American rock band 38 Special is gearing up to rock in Columbus this weekend.

The rockers will headline a concert on Saturday as part of the Platte County Fair at Ag Park, 822 15th St. in Columbus. Formed in the 1970s by neighborhood friends Don Barnes and Donnie Van Zant, 38 Special is sharing the bill with Brian Howe, former Bad Company lead singer, and Fran Cosmo, former lead singer of Boston.

“We’ve had our eye on them,” Columbus native Tayler Bock, of Lone Alpha Entertainment, previously told The Columbus Telegram about 38 Special. “They have the name, they have the songs.”

Bock also had expressed his excitement over Howe and Cosmo. People can expect Howe to bring some of the songs made famous by Bad Company, such as “Feel Like Makin’ Love.” And Cosmo, formerly of Boston, will bring a good mix of songs people will know from his career, including those with his former band.

“With Brian, you’re getting that more straight rock metal,” he said. “Fran, I’ve seen him live and he’s great ..."

38 Special has had a variety of popular tunes over the years, having sold more than 20 million records. Some of its biggest songs 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’” and “Second Chance.”

“We’ve had a great response and we’re looking for the largest crowd we’ve had in 20 years out there during the fair,” Ag Park General Manager Brian Palmer said in regards to the show.

Advanced tickets are available for $20 apiece. Tickets will be $25 each on the day of the show. Doors will open at 5 p.m. at Platte County Ag Park, with the concert set to commence at 6.

“After last year, seeing the show, it was hit after hit after hit -- that’s what you’re going after,” Bock previously told The Columbus Telegram about this year’s music lineup. “We want to give the community as many hits as you can for $20. They’re going to get their full night of it – it’s three-plus hours of music.”

Those who love live music don’t have to wait until Saturday, though. There’s a healthy lineup of performances planned leading up to Saturday’s big show. Residents can expect to come across plenty of local musicians entertaining while they themselves enjoy the beer garden space today.

Then, at 6 p.m. Friday, the Nebraska Bush Pullers fire up (doors open at 5 p.m.) Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 starting Friday. Immediately following that will be a show courtesy of Columbus/Norfolk-based outfit SideStep. The six-piece group covers a variety of classic rock and country hits, including from artists like Carrie Underwood, Martina McBride, Luke Bryan and The Eagles.

Tickets for the shows can be purchased at pcftickets.com.

Matt Lindberg is the managing editor of The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at matt.lindberg@lee.net.

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