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Posted: Friday, February 15, 2013 3:41 pm

LAMPE — Black Oak Mountain Amphitheater will live like it’s dying, be a free bird, and certainly won’t stop believin’ in 2013.

The venue announced several shows for its 2013 Coors Light Summer Concert Series Friday, including Tim McGraw, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Journey and others.

“I think we’ve got something for everyone,” said Lance Combs, general manager of the amphitheater.

Starting Memorial Day weekend, Trace Adkins will kick off the season May 26.

“Besides the 10 million albums he’s sold, he’s starred on ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ and been in movies like ‘Lincoln Lawyer,’” Combs said. “And at 6-foot-6, he’s literally the biggest star in country music.”

Also at the show will be rocker-turned-country artist Aaron Lewis.

“A lot of people will recognize Aaron as the lead singer of the rock band Staind,” Combs said. “Their hit, ‘It’s Been Awhile,’ is the most-played song on rock radio in the last decade.”

Combs said Lewis will play some of his hits with Staind, as well as his own country music.

A third act, Blackberry Smoke, will also play the May 26 show. Combs called them “the hottest new Southern Rock band right now.”

Tickets for that show go on sale March 8.

The following month, on June 23, Black Oak welcomes Tim McGraw.

“Tim is everywhere right now,” Combs said. “He was on the Grammy’s last week, on the cover of People magazine, and his new album, ‘Two Lanes of Freedom,’ may be one of his best ever.”

He said McGraw will be joined by Brantley Gilbert, who’s been headlining his own tours lately.

“This is going to be an incredible show for our fans,” Combs said.

Then, classic southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd returns to Black Oak on July 5.

“Of all the places they could be the July Fourth weekend, they’re coming to party with us,” Combs said. “I think that says a lot about our fans here at Black Oak.”

On Aug. 16, the venue will bring in Journey.

“On a personal note for us, I think their iconic song ‘Don’t Stop Believin’ is a perfect theme song for us in 2013,” Combs said. “Our ownership here at Black Oak, our sponsors, and this great Table Rock Lake community has kept believing in this historic venue. We’re going to do everything we can to become the destination location for outdoor concerts in the Midwest.”

Combs said the shows announced aren’t expected to be the complete schedule for the year, and he hopes to add a couple more to the slate.

For more information, visit or call 417-779-1222.

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