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American Music Festival

September 1, 2017 to September 3, 2017

Location

5th Street Stage
Dairy Queen Grill & Chill 17th Street Park
24th Street Park
31st Street Park
Alcohol available for purchase
Food Vendors
No Pets Allowed

"EARLY-BIRD" DISCOUNT TICKETS ARE ON SALE THROUGH JULY 31! Click here to see ticketing options.

3-Day General Admission Passes for the American Music Festival are also on sale at the Virginia Beach Visitor Information Center at 2100 Parks Avenue.  Hours are 9:00am-7:00pm dfaily.  Purchase is by cash or check only.  The Early Bird price is $20 (plus $1 service fee) through July 31.

The 24th Annual American Music Festival will feature five major headline bands on the oceanfront 5th Street Main Stage between Sept. 1-3.  311, Rebelution, Michael Franti & Spearhead, 3 Doors Down and The Wallflowers will bring a wide spectrum of talent and dozens of hit songs everyone will recognize. 

AMF music fans will have two options 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 restrooms.

Friday, Sept. 1:  311 brings its blend of rock, rap, funk and reggae to headline the first night.  After touring 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.

Opening band Big Something, a six-piece powerhouse with a sound both unique and timeless, Big Something fuses elements of rock, pop, funk, and improvisation.  Their myriad of musical styles explains why this group has quickly become one of the most exciting bands to emerge from the Southeast.

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.

Buy single-day day tickets here

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

 

Saturday, Sept. 2:  Rebelution’s 2012 album debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Reggae and Independent charts, and at #13 on the Top 200 Albums chart.  Formed in Santa Barbara, CA in 2004, Rebelution’s strong DIY mentality, relentless touring and deep connection to their fan base via social media, has led them to being one of the best-selling reggae artists on the planet. Since the 2007 release of Courage to Grow, the band’s first full-length album, Rebelution’s music has been praised for its crafty melodies, socially-conscious lyrics and savvy musicianship.

 

Rebelution

Michael Franti & Spearhead’s entire musical career has slowly but surely built an extremely dedicated grass-roots following, earning fans around the world.  Michael Franti & Spearhead’s meaningful modern soul music includes an impressive series of recordings vividly reflecting their status as musical citizens of the world as a global force. The band’s most single, “Say Hey (I Love You)” was the biggest of Franti & Spearhead’s career, spanning multiple radio formats; Top 40, Hot AC and Alternative.

Michael Franti & Spearhead

Michael Franti is a musician, filmmaker and humanitarian who is recognized as a pioneering force in the music industry. Long known for his globally conscious lyrics, powerful performances, and dynamic live shows, Franti has continually been at the forefront of lyrical activism, using his music as a positive force for change.  “I make music because I believe it can change people's lives and make a difference in the world,” enthuses Franti, “music gives us new energy and a stronger sense of purpose.”  He and his band Spearhead, known for their authentic and uplifting music, have found global success with multi-platinum songs like "Say Hey (I Love You),” on the chart-breaking 2010 release of The Sound of Sunshine.  Franti and his band guarantee a show that will be thought provoking as well as energetic.   Franti has a brand new single, “Once A Day” from his upcoming debut album on Fantasy Records. “Once a Day” was inspired by his son's diagnosis with a rare kidney disease called FSGS (Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis) in the hopes that this song would inspire anyone in the world who is going through challenging times. Giving back has always been at the heart of Franti’s mission; he has dedicated his life to spreading the joy of music and positivity to millions of people.

Buy single-day day tickets here

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

 

Sunday, Sept. 3:  3 Doors Down’s first explosive burst of “Kryptonite” which ignited their storied career to the top, to subsequent multi-platinum albums, and a non-stop touring regimen that finds them still notching shows around the world at a record pace.  The group also has earned a hard-fought pedigree as one of rock’s most exciting and authentic radio icons. Their impressive and steady ascension up the ladder has seen them score multiple #1 hits, snag several Billboard and other awards, and log scores of sold-out shows over a growing global terrain that is nearing forty countries.  The band emphasizes that the close relationship the band has with their fans enables them to keep all connections open during the cycle of creating a new album, from the early songwriting phase thru their most rigorous live performances.

 

3 Doors Down

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.

 

The Wallflowers

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

 Buy single-day day tickets here

 

TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW THROUGH TICKETMASTER.

