Roanokes can expect another good season of music in downtown Roanoke’s Elmwood Park. Downtown Roanoke, Inc. is bringing another diverse lineup to the City of Roanoke’s outdoor amphitheater. The concerts in August and September are the result of a partnership between Downtown Roanoke, Inc. and the City of Roanoke.
“Each year we work on bringing in artists that offer something different to people in the Roanoke Valley and beyond,” Tina Workman, President and CEO at Downtown Roanoke Inc., said. “We look forward to showcasing the amphitheater and our beautiful Downtown to everyone who comes to enjoy these shows.”
This summer’s series includes:
-? Friday, August 17th – The B-?52s -? Tickets $35
“You don’t need to look too hard to see or hear the multi-?dimensional influence of The B-?52s… For as loud as anthems like ‘Dance This Mess Around,’ ‘Love Shack,’ and ‘Rock Lobster’ might resound, the group have quietly impacted alternative music, fashion, and culture over the course of four-?plus decades. Selling over 20 million albums worldwide, the GRAMMY® Award-?nominated quartet—Fred Schneider [vocals, toy piano], Kate Pierson [vocals, keyboards], Cindy Wilson [vocals, percussion], and Keith Strickland [guitar, drums, keys, programming]—ignited a legacy of innovation and inspiration that dates back to 1976.”
-? Friday, September 7th – Gary Allan -? Tickets $25
“With the allure of a modern day outlaw, Gary Allan has won over fans, peers and critics with his signature blend of smoldering vocals, rebellious lyrics and raucous live performances. While becoming a force on the country music scene, Allan has remained true to his artistic voice each step of the way. Allan just re-?signed with Universal Music Group Nashville, the label home for the entirety of his twentyyear career. ‘Do You Wish It Was Me?’, the debut single from his upcoming EMI Nashville release, hit radio this June. The single was cowritten by Allan, Jonathan Singleton and Andrew Dorff and co-produced by Allan and Greg Droman. His last album, SET YOU FREE, topped the Billboard 200 (Pop Chart), a career first for Allan. The album also made its debut at the top of the Billboard Country Album chart (for the fourth time in a row), and produced his fifth #1 country radio chart topper with ‘Every Storm Runs Out Of Rain.’”
-? Saturday September 22nd – Young the Giant -? Tickets $35
“Young the Giant first broke through with their 2010 self-?titled debut album, which featured the RIAA-gold certified hits, ‘My Body’ and ‘Cough Syrup’. This was followed by the release of 2014’s Mind Over Matter, which was both a commercial and critical success. In addition to scoring a Top 10 debut on the Soundscan/Billboard 200 chart and Top 5 Alternative Radio hit with ‘It’s About Time,’ the album received a raft of praise from Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, USA Today, and The New York Times who not only raved about how ‘…the group gobbles up bits of several segments of rock history -? prog-rock, boogie metal, Southern rock, soft rock, new wave, dance-?rock, and more -? and claims ownership of them’ but also declared frontman Sameer Gadhia as ‘one of the great contemporary rock voices.’ Since then, the band has toured the world, with their most recent route featuring sold out performances at Radio City Music Hall, The Greek Theatre, and Aragon Ballroom. They have become a festival mainstay at high profile outings such as Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, Lollapalooza, Outside Lands and Governor’s Ball among others. Over the course of their career, Young The Giant has charted 5 singles on the Billboard Alternative Top 10.”
Tickets will be available beginning May 18th at 8:00am through new ticketing agent, Brown Paper Tickets. Full details and ticketing links can be found at www.DowntownSummerSeries.com.
The Summer Series is sponsored by Budweiser, City of Roanoke, WDBJ7, Coca-?Cola, K92, Q99, The Rock Channel, and Star Country. For more information visit www.DowntownSummerSeries.com.