Linda Stacy, Assistant Editor
February 3, 2015
Mark your calendar now for one of the most anticipated events in Tennessee, the 11th Annual International Dogwood Festival featuring three days of music, arts and crafts and family fun May 1-3 in downtown Winchester.
Event organizers say this year’s festival promises to be bigger and better than ever.
Headlining the festival will be the Southern Rock Band, 38 Special, performing in a free concert Saturday, May 2, on the main stage.
After more than three decades together, 38 Special continues to bring its signature blast of southern rock to more than 100 cities a year. Their many gold and platinum album awards stand in testament to the endurance of a legendary powerhouse. Their hits include, “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 many more. Since 1976, the band has released more than 15 albums.
“The magic’s still there,” guitarist/vocalist Don Barnes said recently in a published statement. “It’s an emotional high for us to keep ‘bringing it’ after all these years. That’s what you hear on the new live stuff, that sense of urgency and power. 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.”
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. Barnes is looking forward to performing in Winchester.
“This music keeps our wheels on the road, he said. “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 to endure. Looking back now, it has been our greatest pride to have persevered and attained that level of success and longevity. For us, it’s the ultimate validation.”
The International Dogwood Festival was started by the Winchester Tourism Committee and city administration that wanted a community event that would provide world class entertainment to the community and the region. The festival became a reality in 2005 with the first Dogwood Festival. Since that year, the festival has become a tradition for families all over the region.