American Music Festival

September 2, 2016 to September 4, 2016

Location

5th Street Stage
Dairy Queen Grill & Chill 17th Street Park
22nd Street Stage
31st Street Park
Alcohol available for purchase
Food Vendors
No Pets Allowed

Other newly announced admission-free concerts include Travis Tritt, Chris Janson, Matisyahu, Blue Oyster Cult, Little River Band, Ripe, Carter Winter, Guava Jam, Strictly Bizzness and The Entertainers.  These acts will perform on three stages along the oceanfront at 17th Street Park, 22nd Street Beach Stage, and 31st Street Park.

Tickets, Passport Pins, Preferred Viewing Passes, and VIP Passes on sale NOW through all Ticketmaster outlets, including online www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at 800.745.3000.  Children younger than 12 are free with a paid adult, not including the VIP passes.  Passport Pins also available at the Virginia Beach Visitor Information Center, open 9am-7pm dailly, at 2100 Parks Avenue (cash or check only). There is a $1 service charge at the Visitor Information Center. 

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The 23rd Annual American Music Festival will feature three major headline bands on the 5th Street Main Stage between Sept. 2-4.  311, Culture Club and UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue will bring a wide spectrum of talent and dozens of hit songs everyone will recognize. 

AMF music fans will have the option to purchase limited availability Preferred Viewing at a separate area directly in front of the Main Stage.  The space also includes access to preferred area beer and wine concession tents and Port-A-Johns.

On Friday, Sept. 2:  311 brings its blend of rock, rap, funk and reggae to headline the first night.  After touring for 25 years, 311 has built a huge following who testify to the quality and excitement of their live performances. Last year, the band’s recorded catalogue was compiled into a four-CD archive of their most popular songs. Their 2015 “Stereolithic” debuted at No. 6 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart.

311

Opening bands are Ozomatli and RDGLDGRN.

 

Ozomatli

RDGLDGRN

Tickets for the Friday show are $20 advance, $25 day of show.  Preferred Viewing tickets are $40, and $45 day-of-show if still available.  A Passport Pin covers all three 5th Street Main Stage shows and is $40.  Preferred Viewing 3-day Pass is $80.

The show begins at 6:30 p.m. and gates open at 5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 3:  UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue, will headline.  A British reggae/pop band formed in December 1978, the band has had more than 50 singles in the UK Singles Chart, and has also achieved considerable international success.  They’ve been nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album four times, and in 1984 were nominated for the Brit Award for Best British Group. One of the world's best-selling music artists, UB40 have sold more than 70 million records, including the global hits “Red Red Wine” and “Can’t Help Falling In Love.”

The Wallflowers open the show.  Led by Jakob Dylan, after their eponymous debut album in 1992, the Wallflowers released what would become their best-known and highest-selling album, “Bringing Down the Horse” in 1996, which featured songs such as "One Headlight" and "6th Avenue Heartache."  The Wallflowers have won two Grammy awards: Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal and Best Rock Song.

UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue

The Wallflowers

Tickets for the Saturday show are $20 advance, $25 day of show.  Preferred Viewing tickets are $40, and $45 day-of-show if still available.  A Passport Pin covers all three 5th Street Main Stage shows and is $40.  Preferred Viewing 3-day Pass is $80.

The show begins at 6:30 p.m. and gates open at 5 p.m.

 Sunday, Sept. 4:  Culture Club headlines. An English band formed in 1981 is led by international star Boy George.  The band’s second album, “Colour by Numbers,” sold more than 10 million copies worldwide and is certified triple platinum in the UK and quadruple platinum in the US. It appeared on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 100 Best Albums of the 1980s and is also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

The band had several international hits including "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me," "Time (Clock of the Heart)," "I'll Tumble 4 Ya," "Church of the Poison Mind," "Karma Chameleon," "Miss Me Blind," "Victims," "It's a Miracle," "The War Song," "Move Away," and "I Just Wanna Be Loved.”  They are considered one of the most representative and influential groups of the 1980s and have sold more than 50 million records. Ten of their singles reached the US Top 40.

