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24th AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL FEATURES

311, REBELUTION,

MICHAEL FRANTI & SPEARHEAD

3 DOORS DOWN, AND THE WALLFLOWERS

AS HEADLINERS ON 5TH STREET STAGE

September 1-3 at Oceanfront

 

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – 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.

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.

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.

Tickets for the show are $20 advance, $25 day of show.  Preferred Viewing tickets are $40, and $45 day-of-show if still available. 

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.

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.

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

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

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.

“The limited VIP passes are the true music fans’ ideal way to see a concert,” says Mike Hilton, director of Beach Events that produces the Festival.  “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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

311

Big Something

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

17th Street DQ Grill & Chill Park - FREE

Vertical Horizon

Show 7:30 p.m.

24th Street Park – FREE

TBA soon!

Show 7:30 p.m.

31st Street Park - FREE

TBA soon!     

Show 7:30 p.m.

 

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.

Rebelution

Michael Franti & Spearhead

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

17th Street DQ Grill & Chill Park - FREE

TBA soon!

Show 6:30 p.m.

24th Street Park – FREE

TBA soon!

Show 7:30 p.m.

31st Street Park - FREE

Little River Band

Show 7:30 p.m.

 

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.

3 Doors Down

The Wallflowers

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

Toyota Rock ‘n’ Roll Concert Series Stage (on beach between 16th and 17th Streets)

Sister Hazel

Show at 10:15 a.m.

17th Street DQ Grill & Chill Park - FREE

TBA soon!

Show 6:30 p.m.

24th Street Park

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Show 7:30 p.m.

31st Street Park - FREE

Guava Jam

Show 7:30 p.m.

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. 

The 24th American Music Festival is produced by IMGoing.  For additional and current information, go online to www.BeachStreetUSA.com.

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