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Pictured is the band Outshyne, which will perform the season-opening Valdese Family Friday Nights concert this weekend.

VALDESE — Valdese will kick off its summer concert series with Outshyne, a band best described as five small-town guys with half a million road miles and 10 years together.

The Valdese Family Friday Nights stage will welcome the 2017 Carolina Country Awards Vocal Group of the Year this Friday night to open the season. Known for their No. 1 hit on SiriusXM Satellite Radio’s The Highway, “Moonlight Crush,” Outshyne began as a group of high school friends who continued their music career through determination that has shaped their character.

Along with that their album "Starting Over," debuting at No. 11 on iTunes, they have been able to record songs written by hit-makers like Jeffrey Steele, Cole Swindell, Shay Mooney and Florida Georgia Line. Along the way, they have played some of biggest music festivals including "Taste of Country" in New York, CMAFest in Nashville, Tennessee, and Carolina Country Music Festival in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Outshyne has shared the stage with Jake Owen, Keith Urban, Gary Allan, Colt Ford, Eric Church, Justin Moore and Darius Rucker, among other.

“We are excited to offer the community an even larger kickoff concert this year,” said Morrissa Angi, community affairs director for the town of Valdese. “Each year, we strive to add new groups to our season lineup and keep fan favorites.”

The 2019 season will run every Friday night until Aug. 30 from 7-10 p.m. Attendees are invited to bring a chair and enjoy free music each night. Special celebrations will be held for Independence Day on June 28 and everyone’s favorite, the 44th annual Waldensian Festival from Aug. 9-10.

Season lineup cards will be offered at the concessions stand along with concessions and beer sponsored by Friends of the Valdese Rec. A 50/50 raffle also will be offered and proceeds from concessions sales will go toward Valdese Lakeside Park.

Concert attendees are encouraged to visit local restaurants in downtown Valdese and check out the retail shops while they are visiting.

“The summer concerts have become a favorite for visitors and locals alike,” Angi said. “I am proud to be a part of the celebrations that make Valdese a Friday night destination for all to enjoy.”

Concerts are held in the town parking lot next to Wells Fargo. For further information about events in Valdese and the full Valdese Family Friday Nights summer concert series schedule, go to valdeseconcerts.com or call 828-879-2129.

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