Hold on tight because 38 Special is bringing its brand of Southern rock — that of four platinum albums — to Kansas Crossing Casino at 8 p.m. on Friday.
The show will be held at the casino’s outdoor venue, The Corral.
With hits such as “Hold on Loosely,” “Caught Up in You,” “Rockin’ Into the Night” and “Back Where You Belong,” 38 Special’s decadeslong run in the music industry continues churning to this day.
“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,” lead singer/guitarist Don Barnes said on the band’s website.
Though the band hasn’t released a studio album since “Drivetrain” in 2004, the notion to tour frequently has stayed consistent. In fact, 38 Special has played a live show each year since 1975.
“This music keeps our wheels on the road,” Barnes added. “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 endure.”
Since the band’s formation in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1974, the band has seen a handful of musicians come and go. When co-founder and lead singer Donnie Van Zant left the group in 2014, only Barnes remained from the original lineup.
After Van Zant’s departure, Barnes took over as the lead vocalist but continues his role as one of the band’s guitarists.
“The magic’s still there,” Barnes continued. “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.”
Joining Barnes onstage is Barry Dunaway (bass), Gary Moffatt (drums) and Bobby Capps (keyboard).
Tickets range between $40 and $70 and are available only to adults older than 21.