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American Music Festival

September 1, 2017 to September 3, 2017


5th Street Stage
Dairy Queen Grill & Chill 17th Street Park
24th Street Park
31st Street Park
Alcohol available for purchase
Food Vendors
No Pets Allowed



All Sunday shows will go on as scheduled! 

Refund information:

Refunds for single day tickets purchased for Friday Performance featuring 311, Big Something and Jesse Chong Band will be available at the point of purchase, starting tomorrow, September 2. If you purchased online at or by phone with Ticketmaster, your Ticketmaster account will automatically be credited and may take up to 10 days.

3-Day Preferred Viewing and 3-Day VIP tickets purchased at and over the phone with Ticketmaster will be credited for one-third of the face value of the ticket. The credit will be automatically applied by Ticketmaster and may take up to 10 days.

Click here to see ticketing options.

3-Day General Admission Passes for the American Music Festival are also on sale at the Virginia Beach Visitor Information Center at 2100 Parks Avenue.  Hours are 9:00am-7:00pm daily.  Purchase is by cash or check only. The service fee is $1.

At the 5th Street Main Stage, chairs are allowed in the General Admission viewing area, but not in Preferred Viewing or VIP.

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.

CANCELLED - 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.

Buy single-day day tickets here

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.

Michael Franti & Spearhead

Michael Franti is a musician, filmmaker and humanitarian who is recognized as a pioneering force in the music industry. Long known for his globally conscious lyrics, powerful performances, and dynamic live shows, Franti has continually been at the forefront of lyrical activism, using his music as a positive force for change.  “I make music because I believe it can change people's lives and make a difference in the world,” enthuses Franti, “music gives us new energy and a stronger sense of purpose.”  He and his band Spearhead, known for their authentic and uplifting music, have found global success with multi-platinum songs like "Say Hey (I Love You),” on the chart-breaking 2010 release of The Sound of Sunshine.  Franti and his band guarantee a show that will be thought provoking as well as energetic.   Franti has a brand new single, “Once A Day” from his upcoming debut album on Fantasy Records. “Once a Day” was inspired by his son's diagnosis with a rare kidney disease called FSGS (Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis) in the hopes that this song would inspire anyone in the world who is going through challenging times. Giving back has always been at the heart of Franti’s mission; he has dedicated his life to spreading the joy of music and positivity to millions of people.

Buy single-day day tickets here

The show begins at 7:30 p.m. and gates open at 6:30 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.


3 Doors Down

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.


The Wallflowers

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

 Buy single-day day tickets here



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

Three-day General Admission passes will be available for $40 (includses admission to all three 5th Street Main Stage concerts).

Buy three-day General Admission passes here

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.  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.

VIP tickets include:

  • Special viewing area in front of stage
  • Access to VIP port-a-johns
  • 2 free drink tickets
  • Heavy hors d'oeuvres

Preferred Viewing tickets include:

  • A separate, preferred viewing area in front of the stage
  • Access to preferred area port-a-johns
  • Access to preferred area beer and wine concession (cash bar)

VIP Experience tickets are available only through Ticketmaster.

At the 5th Street Main Stage, chairs are allowed in the General Admission viewing area, but not in Preferred Viewing or VIP.

Tickets and VIP Experience Passes are on sale now through all Ticketmaster outlets, including online 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. 

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.


Friday, Sept. 1

CANCELLED 5th Street Main Stage ($20 advance/$25 day of show - Preferred Viewing tickets are $40, and $45 day-of-show if still available) - Show 6:30 p.m./Doors Open 5 p.m.


Big Something

Jesse Chong Band

CANCELLED 17th Street DQ Grill & Chill Park - FREE - Show 7:30 p.m.

TFC Band

CANCELLED 24th Street Park – FREE - Show 7:30 p.m.


The Double Shots

CANCELLED 31st Street Park - FREE - Show 7:30 p.m.

Vertical Horizon 

WOAH 90's

Vertical Horizon

Vertical Horizon was founded in the early 1990s, but it was seven years before lead singer Matt Scannell’s songs became the radio hits that brought the popular grass roots band to national attention. Vertical Horizon released three albums independently (There and Back Again, Running on Ice, and Live Stages) and toured extensively before signing with RCA Records in 1998. In 1999, they released their breakout album, Everything You Want, which went on to sell more than two million copies.  Their follow-up album, Go, was released in 2003 and solidified the band as a no-nonsense pop rock entity.  Their album Burning the Days was released in 2009 on Vertical Horizon’s own label, Outfall Records. One of the songs, “Even Now,” was co-written by Scannell with his close friend Neil Peart, the much-heralded drummer from Rush. Peart played drums on that song as well as two other tracks on the record.  Burning the Days was critically acclaimed and produced two Hot AC radio singles, “Save Me from Myself” and “The Lucky One.”


Saturday, Sept. 2

MOVED TO VIRGINIA BEACH CONVENTION CENTER 5th Street Main Stage ($20 advance/$25 day of show - Preferred Viewing tickets are $40, and $45 day-of-show if still available) - Show 7:30 p.m./Doors Open: 6:30 p.m.


Michael Franti & Spearhead

STILL ON, WEATHER PERMITTING 17th Street DQ Grill & Chill Park - FREE - Show 7:30 p.m.

The Original Rhondels

STILL ON, WEATHER PERMITTING 24th Street Park – FREE - Show 7:30 p.m.