Culture Club

Tickets for the Sunday show are $20 advance, $25 day of show.  Preferred Viewing tickets are $40, and $45 day-of-show if still available.  A Passport Pin covers all three 5th Street Main Stage shows and is $40.  Preferred Viewing 3-day Pass is $80.

The show begins at 6:30 p.m. and gates open at 5 p.m.

For the seventh year, a limited number of three-day VIP passes will be available to the general public for Friday, Saturday and Sunday Main Stage concerts.  The limited VIP passes are the true music fans’ ideal way to see a concert.  They provide concert viewing in an exclusive area directly in front of the stage on all three days.  VIP holders also enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres, VIP-only port-a-johns, two free beers or wine, and one ticket to Friday, Saturday and Sunday concerts, for just $199 per person.

Those wishing to purchase single-day VIP tickets for Friday, Saturday or Sunday only may do so for $99.  VIP passes are available only through Ticketmaster.

Friday, Sept. 2 – 311 will headline with Ozomatli and RDGLDGRN opening.  Tickets are $20 advance, $25 day of show.  Limited Preferred Viewing is $40 advance, $45 day of show if available.

Saturday, Sept. 3 – UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue will headline with The Wallflowers opening.  Tickets are $20 advance, $25 day of show.   Limited Preferred Viewing is $40 advance, $45 day of show if available.

Sunday, Sept. 4 – Culture Club will headline, with supporting acts to be announced.  Tickets are $20 advance, $25 day of show.  Limited Preferred Viewing is $40 advance, $45 day of show if available. 

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL – FOR A LIMITED TIME:

A Passport Pin, at $40, provides admission to all three Main Stage concerts.  Passport Pins are discounted at $20 through Ticketmaster.

Preferred Viewing 3-day passes are discounted at $60 through Ticketmaster.

Preferred Viewing single-day passes are discounted at $30 through Ticketmaster.

VIP 3-day passes are discounted at $150 through Ticketmaster.

Individual VIP tickets are discounted at $60 through Ticketmaster.

The American Music Festival will feature almost two dozen national recording bands that will perform free on 17th Street, 24th Street, and 31st Street stages.   

In the next weeks, all bands will be announced.

Friday, Sept. 2

5th Street Main Stage $20 advance/$25 day of show

311

Ozomatli

RDGLDGRN

Show 6:30 p.m./Doors Open 5 p.m.

22nd Street Stage (free)

Chris Janson

Opening band TBA

Show at 7:30 p.m./Doors Open 6:30 p.m.

31st Street Stage (free)

Little River Band

Opening Band TBA

Show at 7:30 p.m./Doors Open 6:30 p.m. 

Saturday, Sept. 3

5th Street Main Stage $20 advance/$25 day of show

UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue

The Wallflowers

Show 6:30 p.m./Doors Open 5 p.m.

22nd Street Stage (free)

Travis Tritt

Carter Winter

Show at 7:30 p.m./Doors Open 6:30 p.m.

31st Street Stage (free)

Blue Oyster Cult

Opening Band TBA

Show at 7:30 p.m./Doors Open 6:30 p.m. 

Sunday, Sept. 4

5th Street Main Stage $20 advance/$25 day of show

Culture Club

Special Opening Guest

Show 6:30 p.m./Doors Open 5 p.m.

Street Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon Stage (on beach between 16th and 17th Streets)

Sister Hazel

Opening Band TBA

Show at 10:15 a.m.

17th Street Stage (free)

The Entertainers

Show at 6:30 p.m./Doors Open 5:30 p.m.

22nd Street Stage (free)

Matisyahu

Ripe

Show at 7:30 p.m./Doors Open 6:30 p.m.

31st Street Stage (free)

Guava Jam

Strictly Bizness

Show at 7:30 p.m./Doors Open 6:30 p.m.

Proceeds support the Virginia Legends Walk.

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