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

Three-day General Admission passes will be available for $40 (includses admission to all three 5th Street Main Stage concerts).

Buy three-day General Admission passes here - "Early-Bird" 50% discount pricing through July 31!

For the eighth year, a limited number of three-day VIP Experience passes will be available to the general public for Friday, Saturday and Sunday Main Stage concerts.  These passes 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 restrooms, 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 tickets include:

  • Special viewing area in front of stage
  • Access to VIP port-a-johns
  • 2 free drink tickets
  • Heavy h’orderves

Early bird VIP tickets July 14-31 are $150 for all three shows and $60 per day. 

Early bird Preferred Viewing tickets July 14-31 are $60 for all three shows and $30 for single shows. 

Preferred Viewing tickets include:

  • A separate, preferred viewing area in front of the stage
  • Access to preferred area port-a-johns
  • Access to preferred area beer and wine concession (cash bar)

VIP Experience tickets are available only through Ticketmaster.

Early bird three-day general admission passes are $20 July 14-31.  After July 31, three-day passes are $40.

Tickets and VIP Experience Passes are 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. Children are not free in VIP or Preferred Viewing areas. 

Friday, Sept. 1 – 311 will headline.  Big Something opens. Tickets are $20 advance, $25 day of show.  Limited Preferred Viewing is $40 advance, $45 day of show if available.

Saturday, Sept. 2 – Rebelution and Michael Franti & Spearhead. Tickets are $20 advance, $25 day of show.   Limited Preferred Viewing is $40 advance, $45 day of show if available.

Sunday, Sept. 3 – 3 Doors Down and The Wallflowers.  Tickets are $20 advance, $25 day of show.  Limited Preferred Viewing is $40 advance, $45 day of show if available.

 

Additional artists will be announced in soon!

 

Friday, Sept. 1

5th Street Main Stage ($20 advance/$25 day of show - Preferred Viewing tickets are $40, and $45 day-of-show if still available) - Show 6:30 p.m./Doors Open 5 p.m.

311

Big Something

17th Street DQ Grill & Chill Park - FREE - Show 7:30 p.m.

Motown/R&B show

24th Street Park – FREE - Show 7:30 p.m.

Country show

31st Street Park - FREE - Show 7:30 p.m.

Vertical Horizon  

 

Saturday, Sept. 2

5th Street Main Stage ($20 advance/$25 day of show - Preferred Viewing tickets are $40, and $45 day-of-show if still available) - Show 6:30 p.m./Doors Open: 5 p.m.

Rebelution

Michael Franti & Spearhead

17th Street DQ Grill & Chill Park - FREE - Show 6:30 p.m.

Bill Deal's Original Rhondells

24th Street Park – FREE - Show 7:30 p.m.

Cowboy Mouth

31st Street Park - FREE - Show 7:30 p.m.

Little River Band

 

Sunday, Sept. 3

5th Street Main Stage ($20 advance/$25 day of show - Preferred Viewing tickets are $40, and $45 day-of-show if still available) - Show 6:30 p.m./Doors Open: 5 p.m.

3 Doors Down

The Wallflowers

Toyota Rock ‘n’ Roll Concert Series Stage (on beach between 16th and 17th Streets) - Show at 10:15 a.m.

Sister Hazel

17th Street DQ Grill & Chill Park - FREE - Show 6:30 p.m.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

24th Street Park - FREE - Show 7:30 p.m.

Night Ranger

31st Street Park - FREE - Show 7:30 p.m.

Guava Jam

The 24th American Music Festival is sponsored by City of Virginia Beach, Bud Light, Landshark, Stella Artois, Budweiser, Michelob, Coca-Cola, 7-11, Diamond Resorts, Gold Key/PHR, Eastern Truck & Accessories, Bathfitter, Leaf Filter, Ferguson Enterprises, GEICO, RNDC, and Papa John’s. 

Proceeds support the Virginia Legends Walk.

Parking is conveniently located in the 9th Street Municipal Garage

200 9th Street

Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Parking is conveniently located in the 19th Street North & South Municipal Lots

300 19th Street

Virginia Beach, VA 23451

25th Street Municipal Garage

336 25th Street

Virginia Beach, VA 23451

31st Street Municipal Garage

209 30th Street

Virginia Beach, VA 23451

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