Cowboy Mouth

Brandon Bower Band

Cowboy Mouth

For over two decades, Cowboy Mouth has dished up its unique style of rock & roll gumbo, mixing a rowdy spirit reflective of the band's hometown -- New Orleans -- with the fierce firepower of a group that lives on the road. These Louisiana natives have played more than 2,500 concerts and launched their signature song, "Jenny Says,” into the upper half of the Billboard rock charts. Above all else, they earned a well-deserved rep as a raucous, redemptive, live music experience.   Go!, the band's newest album, is proof that Cowboy Mouth hasn't lost its bite. It's the most collaborative album of the group's career, performed with ferocity by a group of rock & roll veterans who've been there, done that... and can't wait to do it all again. "I'm just a little older, but I ain't dead yet!" LeBlanc sings during the very first song, kicking off a record that's steeped in the ageless energy of the band's live shows.

STILL ON, WEATHER PERMITTING 31st Street Park - FREE - Show 7:30 p.m.

Little River Band


Little River Band

Little River Band has enjoyed huge chart success with multi-platinum albums and chart topping hits like: “Reminiscing,”  “Cool Change,” “Lonesome Loser,” “The Night Owls,”  “Take It Easy On Me,”  “Help Is on Its Way,”  “Happy Anniversary,”   “We Two,”  “Man On Your Mind,”  “The Other Guy,”  and “It’s A Long Way There.”  Worldwide album, CD sales and digital downloads now top 30 million and LRB has set a record for having had Top 10 hits for 6 consecutive years – In fact, they were the very first band to achieve that remarkable status! According to BMI, “Reminiscing” has garnered rare status with over 5 million airplays on American radio, and “Lady” is close behind with over 4 million airplays. Bringing their vocal and musical energy along with some cool arrangements to their timeless classic hits, each show creates new memories for the audience. The band enjoys watching their fans fall in love with the songs all over again as they are swept up by the show’s powerful performance and the volume of hits from LRB’s history.  With 90-100 dates scheduled for their 2017 tour, Little River Band is hotter than ever selling out shows and making music from coast to coast nationwide continuing their legacy of being “the best singing band in the world.”


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

3 Doors Down

The Wallflowers

Anthony Rosano & the Conqueroos

Toyota Rock ‘n’ Roll Concert Series Stage (on beach between 16th and 17th Streets) - Show at 7:30 a.m.

Sister Hazel


Sister Hazel

For more than 20 years, Sister Hazel has built the kind of musical communication that comes only with time, talent and commitment. From bars and clubs back home in Gainesville, Florida, to theaters, arenas, college campuses and open air festivals, they’ve seen audiences light up the night like seas of stars. Sister Hazel’s new album harks back to the roots of their story through its title, Lighter in the Dark. The album affirms the band’s longstanding ties to Music City, which date back to 2005 and include collaborations with all-star songwriters.  As their lucky 13th release, it also ties together the many threads that make up the band’s tapestry: the restless, road-hungry rush of “Fall Off The Map” and “Run Highway Run,” the deep-country dive of “Prettiest Girl At The Dance,” the sentiment and swagger of “Take It With Me,” and the exhilaration of romance on a shoestring with the album’s debut single, “We Got It All Tonight.”

17th Street DQ Grill & Chill Park - FREE - Show 7:30 p.m.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Good Shot Judy


Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

2017  marks  the  24th  anniversary  of  Big  Bad  Voodoo  Daddy’s  remarkable  arrival  onto  the music  scene.  Since  its  formation  in  the  early  nineties  in  Ventura,  California,  the  band  has toured virtually nonstop, performing on average over 150 shows a year, and has produced a sizable  catalog  of  recorded  music,  with  sales  of  over  2  million  albums  to  date.  Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s efforts to promote and revitalize swing music have taken shape as much more than a simple tribute.  Taking inspiration from the creators of this uniquely American art form, the band’s original horn-infused music and legendary high energy show introduces  the  genre  to  a  new  and  younger  generation  while  remaining  cognizant  and respectful of the music’s rich legacy.  After  24  years,  10  records,  over  2800  live  shows,  and  countless  appearances  in  film  and television,  Big  Bad  Voodoo  Daddy  is  showing  no  signs  of  slowing  down,  and  is  looking forward to celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2018.

24th Street Park - FREE - Show 7:30 p.m.

Night Ranger

Steve Archer Band

Night Ranger

Night Ranger truly epitomizes the sound of the 80's, while at the same time transcending it. Since their reunion in 1996, they have brought their guitar heavy, melodic brand of hard rock into the 21st century with their unparalleled talent, energy, and creativity.  With more than 17 million albums sold worldwide, over 3000 live shows performed, and more than 1 billion in radio audience, Night Ranger has both epitomized and transcended the arena rock sound and style of that era and beyond. With songs that have significantly impacted popular culture and continue to expand their ever-growing fan-base, Night Ranger is proof that powerful songs, plus accomplished musicians is the perfect formula for continued success.  The band was also one of the first big "video" bands, with over 10 number 1 videos on MTV. 

31st Street Park - FREE - Show 7:30 p.m.

Guava Jam

Strictly Bizzness

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. 

Proceeds support the Virginia Legends Walk.

Parking is conveniently located in the 9th Street Municipal Garage

200 9th Street

Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Parking is conveniently located in the 19th Street North & South Municipal Lots

300 19th Street

Virginia Beach, VA 23451

25th Street Municipal Garage

336 25th Street

Virginia Beach, VA 23451

31st Street Municipal Garage

209 30th Street

Virginia Beach, VA 23451

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