This year's edition of Bay Days, Hampton's premier outdoor festival, will include music from Dennis Edwards of R&B giants The Temptations, country-rockers Marshall Tucker Band and country-rap artist Colt Ford. The lineup was announced Wednesday, May 4, by the Hampton Convention & Visitor Bureau.
Bay Days, a free festival, will take place in downtown Hampton Sept. 9-11.
Last year's Bay Days featured blues-rockers Fabulous Thunderbirds, George Clinton's Parliament-Funkadelic and country singer Joe Nichols.
Hampton Bay Days Announces Musical Headliners for
29th Annual Festival
--Acts include The Marshall Tucker Band,
The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards, and Colt Ford--
Hampton, Virginia- This September 9-11, celebrate the return of fall at the 29th annual Hampton Bay Days, one of the largest family-friendly festivals on the East Coast. This year Bay Days welcomes national recording artists The Marshall Tucker Band on Friday, September 9, The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards on Saturday, September 10, and Colt Ford Sunday, September 11.
The fun begins on the Main Music Stage (located by the Virginia Air & Space Center) at 8:30 p.m. Friday, September 9 with The Marshall Tucker Band. Formed in Spartanburg, SC in 1971, The Marshall Tucker Band is one of the most well known Southern rock bands of the 1970s. To date, the group has garnered five gold albums and one platinum album, Carolina Dreams, which features their biggest hit “Heard it in a Love Song.” This is the band’s 40th anniversary tour.
On Saturday, September 10, The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards will take to the Main Music Stage beginning at 8:30 p.m. After Dennis Edwards replaced founding member David Ruffin in 1968, the group continued on with a string of Top 10 US hits including “Cloud Nine,” “Runaway Child , Running Wild,” “I Can’t Get Next to You,” “Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me),” and “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone.” Dennis Edwards was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989 as part of The Temptations and continues to tour with his version of the group, The Temptations Review.
At 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 11, Colt Ford lends a bit of country hip-hop (yes, COUNTRY HIP-HOP) flavor to the Main Music Stage. A native of Athens, Georgia, Ford (real name Jason Farris Brown) is a former professional golfer turned musician. His debut album “Ride Through This” featured guest appearances from Jermaine Dupri, Adrian Young of No Doubt, Jeremy Popoff of Lit, rapper Bone Crusher, and country singer Jamey Johnson. His third studio album, “Every Chance I Get,” is set for release in May 2011.
In 1982, Hampton Bay Days was created as a unique outlet to educate the public on the importance of the Chesapeake Bay in the Hampton Roads region, as well as the
rest of Virginia and Maryland. The goal of the festival is to provide an entertaining atmosphere while ultimately serving the greater purpose of highlighting aspects of the bay and promoting its upkeep and preservation.
This year, the festival will take place September 9-11, 2011. About 200,000 people are expected to attend the 29th anniversary celebration in downtown Hampton. Activities include live musical entertainment, over 100 merchandise and craft vendors, a 30-minute fireworks display, bay education area, and more.
The Hampton Bay Days schedule is as follows:
Friday, September 9- Noon - 11:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 10- 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 11- Noon - 6:00 p.m.
More information on the 29th annual Hampton Bay Days can be obtained by calling 757/ 727-1641 or by visiting www.baydays.com. Additional information can be obtained by calling the Hampton Visitor Center at 757/727-1102 or 800/487-8778.
Partially bordered by the Hampton Roads harbor and Chesapeake Bay, Hampton, with the 344,000 sq. ft. Hampton Roads Convention Center, is located in the center of the Hampton Roads metropolitan area. Hampton is the site of America's first continuous English-speaking settlement and is home to such visitor attractions as the Virginia Air & Space Center and Riverside IMAX ® Theater, Hampton History Museum, harbor tours and cruises, Hampton University Museum, Fort Monroe, award-winning Hampton Coliseum, The American Theatre, among others.
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