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Beatles impersonators 1964 the Tribute returns to Festival in the Park for the first time in a couple of years and will close the event with a Memorial Day set.
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While Elmwood Park gets renovated, Festival in the Park will spend May 24-27 at River’s Edge Sports Complex, by the old Victory Stadium site.
The lineup of mostly country music acts does not look like the list of up-and-comers at festivals past. But it does include a Sunday set from Dustin Lynch, whose 2012 single “Cowboys and Angels” rose to No. 2 on the Billboard country chart.
Daryle Singletary performs Friday.
Thursday, May 16, 2013
A lot has changed for Festival in the Park since Memorial Day weekend 2012.
Before the year was out, the organization that ran the event and others in downtown Roanoke, EventZone, had let its director resign, then lost its contract with the city.
Festival in the Park, which began its existence as an autonomous organization, also cut its ties with EventZone, then aligned itself with the city’s new events contractor, Downtown Roanoke Inc.
Because EventZone still holds some legal rights to the name Festival in the Park, this year’s version has a new, more convoluted name — Roanoke Festival in the Park Inc. presents Festival 2013. We’re guessing that folks will still call it Festival in the Park.
But the biggest change has been in location, at least for this year. Last year’s version of the festival preceded major renovations at Elmwood Park. While that city landmark gets a new look and feel, Festival 2013 will spend May 24-27 at River’s Edge Sports Complex, by the old Victory Stadium site.
This time next year, the event is likely to be back at Elmwood, its traditional home.
At least one other past festival tradition is in play. Beatles impersonators 1964 the Tribute returns to Festival in the Park for the first time in a couple of years and will close the event with a Memorial Day set. The only other nationally touring rock act on the bill is Brian Howe, who replaced Paul Rodgers in the English band Bad Company from 1986-1995 and sang the band’s hits “Holy Water” and “If You Needed Somebody.” These days, Howe is fronting his own act.
The lineup of mostly country music acts does not look like the list of up-and-comers at festivals past. But it does include a May 26 set from Dustin Lynch, whose 2012 single “Cowboys and Angels” rose to No. 2 on the Billboard country chart.
Otherwise, plenty of fun, food and children’s activities are on the agenda. The festival is devoting two of the Reserve Avenue fields to an Ultimate Frisbee Competition, while another field will host kite flying and a kiting competition. Arts and crafts vendors, a motorcycle show, a car show, the popular Power Tool Drag Races, even a chess club demonstration, will be part of the action.
Gates open at 5 p.m. Showtime is 6:30 p.m.
Festival opens at 11 a.m.
Evening concert gates open at 5 p.m. Showtime is 6:30 p.m.
Festival opens 11 a.m. Concert gate opens at 5 p.m. Showtime 6:30 p.m.
Festival opens at 11 a.m. Finale concert at 3 p.m.
1964 the Tribute
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