WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- The annual Gears & Guitars music festival returns to Winston-Salem next week and you're invited!

Gears & Guitars is a series of concerts performed in conjunction with the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic, which takes place May 26-29 this year. All the concerts will be at Bailey Park in downtown Winston-Salem and will conclude with a free Memorial Day performance on Monday, May 29.

Gears & Guitars kicks off on Friday, May 26 featuring three country music performances: Eric Dodd, Muscadine Bloodline and Corey Smith. Gates open at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 26. Opening performers for the Saturday, May 27, concert will be announced at a later date. Following the conclusion of the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic on May 27, national recording artist Collective Soul will take the stage Bailey Park as the evening headliner. Gates open at 5 p.m.

On Sunday, May 28, Gear & Guitars will continue with headliner Barenaked Ladies. An additional opening artist will be announced at a later date. Gates open at 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 28. The Gears & Guitars music festival will conclude on Monday, May 29 with free Memorial Day performances featuring a number of local bands, food trucks and other family activities. The Memorial Day celebration at Bailey Park is from 1 to 7 p.m.

"Gears and Guitars is shaping up to be a wonderful event again this year, and we are thrilled with the already confirmed performers. Last year, we had more than 12,000 people at the concerts," Gears and Guitars Producer Ray Boden said. "With the level of talent and the great value of the tickets, people will have a good reason to make sure they stay in Winston-Salem over the Memorial Day holiday," he added.

You can find more information about Gears & Guitars on the festival's website. You can also purchase tickets on

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