The 23rd annual– and much anticipated — American Music Festival returns to the Virginia Beach oceanfront this weekend.
The lineup on the 5th Street Main Stage features bands whose sounds appeals to people of all ages and musical tastes.
311 kicks off the weekend on Friday, September 2nd with their distinct rap/rock/reggae/funk/ska sound and impeccable harmonies of Nick Hexum and S.A. Martinez.
Virginia Beach has long been a tour stop for 311 and summer wouldn’t be complete without them. 311 has always — and will always — stand apart from the cluster of groups in their particular genre, making them the perfect group to open the weekend.
Cracker will open on Saturday, September 3rd. Cracker has been around for 24 years and much of their music is still on radio rotation.
Two-time Grammy winners The Wallflowers, led by Jakob Dylan, will perform second and will play some of their most recognizable hits, like this one. Look at those baby blues on Little Dylan!
The second night of the American Music Festival will conclude with UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue. UB40 formed in 1978 and has sold over 70 million albums to date. They brought us classics “Red Red Wine” and “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” two songs we all know the words to and get us out of our seats.. or at least have us swaying back and forth.
You can catch the ska punk band from New Jersey, Streetlight Manifesto, on the 17th Street Stage on Saturday as well. They continue to play to sold out shows around the world and continue to redefine what “ska” really is.
The Romantics will open for Culture Club on Sunday, September 4th. Although from Detroit, The Romantics were inspired by the British punk invasion and their hometown rock scene. Their music is simple, but that’s part of their charm.
Culture Club — cue fangirl screech from someone took inspiration from an 80s Boy George for a Halloween costume one year in college — was one of the biggest pop bands of the 80s, and they close out the festival. I’m so excited about this I’m having difficulty forming words. From Culture Club’s flamboyant front man, Boy George, to their raging success in the UK and the US, Culture Club will NOT disappoint!
While you’re at the oceanfront partaking in the Labor Day festivities, don’t forget to support local music by checking out the bands performing at the stages that dot the boardwalk.
American Music Festival takes place September 2, 2016 to September 4, 2016 at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. For more info, click here. AMF is a promotional partner on this post.