Down by Downtown Music Festival

APRIL 20-22ND, 2017 LINEUP WILL BE POSTED CLOSER TO RACE WEEKEND, BUT TAKE A PEEK AT THE 2016 LINE UP BELOW TO GET AN IDEA OF DATES, TIMES & LOCATIONS.

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2016 PRE & POST RACE FESTIVAL INFO:

Music and running just seem to go well together, which is why we’ve partnered with the Down by Downtown Music Festival, a three day festival with music acts from all over the country.  Many of them performing AT NO COST TO YOU in five venues throughout downtown Roanoke.

The Down by Downtown Music Festival kicks off Thursday at five different venues in downtown Roanoke, continuing with a FREE concert Friday evening in the Elmwood Park Amphitheater followed by Saturday’s headliner GALACTIC. So after you’ve crossed the finish line, head back to your hotel room (or home), shower, and then hobble back to Elmwood Park amphitheater for the final concert celebration – music, food, beer, and more.

Thursday Night Concerts (April 14):

The following venues will have an amazing selection of music acts from across the country, many of which are FREE or for small covers.  Each venue will have a different “theme” so we have something for everyone.  Go to their website for details:

  • Awful Arthur’s Downtown- “The Rock Room” (9pm-Midnight)
  • Martin’s Downtown- “Nothing But the Best” (10pm-Midnight)
  • The Spot on Kirk- “String Bands” (8pm-11pm)
  • The Quarter- “Singer Songwriter Room” (8pm-11pm)
  • Blue 5 (Friday & Saturday only)

Friday Night Concerts (April 15):

Saturday Night Concerts (April 16):

  • 9AM-3pm: Free live music in Elmwood Park Amphitheater (at finish line festival)
  • HEADLINER CONCERT IN ELMWOOD (Gates Open @ 5pm):
  • Incredible Acts being played at all five venues on Friday night.  Head to the Down by Downtown Facebook Event for Details.

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Galactic is a New Orleans-based funk band. Their latest CD, “Into the Deep” was released in July 2015 and features an eclectic mix of vocals and instrumentals. The band has been recording for more than 20 years creating songs with influences of hip hop, electronic, rock, blues, and jazz. Their current tour includes stops at major festivals all over the East Coast.

Ticket Information For GALACTIC:

To Purchase Runner-Only Tickets (availability limited to 800 and for registered runners only):

  1. You must be registered for either the full marathon, half marathon, or Star 10K to purchase two tickets @ $15/each.
  2. Deadline to pre-purchase your tickets online is March 20, 2016.
  3. Click here to get started with your registration, where you can add concert tickets to your race entry purchase. If you’ve already registered log back in to your Active Profile and purchase tickets through the “merchandise/offers” section.
  4. The number of tickets you purchase will be noted on your runner bib. Your runner bib WILL BE YOUR TICKET and you must show it to gain access to concert.
  5. Additional tickets will be available for purchase (if the concert hasn’t sold out) at packet pickup and at the concert itself.

To Purchase General Admission Tickets (available to anyone):

  1. $25 general admission tickets may be purchased online. $30 at the gate.
  2. General admission/seating.
  3. Rain or shine event. No refunds. No chairs.

**For questions about runner tickets/info email Julia Boas.**