In the Old West, announcing that a gang of outlaws was coming could strike fear into the hearts of the townspeople. These days, such an announcement brings the promise of great music and a good time, when the Gang of Outlaws Tour, featuring ZZ Top, 3 Doors Down, Gretchen Wilson and special guest The Ben Miller Band, comes to the Fort Bragg Fairgrounds on Saturday, June 2, sponsored by the Fort Bragg MWR. Tickets are $30 in advance and are available online at www. and at the Fort Bragg Leisure Services Office. Admission is $35 the day of the show, with tickets available at the gate beginning at 5 p.m. 05-23-12-gang-of-outlaws.jpg

The Gang of Outlaws Tour features performers and music guaranteed to get you on your feet and moving, from bluesy rock and roll to country. For more than 40 years, event headliner ZZ Top, “that little ol’ band from Texas,” has entertained fans worldwide with its distinctive blues-influenced rock, including such hits as “La Grange,” “Cheap Sunglasses,” “Gimme All Your Lovin’,” “Sharp Dressed Man” and “Legs.” Rock and Roll Hall of Famers and original band members Billy Gibbons (guitar/vocals), Dusty Hill (bass/vocals) and Frank Beard (drums/percussion) have just released their first single in nine years, “I Got To Get Paid!”

Formed in 1996 in Escatawpa, Miss., rock band 3 Doors Down has enjoyed multi-platinum success, beginning with its debut album The Better Life, the 11th-best-selling album of the year in 2000. The band, composed of lead vocalist Brad Arnold, lead guitarist Matt Roberts, bass guitarist Todd Harrell, rhythm guitarist Chris Henderson and drummer and percussionist Greg Upchurch, released its fifth album, Time of My Life, in July of 2011.

Rock-inspired country singer Gretchen Wilson has won a Grammy, as well as awards from the Country Music Association, Academy of Country Music and American Music Awards. “Redneck Woman,” her first single from her debut album Here for the Party, spent six weeks at number one. Other hits by the multi-platinum artist include “Here for the Party,” “Homewrecker,” “When I Think about Cheatin’” and “All Jacked Up.”

Special guest The Ben Miller Band from Joplin, Mo., features band members Ben Miller, Scott Leeper and Doug Dicharry, who, according to the band’s website, combine “the frenetic energy of bluegrass, the soul of the delta blues and the haunted spirit of Appalachian mountain music.”

Some might think this much fun should be against the law, but you won’t want to miss any of this gang’s acts. The Howell Street Gate opens at 3 p.m. Admission to the event, held rain or shine, includes free parking. Food and alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages will be available for sale. Guests may bring lawn chairs and blankets, as seating is unassigned. No pets, except for service animals, are allowed, and no cameras or video recordings are permitted. For more information, visit

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