also received a BMI Country Award for writing, producing, publishing (Climbing Windmills) and performing “Backroad Song.” “Backroad Song” was one of the Top 10 Most Played country singles of 2016 according to Mediabase and has been certified RIAA GOLD.
The follow up smash, “If The Boot Fits,” reached the Top 5.
Tickets for the concerts go on sale at 9 a.m. Thursday, July 30. Visit nebraskalanddays.com for more information.
The Buffalo Bill Rodeo, another feature of Nebraskaland Days, opens Wednesday, Aug. 5 and continues through Saturday, Aug. 8. Nightly performances begin at 8 p.m.