An event that brought thousands of people to Salem this year is coming back next year.
Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. for the Blue Ridge Music Festival. The country concert is Saturday, May 31.
Headlining is Brantley Gilbert who was just named the ACM's top new male artist. Joining Gilbert will be Thomas Rhett, Colt Ford, Parmalee, Jukebox Mafia, DeeJay Silver, and other exciting guests to be announced. The daylong country festival will be hosted by GAC and SiriusXM's Storme Warren.
The all day music festival is the second largest event in Salem.
"Really it's a big deal. We're a small community. We're only 25,000. So when you put 11,000 people, 12,000 people in a stadium, basically you've increased your population by 50% in just one day in a short period of time," said Carey Harveycutter with the Salem Civic Center. "Encourage people to come in the night before, go to the restaurants, spend some money while they're in town or stay tonight Friday night and Saturday. Or try to do that to encourage more overnight stays."
There will be some changes this year. Organizers are adding more on site parking and a shuttle for people who want to park off site. The festival will offer more food options too.
Tickets start at $40. You can buy them online or at the Salem Civic Center.