Country artist to help re-open Tarheel Concert Lounge after Hurricane Florence

Valentine’s Day isn’t just one day a year for country artist Drake White. That’s a good thing. If it was, he would have a lot of explaining to do to his wife, Alex. After all, instead of spending Valentine’s Day with her, he’ll be spending it in Jacksonville performing at the renovated Tarheel Concert Lounge.

“We had some good time off during the holidays, but she knows the business and this is just par for the course,” White said of being on the road during the romantic holiday. “I like to think Valentine’s Day is the 14th day of every month.”

White, known for his hit “Livin’ the Dream” among others, is scheduled for an 8:00 p.m. show at the Tarheel, located at 145 Blue Creek School Road in Jacksonville. Doors for the show are scheduled to open at 7:00 p.m. for the performance that includes opening act Jordan Booker. Tickets range from $18.50 for general admission to $199.50 for a VIP booth that seats four people.

The Tarheel hasn’t hosted a concert since Hurricane Florence roared ashore on Sept. 14. White said he was thrilled to be able to help celebrate its reopening.

“It’s very symbolic,” said White. “After going through hardship, you always come out better and stronger and resilient. And coming back, they’re going to be excited, so I’m excited to play in front of an excited crowd.”

White knows a large part of that crowd will be made up of Marines and their spouses.

“I’ve always loved it,” White said of playing in front of a military audience, which included a 2016 show at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point.

“I’ve had the opportunity to play in front of many military crowds, and they’re always special,” said White. “To be able to perform and provide them a moment is pretty special. You know, music cuts through everything. It’s the universal language, so to be able to perform in front of our nation’s finest is a blessing. And, it’s usually rowdy and wide open, so I always enjoy it.”

White said he’ll be ready for the performance and he hopes the crowd will be too.

“I love to perform live. That’s what we do,” said White. “It’s high energy and we have a lot of fun. Be ready, because we’re going to sing like it’s the last time we’re ever going to sing. Whether it’s 10 or 10,000 people, it’s what we do.”

White’s debut album, “Spark,” came out in 2016. He found success with singles such as “It Feels Good,” “Makin’ Me Look Good Again” and his highest-charting song, “Livin’ the Dream.” He released a five-song compilation “Pieces” in the spring of 2018 and most recently released a four-track live EP called “Drake White and the Big Fire Live.”

He’s toured with Zac Brown, and his performance in Jacksonville is just the start of a busy late winter and spring of touring that includes shows in Europe and England with, among others, Chris Stapleton.

Still, White said he’s looking forward to the concert in Jacksonville.

“It’s great getting back to North Carolina,” said White, a native of Hokes Bluff, Alabama. “It’s one of my favorite states and I can’t think of a better crowd to play for than our service members.”

Ticket information on the show can be found

on the Tarheel website at

or call 910-347-4731

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