State Fair Announces Additional Concerts

LEWISBURG, WV (05/01/2018) (readMedia)-- The State Fair of West Virginia has announced the addition of 38 Special and the Buckin' B Bull Ride with Phil Vassar to the 2018 concert lineup.

38 Special will take the stage on Thursday, August 16, while the Buckin'B Bull Ride with Phil Vassar will close out the fair on Saturday, August 18! Tickets for both of these shows will go on sale this Friday, May 4, at 10 am.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 1-800-514-ETIX, or by visiting The State Fair Box Office will open in June.

The 2018 lineup will also feature free shows on Monday, August 13, from Uncle Si & the Sicotics, Tuesday, August 14, from Ben and Noel Haggard and Wednesday, August 15 from Chris Knight.

"We are less than 100 days away from the 2018 State Fair of West Virginia and we are getting very excited," State Fair CEO Kelly Collins stated. "Between the concerts, the agriculture, the rides and the food, there is something for everyone to enjoy!"

38 Special

After more than four decades together, 38 SPECIAL continue to bring their signature blast of Southern Rock to over 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 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."

It is that steely determination that lives on in the hearts of these 'Wild-Eyed Southern Boys.'

Completing the team is guitarist/vocalist DANNY CHAUNCEY, bassist BARRY DUNAWAY, drummer GARY MOFFATT and keyboardist/vocalist BOBBY CAPPS. For 38 Special onstage, it is a celebration of camaraderie and brotherhood, a precision unit bringing the dedication and honesty to a long history of classic songs, as well as surprisingly fresh new material.

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.

Phil Vassar

Phil Vassar is one of a handful of musicians to have multiple hits as a songwriter AND as an artist.

He has 10 Number 1s, 15 Top 10s, and 26 TOP 40s. Top songs include Just Another Day in Paradise. Carlene, Six Pack Summer, American Child, For a Little While & My Next Thirty Years (Tim McGraw), Right on the Money (Alan Jackson), I'm All Right & Bye Bye (Jodee Messina) and many more.

American Soul is Phil's ninth album. He also recently launched "Songs from the Cellar" a wine-infused musical conversation airing across the US and Europe.

The 2018 State Fair themed "Unforgettable Fun", is a 10-day Fair scheduled August 9-18, 2018. The State Fair of West Virginia, with a $13.8 million dollar economic impact on the state of West Virginia, is a 501 © 3 non-profit corporation committed to the traditions of agriculture, family entertainment, and education. For more information, please visit, or follow fair events on Facebook and Twitter.