On Friday night, Brad Paisley gave a salute to Andy Griffith on Twitter moments after finishing his latest summer concert at PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte.
And next month, the country-music star will be back in town to pay tribute to another one of North Carolina’s favorite sons: Paisley has announced he will perform a special concert at Concord’s zMAX Dragway on Oct. 7 – the night before the Bank of America 500 – in honor of Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s final Charlotte Motor Speedway start as a full-time driver.
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The concert is free to all Bank of America 500 ticketholders, and concert tickets will not be available for purchase separately (making the promotion similar to the way the Belk Bowl handled its Tim McGraw concert last December). Keeping with the Dale Jr. theme, fans can buy two race tickets for $88; in addition to concert admission, they’ll receive a commemorative Earnhardt Jr. bobblehead, while supplies last. Race tickets for kids 13 and younger are $10. For details, or to purchase: 1-800-455-3267 or www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.
Paisley’s concert is a salute to Earnhardt’s JR Nation Appreci88ion Tour. Earnhardt, 42, announced in April that this would be his last season driving on NASCAR’s top series. Winless since the fall of 2015, he’ll get 10 more chances to try to get to victory lane, including at the Oct. 8 Bank of America 500.
Paisley is currently touring the U.S. in support of his new album “Love and War,” which has produced the singles “Today” and “Last Time for Everything.”